Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas at Our House (In A Flash)

Christmas Morning at our house.



Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Card 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Us to You:



Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Home Tour 2014

A peek inside our house this Christmas Season.

(The bright reds and colorful lights are in honor of our small crew who think it feels most like Christmas that way. ;)

 Merry Christmas from our house to yours...

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Five for the Week

1.  It's been a busy week of getting the Christmas cards ready and out the door.
(I've been having some stomach issues so two weeks ago I stopped drinking coffee (sadness) and eating gluten.  All of the late nights this past week have been fueled by almond crackers, cranberry juice and gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. ;)

I'm pretty sure that M is going to be taking over my job in no time.
She stamped all of them and wrote in half of them.

We also managed to get a few out to "the people who make a difference in our lives--what would we do if we didn't have garbage people?" (All written in by M.)

2.  Beza had her school Christmas Sing-a-long.  (I know, so totally blurry, but it was sweet.)

3.  Little dude had a sick-day.  He's also been especially sentimental as of late.  He really wanted his room to be like when he was 2 or 3--simpler with only one bin of toys and not a shelf of them.  We moved all of his superheroes to the basement and even braved Walmart for a replica of the bin he had when he was little. 
(Note: Besides a fever, he never actually got "sick" he just felt like he might.)

4.  We spent Saturday afternoon at a church party--a great way to start Christmas Week.

5.  And this morning Santa made his yearly firetruck appearance.

We are so excited to celebrate Christmas this week!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Five for the Week

A quick look back at last week:

1.  On the 6th, the small crew woke up to a few sweets and a car in their boot outside the front door for St. Nicholas Day.

2.  The wires got a makeover.  Or rather, a make-under.  It was beginning to look like a bachelor pad around here with huge expanses of cords hanging out all over the place.  (Thanks, J!)

3.  The snowflakes were gigantic on Wednesday.

4.  We spent Friday and Saturday morning in VT with Nana and Pop.  

While the oldest went skiing, Beza and I played games, read books and colored in the lodge.  (She's crazy good at Spot It.)

It would be hard for them to narrow down their favorite--skiing or swimming at the hotel. ;)

5.  We came back just in time for M's guitar recital.  It's always short and sweet and just the perfect way to get in the Christmas spirit.

After dinner out we waited in line for 2 hours to show Nana and Pop the local Christmas light attraction.  It is always amazing.

Whew--I kind-of can't believe that Christmas is next week!  There's so much fun to squeeze in before then!

Friday, December 05, 2014

10 for 2 (Weeks)

A peek back at Thanksgiving and such:


2.  We left for PA a day early to avoid the "big" snow.
3.  J celebrated his birthday.

4.  We headed over the river and through the woods to my parents house for Thanksgiving day.  (The church means that home is just around the bend.)
(My cousin pointed out that it looks like there's the outline of a man on the steeple.)

5.  Fruit and vegetable turkeys are funny.  

6.  We had fun:
Exploring an old bee nest.

Watching Beza and my sister play together--they're quite a pair.

Digging out old games from when I was little.

Playing a few crazy rounds of Spot It at the cabin with cousins.

And, in an unforseen twist of events, finding out that M loves bear meat.  (Did not see that one coming.)

7.  We came back from PA with our tree from J's grandparents tree farm.  And then we sat back and watched them decorate. 

Someday I will miss their decorating style.

8.  I took a "vacation day" on Wednesday. ;)
M made J a detailed schedule for the day.  She's such a good helper. ;)

9.  They put on a funny play.  (T had like 10 outfit changes and kept putting jeans on over thick sweatpants--quite a look.  Beza played the duckling.)

10.  Breaking out the scale always equals school fun. :)

And now we're getting ready for St. Nicholas Day tonight.

Happy Weekend!