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Let the Holidays Begin

It's the start of the Holiday Season!  Here in KC, it has gotten very cold and damp but no snow yet.  Some if my friends have already finished - yes I said finished - their Christmas shopping.  Although I love them, these people are what I would consider somewhat on the crazy side, since I usually finish my shopping and wrapping approximately 24 hours before sundown Christmas Eve at best!  Maybe this year will be different........sigh.  I am definitely feeling the Holiday Cheer coming on so it's all good!

I haven't been able to keep up with the photos as I would like to here, but I'm always checking on my friends and followers to see what y'all are up to.  This year I am hosting Thanksgiving and we expect 20-25 folks to come eat in our modest little home. 12 of these are simply our children and their spouses or SO's, which will make this very special for all of us.  I drove a hard bargain on this as installing a new stove and oven was part of my agreement to host.  If my hubby had it his way, we would have a minimum of 10-15 people over every weekend, but I'm more reserved than that.  So the stove is in, and a 20 pound turkey is waiting to christen this the first holiday of the Frigidaire!  This will be the first TG that my daughters are all participating in the cooking as adults, which is going to be fun!  I've been trying to bump up the cooking the last few days, getting a feel for this convection oven, etc.

Next up, I have a vendor event Dec 7 that will be the final one this year, and will be putting together gift sets and final touches on my products this weekend.  I'm looking forward to it, it's a unique and special time with friends. And finally, my youngest daughter graduates from K-State on Dec 14, and will leave with her fiance immediately after! He is taking her to Colorado, where they will be settling into their first place together. They will be home for Christmas, but back to CO for job hunting and wrapping up details for their wedding here next summer.  All in all, a busy Holiday Season for us all!  It's amazing how things have evolved in our family, as two separate families have blended into one solid unit over the last few years. The difficult times were certainly worth it, and the "kids" are starting their own families and traditions now.  (Tear and sniff)! I should probably watch some Hallmark Holiday Movies today...Have a great weekend, everyone!


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