Sunday, December 26, 2010

They say it isn't over...

...until the fat lady sings, but in this case, I guess it's Santa who sang. I can't believe it is the day after and tomorrow it's back to work and reality.
Christmas was a magical time this year. It is the first time in many years that I got to share Christmas morning with a child who believed. My son and grandson spent the night. Jake had assured us that he would be up "5:30-ish". I am so happy he slept until 8:15 :)
He woke up to this on the fireplace hearth. Santa had left footprints! (Thanks, Fritz, for such a wonderful idea!)
This is Christmas eve. Jake was allowed to open one present and he just happened to pick a Transformer ~ and it was Bumblebee ~ one of his favorites.
Christmas morning.
Jake and Dad playing a game.
Playing with Loocie.

Hopscotch decked out for Christmas and all worn out. She acts like she has been here forever.
Aren't these just the cutest gifts bags I found at the dollar store?
I received so many wonderful gifts. I will share just a few of them.
Two pug bags and a pug luggage tag.
A featheredge plate to add to my collection.
A photo book my niece made for me and my three siblings. It's my Mom's life in pictures, beginning with a picture when she was probably five (the first picture we have of her) and ending with her obituary. Oh, how that made me cry. Thank you, Elise! You are the most wonderful niece a person could ask for!
A special mug from my grandson.
Earrings that my younger son made for me.
A new Ott-Lite for the living room so I can see to hook downstairs.
Two gift certificates to buy wool ~ WOO HOO! (Now if I'd do some hooking!)
I must have been a very good girl because I got many more presents!
Today, Fritz (my sweetie) and the two girls (Loocie and Hopscotch) and I took a quick trip to Chelsea, Michigan, and on the way home made a quick stop at Cabela's to look at coats. I desperately need a warmer dog walking coat. I found a great down filled one, longer like I am looking for, a perfect fit, but the totally wrong color! If you know anything about pugs, you know that they shed ~ A LOT! My next task tonight is to go online and order a fawn-colored one :) The store is amazing. A person could spend hours wandering around. They have something for everyone. Here's just a few pictures of the animals inside.

The smile on this goat (?) reminds me of Hopscotch.

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas. Thanks to each and every one of you for stopping by and reading my blog. I really do appreciate my blog buddies.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

14 comments:

Kim said...

So great that you got to spend Christmas morning with Jake but it sucks you have to go back to work tomorrow :(
The Santa footprints were a fabulous idea. Nice touch! The holidays are so much more fun when there are little ones around.

weaverpat said...

Hi Lauren,
Your pictures are great!!!
Jake looks like he is having the time of his life! Love the one of him and Loocie. I'm glad Hopscotch has adjusted already. She's a cute little girl.
You received some lovely gifts. The pug presents are adorable. The earrings are beautiful! Is this a hobby of his or does he design jewelry professionally?
Thanks for sharing the Christmas joy!

acorn hollow said...

That jake is just the cutest. Great idea with the foot prints. What a wonderful gift your neice made. We are STILL on baby watch.
Cathy

Orange Sink said...

Kids really do make Christmas special! Love that Santa footprint idea!
Love all your gifts especially the memory book made by your niece.
Hopscotch looks very content. She's keeping the name is she?
Have a wonderful week Lauren!
Hugs!
Cathy G

The Barn Door said...

Wow, thanks for sharing your Christmas! What a wonderful gift to have your grandson with you on Christmas morning!

moosecraft said...

Looks like a perfect Christmas to me! Love that Santa left footprints! :-) The memory book of your Mom is beautiful!!! Kids make Christmas so much more fun.... Thanks to his Dad that Jake was able to share it with you!

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Julia said...

I 'm sorry ,my computer is playing tricks on me this morning. I'm so glad that you had a great Christmas with your grandson. Thanks for sharing some Christmas photos with us. I especially love the gift that your niece made for you and all the other gifts were thoughtful too. The Santa foot prints are priceless. Great idea. I'm glad that Hopscotch feels so welcome and at home.

Have a great week and stay safe and warm. It's storming here now but we had a green Christmas this year. JB

Doris said...

Jake is just too cute! Love the pictures of him with Loocie and the pics of Hopscotch. She is really a cute puggly, So glad you had a great Christmas.

Kathy (woolfind) said...

What a great post! You certainly have been a good girl this past year. Wonderful gifts. Your niece is a gem for putting that together for you. How special! Love all the pictures! and that goat sure does look like hopscotch lol. Too cute! So happy your Christmas was wonderful. Love the footprints... Aaah to remember when we did things like that for the kids. Wonderful :)

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

Good morning Lauren,
There's nothing better than having SANTA back in the house again is there? Our oldest 4 don't believe anymore (11 to 21 years) and then there's Aidan who is 2 so it was a fun year again here.

What wonderful gifts you received!!!
Your grandson is adorable...and what a CUTE smile!!!

Oh Cabela's is the best - we have one near us and there's just so much in there!

Glad you found the coat on line that you wanted.

Karen

woolwoman said...

loved reading your christmas report Lauren - sounds like you had a wonderful time with your son and g-son. Pug participation was darling! I know getting that memory book of your mom was really hard - your new OTT light is awesome - all the better to stitch and hook with. Enjoy the final week of 2010 - how can that be???? cheers Melody

WoolenSails said...

It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas.
Love stores like that, fun to just walk around.

Debbie

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

Aww Santa left his footprints! Jake is one handsome boy...glad he had a good Christmas. You received a lot of very nice goodies and the album is such a thoughtful gift!