Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Christmas morning started early for us - at least according to Chad & Shaun. Steve had made plans for us to go have breakfast with our friends at 9:30am-ish, so our big kids' at home had to start early.
After several years of being absent from the slopes, Steve has picked up skiing again & so the boys' surprised him with a new pair of ski's. His are VERY old (so are mine), and so today he & Shaun are at the sporting goods store picking out the boots & bindings. I told him that was my gift to him. It's real hard to buy those items without him there to try on & such.
Our day ended at my sister's home. This was our 1st Christmas without our mom & dad, so needless to say, it was very emotional for all of us. But we continued on with a family tradition that I started a few years' before my mom died. We ended our day together with a family photo. We all know mom & dad were with us in spirit & smiling on each of us from their heavenly home.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Much to my boys' dismay, Libbi & I have a tradition every Christmas. We do our very own photo shoot.
I pull out the reindeer antlers and we "run around the house" and take pictures. You can tell by the end of the shot that she is quite board with it. Actually she looks quite angry or maybe if you look at her just right, she actually looks like she's laughing at me! Yeah, that's it, she's having a great time with it now.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
I must admit that I do love it when it snows like this, especially this time of year. I love a white Christmas. It makes the holiday that much more cheery! But then comes New Years & I'm ready for all the snow to melt and a return of spring can't come soon enough for me!!! That must mean I'm getting older because I never used to mind winter, but now.......I just don't like it to be as long!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
May you all enjoy a blessed Christmas - may we all remember the simpler things and may we all know that Jesus is the reason for this beautiful season.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
So I did get a little ambitious today = I baked 6 dozen cookies & a made a batch of mom's famous fudge.
Friday, December 12, 2008
I have had this set for over 18 years now. My mom got to the point where she just didn't want to put it out anymore, so she gave it to me & I cherish it every Christmas when I pull it out.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I tried to upload the video, but was only successful in uploading the link. It's one of my favorite parts of the movie - right behind the "Sisters" act by Danny Kaye & Bing Crosby.
You just gotta love the classics - they sure don't make 'em like that anymore!!!!
What is your favorite holiday movie - old or new?
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Today's memory takes me back to when I was little and going to see Santa. Santa was SO real when I was growing up. (I'm not saying he still isn't)....
We had a department store in downtown Kalamazoo called Gilmore's. Now that was in the day way before malls and everyone shopped downtown. Every year my mom & dad would take my sister Pam & I to the Gilmore Christmas Parade & following that we would walk down to the store. They had a seperate toy store section where Mr. & Mrs. Claus would be in the very front window! We would get so excited to walk past the window & see him sitting there on his big red throne!
Of course, the line would be forever long, but oh when the moment finally came to sit upon his lap & tell him all that you wanted. He was so happy & jolly & Mrs. Claus was always right there beside him with her sweet little smile & a little candy cane to give you when your visit was done. After we had our time on Santa's knee, mom & dad would let us browse the toy store & then we would go down to the sandwich shop in the basement. It had the real soda fountain feel.
If the weather & time permitted, we would always walk the few blocks to Bronson Park and see all the pretty Christmas decorations, walk through Candy Cane Lane, count how many Christmas trees were lit up & then we would end up at the Nativity Scene and reflect on the baby Jesus & the real reason for the season.
I'm so happy to have these memories - what does today make you think of?