Each member of our family is so different, like individual components of a symphony. But, like a symphony, each part is important to the overall structure and sound of the piece. We all work together to make a beautiful sound...our family. Just as the Lord knit us together in the womb, He is now knitting us together as a family, for His glory, outside the womb.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christmas Wrap-up

So, we wrapped up Christmas and are already moving on to 2013!  Soon, tiny A will be 1 year old.  Crazy!
The Christmas countdown ended with a successful "Minivan Express" trip after our Christmas Even service.  As the kids boarded the "Minivan Express" they handed me their ticket and I punched it with my hole punch.  I printed the tickets on the back of a shiny gold gift bag to create golden tickets.  Then, they each got an individual bag of popcorn and hot chocolate for the trip.  It was  the perfect night because it started snowing while we were inside for our Christmas Eve service.  It was cold, dark and snowy...just as it should be on Christmas Eve.

Not only did Santa visit our house on Christmas Eve night, but the Tooth Fairy made a visit as well because Cb's lost her second tooth!  What a lucky duck!
The kids enjoyed opening their Christmas presents in the morning and it was filled with tons of excitement and chaos.
Each kid got a kangaroo jumper ball, so they've been bouncing all over the house.  F and Cb's got little MP3 players and we had no idea that they would be such a hit.  They've been wearing them everywhere listening to their music.  I ended up buying F regular headphones that go over his head, but prior to that he could not keep the ear buds in.  So, B tied a bandanna on his head to keep them from falling out.
I finally finished little A's doll.  I absolutely love her curly hair!  It is so fun, and it was fun to make.  
All you do is wrap the yarn around wooden dowels (I used wooden pencils), soak them in water overnight, and then bake them on a cookie sheet at 200 degrees for about an hour.  When you pull them off the pencils, you get beautiful ringlets!  Here's the original tutorial.
Our Christmas feast consisted of a delicious ham, rolls, asparagus, brussel sprouts and MomPom's potato casserole.  I didn't think I liked brussel sprouts, but my friend sent me a recipe that sounded good, so I gave them another try.  I loved them!  All I did was coat them in olive oil, seasonings, Parmesan cheese and crumbled cooked bacon.  Then, I roasted them for 30 minutes and they were fantastic!  I'm making them again for New Year's Eve.  For dessert, sweet potato pie, which is my favorite pie.  I use this recipe for the crust, but increase the sugar to 1 Tbsp. and decrease the salt to a pinch.
Other than our blessed Christmas celebration, tiny A started pulling himself up to standing with consistent frequency, this week.  This is creating havoc for little A, because now tiny A can reach more of her toys.  Needless to say, she doesn't usually handle it with much patience.  Some might even say that she over-reacts...quite a bit.
B got his Christmas wish of bagpipes!  They sound much nicer than his practice pipes.  I'm looking forward to seeing him in a kilt and playing his bagpipes, someday soon!  Since B got his bagpipes, I'm going to go out with a friend tomorrow and get mine...cowboy boots!  I'm so excited!


  1. Yay! Love the photos! I can't wait to see your cowboy boots! I love you!

  2. So so so much fun! You really are the queen of Christmas cheer. You are the most amazing human I have ever had the privilege to know. I love you so very much. Thank you for using all of your love and life and creativity to make our home such a wonderful and magical place. I love you loads and loads!