Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Eve

Our New Year's Eve celebrations have become stay-at-home occasions over the last few years.

But we always celebrate!

This year we had a friend from church over to spend the evening...and we had a delicious meal of appetizers (LOTS of cheese) and fondue for dessert. My friend Missy made an amazing artisan bread bowl (full of spinach dip, of course) and as soon as I get the recipe and try it out, I'll share it here. It was so very yummy.

This year was the first year the kiddos had sparkling grape juice.
They loved every single drop.
I think they felt extra special since they got to use our small wine glasses.

It's the little things, you know.

Madeleine downed her glass so fast, I was sure she would feel sick afterwards. (I used to always get a stomachache if I drank too much sparkling grape juice growing up. Still do. But mmm...that is yummy stuff.) But she was fine. And full of sugary energy just before bedtime. :)

As for the adults, as the midnight hour drew near, we toasted in the New Year with Mango Bellinis...
Hope you had a happy evening too!

P.S. One of my very dearest friends gets to celebrate her birthday on this special day! Happy Happy Happy Birthday Shawna! Love you!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Just twirl.

This moment is one I'll treasure:

Hadleigh walked up to me looking a bit like a tiny Miss Claus, wearing our tree skirt that fit her perfectly. (It was right after we'd decorated the tree...but not before the skirt was put to use!)

She was so cute...with that excited little smile she gets when she has done something she thinks I'm going to find adorable. That sparkle in her eyes...the one that rivals the Christmas tree.

And then she twirled...
and twirled...
and twirled.
And for a moment, I slowed down to capture these precious moments. My precious daughter.

Despite the flurry of activity that filled this December, I'm glad I paused here and there to delight in simple, fleeting moments like taking the time to twirl.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
Luke 2:14
From our family to yours, may you have a blessed Christmas!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Visions of Sugarplums...

Sugarplum Fairies, that is.

A few years ago, I bought this Nutcracker Ballet Paper Dolls Book.

The illustrations and paper dolls are beautiful. Magical...and quite similar to images of my own memories of growing up attending the Nutcracker in Asheville, NC.

In preparation for our trip to the Nutcracker in Tulsa this year, I pulled out the Nutcracker book a few days early. We set up the triple stage book and the children got right to work playing.

Nathanael in the Land of the Sweets...
Madeleine in the enchanted forest with all those lovely snowflakes...

And Hadleigh, enjoying the party and battle scenes and characters.

They were all so excited about the performance...
(not the best picture...but the best I could do with the lens I had!)
Nathanael loved the Mouse King and toy soldiers the most. (Big surprise!)

Madeleine loved the pink ballerinas. (and she did quite well, up until the last 20 minutes. It was, after all, technically her naptime.)

And Hadleigh loved the waltz of the flowers the best.

I'm so thankful we were able to go as a family this year. What a special memory it will always be.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Every where you go...

it looks a little like Christmas inside our house.

From the glowing snowmen the children love to light for dinnertime... (and Hadleigh wants us to eat entirely by those two tiny tealights. Oh my.)

to the kids favorite decoration: our candy cane villages.
It's soft, touchable ornaments hung close to the ground (so our friend "Baby" Luke as the kiddos told me can play with them when he comes over.)
And room trees for the kiddos...a pink and green tree that still feels new to the girls
and an aging little tree that keeps on shining...from dorm rooms to apartments to each home we've lived in. Now enjoying new ornaments with Nathanael!
Lots of cold weather and even more fires...but no snow on the horizon. We're still hoping.
It's a sparkling tree shining with memories
that has a beautiful new star on top. (Thanks Mom and Dad!)
It's seeing reminders of Who this celebration is all our growing collection of nativities. This one that I painted over several years...

to these lovingly made...but maybe not quite so wise-looking...wisemen. :)
More peeks to come!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

O Christmas Tree

Since we were out of town over Thanksgiving weekend, we picked out our tree on the 1st.
The kiddos were giddy about going to the tree lot.

And I don't blame them. What could be more fun that running through rows of spicy smelling trees, with those happy lights illuminating the paths in the darkness? (There is something about Christmas tree lots that makes me really happy. Not as happy as a Christmas tree farm...where I grew up going to pick out a tree...but almost.)

This sweet man comes every December from Wisconsin (or Minnesota maybe), lives in his camper, and sells trees and wreaths and maple syrup. He has become a part of our Christmas traditions here in Oklahoma.

And this next picture made my night, since it's the first one EVER without someone crying or squirming away from our traditional at the treelot picture.

This year, we got two for our living room and a pint-sized one for the kitchen. Hadleigh carried it in from the car by herself, to our surprise and laughter.

This year was the first that the children were very eager to help in ANY way they could. Like unwrapping the twinkle lights. Daddy may or may not have said it would be the last time to unwrap them too. :)

I hardly had to put on any ornaments this year. Initially.

However, too many ornaments from 4 feet and down (especially on those very bottom branches) may have resulted in redistribution after bedtime. :)
But they had a ball and that is what I will remember about our tree this year.

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