Dec 19, 2011

Holiday Fun


So in between bouts of extreme tiredness - which is my main pregnancy symptom, (no morning sickness for me...so I can't really complain!)  -and a couple of small(ish) 'home improvement' projects, we have sneaked in a bit of time to take in some holiday fun!


First we spent a morning at my mother-in-law's, where the girls helped set up Granny's Christmas village.







 It is a fun little village, full of tiny houses, churches, stores and some of the buildings light up.  There are all kinds of people to place in the scene and accessories.  Oh and the cotton snow, the kids LOVE the cotton snow!





It was a nice relaxing day.  I got to sit back, watch the action unfold, sip a cup of tea and take a moment to slow down and enjoy the season.








Amidst our small(ish) home improvement project - which included my kitchen being semi out of commission; my dad came to bake cookies with the girls.  Because if you know me at all by now, you know a reno project never stops us!







My dad took care of all of it, so again I got to sit back and relax...and well, I'm okay with that! ;)







The girls had fun mixing and making messes!


 




My dad kneaded the dough and using a cookie press he purchased second hand over 30 years ago, he loaded sheet after sheet of delicious short bread.






The kids adorned each cookie with cherry bits and even managed to not squish them flat!











While the cookies baked and then cooled my dad was invited to read to my girls.  It's rare that anyone who comes for a visit gets to leave without reading at least one story.








And at the end of it all.....



Not my photo - this was taken by my friend Rebecca- good job Rebecca! ;)





This Christmas season has come upon us so fast.  Be it that I've been so tired, or that the weather has been so very unseasonably warm for us here or the fact that I'm getting older and time just moves so incredibly fast these days - whatever it may be, it's only a week to go now!


I love Christmas...I don't know if I can say it enough - for me it's such a wonderful and wondrous time of the year!  And though I realize we don't know the exact day our Saviour was actually born, I enjoying taking at least one day of the year to truly focus on that miraculous event!

For my husband and I, we keep trying to find more ways to make Him the focus.  To actually make Christmas a celebration of just that, Christ!  This year we have decided to move our actual gift opening day to a few days before Christmas...I'm thinking of calling it Giftmas day - in that it is the day we exchange gifts in representation of the ultimate gift God has given us.

I still have to run that name by my hubby....

No matter what we call it, having the gifts on a separate day will allow us to have more time to focus on Jesus, on the day that is suppose to be all about Him.  This year is especially nice as we will attend Church and worship Him with our Church family before enjoying the rest of the day with extended family.

We are constantly trying to focus our lives on God, making Him the center of all we are and not making Him fit into our lives.  It can be a challenge at times and the convictions that come with that are not always easy but they are, in the end, rewarding!

I'd love to hear how other people celebrate Christ at this special time of year.  Let me hear about your traditions, celebrations, convictions, etc.  We do best when we strengthen each other!

Now, I have to get to work on a load of things today...wrap presents, make food, finish some homemade gifts and maybe clean something.....maybe!

Anyways, in case I don't get back on here before Christmas, I say God bless you and have a safe and wonderful Christmas!







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4 comments:

  1. Aww. Such lovely pictures. Your littles will cherish these memories, more so because you were able to capture them with your wonderful talents.

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  2. I love cookies with grandpa and Giftmas sounds fun. Take care and thanks for the pics. Wonderful. :)

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  3. Did I read that right? Congrats are in order...you're expecting?

    Wonderful news, photos, memories made- and cookies. ;)

    I love your Giftmas idea.

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  4. I love that your dad came to make cookies. My dad is a wonderful PaPa...but baking cookies would not be in the cards! lol

    Have a wonderful and Merry Christmas!

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