December 31, 2008
|Make a Smilebox scrapbook|
December 30, 2008
December 29, 2008
Another wonderful thing about airports is that they are usually decorated beautifully for the holidays. Upon my return to San Diego, I was greeted with this Snowman themed tree. Since we can't have them on the ground, I guess someone got creative!
But I do have Christmas bloopers ON PHOTO. These gave me a giggle...
- Unchoreographed dancing while someone had a solo
- Worked for at least 5 minutes to put a rubber band back on a newspaper prop
- Then used the newspaper as a telescope to see everyone in the audience
- Started poking the girl next to him just because he could
- When she scolded him, he poked her more and giggled incessantly
- Violent head shake as a finaleYes, he was on the front row and in the middle. And yes every other 5 year old decided to be on their very best behavior for this Christmas musical. But he didn't scream, didn't cry, and didn't hit anyone so we count his first musical a victory!We had a ton of closed eyes this Christmas. Guess they knew I would be linking to this carnival!
Both kids with eyes closed:
I'll close with even a little cameraman (woman) blunder:
Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!
December 28, 2008
Alex on his graduation day...
Alex on my graduation day...
Each of us in our cap and gowns...
Our mother with each of us...
Friends of Alex...
Friends of mine...
So what was your hair style when you graduated from college?
December 25, 2008
I'll just touch on the gift highlights...
Dan-8 GB thumb drive from my parents. Very cool! My gifts to him were more follow up to other gifts this month. I bought him (us) a frame for one of our anniversary pics and a carrying case for his DS. Oh, and Timothy gave him a "gently used" Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.
Nintendo Wii & Mario Kart. Need I say more? This boy has been studying Mario Kart characters on the computer for well over a year now. He is in heaven. My step-mom made us matching aprons, which I LOVE and can't wait to cook in the kitchen with my kiddos.
Little Einstein's toy laptop, which has a really neat spaceship shaped mouse that will be good practice for a real mouse. The huge hit of the day is the Littlest Pet Shop. She played with it for almost 2 hours straight!
Doodle Pro since before Samantha was born, so we bought one for her this year. As you can see in just 3 years, they've changed the design quite a bit. Samantha's is handy because the shape holder is now magnetic to make it stick better. So as long as she remembers to put the shape back in it's spot, we won't lose them. Timothy's have all disappeared, but as long as the drawer is closed you would never know it! As soon as we lose one of hers, it will be much more obvious. Which design do you prefer?
My Christmas was topped off by 2 blogging presents:
- Print Shop from my parents-I can't wait to play with that!
- My 10,000th Page Load!!! This gift comes from Kristen McLane at kristenmclane.com. This is appropriate since I met Kristen via blogging right before she moved to San Diego! Her blog is full of humor and wonderful anecdotes as they transition to a new city! Ironically, on Tuesday I received this Pillsbury basket I won from Kristen's wonderful giveaways. Hopefully it won't take me another 16 months to get 10,000 hits!
Samantha can stay quiet for spans of time, but when she makes noise it's really loud and typically not happy. After working for 45 minutes to keep her quiet during the service, we slipped out a little early.
On Christmas Eve the kids get to open one present-their annual pajamas. Timothy was more than thrilled to get Mario pjs. There is more Mario to come! Samantha loved her Scottie pjs at first "because they are red," but decided later she didn't want to wear the shirt. I'll make sure she's decent while opening presents.
Both kids were totally hyped up. They couldn't calm down to save their lives! Every stereotype I've ever seen about kids staying up late on Christmas Eve "waiting for Santa" was how my kids were! Their bedtime is no later than 7:30, and they finally went to bed at 9:50!
Yes, I totally caved. I made a giant pallet on the floor, and we watched the movie together. Sam wanted to "lay down on the couch". All she could say about the movie over and over was, "Talking Beavers?" (insert giggle). Timothy groaned out, "It's taking so long." Dan and I asked what was, and he said, "Night time is taking SO long, I want it to be sunny."
putting these scooters together, I opted for a bicycle that came assembled. All I had to do was add the big bow!
How was your Christmas Eve?
December 24, 2008
JOY (Luke 2:8-11)
HOPE (1 Peter 1:3)
PEACE (Ephesians 2: 13-16)
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.
December 23, 2008
New books on the nightstand:
A Newbery Christmas
For the Tough Times: Reaching Toward Heaven for Hope
by Max Lucado
When we feel that life is out of control, He is in control.
When tragedy strikes, people desperately search for answers. Believers and unbelievers alike find themselves turning to God. Best-selling author and pastor Max Lucado points to the only real answer to tragedy and crisis: Prayer. In For the Tough Times, Lucado helps us understand how to pray despite our doubt and fear.
by William Shakespeare
Do you notice that all these books have a similar color theme? Weird!
To see what other people have on their nightstands, go to 5 Minutes for Books!