Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Here is one of my after-Christmas treasures that I found at the ZCMI that was going out of business. It was our first store-bought ornament.
This ornament was a gift from my piano teacher, Vonnie Lue Broulim. She gave it to me my Sophomore year of high school, after I had learned and performed the Kabalevsky Concerto at Ricks College.
Here is Rachel's "Self-Portrait" sculpture ornament she made last year in Kindergarten.
Taylor's Santa ornament from last year (2nd grade).
Brooklynn's beautiful color collage from last year (3 years old).
Rachel's "Rainbow Snowman" from last year (Kindergarten).
Sweet little baby Matthew's reindeer ornament from last year.My Rudolf ornament that I painted this year.
Matthew's cute smiling face from this year. See the dark green smudge on the picture frame? That is authentic Matthew artistry. I just kind of went along with his theme.
Brooklynn's color collage from this year (preschool).
Rachel's Christmas tree from this year (1st grade).
Taylor's Christmas tree from this year (3rd grade). I love that he's missing his two front teeth in this picture. It's just perfect. He told me that he smiled big just for me on picture day. He usually does his smiles without showing teeth. What a little ham.
And last, but not least is Andy's '08 ornament. I love how he'll just sit right down and join in...his ornaments are always awesome.
Here is our Christmas tree in the day...
And here it is in the magic of the night...
I woke up last night at around 3:00 am, and couldn't go back to sleep (I blame it on pregnancy induced insomnia) so I decided I would take my pillows and blanket and snuggle up on the couch with the Christmas tree lights on. Well, I wasn't the only one with that idea. When I came sneaking down the stairs,the sofa was already occupied...Rachel had beat me to it. So, I quietly moved her to the loveseat, snuggled her up, and we both fell back asleep under those soft shimmery lights. At around 6:00 am, little Matthew woke up and found me on the sofa. I gathered him up with me and snuggled him under the blanket and we got in another hour of sleep.
What a funny night...yet another memory that our Christmas tree will hold for me throughout the years.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
It's little traditions like this one that make the Holidays special for me. I remember begging my mom every year to make and decorate sugar cookies. She was so good to make huge batches of them and frosting and then let my brothers and I just frost, frost, frost. Decorating those cookies was something I looked forward to each year.
I am the object of ridicule nearly everywhere I go these days. I have people in stores, people in the schools, and even people at church (yes, our church) tell me very bluntly that I'm crazy for having "so many children" and that my house "must be so noisy and busy." I can see their judgement of me written all over their faces...especially now that I'm expecting yet "another one."
Well. Yes, my house is noisy, and is very busy a lot of the time. But look at this picture. Here we are, as a family, enjoying time together. If this is what "being crazy" is...then I'm really very thankful that I'm not entirely sane. And...I'll take my noisy busy children over anyone's possessions, pets, vacations, expensive clothes, or any other worldly counterfeit thing anyday. This is what life is all about.