Monday, December 29, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

2 days to Christmas


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These yummy little guys were delivered to our house from Germany - from our Julia. Thank you Julia!  I feel so guilty eating these cute little Santas...but that won't last long.

I may not be blogging for a couple of days.  Our internet doesn't work at home right now so unless my husband has some superhuman hours to get the washer fixed, the office cleaned, the garage cleaned out, the shelves hung, and then, the computer modem fixed, you won't be hearing from me no sireee.

Things I'm looking forward to over Christmas break:

1. witnessing my big brother Todd beat the pants off of everyone with his sweet pool playing skills (i live for this because normally I am the loser... you know... big brother doing my dirty work for me).

2. singing 80's karaoke mercilessly while my children listens with jealousy that they do not know all the words to the songs.

3. screaming ball-room blitz at the top of our lungs while returning from shopping (oh wait...that was last night... and Abbie's sweet friend was saying things like "I have never heard this song before...and your family knows all the words to it, even your little sister") **** The girl in the corner says boy I'm gonna warn ya it'll turn into a ball room blitz...ball room blitz **** I fear I should look up the meaning of this song before I proudly exclaim that my 9 year old knows all the words.. hm...

4.  the decadent dessert that I will make for Christmas day. (I always get to make the dessert and it's almost more fun searching for the perfect dessert than it is eating it. okay...that's a lie.)

5. Opening the spectacular gifts from my darling brother in law, Shelly.  One year he gave haleigh some shoes from the second hand store that had dog poop on the bottom of them. it was awesome!

6. lots and lots and lots of pictures. and lots and lots and lots of pictures. and then lots and lots and lots of pictures.

7. Shawn's aunt shari's appetizer tree

8. pajama pictures (every year I get the girls pajamas and then we take photos of them in them on Christmas eve... some time I will have to post them all.  I have only done it for about 5 years or so)

9. the new guacamole recipe that I have is KILLER. I can't wait to claim it as my own at all of the holiday gatherings! ;)

10. movies, movies, movies... I know of a few movies some people are getting in my family... and they are ones I want to watch.  I am pretty sure one weekend will be movie weekend.

11. cranium cadoo, balderdash, huggermugger, things, what's yours like, to name a few.... we're big gamers here oh yeah.

Well, have a super great fantastic and merry Christmas... and a happy happy happy new year!  May your days be filled with family and fun, and your evenings with laughter and joy!

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Monday, December 22, 2008

3 days to Christmas

There are 3 days to Christmas.  And I'm not ready.

All of our events from our busy week were canceled this past weekend due to inclement weather.  Which freed up a lot of time to do NOTHING.  Because we couldn't leave our house.  These pictures really don't do it justice.  We had about 10 inches of snow.  It took my husband 4 hours to blow the driveway open.  Then, the following night, we had high winds, and it blew shut... another hour to clear.

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We did, however, have the concert on Friday night.  Emily sang so sweet.  I was so proud of her.  They wore their pajamas and sang a song from the Polar Express.

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Lindsey made it home.... we're still waiting for Haleigh to show up.  Weather was too bad.

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Tonight, I'm going to brave the below ZERO temperatures and go to Target.

I have to. HAVE to.

Tomorrow after work, I will wrap. and wrap. and wrap. and wrap.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

7 days to Christmas

Tonight, 7 days before Christmas... we're all bracing for a snow storm. It's supposed to be a big one. But, so far, nothin.

Tonight, 7 days before Christmas, my 9 year old will sing a duet at the HS Orchestra concert - a song from the Polar Express... and she's praying there is no snow storm (until after the concert).

Tonight, 7 days before Christmas, my 16 year old will also sing in the same concert.

Tonight, 7 days before Christmas, my 19 year old is coming home.... hopefully before the storm hits.

Tonight, 7 days before Christmas, my dad's train rolls in from California.. hopefully before the storm hits.

