One Last Christmas Song

December 31, 2009

Here’s one more Christmas song for your listening pleasure. This is what our family does when we are together – we make movies… Enjoy.

I resolve to be a better blogger in the new year. (We’ll see.)


Happy 2009

January 1, 2009

Only two of us were able to stay up to greet the arrival of the new year.


Tracking Santa

December 24, 2008

topbann_01topbann_04We’re tracking him again this year. He’s still in Australia right now, but he’s coming…

Merry Christmas

December 23, 2008


And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for allthe people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth
peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
Luke 2:9-14

Jingle Bells

December 20, 2008

The words may not be right, but the spirit is all there.

Feeling Crafty

December 14, 2008

Unlike my sister, who has been working on a new project every time I’ve talked to her lately, I had one big Christmas project this year. I have always wanted Christmas plates, so I decided to make them myself. I went to a pottery painting place and picked a different Christmas carol for each plate. Here’s how they turned out… I like them.


The Nutcracker

December 12, 2008


Last night we took the kids to see their first ballet. They both truly enjoyed Lubbock Ballet’s version of The Nutcracker. It affirmed one little boy’s love of music, and one little girl’s desire to dance. After the performance, there was a meet and greet with the ballerinas – oooh, was Baby Girl in heaven!

dsc_8290The most important ballerina for her to get a picture with was our friend Sophie. Sophie played one of the dolls at the party and we were all so proud that we knew a star.

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Here are pictures of her with Clara, the Dewdrop Fairy, and the Merliton.

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What a great night at the ballet. I think we will start making this a holiday tradition.

A Birth Foretold

December 5, 2008

Here’s what we learned in school today.

Women’s Christmas Dinner

December 5, 2008

Every year our church has a Christmas Dinner given by the Women’s Ministry. They ask women in our church to host tables and invite friends to come raise money for the youth group to go on a mission trip. For the last two years, Kim and I have hosted a table together. We always stand out. You see, most of the tables are decorated with the finest china, elaborate centerpieces, and beautiful tablecloths – they are works of art. Unfortunately, because of our combined 5 kids 6 and under, Kim and I don’t own works of art to use on our dinner tables. Last year our theme was Christmas in Hawaii (we had hula girls on our plates). This year, we hosted two tables with the theme “Christmas Eve/Christmas Morning”.

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The Christmas Eve table had wrapped presents in the center, whole cookies on each plate, and unstuffed stockings tied to the back of each chair. The Christmas Morning table had unwrapped presents in the center, cookies with a bite out of them, and stuffed stockings. We served hot chocolate and marshmallows before dinner and we ate off plates that we painted ourselves. Oh, and we asked all the women who sat at our tables to come wearing their pajamas.



It was a great group of people – 16 amazing women who I truly enjoyed spending the evening with. I love planning things with Kim, I think we compliment each other quite nicely. (I’m an organizing control-freak, and she trusts that it’s the people who make an event a success – how have I not realized that she’s always right?)dsc_8200

So, now it’s time to start planning for next year – what theme will we use? Whatever we choose, know that it’s a good bet that we will not have gold leaf or crystal anywhere on our table.

Christmas Crazy

December 2, 2008

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I LOVE Christmastime. It is the one time of year when people are friendly, houses are decorated, and we can more freely talk about Jesus (it is His birthday). This will be the 10th Christmas Matt and I have shared as a married couple, and for 10 years I have been grateful for being married to a man who tolerates my Christmas crazy.

I am aware that I go nuts. I have 12 nativity sets in my living room; I take down everything from the top of my cabinets to put up Christmas decor; I even put holiday shower curtains in both my bathrooms. But recently, I have realized something – I don’t think I’m alone being coocoo for Christmas. Two weeks before Thanksgiving, Matt called me and told me that I should go ahead and start decorating for Christmas “if I wanted to”, then, the day after Thanksgiving he was outside setting up the nativity set in our yard and putting a wreath on my car. I suspect that he may be just as Christmas crazy as I am, and I love it. After all, he is the one who constantly reminds me – it is truly a magical time of year.

So, is anyone else as Christmas crazy as we are?