Tuesday, December 23, 2008
No room (The Innkeeper)
by Todd Agnew
There's no room...no room in the inn,
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Colton's class has been busy with Christmas fun this week.
They adopted a needy family in their class, and each child signed up to help in some way - either with Christmas Dinner or with gifts for the family members. Colton chose to sign up for treats, so we spent Tuesday night making these (thanks, Terri!):
Then, the class got to meet the family, sing for them, and deliver all their goods on Wednesday.
Today was the last day of school before break, and Colton's class went carolling in the halls. They all had little bells or tambourines, so they were very jingly indeed. They were trying to hard to be quiet in the hallways in between knocking on classroom doors!
Colton's words of wisdom from this week, which I know will serve him well:
1. Mommy, when the family comes to the classroom, you shouldn't say things like "Why are you so poor?" or even "Hey, I'm glad you're poor so you could be our Christmas family." Because that's rude. It might make them feel bad.
2. If you don't want to sing while you're carolling, you should just keep banging your tambourine against your leg like this - **insert a little rendition of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, complete with tambourine action.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Funny things happen when you schedule a Gingerbread Party that no one can come to - your decorations get put up well before Christmas Day! Accordingly, you are done decorating in time to participate in Boo Mama's famous Christmas Tour of Homes. Woo Hoo!!
This little guy sits on the landing of our "grand staircase"
Santa pics of the boys from itty bitty until now
The stockings were hung by the piano with care . . .
The little, wall hanging Christmas tree. Just decorated with simple green, red & white lights.
The Wall Hanging Section
A Santa my sister-in-law made us years ago. She is a quilter-extraordinaire!
A Santa quilted wall hanging my mom made. It's so cool. She is dying right now because I didn't iron it before I hung it up. Sorry, mom!
Another mom original. This one is my favorite.
This is the kid's nativity. They pick the backdrop and arrange the figures. I try really hard not to re-arrange them when they're done. It was a cheapie, because I figured it would end up broken, but this is it's 5th year, going strong. We've come a long way from the first year, being set up in one big, long, very straight line!
A simple, rustic nativity. I think the antique radio actually makes a pretty good backdrop!
I love Christmas!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
- Help somebody if you can.
- Always try to win.
Not necessarily in that order. Even though they should be.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
- It is the focal point of our Christmas decorations.
- Our family decorates it together each year.
- It displays ornaments that hold countless memories for me.
- It displays works of art the boys have made throughout the years.
- The boys take such pride in rediscovering each of their ornaments and hanging them for the new year.
- It will protect many cherished Christmas prizes under it's weighted branches.
- It will be the set of continuing Christmas tradition, when Matt and the boys sleep underneath the branches, telling stories and dreaming underneath the twinkle of the lights.
- It will stand long after the gifts are opened and flung aside, as a reminder that Christmas is not about the moment of the gifts, but endures much longer, it's true purpose revealed throughout the whole year.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your green limbs teach a lesson;
That constancy and faithful cheer,
Are gifts to cherish all the year.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
And, I don't know if you knew it or not, but my husband's a pretty big deal.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Things I Learned on my Mexico Vacation
- 4:00 am is very, very early. Especially when you stayed up late to finish packing the night before.
- The east side of our state is so much easier to fly out of than the west side.
- The flying fairy was somehow on our side this trip - filling all three seats in our aisle only during one stretch out of four.
- Most people in our group sat beside various stages of repulsion on the first flight - from smell to drunkenness to just plain weird. After our conversations during the first layover, I was glad we only got just plain weird.
- Mexican customs was almost unbearably long, but surprisingly simple once you were to the front of the line. I don't think they care what you bring in.
- Traffic laws, signals, and imaginary lane lines are mere suggestions in Mexico. Especially if you are a taxi, van, or bus driver.
- There are many more recognizable names (PTL - Starbucks!) than I expected.
- Everyone in Mexico conveniently either has what you are looking to buy, or has a very good friend who has what you are looking to buy.
- "Today, for you, I make special deal."
- The stark disparity between the "haves" and the "have nots" is only moments outside of town, if you care to look.
- I would recommend the dune buggies every time.
- If you value your camera and even your video camera, I would recommend driving with a senior citizen who is not secretly racing his friend in the buggy in front of you.
- Admittedly, you get better souvenir photos with the Nascar wannabes than with Miss Daisy's driver.
- If you are bringing your video camera because you were asked to film the wedding, which is actually the main reason for the trip, then you probably shouldn't take your video camera on a dune buggy that morning with the Nascar wannabe.
- But, if you take out the memory card, battery, and open all possible doors, then lay it in the hot Mexican sun to dry, it will recover just in time for you to fulfill your previously stated obligations.
- The still camera will still work, but many pictures will be curiously "watermarked".
- The Puerto Vallarta ocean is in the mid-70's.
- 20 degrees makes a world of difference in the ocean fun factor.
- I am a terrible barterer.
- This makes the marketplace in Mexico a very stressful place for me.
- Give me a mall and a price tag (with a clearly marked sale price) any day of the week.
- Mexico weddings are beautiful and gorgeous.
- So are my brother and his new wife.
- Mexican time is a real and true phenomenon.
- It takes about 1 day to get used to it.
- It will take about 1 week to get to work on time when you get back.
- All-inclusive is the way to go.
- No food or drink related stress - just which kind of meat to get at the taco bar. What a welcome change.
- While walking on the iguana path, if you jump and scream "Oh, shoot!" (or something), the iguanas will go into hiding, and punish you for your outburst. You then need to will yourself to walk very quietly down the rest of the path to enjoy more iguanas that were probably beyond hearing your first outburst.
- It will be worth the quiet walking.
- Spiders in Mexico are very big.
- And scary.
- You can make all the detailed lists you want, but your son will inevitably get sick somewhere that the list is unavailable at the time.
- It will break your heart that you are not home.
- Your mother-in-law will handle the situation beautifully (thanks, Verna) and give him all the love you wish you could do in person.
- It will be forgotten in the mayhem of the gifts and prizes by the time you get home.
- You will have your to-do list back up to about 20 items by the time you board your plane to come home.
- It will seem overwhelming.
- So, you will apply the Mexican time theory to attempt to prolong your vacation.
- The list will not go away.
- So, you will make another, much more entertaining list on your blog to further avoid impending doom.
- It will make you wish you were still in Mexico.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
2 tbs butter
¾ cup cracker crumbs
¾ cup cold milk
1 package instant pistachio pudding (3.4 oz)
2 cups vanilla ice cream softened
8 oz carton cool whip
2 heath bars (1.4 oz) crushed
In a microwave safe dish, melt butter. Still in cracker crumbs, press mixture into bottom of dish. In a bowl, mix milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Whisk in ice cream. Pour over crust. Cover and freeze for 2 hours or more. Spread w/whipped topping, sprinkle w/ crushed candy bars. Freeze for 1 hr or until firm. Yield’s 8 servings.