I like the fact that Christmas Day leads right in to Friday Fave Fives this year. Yes, I realize that I was awol last week. Everything was just too much. We were exhausted from moving back in to our house. The Professor was finishing up his semester grades. We had no internet. This week we still have no internet but Son #2 and The Professor showed me how to tether my phone to my computer. Wah lah! Internet!
So here are my Friday Fave Fives for the two weeks.
1. Obviously, we are happy to be settling back in to our home after all the changes and renovations. The best part is unpacking and having everything available again. All our clothes are in their proper drawers. My yarn is collected in the same spot as my needles.
2. Son #1, his wife and our PAL came for a whirlwind three day visit. They shared our first night of sleeping here again. Would you believe I took NO photos?? I wasn't even sure where my camera was at the time. I know. I know. Epic grandmother fail. Our little one is growing and is two months old. She coos. She smiles. She's adorable.
3. In our family, we don't load up on Christmas gifts. Our tradition among the adults is to draw names and buy one special gift for one person. My daughter in law received my name this year. I have to say she is the BEST gift giver. Knowing I love children's books and collect Newbery Award Books, she bought me several of the volumes I didn't own yet. Now my collection is nearly complete. I am missing only 1989's winner and the two most recent award books. The best part? I have books on the shelves waiting for winter reading!
4. Our nephew and family were in the area for a family gathering and we caught up with them on Sunday for lunch after church. They too have a new little girl, only a month old. They stopped by the house to pick up a little knitted gift for her; her big four year old brother played Legos, and we chatted for a bit before they left for their across Los Angeles County drive home. A pleasant time was had by all.
5. Our streets are mostly clear of mud now from the mudslides in our neighborhood. One morning a three man crew from our church arrived with shovels in hand to help us scoop mud from the front street gutters which were still filled and blocking any rain/water run off from flowing to the drains. They cleared the areas in front of two of our neighbors too who could not get out to do the work themselves. We were certainly thankful and grateful for the help of those strong young men. And we continue to be thankful for how small our damage was compared to the people who live just 1/2 mile from us.
I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas week. May your last week of 2014 be filled with joy, peace, simple pleasures and many finished knitting projects.