This past weekend Mr. Brown Socks, the Newlyweds and I traveled the two hour distance to my Mom’s house. She has been in a philanthropy sorority for well over thirty years. Each December their chapter sponsors a Tour of Homes to benefit the Kidney Foundation. Often times I make the trip home to enjoy the tour with my sister and whoever else decides to join us. Mom isn’t with us as she has always stood in one of the homes. This year my sister in law Deb and good friend Penny came with us.
Well I wasn’t one bit happy <insert hands on hips> when I noticed the tacky signs plastered everywhere in each of the six houses “NO PHOTOS PLEASE!” Don’t they know bloggers can’t create fun blog posts without pictures?!
:( We tried to take in all the details we found to be clever or creative and hoped we’d remember them at least until we got in the car.
Out of all the years I’ve toured the festive homes, it occurred to me I had never taken a picture of my mother who faithfully spends the entire day greeting people in one room or another. Yes, I know they said “No Pictures” but who is going to yell at me for taken a quick pic of this beautiful lady I call Mother? Yes, she is the same mother who broke her hip in May. Doesn’t she look great? One of her “sisters” found out I was her daughter and she told me she wished Dorothy was her mother…she loved her just that much.
Barb, Mom and Me
Mom and Jamie
That night Barb and Loren had several of us over to watch our football team lose miserably.
The good part was the homemade chili and cinnamon rolls we enjoyed pregame.
We fought for the ones in the middle
While in town we like to help Mom do little odd jobs around the house. She always has “a list” and teases Mr. Brown Socks that he is going to quit coming.
Barb had already helped her decorate this tree in the Living Room…..
So I set out to find my little Pixie Tree Top (read about him HERE)and proceeded to help Mom decorate the downstairs tree where we all gather for gift opening on Christmas Eve.
We found a few more decorations tucked inside a box that I placed out. She had already arranged many
decorations in several rooms. This woman has more Christmas decorations than you could use in five years of Home Tours! :)
The Newlyweds brought Grammie a BEAUTIFUL REAL poinsettia I love the mix of colors.
I reminded Mom she had to water this one as she is used to my faux plants. LOL!
It was most definitely a fun weekend. I still don’t have my house decorated. Just maybe it will happen this week! But first I must get back to the gym and work off all those cinnamon rolls I ate this weekend!