Cousins are the best! These two are so funny. He gives her a ride to school everyday and for the first 3 months they wouldn't speak to each other while in the car. It was crazy. Finally one day they started to talk. It was a Christmas miracle. They make me laugh.
Gus' famous gingersnaps. They are actually Mutti's recipe and you can find it here.
Rearranging the nativities: one of my favorite Christmas sights. Loaf is so facinated by all of the different nativities. We are so used to them because we have seen them year after year, but for her it's a new experience. It's magical.
The nativity puppets are always a hit. You can find the pattern here.
When she told him last week she was moving away to school next month, he has wrapped his arms around her everyday and tried to talk her out of it. Makes me well up with tears each time knowing the children love each other so much.
When we were first dating he told me that his devotion to Christ would always come before me. I didn't appreciate how meaningful that was at the time. I sure love this man.
Learning a new skill. A little intimidated and excited... Thanks mom, you are a great teacher.
I debated about doing another December Daily album. I know last year I decided against it because I had added the same photos in our main scrapbook. However because I have changed the main scrapbook (see this post), I decided to create a December daily album. I gathered supplies, but I won't actually work on it until January. There are too many other things I want to concentrate on before then.
In the process of gathering the Christmas supplies I decided to thin out my supplies. I have more supplies than I could ever use and a darling cousin was just starting Project life so it was the perfect time to eliminate. I get bored of the same cards so I kept a couple of each of the designs and shared the rest, with a few people. It was very liberating to clean out. I now only have a couple of drawers and it's beautiful. Less is more.
Remember the crazy robin from last spring. Well we have had a woodpecker and this blue colored bird for the last couple of weeks pecking at out brick and window. I have no idea what it is about our house that attracts the birds. Rock captured this photo. The woodpecker is a little more camera shy than the robin was. This blue bird is more adventurous.
Brick had made masks using the Christmas pajamas packaging. Recycling at it's finest. When I asked them about what the mask was all about he just shrugged and walked away.
Visiting Daddy at work. We haven't been to the office in a very long time. It was fun to see everyone and of course Loaf was a hit.
While we were there, I noticed this rusted old toy on John's window sill. When I asked he said that it was a dump truck that he used to play with as a little boy and eariler in the year while his parents were excavating they unearthed this beloved treasure. It fits perfectly in his office and made me smile that he has a little piece of his childhood there.
Trying to teach my boys to be gentlemen. They are getting very good at opening the door for the girls. I know it's probably old fashioned and really we can open our own doors, but there is something imporant about learning to let people show respect in small ways.
Rock is training with this temperamental horse and it was so wonderful to watch him be confident in this challenge. He tried to nibble on me shortly after this picture. The horse, not Rock. Rock wishes he could trade me in for a new model after I told him he couldn't say unhappy things about Christmas songs in my presence. Moms can be so embarrassing.
I adore seeing these big boys learning and growing. I love how confident they are becoming on the horses. It's a great sport and skill.
Rock loves, crazy loves, liver and onions. He talked John into bringing some liver home. He found a recipe and got everything already.
He cleaned off the work spaces and left little signs. Made me smile. He is serious about liver and onions.
Those of us who were home and don't like liver and onions, went to run errands and stopped at our favorite sushi place. Loaf adores sushi. Gus not so much, but she did get a fantastic curry dish. Arnold and Whitney were at a concert so we ate an extra bite for each of them.
The quiet moments before the children wake up are a little more beautiful this time of year.
Some days are extra special. Thank you to all who came to support our handsome guy.
Brick and Dad. Brick was not pleased about getting his picture taken or perhaps it was the jumpsuit that was a little tight, or his crazy mother who could only find the girls white spandex tennis underpants for him to wear. I'm so embarrassing.
We listened to the Christmas Devotional this year (we usually have a family function happening during that time) and it was lovely to hear the beautiful talks about the Savior. It was the perfect way to start the season. I loved this quote:
"When God wants a wrong righted He doesn't fix it with earthquakes, but with the birth of a helpless infant and then He waits." Bonnie Oscarson