Friday, December 25, 2009
Brutus was the first awake at our house this morning at 6:30 am. I found him begging at his stocking because he smelled his new toys. Ty was up briefly for a bottle. I started our cinnamon rolls and Greg's coffee, anticipating the rest of the family would rise soon. Finally, at 7:45 my first sleepy eyed Makenna stumbled out into the living room mentioning the smell of breakfast and smiling at the dog. Soon, the others followed suit and checked out the mess Santa made on our floor as he came down the chimney again this year. Kate isn't feeling well but enjoyed herself anyway. Ty loved opening his gifts and everyone seemed to enjoy the peaceful, slow paced morning. Greg's been called into work tonight and my parents are scheduled to arrive in time for our crab leg dinner.....yummy!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
We prepared our Santa plate of treats a little early tonight because Kate was begging to go to bed. The poor thing is miserable! Ty was also ready to be tucked in although I doubt he has visions of sugar plums dancing in his head! He is trying so hard to crawl, he was practicing in his sleep as I laid him in the crib! I read Twas the Night Before Christmas to Kate in her bed rather than the traditional reading as a family under the tree. I do hope she feels more like herself by morning. Since we had to miss church this evening, Greg I slipped away for a pleasant walk. It was a balmy 53 degrees tonight! If we can't have a white Christmas, a warm one will do!
We always have a birthday cake for Jesus. This year we chose dark chocolate fudge...we just know God made chocolate for our pleasure! Anyway, just as we were all getting ready for church this evening, we noticed Kate's energy level suddenly dropped. Her eyes and face were red and she was running a fever.....so we read the birth story and had cake rather than infect our church family tonight too. We hope she is feeling better by morning.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
After Grandma's funeral on Saturday, the family gathered at Greg's Mom's for Christmas. We enjoyed watching Ty unwrap his gifts (which we didn't think he'd do) and seeing Lizzie in non-stop movement all evening. She is a funny, busy little person. I now know how my sweet sister in law stays so thin! I took a photo of Carol's stair case. I have always loved it decorated for Christmas. It is just one of those traditions that I still enjoy even though Christmas itself is no longer one of my favorite holidays. Ty got some new OSU items, even one that came with a disclaimer! I think you'll know which one when you see it!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Greg's sweet grandma, Luella Baughman passed away quietly yesterday morning. She gets to celebrate Christmas with the Lord she's loved and served her whole life. She entered an assisted living facility after her 90th birthday and was disgruntled about sacrificing her driver's license because she was still needed to drive the "old people" to church and listen to kids in Awana say their bible verses every week. She lived a very full 93 years and was known for answering the question of "how are you?" with "oh, I can't complain". And she never did. She was a true inspiration of Christian service and love as she would bring the sick into her home, even while raising her own six children. As much as she will be missed by the many who love her, we just know she was welcomed into heaven with open arms.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Makenna and Kate were both involved in a church Christmas play with their friends. This was Makenna's third and Kate's first. They both enjoyed the process of learning their songs and motions. Makenna was chosen for one of the larger roles this time and handled it well. She had a small solo that she wasn't aware she was getting until they sprung it on her at one of the practices. Her voice was pretty sweet sounding as she sang about what life would be like without Jesus. The play opens as a church musical is ending so Makenna is dressed as a shepherd who is irritated by one of the other shepherds who thought the musical was a waste of time because he wants to get home to his presents. The kids quickly learn that without Jesus, there is no Christmas and without Christmas, there is no joy, light or hope. They find the true meaning of the season and share the good news with others. In the end, the wayward shepherd can't wait to get home to share the true Christmas story with his family. As spot on as Makenna's lines and solo were, Kate was entertaining with her typical four year old antics. She was rather wiggly and expressive but pretty darn cute.
Ty is developing quite a personality these days. He has found his loud voice and uses it regularly. He's generally happy and smiling but can make some of the funniest expressions and frowns too. Greg and I have found ourselves relaxing a bit and enjoying him more. At this point, we believe he is completely out of the woods with his health.
Kate was not impressed with this gorgeous hand-me-down dress coat. Her friend Shelby passed it along and I love it....I decided some photos in front of the decorated shops in historical downtown Corydon would be the perfect setting but Kate looked less than angelic pulling and tugging on the collar. Oh well, we will never be the Rockefellers!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Kate and I had tickets to see Jack Frost at the Derby Dinner Playhouse this morning. We had plenty of time to sit and enjoy a muffin and some tea prior to the show since I allowed a lot of extra travel time due to the crazy weather and rush hour traffic. She had so much to say! It was non stop chatter for 45 solid minutes! I didn't get any more words in than "uh-huh" over and over! She went off on a tangent about how much she loves Santa. "Mom, I love Santa. He is so cool. I think he's like my best friend. I want to give him another hug. Don't you like Santa? Can I visit him again? Is he always at the mall? What are we doing tomorrow? He is awesome." and on and on......that covered no more than 30 seconds of the 45 minutes we had together prior to the show! Santa then showed up on stage! She was so excited! She could not resist sneaking in a quick wave...which seems totally acceptable given their new "best friend" status! It was fun to spend the time with her.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
So, we still couldn't get the entire family together at the same time, but we were finally able to get all the kids at once and in the end (on the same day!) got a shot of me and Greg! Honestly, my mother in law thought she placed a simple request for updated photos this Christmas! I hope she likes them as much as we do!