|Buddy finally posing in front of the tree|
All the kids had been texted the appropriate time to meet and two of them went to pick up the other two without vehicles. Everyone forgot the proper meeting time and all of them arrived early since they thought it was 1/2 to an hour earlier lol. We had a lovely dinner and on Sunday we picked them all up in our seven passenger rental SUV (four different homes, took 1.5 hours just to get them) to head out into farm country to see my Mother-in-law- another hour away.
As my hubby says, trying to coordinate four young adults 18-24 is like trying to herd cats, but we managed it. It is her 81st birthday today and her home had a Birthday party on Sunday with the other occupants of her facility and family. After that we took her to supper. She was a little overwhelmed at first, getting upset that she couldn't remember the kids names but as she remembered who they were she ended up having a great time. I am glad all the kids could make it because her Alzheimers seems to be progressing now and I am not sure how much longer we can have this type of celebration with her actively participating the way she did. The kids spent two days together which was fun since they haven't all been together in 1.5 years at the same time. Lots of giggling in the back seat, it felt like we put the clock back 10 years and it was our visitation weekend with them.
I flew back on Monday and hubby flies back today after a couple of days in business meetings. It was a fun visit full of laughs, food and drinks, just like we had planned. I am happy to say though that now we can actually relax as all the Christmas preparations are complete and we only have to finish off some business before the 25th. This time last year we had clients cancelling contracts due to a dive in the economy - not a great way to start 2015. This year we have gotten more inquiries and signed contracts for the new year than in any other - I think 2016 will be better for our company, although any year in which we manage to pay our salaries and all our bills is a win win in my books. We try and keep our overhead low so all the money we make goes into salaries.
While I was gone Mom came over and took care of Buddy. He loves her to bits and he got thoroughly spoiled but was also very happy to see me. Since Mom lost her very old cat in the summer due to old age she was ready for another so I asked her if I could cover the adoption fees for a new one as her Christmas gift. On Tuesday we headed to the SPCA and Mom adopted an 8 year old female kitty called Kit Kat. I am pretty sure she is changing her name as the name does not suit the cat. She is a long hair pretty black cat with four white hairs on her chest. She is extremely shy so I don't have any pictures yet but after several hours of hiding in the closet she came out and made friends with Mom. Last night she was snuggling with her in Mom's favorite TV watching chair so I am sure the two of them will get along great. Mom is 73 in January and wanted an adult cat versus a kitten and was ok with a slightly older cat so it was the perfect match as the cat was not doing well with all the noises and smells at the SPCA. Our shelter is a no kill shelter so they foster out cats who are not adopted right away, so people feel better about bringing animals there if they have no other option.
|Ebay Holt Howard Santa Candle holder $69 USD (CAD $95)|
|My 25 cent Hold Howard Candle holder|
If you are still with me after this extremely long-winded blog post - thank you for reading :) I am really looking forward to the next two weeks as business winds down and we can relax a little and enjoy life. The only thing on the agenda is we are planning to take in the new Star Wars Movie - anyone else planning on seeing it?
OMG I just looked out the window and there is snow falling! We have had lots of snow in the mountains above town but none in the valley. Last winter I saw two flakes. This might even stick! Hopefully hubby's plane lands before that happens as everyone loses their minds here when it snows - but I can't wait to show Buddy what snow is!