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Random 5 Sunday – Vacation, Naps, Plans and Cheer

It’s time for Random 5 Sunday on the first Sunday in December:

  • Thanksgiving week vacation:  I’ve never taken the whole week of Thanksgiving off. I’ve taken a day here and a day there. But never the whole week. And now, ladies & gents, I do believe I have a new tradition ~  whoop!

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  • Hallmark Channel Holiday movies.  While on vacation, I watched at least 5 Hallmark Holiday movies – sometimes I only caught the tail end or the beginning.  You have to admit, the plot is easy to predict most of the time – a beautiful young lass soured on love by a jerky boyfriend moves back to her home town only to bump into the world’s hottest handy-man while shopping for her daughter who it turns out only made 1 friend at school – the (widowed) hottie’s son … and in just a matter of weeks she finds the love of her life, saves a small town business, rescues kittens and puppies and all they live happily ever after, over hot chocolate in perfectly coordinated tartan jackets ~ sigh

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  • Naps – glorious, wonderful, and life-redeeming.  Because we stayed on our “normal” schedule during our time off,  just 1 nap was enough. Somehow I kept up on my rest.   Went back to work wide-awake and refreshed.  And good thing, because I clocked 800+ miles last week alone!

kitten asleep

  • Travel plans ~  Sissy and I are planning a “sister’s” getaway – we’ll likely revisit Branson, MO for a week of visiting, shopping, visiting, shows and fun.  We’ve visited there once before, 10 years ago, when we took Mom for her 77th birthday.  What a great time we had – and such a relaxed and friendly place to be.   After our 3rd night Mom happily chirped, “You know, I’ve never stayed in a hotel this many nights and I’ve never gone out for every single meal!”  We were girlfriends on this trip you see, more than mother and daughters.  She loved the adventure and spoke of it many times with fondness.  I know she’d love that we’re planning to go back.
me, mom & my sister in Branson, MO, 2007

me, mom & my sister in Branson, MO, 2007

  • Christmas Spirit:  I wasn’t really feeling any Christmas spirit heading into our Family Christmas party last night.  The hustle and bustle and holiday ho-ho-hos didn’t do it.  Lots of yummy foods, hugs and merriment didn’t do it.  No – it was capturing this picture – of wee cousins (with our grands in the mix) at the exact moment they all cheered “SANTA CLAUS” – that’s what did it.
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Santa Claus!! An Emjayandthem (C) photo

“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.”  ― Roy L. Smith

What randoms would you like to share?  Are you feeling the Christmas spirit yet?

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16 thoughts on “Random 5 Sunday – Vacation, Naps, Plans and Cheer

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  2. Random thought: Love sitting inside our cozy house with coffee or tea watching the doves and birds enjoying their bird seed feast .. Merry Christmas .. God bless your New Year …
    Susie

  3. Great pictures of the kids. They all have the perfect face on.

  4. Love that you enjoyed your Thanksgiving week vacation….and that you’re planning a sister trip! Your Mom will be there in spirit…
    Yes, the Christmas spirit is sneaking in here and there!

  5. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    So glad you enjoyed Thanksgiving and your week off. We all need that from time to time. Your trip with your sister sounds wonderful and I agree that your Mom will be very pleased. Christmas spirit is little low this year, my husband has been sick most of this year. He is feeling some better so I am sure the Christmas spirit is coming. My wish, MJ, is you and your family have a very blessed and Merry Christmas. ❤

    • I sure hope your Hubby gets to feeling better, being sick for most of the year is not good!!

      We are looking forward to planning our time together and yes we will both cry – Mom will be with us for sure! Merry Christmas! MJ

  6. Love the photo! Naps, yes, more naps.

  7. I like a nice predictable movie that leaves warm fuzzies when it ends. I think it’s wonderful that you and your sister are planning a trip. I’d like to do a mother/daughter with my daughter one day. Even a weekend off alone with her would be nice–finishing sentences without interruption, etc. Great family pictures. Kids’ excitement it contagious. Not feeling it yet. Still going through the motions of shopping. Il need to replace the sunflower wreath on the door with the Christmas one!

    • You should just plan it and do it – I could have her visit here but it’s not the same – when we’re BOTH on vacation somewhere then the adventure begins 🙂

      The kids excitement got us in the mood for sure ~ Merry Christmas!
      M

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