I really love my "blow molds" - which I didn't even know they were called that until reading (& seeing) "Z-mama's" at her blog. She's got a great collection & I hope to expand mine in the future. My beautiful neice Colette gave me the Santa last year & I found Frosty the Snowman at the Goodwill for 5 bucks this year!
Last weekend was a special one - I took my granddaughter, the lovely growing-up-waaay-too-fast, Tessa Belle, on the Polar Express which is an annual (very special) event put on by the California Railroad Museum here in Sacramento. We went with other family members and oh what a wonderful experience! If you're local or anywhere in the area do try to do it sometime with your little ones. Most people (little & big alike) wear pajama's & slippers and the old train takes a nearly two hour trip down the tracks and re-enacts the movie with dancing and characters serving hot chocolate & cookies. It ends at the "North Pole" and Santa appears on the train to hand out bells to those who "believe". So here's me & my Miss Bella in our coordinating jammies & slippers on our way to a fun day, as well as a couple of other pics (of which I took HUNDREDS) on the train
(Once AGAIN, if ANYONE can tell me how to make a picture STRAIGHT, PLEEZE let me know! This drives me BATTY!)
Dancer serving cookies!
And dear old Santa handing out bells and lots of smiles!
One more Christmas note. Last year I was thinking it may be my Tessa's last year to "believe". I myself am a HUGE believer in the magic and spirit of Santa Claus and I've mourned each year when my babies "crossed over". Last year (as well as this year) Macy's put out a line of "Yes Virginia" items including a book and ornaments and I thought it would be a good thing for us to share and maybe give her a few more of those treasured Santa "moments" before she too crossed over. It is a beautiful book & story and includes a copy of the actual letter Virginia sent to the New York Sun newspaper editor as well as his answer. I also included my own note to her about keeping the "magic" in our hearts. She's not a believer this year (it has to happen sometime I guess) but she humors me because she thinks I AM ;- )
If you have a little "tweener" that's teetering on the edge of that magic, I so recommend this story to share. Even after the magic of Santa is gone, there is the memory of this that you shared.
Ok, I guess that's pretty close to "it" for now - however, as I mentioned in my last post I want to feature some of my favorite Etsy stores that I think would be great for holiday buying. I'm on the HUUUGE "Support American Small Business" this year - and in the future - so here's two stores I LOVE! I've purchased a beautiful set from Bonny & Clyde and don't let the name fool you! She makes gorgeous bath powders and skin care products. Check it out!
And if you have someone on your Christmas list that LOVES gorgeous, different, and beautifully crafted jewelry, please DO check out Nora Catherine. This is some of THE most beautifully designed jewelry I've seen in a long time. Some is pricey but some is very affordable. This gal is talented!
Ok, I guess that's it for this crazy week. I'll be stopping by to visit your blogs today to see how everyone's hold up! Hope your holiday season is THE very best, filled with love and LOTS of bling in your stockings!