Dec 31, 2011

Christmas come and gone - a New Year on the horizon





Christmas, has come - the gifts exchanged, excitement dealt and food enjoyed.





Littles enjoyed each and every experience, including the learning of many a Christmas carols and new traditions.  A happy four year old who receives - but what else - ♪ ♫ a hippopotamus for Christmas ♫ ♪ 

Hand made toys and less commercialism was our goal this year and I purchased this adorable hippo at a local craft show...though you can't really see it as it is clutched so lovingly in her hands.






And little sister got the joy of a homemade teddy from a woman and friend from our church.  It was loved so deeply that in a few short days it lost it's eyes.  Ah well, it is still great for hugs!





We were given this sweet cleaning set from a relative who picked it up new but second hand...if that makes sense - but yes, they said it was fine to give it to the kids for Christmas.  So after stashing it away for months it was finally unveiled that morning.


And thankfully much to the delight of my little ones and I'm sure they will be big helpers now!  Or at least they get a kick out of tickling each other with the duster.... *sigh!* :)







And ahh, a little kudos to myself next - for I had set a crazy goal of making dolls for the girls for Christmas.  I mean you know, being pregnant, having to make Christmas dinner for my large in-law family, shopping, cooking, baking, kitchen renovating...it just wasn't enough - so I set forth on a doll making adventure.



Let's just say...it's been a few years since I've sewn...and my latest 'sewing' endeavours have included such tasks as hemming curtains....where in I sorta just cut them.....then leave 'em that way....



*sheepish grin*




 But I did it!  Oh yes!  Only 10 legs, 9 arms, three bodies and four heads later, I completed my challenge!








Not too shabby for someone who hates all things math and measuring!!!!



And this momma was proud and overjoyed to see how it was love on first sight on our Christmas morning!





So dinners were enjoyed, family time indulged in and a whirl wind of days flew by.   We set new traditions, including the moving of our gift exchange off of the 25th and to another day...officially dubbed Giftmas! 

Thanks to you all who supported the idea - I appreciated the comments - it's nice to know I'm not complete off the edge.....yet!

;)






We continue to look at this season in new light each year - trying to figure out, for us, what the celebration of our Saviour's birth should look like.  But family, worship, love, peace of heart and the simple things are all a good place to start!






With all the business of the season, a sinus cold and a growing human in my body we have canceled our annual New Year's party.  It's a shame, I enjoying having people in and bringing old and new friends together but I had to let something go - I have the bad habbit of taking on the world and it's just too much!  So we got some munchies and a family movie and took the night to enjoy being alone together!

My hubby is putting the girls down now, so I stole some time to log in one last post for 2011. 


I look forward to the year ahead, to all the Lord will have for us - for the blessings and even the challenges....(feel free to remind me of that at a later date!)  I look forward to growing closer to Him and learning more about loving Him - as scary as that can be at times.

So I sit here at the dawn of a New Year and though we don't do resolutions and the such - who doesn't appreciate a fresh start?  My children are about settled in bed, a blessing grows in me and hope for all the next year has, is only hours away.

Whether or not I'm awake to see it come in....


 HAPPY NEW YEAR  AND GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU!



 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
Jeremiah 29:11-13  





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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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Dec 9, 2011

December Days and A Special Gift


Oh how the days keep marching on!  November is long gone - and with me posting a measly three posts that month! :P  So in due fashion of blog slacking I am giving an update of our December so far and letting you all in on a special little gift.....oh the suspense....



So far our days have been bright and crisp....







with unseasonably warm days....







....followed by just enough snow to break out the winter gear and build a snowy friend.












And when you have been anticipating snow since October, any amount will do!


 






We have enjoyed visits with family and dear friends.  Play dates and park fun.  Oh and sweet drooly smiles from a darling nephew!








With pajama days and snow watching to get us in the Christmasy mood.....






..... we broke out the decorations and adorned the tree and most of the house, surrounded with sweet smells, joyful tunes, and festive food!







So we bask in this season.  A season of Peace, Joy and Love...at least under the King.  A time to reflect on all He has done for us, all He has given us and ohhh; all the ways He blesses us!




And so that brings me to our special little gift.  An early Christmas present...but one that cannot be 'opened' until June.  The miracle and blessing of another child.

*blushing, bashful smile*


We feel very blessed!


I don't care what's under the tree this year...we are already spoiled!





         
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.  James 1:17







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