Saturday, December 3, 2011

110th Post - Advent2

Today's post is my contribution to the
2011 Virtual Advent Tour.  
Please head over to see more posts about Advent. 

Our 2011 advent season was kicked into high gear with our second annual (we hope) sleepover with two of our grandchildren. We picked them up from their house and took them on a 'vewy long dwive' to our little Okanagan basement get away. Our upstairs is rented to a fabulous couple (my son and daughter in law) and we maintain the basement for as many trips away from the coast as we can.  

What a joy to start our Advent celebrations with two delightful youngsters. Although we always have uncontrollable laughter and good times with their parents, this was a no mom and dad event, and you just know that means a whole different kind of fun.  We arrived at our destination in the late afternoon and after unpacking we piled onto the bed and watched Star Wars 3. This was followed by supper with the upstairs renters (otherwise known as Uncle and Auntie). After a dessert of Christmas shortbread we put on our bathing suits and braved our way outside in the chilly, chilly night to the hot tub. We sat in the soothing warmth while stargazing up into the dark, dark sky.

After the hot tub portion of the evening was completed and we were rinsed, dried and dressed for bed,  dear granddaughter painted Papa's really big nails. Eventually we tucked two darling munchkins into their beds. One on a foamy under the grand piano and the other on the couch which was pushed perpendicularly against big sister's bed. After some laughter and prayers, they drifted off to sleep while Papa and I settled in for the rest of the evening.

Around noon on Sunday we returned the preciousness to their parents and we returned to the coast for another week of work. We brought a good dose of much needed Christmas spirit with us.


While purging our basement last summer we found my all time favorite children's Christmas book. The book must be well over 50 years old and is well worn. The binding is coming apart, there is tape that has been yellowed by time, as well as a bit of scribbling which must have been done by my older brother. I've signed the cover possibly so Gary (older brother) wouldn't think it was his. Upon closer inspection, his name had been scribbled over. I see I was ever the possessive child.

I can hardly wait for Christmas Week and the opportunity to share my old favorite book with many of our  precious grandchildren.

If you're interested and you missed it last year here's the LINK to my last year's advent post.
Take some time to check out the other Dec. 6th posts at the 2011 Virtual Advent Tour:
raidergirl3 @ an adventure in reading
Sara @ Make Music from Your Heart...


  1. What a lovely post. Thank so much for participating in the tour!

    I loved seeing Christmas with your grandchildren through your eyes. What a luckly find too. How nice to find a book that clearly means so much to you!

  2. Oh, it's always so much fun finding old books that used to be favourites!

    The time spent with your grandchildren must have been really special - it really always is a different kind of fun with children around!

  3. How exciting to be able to share such a precious memory from your childhood with your grandchildren. They'll love it.

  4. CUTE header!!!
    I love this post, very pretty!

  5. Your post made me think of a commercial where the grandparents and kids can't wait for the parents to leave so they can get up to their own fun. LOL!

    And I loved looking at your favorite book. Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

    Merry Christmas, Carol!

  6. What a great post! That book is gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining in!

  7. I bet you were absolutely thrilled when you discovered that book! Sounds like you had a wonderful time with your grands!

    I hope you and your family enjoy the rest of the Christmas season!


  8. That is a lovely book! It seems in great condition for its age.

    I'm also stopping by to officially welcome you to the Christmas Spirit reading challenge. Sorry I'm so late. I hope you enjoy your holiday reading!

  9. Aw, sounds like you have a great time!

  10. what a beautiful book, and I love sleepovers with grandchildren! have a merry Christmas. kaye—the road goes ever ever on

  11. What a treasure to re-discover in your basement! Grandkids are just the best thing ever. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with yours.

  12. What a lovely post with its glorious photos - no wonder the book held a special place in your heart.

    Enjoy this Christmas - sharing your book with the grandchildren .. fabulous time you'll be having .. such fun ..

    Cheers Hilary

  13. Thank you all for leaving such lovely comments. I am looking forward for much snuggle time with at least 3 of our 7 grand kids while sharing my 'old' Christmas book.
    (Four of our grand bunch live way up north in another province and sadly we rarely see them at Christmas...sigh)

  14. I had a very similar Christmas story picture book when I was a child. I passed it on to my younger cousins. It's a joy to share things we enjoy with others.