My 21 year old comes home in a couple of days... there is something about having all of your loved ones home.

8 days to Christmas

8 days to Christmas and this is what I'm doing...

I made these cute little cookie gifts. They are filled with eggnog spritz cookies. I bought the containers at a consignment store for under a dollar and baked cookies to put inside them...

And then THIS... this is something you have NEVER seen from me before....

Yes, dear internets, it's a home-made Christmas! I'm right proud of myself.

This is my dear mother-in-law and sewing mentor Marge. I'm glad she doesn't read my blog or she'll kill me for posting this picture. She has helped me so much with my little sewing project. She's been real encouraging at all my crooked stitches.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

9 days to Christmas

Yesterday I wasn't panicked. I was great. Because I knew that today I was going to get in a vehicle with my husband and drive to a city nearby. We were going for other reasons, but I knew there was a mall there... and a fabulous TJ Maxx (oh TJ how I love you), and I could finish my really-close-to-being-done Christmas shopping.

But, for some reason, the weather man had to deliver bad bad bad news. To the tune of 4 to 6 inches.

Therefore, no shopping will occur. none. zippo.

And it's 9 days to Christmas. 9 days. 9.

(((( sigh ))))

Monday, December 15, 2008

10 days to Christmas

A few years ago, we began implementing a new family Christmas tradition in the form of an advent calendar similar to this one. Ours is a bit different but the same concept.
Instead of candy, which by the way is a great idea, each slot is filled with a note. The note is a family activity that we get to do together. Sometimes our schedules are a bit hectic so we don't always do it ALL together.
I usually put the notes in and before I do, I look ahead at the holiday calendar to see which days will be crazy and which can accomodate more time.
Some of the things that have been done this year include
"Subway Eat Fresh for supper!"
"Call a Grandparent and sing a holiday song"
"say a prayer for someone in need"
"bake cookies"
"watch a Christmas movie"
"play a family game - Dad's choice"
"play a card game"
It's a fun way for us to be purposeful at spending time together when the days and nights seem to be filled with so much activity.
Tonight - it's "see a fun holiday concert" because we are going to the HS choir concert. But, due to the crazy week, it will only be half of us. The other half will go to dance practice for the recital on Saturday.
What ways do you celebrate your family at Christmas time?

Friday, December 12, 2008

13 days to Christmas

Last night we went to the annual downtown Christmas Greetings Windows in our town. We have a business on the main street so this Jolly fellow was in our window. 13 Days to Christmas. The schedule is full and crazy.
Tonight - Santa Sing at the Bank
Tomorrow - kids sing at church service
Sunday - sing at church service again
Monday - HS choir concert
Thursday- Orchestra concert singing
Friday - Christmas party
Saturday - Dance Recital
All of those things have practices and rehearsals all over the place... it's making me dizzy.
But, truth be told... I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

cute and sassy new look!

The previous post was the "before" and this is the "after".
She got 8 inches taken off and sent them to Locks of Love.

she's so crazy

Monday, December 08, 2008

2 Corinthians



This morning in my daily Bible reading, I started reading 2 Corinthians.  I really needed to hear from Paul this morning!

This verse really hit home:

6 Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer.

I took some time and meditated on this verse.  This idea of comfort.... I realized that there have been lots of times in my life that I have looked back on something and realized that God had used a particular set of circumstances in my life to give me compassion and be available to comfort others going through the same thing.  Lots of them.

However, I didn't always know it at the time I was suffering.  It was some time... hours, days, weeks, months, even at times years later that I would realize what I had gone through was useful to pray for and minister with and alongside another brother or sister in Christ.

Today, I needed to be encouraged that even in the midst of sufferings...times of great despair... God is ministering to me in this present moment that I too can comfort another later.

So, instead of crying out in anguish this morning, I chose to rejoice and to take time to pray for whoever it is that will experience loss or heartache in the future that I can share God's incredible love and grace and mercy with.

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

All State Choir




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Before and After






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