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I have been married to my childhood sweetheart for 42 wonderful years. I have been blessed with one daughter who is grown and gone! She and her hubby have blessed us with a precious grandchild, Darbee Rae. She is eight years old and the sunshine in our days. I have always been a stay at home maid, cook, doctor, babysitter, taxi, wife, mother, and grandmother. I enjoy crafting. My interests include primitives, vintage and colonial styles. I love decorating my home. I enjoy traveling with my hubby and friends, reading, and trying different recipes. I am a Christian and enjoy activities within my church. I hope you enjoy reading about my daily adventures in crafting, shopping, and enjoying life thru the eyes of my darling grand daughter.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Visit To Santa's Workshop

After a very busy day of splitting firewood yesterday, last night we joined Darbee Rae and her parents for a visit to Santa's Workshop.  And I must say I was very  impressed.  Well, I must admit even at my age, I never got to go to see Santa hard at work.  Only in my imagination and through the reading of Christmas Books.  But last night, I saw the jolly old fellow in action.  This post is dedicated to Darbee Rae and the fun we had last night.  It will be full of pictures.  So if you wish not to follow along you so graciously can exit now,,, no feelings hurt.  But this proud Nana has just got to share some precious pictures.  Hey, and at the end,,,, you might just see me with The Old Fellow  myself.  I really think I had as much fun as Darbee.  So here goes:

Outside the workshop, which happened to be in an old converted barn.

Inside the workshop, we were waiting on Santa to take a break and welcome us.  We could hear Christmas music in the background and the sound of a hammer.  Yep, he was busy at work.

Here it is.  Santa's very own workshop.  He welcomed us and he ask Darbee Rae to help him as time is drawing near for him to get his toys all made.

Thanks to Papa and his woodworking shop, Darbee knew just what she was doing.  Santa was really impressed that she could use a hammer so well. Don't ya think Santa's work clothes are pretty?  We thought he dressed well for the occassion.

This is where Santa sews the stuffed toys and dolls. Yes  a corner in the workshop perfect for a day of sewing

Wow, look at this big dollhouse.  Santa is still working on it, but gave Darbee Rae a peek inside.  He promises it will be finished for some little girl by Christmas Eve.

What a big rocking horse Santa had built.  Not only did Darbee ride that horse was so big that Darbee's Dad rode it also.

Santa took a minute to go and change into the warm suit he wears when he is flying through the air in his sleigh.  He let us sit in his living room and wait on him.  Darbee was so excited she was clapping her hands.  Can't you tell she is having too much fun?

Darbee had waited all evening for this few minutes.  She told her Mommy to help her not forget one thing that she wanted.  She even told Santa what to bring her Mommy.

Santa had to check his Naughty/Nice list and thank goodness Darbee's name was on the nice side.  But  check it out again.... Holly was on the naughty side.  And after telling Santa how Mr. P. had made me split wood all day  he made  Mr.P add his to the naughty side also.  But being the good fellow he is , he let them both erase their names if they promised to be good from now to Christmas.

Santa was so proud of Darbee for being such a sweet little girl and he knew she as well as her Nana was having so much fun, he decided to let her take a peek inside his office.  He says he doesn't let many folks go in there as it is a special place.  All his books with all the children's names and thier wish lists are stored safely in there for only him to see. 

Looks like Darbee fits in perfectly don't you think?  I think she would have stayed all night and spent time with Santa.

As our time with Santa drew to a close , we all got to have our picture made with him.  He even let the Mister in with Darbee and Me.

Yes, I was beginning to believe he was actually a good old fellow until...... He whispered in my ear that he was bringing me a new AXE and a new CHAIN SAW!!! And I thought that fat old man was on my side.

Now what could I have said to him to get that Naughty finger pointed at me?   I'll just let you guess,,,, cause I will never tell!!

We left Santa and Holly and Stacy treated us to a good supper at a resturant... finally , no slim jim's and cheese.  Where you might ask?    Yep, got it right Cracker Barrel.

As a week of Thanksgiving is approaching we all have so much to be thankful for.  I am thankful for my little family, their love, and all the fun times we share together.

Hope you enjoyed visiting Santa's workshop with us as much as I enjoyed sharing our fun with you.  Hope you all had a great weekend and are looking forward to spending time with Family this coming week.
Until next time.


  1. Oh my gosh is that ever cute! Is that something that is open to the public? or did a friend do that for you? What a great idea and a wonderful evening out! You look so happy and that little Darbee is adorable!


  2. That was a wonderful visit Angela, thanks for sharing. That Darby Rae is a gem.


  3. Oh and as a second note, We used to have a church here that did a Journey to Bethlehem. It was so cool, they took you to the town where all the people were talking about having to be there for the census and how the inn was full and then they took you out back where there were live animals and a live nativity. It was no neat, I wish that they would do it again so that I could take my grandchildren.


  4. Oh what a wonderful place to go with Darbee Rae. It's great being a Nana. My GD was sick this weekend so we didn't get to go to the annual Festival of Trees. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  5. We really had a good time too! So glad ya'll went with us. Love you.

  6. What a great post Angela! Looks a great time was had by all, especially Darbee Rae. She looks so excited in those pictures!
    Happy Thanksgiving!


  7. What a wonderful idea-to create a Santa workshop! Darbee Rae is always adorable.
    I'm sure she will never forget this special night!

  8. Santa sure had an awesome workshop. Looks like Darbee Rae had a wonderful time. What a special time to share with your granddaughter.

  9. This Santa's workshop looks like quite a magical place...what fun!

    Thanks so much for your kind comments on my post about my father-in-law. Your prayers are so appreciated!

  10. What a wonderful evening that must have been - except for Santa telling you he was bringing you an axe and a chainsaw!! All sorts of colorful things you might have said to him flew through my head - and the look on Darbee's face in that particular photo is just too all-knowing....wise beyond her years that one! Looks like a magical time - just hope Darbee doesn't decide she wants that doll house! ;o) Have a great week ahead! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  11. Hi Angela, Looks like a fun time was had. That is such a cute thing to do for the little ones. Monica would love to visit there!!!! Nothing back here like that.
    Happy Thanksgiving

  12. Angela this is so sweet!
    It will be a fond memory forever.

  13. Angela, that would be worth driving to Ga for! Excellent. I just wonder about the magic Darbee felt. That is just the greatest. I would love for Andrew to have that experience and loved Darbee Rae's dress. She is so sweet. Glad you made it to Cracker Barrel. I am so wanting some of their meat loaf.

  14. What a fun day. And how cute is Darbee in her snowman jumper and those polka-dot tied pants! Looks like a little princess. Sounds like Santa is a typical guy, always focusing on providing those practical gifts for us gals. ~Roberta

  15. Hi Angela~

    Lovely post!! Darbee is adorable & you can see the excitement in her twinkling eyes. Thanks for sharing your wonderful visit with Santa.

    Enjoy your week~Becky

  16. So sweet! She's just the cutest thing, and has good ole' Santa wrapped right around her finger too! Just like you!!

  17. Dear Angela,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your mama...what a sweet relationship you must have had...and I know you miss her so much! Life is hard...but God is good...that is our HOPE. Thank you so much for visiting and sharing your heart with me. I will pray for you this morning that you will find sweet comfort...that little gd of yours is such a blessing...children keep us going, don't they? Have a sweet day of giving thanks!

  18. Love this post! Darbee is so cute!