Thursday, December 29, 2011

Hope it was Merry!

Hello friends! I hope you had a wonderful celebration this holiday season... we're having a great week, and had a lovely time with family and friends from near and far. It was especially great to see my far-away cousins and many friends we haven't seen since moving... going home for Christmas is special indeed! I (of course) forgot my camera, so here are some pictures my sister Sophie took:

my dad reading the T'was the Night Before Christmas to my kids and sisters 

They loved it! 

Christmas Morning! 

A quiet moment after all the gifts were given and after we'd visited Zach's mom's house... she's reading her new science book :). 

My mom's table setting

Romanian and Chilean beauties! 

Crazy boys' table

My Mimi and PopPop- best grandparents ever, and now GREAT grandparents to NINE kids! They still walk a mile a day and party on a regular basis. We should all be like them :). They read this blog- Hi Mimi and PopPop! 

Zach (here with my brother Kyle) sketched all the grandkids for my parents and in-laws, including my brothers' new babies and Zach's half-siblings... yes, my husband is an artist... my begging finally paid off and he got out his charcoal pencils for Christmas! 

All Pete wanted for Christmas was snuggle time with cousin Laela! 

telling jokes from our poppers!

Every year that we get to spend with each other is such a gift. I'm so grateful for our wonderful family and all the time we got to spend with them this year! Off to celebrate the New Year in style... Be back soon!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Peace on Earth

Merry Christmas friends! Wishing you love, light, and peace. And lots and lots of joy and sugary treats :). And if you're feeling extra sassy, spray painted hair.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

work, programs, parties galore!

I know... once again I win the Most Boring Blogger award.... I do have excuses.... lots of jobs to be had (subbing at the preschool- my personal favorite!), some contract work, being in charge of crafts at Christmas parties (x 3 kids = my brain was stretched to its maximum creative capacity).

Leah and Pete's Christmas Program... waiting to start... can't you find them in the crowd? :)

But the most fun to be had was yesterday, when I woke up and baked goodies from 9:30 until 3, and then had a magnificent celebration with our landlord, his extended family (our dear friends), and our neighbors. I don't cook well... but I bake (well, I made everything but the Trader Joe's german spice cookies)... so a dessert party it was! Complete with cider and hot chocolate... and the perfect sugar coma was bestowed upon all! :).

Teenagers (and Pete) would rather watch Elf....
Who let that guy with the Dook shirt into my house??? :)

Elf got really popular...

A great time was had by all, and it was a fun way to kick off the Christmas festivities! Today we watched a couple of extra kiddos for a working mama, and Mario Kart is my new hero while heavy rain falls outside. Now we just need to wrap some gifts and do some laundry, and the Christmas weekend can actually occur.

Nothing else too exciting to report... hope you all are well and having a joyful week! (off to watch Elf for the 3rd time since yesterday... rain rain raaaaaaaaaaaain go away!)

Monday, December 12, 2011


Advent is upon us... and we wait expectantly, together as a family, joyfully and quietly, as the season unfolds around us. Winter skies remind us of the light that enters the world every single day... if only we're wise enough to look for it... to look at it.

(photos from our front yard at dusk)

Zach is finished for the semester. We can exhale for a bit... before it all starts again in January. I do not take this for granted. We're all cherishing every moment! Love and Peace to all of you... have a great week!

“The house lights go off and the footlights come on. Even the chattiest stop chattering as they wait in darkness for the curtain to rise. In the orchestra pit, the violin bows are poised. The conductor has raised his baton. In the silence of a midwinter dusk, there is far off in the deeps of it somewhere a sound so faint that for all you can tell it may be only the sound of the silence itself. You hold your breath to listen. You walk up the steps to the front door. The empty windows at either side of it tell you nothing, or almost nothing. For a second you catch a whiff of some fragrance that reminds you of a place you’ve never been and a time you have no words for. You are aware of the beating of your heart…The extraordinary thing that is about to happen is matched only by the extraordinary moment just before it happens. Advent is the name of that moment.”

— Frederick Buechner, Whistling in the Dark, pp. 2,3

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Time Smother you in Christmas...


Decorations are up... Husband almost done with school (for a little tiny bit... I'll take it!).... presents at least thought about... (that whole lack of income thing is causing a LOT of creativity around here). Kids are in the spirit! Now if it could snow a little here... or at least be colder than 60*... I would be thrilled!!!

Here is tree #1 in the living room:
Yes, Action Figure Jesus continues to grant us Peace from the top of the tree.

Tree #2... first time we've had room for TWO trees!!! In our dining room area and seen through the window above... so pretty!

We have, of course, been listening to great Christmas music, and Sara Groves is still my very favorite (I mean, not to dethrone Amy Grant or anything. That would be blasphemy. But Amy is legend and doesn't even need to be mentioned. She's like Oprah and doesn't even need to be considered for the awards anymore. She's that solidified in the Christmas music history of America. Not to worry. Tender Tennessee Christmas, anyone?).

So anyway, once again, this blog will serenade you with my fav Sara Groves Christmas song. Be merry and bright!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Have. Mercy.

It is Advent.
Do we really care about our neighbor? Are we even willing to give, just a little? My grandfather emailed this so me, and it is powerful. I hope you'll take the time to watch it, and let your heart be moved, and broken, and changed.

Change For A Dollar Movie: Is he asking for Change, or is he asking for CHANGE? Follow a man as he affects multiple peoples' lives with just one dollar, proving that it doesn't take much to be the change in someone's life. Written and directed by Sharon Wright.