Hello 2017

hp-xmas-tree-2016Happy 2017!!!!! Squeezing in a few last pictures of my beloved Harry Potter Christmas tree. The first picture is one my friend, Vanessa, took on New Year's Eve. I think it's the best one so far. If you click on the picture, you can zoom in for more details.

The second picture is the completed Marauder's Map tree skirt. I finish20170102_042959ed it last night knowing that if I packed it away half-done, it would never get done. I'm pleased. It's not terribly authentic or accurate but it is fun.




We had a nice, quiet Christmas this year. It is a shame that Dan and Christi had to stay in Michigan - they were missed. My dad was also missed - another first without him and it was hard, particularly for my mom. Still we had a nice holiday and a most excellent Christmas dinner - at one table!  Crazy. (I have a pic of Andy too but it won't load. I'll edit later.)

New Year's Eve was equally quiet. We dragged a few friends from our old neighborhood over here and played a bunch of board games and ate a lot of snacks. Vanessa's son, Preston, and his buddy, Taylor, played video games for a short time and ended up joining in on the board games. When they got sick of the grown ups, they moved into the Harry Potter closet. (I keep our Christmas stuff in there so it was empty.) I got such a kick out of listening to them laugh and whisper and plan their nest for the night.  I didn't realize how much I missed 11-12 year old boys. They are a hoot.

It might be a first for us. Two holidays with no police, no crowds and very little chaos. Truth be told, after all of these years, I kind of miss the chaos. But . . . not nearly as much as I thought I would.

I hope your year is off to a great beginning. Show us something great 2017!