Wednesday, December 26, 2007
To quote Reba, "eeesh!" Six Christmas celebrations down. We came, we ate, we gifted - what more could you want? We started out the week with Brian's parents and managed the three ring circus that is entertaining extended family, managing three dogs and a cat, and keeping kids and a moderately good mood. Brian's sister was in from CO and his parents finally had the whole fam back - albeit for only a brief time. Four Christmases with them later we are spending time with my family where my parents have my sisters and I all under one roof again back from Northern CA, North Dakota, and of course TX. The grand-dogs are also happy to be reunited with family. What did they do without all this chaos? We have now had a total of three Christmas celebrations with them. Seriously - we are going to have to rent another Penske to get us home. We have three more days here and we haven't yet begun to touch on accomplishing all we wanted to do. I guess that's what return trips are for.
Here are some pictures to catch you up - crafting and gift pictures to come:
What a whirlwind. Jacob just informed me he was going to take a nap. I don't blame him.
Friday, December 21, 2007
We squished ourselves into the borrowed Durango for it's return trip home complete with Christmas presents for our families, Santa's deliveries (the kids don't know we are in cahoots with him yet), all our clothes and necessities for 8 days, and two dogs. We all rode in appropriate seats save for the dogs who, bless their hearts, piled on top of each other at Jacob's feet. We very literally had a dog pile in the car. If my camera hadn't been buried I would have taken a picture of this hysterical scene.
So, we are all here. We brought an inverter for an ac adapter in the car and both Brian and his dad joked that I would be sewing in the passenger seat. If I could have figured that out... Almost all projects are done and I can't wait to post on them AFTER you all have received them :-) For once in my life I am keeping a secret!
Merry Christmas to you all!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
So, now it is about 8:30am. I am still up. Jacob is off to school. Brian is upstairs working. Reba and I are leaving in a few minutes for a play date at her new school that she doesn't know she is enrolled in yet. I will likely be up all day. All that craftiness this AM might lead to some burnout this afternoon. Oh well. The pitfalls of the night shift. If I didn't love it so much...
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Please note the multiple ornaments on the low branches. I left it this way to remind me that nothing is perfect - much like how our tree looks - but everything is done with love - just how the children decorated.
He was too excited to stand still.
Look at these faces...
We also attended (and performed) in the annual church Christmas Pageant. I had a singing Shepherd and Cow! A mother's pride. This pageant has reminded the kids that Jesus' birthday is coming. They have rarely even mentioned Santa (save for the concern about how he's going to find us in CA - we are leaving a note on our door - coming down the chimney still freaks them out).
My little shepherd is in the last shepherd on his row - singing his little heart out. You'd never know he had a full blown panic attack at the dress rehersal and refused to do the pageant. He was as happy and confident as ever up there.
My cow is the one in the middle facing the wrong direction distracted by what all the children behind her are doing. She's probably also looking for her brother. Who knows, poor thing, she's so my kid...