Monday, January 11, 2010

A Recap of the Last Month

Hello to everyone! I hope your New Year has started off happily, healthy and prosperous thus far.

I appreciate all your comments of concern for Hubs and I while we were battling the flu bug.

It's been a little while since I felt like blogging and once I did there was so much "STUFF" to take down. Mission has been accomplished and things are getting back to normal. It feels fresh but much more bare around here with everything put away.

I thought I'd recap the last month or so till I get some pics taken and more things to post.

Our dear son-in-law is pictured here on Christmas Day after he got a few afghans and told us he wasn't feeling so well. He was dizzy and getting the chills. That was our first warning and the beginning of our "nightmare".

Hubby was the next to come down with it a few days later, then the grandchildren and our daughter. I helped out watching her kids and taking care of hubby. I was feeling confident that I was going to escape it but-- it was not meant to be. We are all better and getting back to our regular routines.

Here's a few pics of Christmas Day.

We even had a chance to see our granddaughters in CA open their Christmas presents from us via the web cam. They make life a little easier with loved ones far away.

You can see us in our family room on the screen. It is 3 hours earlier in CA.

We did many fun things before the "bug" hit us. We went on home tours and a reception to the home of our Lt. Govenor Andre Bauer. He hosted a wonderful meal and was gracious to join in a picture with us.

These next few shots are homes on a tour. They were beautiful inside and out. The decorations were fabulous.

This is the home of a local businessman. They have a pool house built to the right of the home and it was also open to the tour. The pool had waterfalls and beautiful landscaping. Notice the huge nutcrackers beside the doors and the Christmas tree on their balcony.

This was a large Victorian Home. Very pretty.

We took a day and went to the Hyatt and Comfort Inn downtown that was hosting Festival of Trees. They had so many trees decorated in their lobbies and all with a different theme. Local companies sponsor a tree.

This was such a cute tree topped with the Santa hat. It was one of my favorites.

They had everything from Western to.......

One in honor of our Military, who I am so proud of.

Before all the Christmas decorating got started, we made a trip to Daytona and Ocala, FL, you might remember. Well, anyway we had a chance to have lunch with Katherine and her Hubs fromYellow Rose Arbor . It was a time of fun, food, and friendship. Here we are at Olive Gardens in Daytona.

After lunch Hubs and I went sightseeing down the road to a lighthouse.

We stayed on the beach and relaxed for a few days before heading over to my Mom's near Ocala. Ocala is known as the Horse Capital of the World. It has so many horse ranches there.

We had a great visit with my Mom and one brother that lives there.

Time is sure passing quickly. I can't believe the second week in January is here. Before you know it Christmas will be here again. lol
I'll be around to visit all you soon. I'm sorry I missed some of your wonderful posts.
I hope 2010 has all your dreams fulfilled!


Melissa Miller said...

I'm so sorry you all had the flu bug Rose. I'm happy to hear you are all doing better now. That's good news.

What an eventful and fun month of December you had beforehand. Lovely photos!

Have a blessed week. ~Melissa :)

ceekay said...

Great pictures. Glad you are doing better. Good pictures of the family.

Heather said...

oh I'm so glad you were able to see so many lovely things before getting sick. I'm glad you all are feeling better now.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

What a great recap. Love how you were able to share Christmas with your family in California!!! Love, love, love the computer even more these days with hubby so far away from me. It's wonderful to be able to even talk with him. Something we couldn't do at all when he was in Iraq. Would love to go on the house tours!!! That seems like so much fun. Glad you and hubby are feeling better!

Debbie said...

Love the pictures, and the tree with the little cowboy hat sure gives me an idea for next year. My little grandson has his bedroom done in a cowboy theme...
Sorry to hear that you were ill, and glad you are on the mend.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Great catching up with all you did in December, glad you had fun before getting so sick.

Thanks so much for the sweet card!


Happy@Home said...

I am so glad to hear that you are all feeling better now. What a shame that it happened right at Christmastime. At least you were able to have some good times before the nasty bug hit.
How fun that you could still see your grandchildren open their gifts even though they are so far away.

Mrs. G said...

So glad you are feeling better and catching up. I am doing the same thing.
Happy New Year to you and yours.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

No wonder they call it a "bug" really bugs you!

What a great photo tour...

It must feel great to have your energy back!

Kristens Creations said...

I'm so sorry you had that mean old flu! I'm glad you are better...great pics of you and your family. Love your header of your hubby and the snowman...very impressive snowman! I know what you mean about time flying by so will be Christmas again before we know it!lol...Have a great day! Kristen