29 December 2010

Feliz Navidad 2010

video

In lieu of paper Christmas cards this year, my creative husband has made this video.  I love it.
To all of you lovely friends who sent cards:  thank you ever so much!  I LOVE receiving them, displaying them, and keeping them.  Please don't stop.  I hope that next year we will be on top of our game, and send greetings in a card as well.
Until then, please enjoy this endeavor!


PS  I apologize for the small size of the video.  Not sure how to enlarge it; it might help if you pop it out to full screen!

28 December 2010

Blizzard 2010

Yesterday was a fun day of being snowed in.  We built a fire in the morning and lazed around with intermittent Nerf gun wars, games of Candyland, and eating lots of leftovers (cinnamon rolls!!  I get fatter just looking at them).
We also spent a number of hours shoveling out.  Walter is in charge of shoveling for our elderly neighbors across the street, and he went above and beyond what they've asked him to do.  
I must admit I experienced a few moments of shoveling despair when I was trying to get all of our many stairs cleared.  It seemed so impossible.  But I made it through so that now the mailman can make it to our house without serious injury.  I also admit pangs of jealousy when I saw a landscape service pull up to a neighbor's house with a phalanx of snow blowers.
The strong winds made created some amazing drifts around our house.  Beautiful.
Enjoy the third day of Christmas!





 

26 December 2010

Christmas 2010

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14
A lovely Christmas Eve and Day and Boxing Day have been had at our house.  We are now enjoying a blizzard.  I love getting snowed in when we don't have anywhere to be or anything special to do!







More pictures to come.  Blessings to you and your family as we enter the Christmas season (did you hear that?!  We are ENTERING the Christmas season...today is only day 2!!!).

21 December 2010

First Snow on the Longest Night


Lovely day of playing in snow and getting out the Christmas decorations.  
Oh, and a broken lamp and two children stepping on glass.  All is well.
One more thing:  why do my children want to buy Christmas gifts for their friends' pets?  I refuse to let them spend money on animals we don't even own.  Too Scroogey?

20 December 2010

Tomorrow is the Shortest Day

I've been absent from blogland for a few weeks, quite busy with family and work duties.  But I have missed this space and the community between friends.
This is a gratuitous picture of Christmas cuteness at church.  


Every year I have a Christmas conflict within myself.  It has to do with how to celebrate, how to decorate, how to give, how to remember the poor, how to not be COMPLETELY ridiculous in our extravagance and wealth.  It paralyzes me, and keeps me from writing.  This happened to me last year, as well, as you'll see in this post. Maybe next year I'll have it figured out.


For now, I'm joining the Gratitude Community in listing the gifts of the Father.
  
O come Thou rod of Jesse
Free Thine own from Satan's tyranny
From depths of hell Thy people save
And give them victory o'er the grave!


#1088  last day of school before vacation 
#1089  cookies from friends
#1090  intriguing discussion with 4th and 5th graders about heaven
#1091  warm boots
#1092  Compassion kids
#1093  thinking of the first Christmas and God's condescension
#1094  Christmas shopping with the children for their siblings
#1095  the Grinch and what he learned - Christmas came all the same
#1096  oldest son cracking us all up with his British accent
#1097  older saints with wisdom galore
#1098  free workouts on demand
#1099  words -- what a gift
#1100  the Word made flesh

Goodies

I made these goodies -- marshmallows and peppermint patties -- last week to give to colleagues and the kids' teachers.  I need to make a new batch for Walter's teachers tomorrow!
I'm most excited about the peppermint patties; they are my favorite!




Tonight I plan to try these.  Don't they look amazing?  


Be back later to join the Gratitude Community

19 December 2010

Crickets...

Why, hello there!
Yes, I know, it's been two weeks since I posted.

And it's December 19th and I'm just now adding a December header to the blog.

Let's just go on without skipping a beat, shall we?

Awesome.  Wicked awesome.

My sweet and hard-working husband had a birthday.

I made him this cake.  It was amazing!!  If you like gingerbread, I highly highly recommend this recipe.  It was dark and spicy and wonderful.  I may have to make it again during the holidays.

This past week we attended THREE school Christmas programs.  I have terrible pictures of two, and kind of cute pictures of one.
It was so interesting to see the Christmas presentations of three different Christian schools.  Wildly disparate, but all enjoyable and glorifying to God.

Here was the first:

This is the 4th, 5th and 6th grade choir in their blue robes.  Walter remarked that they should have been singing "Blue Christmas."
Here is a terrible picture of tons of church friends who are also connected to school and who Lucy considers her family, as evidenced by the way she was lounging all over them during the concert.
Next was Walter's LONNNGGGGG concert.  The camera battery ran out JUST as his middle school chorus came on stage.  Awesome.
But see how handsome he looked?!  Can you believe how old he is?!  The first picture shows his true feelings about having to sing in the concert, and the second picture shows what he looked like when I said, "Walter, now please show me the OPPOSITE of how you really feel right now."
Magic.

Last but most certainly not least was Lucy's Christmas ASSEMBLY (that is its proper name and what you MUST call it; please don't deviate).
She and her kindergarten cohorts played the sheep.  Oh, they were just perfect!  See?

See the adorable and quiet sleeping sheep?




So now four of us are out of school for Christmas!  Poor Walter must persevere for two more days.  He'll make it.
Up next, a week of baking, wrapping, decorating, shopping, and pondering the wonder of Emmanuel -- God WITH us.

07 December 2010

(Day after) St. Nicholas Day Thanks

If thou wilt foil thy foes with joy,
Then flit not from this heavenly Boy.
 - from "This Little Babe", A Ceremony of Carols, Benjamin Britten

Look what St. Nicholas brought!
#1074  sleep
#1075  popping awake just as the alarm is about to go off; God's mercy
#1076  conferring with my brother early in the morning as we remember and talk about our Grandfather who just passed away
#1077  working hard
#1078  Advent wreath at church
#1079  singing in choir at church (a once-a-year occurrence)
#1080  boys helping 
#1081  new candle in kitchen
#1082  listening to Lucy making sense of the world
#1083  husband who helps me not overcommit
#1084  colleagues who reassure
#1085  black, old school, felt tip pens
#1086  noisy children in my home
#1087  repentance and forgiveness EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.


PS I'm missing all of you.  I've been up to my eyeballs in this: