I know you do your very best....but really? This is it? Where are our 12 + inches of snow? Where is our blizzard? I had my hopes up to be snowed in. Do you have children? How am I supposed to tell my three year old that he has to keep making his snow angels in frozen slush? And just so you know...sub-zero temperatures are soooo not as cool as a snow storm. Totally not cool. But we forgive you, Mr. Weatherman. In the spirit of Christmas, I will give you one more chance. But only one.
Lady in Waiting (for snow)
p.s. I've attached a few pictures for your enjoyment. You may notice their very disappointed faces. Please do better next time. For the sake of the children...
Is it just me or do others become obsessed with the task of making the holidays special, memorable, God-centered? Okay, okay...that was a rhetorical question. I know the answer. However, something happened the other day that made me relax a bit...
It was last Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and we were just hanging out at home as a family. And then it it started snowing--the first snow of the year! Oh, it was magical! We usually have snow earlier than this so it was much anticipated and the boys were watching with wide eyes as the flakes covered the ground. I can't remember who said it first, but Joel and I were in agreement...we just had to put up the tree!
Typically, I would want everything to be at least semi-orderly, and would put a lot of effort into making the whole decorating process really special and memorable. But without any preparation at all, it just happened....the magic! You know, the magic:)
With Christmas music in the background, we tripped over boxes of ornaments and small children to get our little tree set up, lit, and decorated. We all ate peppermint sticks and everyone was allowed to hang ornaments. Then, as the decorative moss went flying everywhere, we brought the nativity scene out of the box and the boys had fun playing flying angel-guy.
No, our tree doesn't look perfect, and yes we had a few ornament casualties and sticky, peppermint fingerprints were everywhere....but it was perfect! It was festive, it was memorable, and we even had good conversation about how baby Jesus could be bigger and better than a super-hero.
I guess I just realized that the "moments" I strive and hope for during the holidays often cannot be orchestrated. My new hope for the weeks ahead is that we are flexible as a family and make time for those un-orchestrated Christmas moments to happen...
I was able to spend some time this past week with my childhood friend, Janna. It was so special to see her, her little boy and her sister. Janna and I were the best of friends in elementary school, we showed horses together and she was even in my wedding. She's one of my oldest friends and I love her so much! I love seeing friends after a long time and learning that God has been at work in their lives. So great...
I found these little signs on the outside of Brooklyn's "office". I think they are the rules she made for her space....so darling.
I'm in the process of making a thankful wreath with the four kiddos. Today, we cut out paper leaves, and then I had each child tell me what they were thankful for and I wrote each item on their leaves. They are almost done coloring the leaves and we will glue them tomorrow. It is so fun to get inside their heads and hear what makes them tick. Here are some of the things the kids are thankful for...
Brooklyn (note her very mature answers--she's five!)- "my mom, my dad, my brother, Daisy the dog, friends, My God"
Parker(3.5)-"going to the lake,riding in race cars, riding on motorcycles, God, Mama, Daddy, Griffin"
Tallan (2)- "ME!" Yes, he is thankful for himself--he is very self assured!
Griffin (1.9)- "Daddy!"
And by the way, Parker HAS NEVER ridden in a race car or on a motorcycle....I think he confused me with Santa Claus...geesh. Motorcycle? Not on your life, mister:)
My very favorite veteran of all....my Dad!! Just about 26-27 years of service, right dad? I should probably be a little more technical than that and tell you his official name and rank and all of the honors he has...but I won't:) But I will tell you that he's a big dude in the Navy... and always has been to me! Love you Dad!!
I haven't been in the mood to blog...not sure why. But I don't want to forget about these days, either...so I may be posting pictures with very few words for a while. You know, just to document these special moments--and they're all special!
A picture taken last night at Nicole (Joel's cousin) and Andy's wedding! Congrats, you two, and have a great honeymoon! Oh, and thanks so much for the picture, Vicky!
Ha... Gotcha!! I betcha thought I was going to talk politics. Won't catch me talking about that here. Too bad. So sad:)
But I have to tell you that I'm listening to some classic Christmas music at this very moment while still enjoying my Halloween decorations! I know that would drive most of you crazy, but it is MY HOUSE and it is MY FREEDOM! I know many people get very worked up about the commercialism of the holidays starting so early, but I'll let you in on a little secret....I think it is great!! When else do we spend so much money on OTHER people? Why is it so bad? And if you don't like all of the Christmas stuff out right now, then don't you dare buy a gift before Thanksgiving! The stuff is out because we buy it...and the cycle continues!
Wow. Didn't know I was so passionate about that one. You won't catch me talking about politics, but I will sure as heck tell you what I think about the holidays!
Okay, so back to politics for one little minute...I voted by mail. Love that I didn't have to stand in line. It totally is the way to go. I'm ready for tomorrow when all of this will be over...mainly because I'm tired of the division it has caused in all sorts of circles. It is totally ridiculous. The end.
the leaves are FALLING, and of course, this makes me a little sad because we'll have to say goodbye very soon. But aren't they just beautiful?
this fall we've started a new format for our small group: a much more fluid approach to fellowship including wine, bread, and good conversation. I love it so much. Instead of feeling drained by having small group at our house, I feel refreshed! Isn't that the way it is supposed to be?
And my new autumn tablecloth....ooohhhh! I am so into it. Can't get over the vibrant colors...
cute little pumpkins from the dollar store. I'm sure some grubby, little hands will get a hold of them soon, but I'm enjoying them right now:)
Daily walks with Parker to go pick up B. from school. Special times.
p.s. that is not my slobber on my collar, just so you know. I believe it was Parker's. So there.