"To wake up each morning with a Christmas feeling,
to anticipate the day ahead with zest and enthusiasm,
to believe without a doubt that what lies ahead holds
all of your heart's desire--this is drinking of life's sweetest nectar."
-Francis Cooper Thompson
Everything except the cloche was thrifted...lamp and mirror, candles and candlesticks...
We had a happy weekend with a party celebrating my niece Amy and her sweetheart Dennis' engagement. All my kids were able to attend, but we were missing a few cousins and my brother Tony and sweet wife Mindy. Hosted at Larry and Lynette's Chicago home, we were minutes from where we grew up and the Church where my parents were married. Amy was one of the babies I had the privilege to care for, not so long ago. At least it seems like yesterday. What a beautiful and sweet woman she has become, and her beau Dennis is a perfect match. Our family will have a wedding this year and next! My brother Greg and dearest Elizabeth rode with us. Greg telling such great stories, most of which I had never heard. Greg told me how he got in trouble with a neighbor boy I remembered. They rode their bikes on what was to be the Kennedy Expressway, still under construction. How Mom and Dad found out, he didn't say. I cannot imagine what that was like. We were driving on the Kennedy as he told the story. I do not remember a time when there wasn't a Kennedy, but just Googled to find it was called the Northwest Expressway until one week after our beloved President Kennedy was killed, that the name was changed. Surprised that it stuck. We don't take well to name changes in Chicagoland. (Like the Sears Tower being renamed the Willis Tower, sorry , most Chicagoan's still call it Sears.) It was an happy party and always great to see family and friends from long ago. Loved seeing my kids when I was not cooking and running around. I am so proud of them all and love them like crazycakes! (That's a lot!)
Now after a few more deep breathes, it's two weeks till Christmas, much to do, but I can't wait.
Thanks for stopping by and for your friendship.
Enjoy this beautiful day,