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Random Five Friday

Inspired by Dianna at These Days of Mine, I thought I’d play along – on this Friday after Thanksgiving.

1.  No, not shopping. Wait. My mileage reimbursement just landed in my slush account … hmmm … maybe some online deals today?  I see coffee, pie and Amazon in my future :).

2. The best part of yesterday?  Smiling faces, laughter throughout the house,  a kitchen smelling yummy and no one wanting  the day to end.

Playing in the dress up box!

Playing in the dress up box!

being silly in Nana's kitchen

being silly in Nana’s kitchen

3.  It’s cold today but the fresh snow is beautiful, and every tree looks like they’ve been frosted with icing … a very good day to be tucked inside and cozy.

4.  I’m not one to leave dishes in the sink; no matter how late it is or how tired I am, I take care of them because  I’d rather get up and see a clean, shiny sink than a cruddy one. You?

5.  Before yesterday, I had set aside a stack of Christmas Toy fliers from past Sunday papers.  Why? I remember the joy of skimming through the Sears “Wish Book” and poring over all the neat things we dreamed of.  When Grandson A arrived, the first thing he did was grab that stack and ask if he could start circling… and of course I said, “Yes.”  He circled many items, putting his initial next to his selections, all while touted their merits in adorable detail, but it was his special attention to this section that made me beam with pride.  While some would say that my son is just his StepDad, moments like these let me see that the effort he’s invested in this little boy is coming through loud and clear as L-O-V-E.

with a "D" for Dad

with a “D” for Dad

Care to share your “Random Five?”

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  1. Sounds like a great day!! Our girls are/were big “Woody” fans. I’m kind of surprised that we don’t have that outfit. Have a great day. 🙂
    R

    • It was a great day! Youngest boy was a big “Woody” fan and that’s one of the costumes that’s survived — she always puts that one on and usually pairs it with a Jango Fatt (Star Wars) mask that belonged to the older boy. Cheers! MJ

  2. Love this! I’m like you about the dishes. I did them all last night. Makes the morning better. And pie, coffee and Amazon sound awesome.

    • Thank you; I didn’t find anything online or on the shopping channel that I “just had to have” but I enjoyed the pie & coffee while I surfed! 🙂 MJ

  3. Shiny sink!!! Sounds like y’all had a lovely day! We had a low of 51, but it was 75 by dinner time… no snow here!
    And, I’ve done all my shopping online. No a fan of the mall or big box stores! Love Etsy!

    • 75 sounds divine right about now – it was 31 here yesterday 🙂
      Bright and sunny today, and the sun on the snow = sunglasses for all.
      like you, I’ll do some online shopping on Etsy and some local shopping, too … Thankfully my list to shop for is pretty small,
      MJ

  4. Oh, I’m so glad you participated (even if Nancy is taking a blogging break!). I’m with you on the dishes: have never been one to leave them til later, or heaven forbid, the next day!
    You have snow??!!!
    I’d say your son is a great DAD!
    Enjoyed your random thoughts! Have a great weekend!

    • Thanks, Dianna, it was fun – something different.
      It started snowing last week and snowed for about 3 days straight – we have about 4 inches of snow on the ground, fence, trees, etc.
      He is a great Dad, he has his daughter about 60% of the time and whenever she comes over, his stepson comes, too. Lots of men would not do that, but he does. And he’s a consistent presence in his life, I hope he is allowed to continue through the years …

      Enjoy your weekend!
      MJ

  5. The best part of the day after Thanksgiving is eating wonderful leftovers and not having to cook!

  6. I’ll play! I, too, much prefer to wake up to a clean kitchen. I can’t remember the last time I cooked literally from breakfast up until we sat down for Thanksgiving dinner at 5pm yesterday. More and more on a daily basis, there is something that reminds me of how lucky I am and what a good life I have. It’s been an amazing November, with more clear, cold weather than I think I’ve ever experienced during this month since I moved here 14 year ago. And finally, I am enjoying my son more and more as he grows up; and he just turned eleven.

    Love the photos of the grandkids!! Sounds like you had a wonderful day.

    • Yay! I hear you on the cooking all day — boy I was tired Thursday night, even my feet were tired from standing so much – yikes!

      Glad to hear you are having a wonderful November and making new memories with your son 🙂

      We had a very good day and, for that, I am thankful.

      MJ

  7. Kids and a dress-up box, you don’t need much of anything else to entertain them. Sometimes the sink is clear, and other times it is not, just depends. It is nice to see it clean, though. I remember the toy catalogs, and poring over all the wonderful things inside. What a blessing to see the bonding between dad and son. I’m glad you did Random 5 Friday, it’s a fun post meme.

    • Absolutely ! I’ve kept a lot of the Halloween costumes over the years in one big box and that box gets dragged out every time they come over. That, the Legos and the old train sets 🙂

      Wasn’t it magical to spend an afternoon with the toy catalog, dreaming of things like musical jewelry boxes, new skates, pretty sweaters and ballerina Barbies? I have very fond memories of doing just that and am happy to foster imagination in my grandchildren – not everything fun has to be plugged in 🙂

      He is a good Dad, and they both clearly adore him.

      It was a fun Meme, and I’m glad I gave it a whirl – thanks, Patti!
      MJ

  8. awww…a dress up box for her…oh, she’s a beauty, MJ… and toy fliers for him. I know they must love visiting you. You are a way cool Nana. I like that you save those fliers with memories of the ole Sears catalog. You have beautiful grands on the outside and the inside, too.

    • Our boys always loved to dress up, too, and build forts. We have a collapsible (indoor) tent that they set up, dress up in and play — that + the Legos and the old train sets always are the toys that get hauled out. I am all about turning off the TV and gaming systems and spending time with them – on the floor -listening, looking them right in the eye and making memories together! They are really nice kids, and very appreciative of everything we do together, which we enjoy as well 🙂

      I know you must be enjoying your fuller household this Holiday – cheers!
      MJ

  9. Awww…I’m melting…simply melting. 🙂 Go Nana!

  10. How sweet! He circled things for his Dad! I really like that .

  11. Sorry to be SOOOOOOO late, MJ. I had forgotten how much we loved to search through the Sears catalogue as kids. What a great memory. Thanks for the reminder. And glad you have a good holiday!

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

    • Oh, better late than never! I am always glad to hear from you, my friend!! How was your Thanksgiving dinner out with your friends? 🙂

      Those were some good times, carefully perusing the ole Sears catalogue. I miss it still!
      Bests
      MJ

  12. I remember drooling over toy catalogs as a kid, when anything and everything was a possible wish come true. What fun your grandkids must have had with those flyers!

    Glad to hear you had such a wonderful holiday.

    • Remember the souped up sleds and snazzy skating accessories? Cool jewelry making kits and art sets? Yes – everything was a dream come true, even if we never got half of it, the fun was in the looking … and the “oohing and the ahhing” 🙂

      On Saturday, I went through the flyers and made a list of what they circled – then narrowed down my Christmas list. 😉

      MJ

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