Wednesday, December 30

Gifts and Fun!

Grandpa bowling with the Wii

As you can tell by my face, I was pretty excited because I got a kitchen scrubbie. Abby crocheted it from tulle and she also crocheted me the beautiful scarf.

We had lots of fun opening gifts and playing games and this is what Dasher did most of the time! It's tough being a dog!

Monday, December 28

Birthday party

We were invited to our neighbors birthday party on December 23 and this picture was taken before we left. They are from India and they served authentic foods but much milder. It was good and plenty hot enough for me. We watched a magic show and enjoyed some good fellowship with some of our neighbors.

Thursday, December 24

King of Kings!

My daughter is a part of a group of girls who have fun together and also study the Bible together. At their Christmas party their leader shared with us one of the names of Jesus Christ and it was King of Kings.

We went around the room and everyone told a word that described Christ and what kind of King He was.........humble, powerful, serving, forgiving, mighty, etc.

She made each of the girls a crown ornament to remind them that they are the Princess of the King! She told them they could hang it in their room or on the mirror to always remember how special they are. It is really beautiful!

I Timothy 6:11-16

I charge you 14to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.

Merry Christmas everyone! I will be taking a little break from this blog to spend time with my family.

Tuesday, December 22

Christmas in the Kitchen

This little tree sits in the window in front of our sink in the kitchen. It was simple to decorate and fun to look at.

Monday, December 21

Handmade Ornaments

Several months ago I started working on these red work ornaments. I didn't finish as many as I would have liked but at least got a few made. I had so much fun working on them. It is amazing how much you can get done if you have everything ready in a bag and take it with you wherever you go.

They are very simple and inexpensive to make.

Friday, December 18

Bob's Sweet Stripes

Every Christmas morning we would drive to my mom's parents house in Savannah, Tennessee. It would take us about two hours to drive. We would get up very early and open our presents and then go to their house. Of course there was always lots of food to eat and we would see many aunts, uncles and cousins who lived in the same town. I always remember eating soft peppermint sticks at their house. Sometimes we would stick them in an orange and try to suck the juice out with the peppermint stick. This year I bought a huge container of Bob's Sweet Stripes. When I see the jar filled with them or suck (I usually just chew them because I am too impatient) them I am reminded of my Mamaw and Papaw and all the wonderful memories we shared together. What Christmas memories/traditions do you have?

Thursday, December 17

Crochet Fleece Blanket

One of my good friends turned 40 and I crocheted around some fleece and made a blanket for her. They are really easy to make and with the help of a skip stitch blade it makes it much faster. This blade goes in my rotary cutter and cuts little holes in the fleece so that I can crochet in them. I enjoy making these because you don't have to concentrate very much and I can do it while watching a movie with the family.

Wednesday, December 16


We hosted the Christmas party for a girls group that Abby is a part of and below is a picture of how we decorated. Saturday night at about 9pm Abby showed me a snowflake she had just made. I couldn't believe that she made it and asked if she could make more and we could use them for decorations. It worked out perfectly. I wasn't able to find any table cloths so I used our Christmas wrapping paper and wrapped the small folding tables with it. It worked perfectly because it was a white background with blue snowflakes. It was all very simple but it looked nice and everyone thought we bought the snowflakes. Abby is so crafty and comes up with some really great ideas.

Tuesday, December 15

Another family tradition

I bought this book this year and our 7 yr old reads it every night before we read Jotham's Journey. There are 25 books and each day is a short story leading up to the birth of Christ. She does an excellent job reading and looks forward to it every night!
After she reads the little book we hang it on a little tree.

Monday, December 14

Our Mary and Joseph

The little girls put on a play about Mary and Joseph for us on Saturday night.

Abby had her Girls Club Christmas party at our house yesterday and the girls acted out the birth of Christ and she was an angel and a wise man.

Friday, December 11

Sewing Lessons

My 12 yr old daughter has been taking sewing lessons from her Grandma and I wanted to show you a stocking that she made a few days ago without her Grandma's help. I am so proud of her. She made it all by herself. She is so creative and does an excellent job. We are so blessed to have Grandma here to share all of her talents with us. I know the memories that they are making together she will never forget!

Thursday, December 10

Spending time together

Every night we have been reading a book called Jotham's Journey by Arnold Ytreeide
and lighting our candles while we read by the firelight. This special time together has become the highlight of our night. The story is suspenseful and yet reminds us of what Christ has done for us and how we can show His love, grace and mercy to others. I am thankful for this book and also for the memories we are creating. The author actually lives about 30 minutes from us in Nampa, Idaho. There are two other books in the series and I can't wait to read those too!

We have also been making ornaments for our trees and the girls have been having so much fun creating! Last night we watched Miracle on 34th Street and Santa Clause 1. My family is a huge blessing to me!
The picture below shows the girls stringing popcorn. Even though we were using day old popcorn it was a challenge for them to string it and not eat it! After we hung it on their little trees I noticed quite a bit of popcorn on the floor. I thought our dog ate it off the tree but I found out that Amelia ate some and later her little 2 yr old cousin had to try some out too! I think we might need to stick to non-edible garland next year!

Tuesday, December 8

First snow yesterday!

We of course were excited to see our first real snow. We are all sick but the little girls just had to go out and play. Dasher had a blast running around as fast as he could and also eating the snow. Last night our temperature got down to 7 degrees so it was pretty cold. It usually doesn't stay that cold for too long and I'm glad!

Snow Angels