How was your Christmas everyone? Did you have a great time? Were you able to relax and enjoy the day? I have to say I am very happy Christmas is over. It is a LOT of work, but everyone seemed to have a grand time at my house so all the work was worth it. Minus a few glitches with my Father (he decided not to come over for Christmas dinner as he was made at me), we all did just fine. I love watching my boys open their presents, even at the ages of 20 and 16 they still get excited about seeing a new t-shirt, or a pair of shorts. They are very gracious and so that makes me very happy. It isn't quite as magical as when you are little, but they seem to have made the transition and enjoyed their day. I am not one to go on and on about what I got for presents, but this year I have to say I just might.
When I went out to get the mail late on Christmas Eve, there was an envelope addressed to me from my wonderful friend Taci. Taci is one of the lovely bloggers that get together in Oregon. She is amazing. Do you remember when she made me the darling sheep that is on the wall of my craft room? Taci is the sweetest woman, she is in a highly stressful career and yet she is patient, kind, loving and oh so generous. She sent me this darling bird. I am sure it is supposed to go on my tree but I am going to put it up in my craft room, it is too cute to be hidden away for most of the year. Taci, you have surprised me with this darling bird and thrilled me with your generosity, thank you, thank you, thank you. I'd say I have been spoiled rotten this Season!
My husband and I do not really exchange gifts, we have all that we need and more. However Max does do some shopping so look what he got for his mother? Yarn!!!! I am not sure when he made it all the way to the yarn store in Tampa without me noticing he was gone. And I have to say I am slightly suspicious as my husband's favorite color is blue and there seems to be a lot of blue here. Maybe they were in on this together?
After seeing the knitting ornament at Target that I purchased for our knitting group ornament exchange, I told my youngest son to go directly to Target to get me one the following day. I told him where they were, and yet still received a text message from him asking, "where is knitting at Target?" Okay so several text messages later, with many directions like, walk back to the Christmas items, across from the candy is the glass ornaments, look up and to your right, do you see it? I knew he had it and I was thrilled. Not a surprise, but fun all the same.
This was a surprise, a swimming Santa! Mr. 20 year old knows I love Santa's and he is a swimmer so it was a perfect present. He made it at Build-a-Bear in the mall and apparently had the whole store laughing. He is a funny one my Mr. 20 year old.
Do you see Santa's swim jammers and swim cap? He looks like he is ready to go to the Olympics.
Early Christmas afternoon I was taking Max outside and look who was visiting, a Tiger Swallowtail. I could not get a perfect picture of this beauty as it kept flitting here and there on my neighbor's bougainvillea. I have never seen this butterfly in Florida, so was amazed when I looked it up that it is common in the east.
It was nice enough to stick around so I could run in and grab my camera. Stunning is the word that comes to mind when I saw this beauty. I think it was a little Christmas present from nature just for me.
Max got a lot of presents, too. Although I am not so sure he deserved a visit from Santa. He has been growling a very low growl at Mr. 20 year old's friend who is staying with us. And bless him this young man is so kind and patient with Max, he keeps trying to win him over. But Max is stubborn and not behaving at all, I am quite mad at him because I did not raise him to act this way.
Hope you all had a wonderful Holiday and are able to rest up and relax today.