Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Without re-hashing all the details, we had a great Christmas and I loved having time at home with just our immediate family. The highlights include the kids sleeping in until 9 on Christmas morning, eating Christmas Bread and finding our bicycles in the garage. Yes, Cavett was given his "dark, blue" Spiderman bicycle. After a quick spin around the neighborhood, we packed up the car and the bike and headed to Shreveport.
In Shreveport, dinner was eaten and gifts exchanged rather quickly and chaotic-ly. But, we ended the night in peace watching the "Nativity Story" with Nana.
Tale of Despereaux, going to the "Rainbow" park, and playing Rock Band and Poser.
Saturday was spent mainly at home waiting for the rain to hit. Nana and I ran errands in the morning and we briefly spent some time with the Degenharts. This evening we have the annual Werntz, Trickett, Dent get-together, only this time we got a baby sitter. Again, Christmas parties with babies....no fun.
We will leave town tomorrow to head back to life in Houston. It was a good Christmas and we are thankful for all of our family and the blessings that God has given us this year.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
For the rest of you, here's what is happening at the Hill house.
Yesterday afternoon, Stephen's parents came in. We enjoyed spending the afternoon with them and we went out for dinner. Afterwards we came home dancing to Christmas music and we decided to go ahead and have two Christmas Eves/Mornings. We went ahead and sang "Happy Birthday" to Jesus and had birthday cake.
This morning we got up and ate Christmas Bread and opened presents from Grandmama and Grandaddy. We were overhelmed with blessings from them. Truly. But, as you can see the bows and the boxes were fun too. Cavett got a Hot Wheels Stunt set, a pirate Lego set, a cool scanimation book and a Flo's VB Cafe from the movie Cars. Kendrick got a fun Farm Book and a Plasma Car. In our PJ's, we all enjoyed their toys all morning long. Grandmama and Grandaddy left just after lunch and Dad has now gone to the office to get Cavett's final gift.
Tonight's activities will be much the same as last nights, except that after birthday cake and a reading of the Bible Christmas story we will head to church for the Youth Choir's singing of Vivaldi's Gloria during the 8:00 candlelight service. I will be singing with them. When we get home, Cavett gets to scatter the "reindeer food" (that he made at school) all over the yard and we will tuck them quickly in bed.
Seriously, I am way excited about tomorrow.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
He liked the pool, but wanted to get in and out all the time and he was too little to wear the life jacket. I had to hold him constantly. After about 15 minutes, he figured out how to balance himself, blow bubbles and even started "swimming" towards the end.
I'm pleased to announce that my winner is someone whom I have never met, but I feel like we have much in common. She is my oldest blogging friend who reads and comments on just about everything I have written. Her kids are precious and I enjoy reading about them and looking at her fabulous photographs. So without further ado.....
Congratulations Susan over at FordyDays and Nights! I'll be in touch with you about shipping.
An honorable mention goes to Allison at Slice of Heaven for picking my favorite recipe. Of course, it is the Christmas Bread. Once you taste it you would know why. Maybe once I figure out how to ship it, you may receive a loaf in the mail. No guaruntees though!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapped presents only. I'm a sucker for beautiful bows, although I can't make them very well.
2. Real tree or Artificial? I love real, but they are a real mess and not very cost or environmentally friendly. So, we go artificial.
3. When do you put up the tree? The Sunday after Thanksgiving weekend.
4. When do you take the tree down? I'd like to leave it until the 6th of January, but it just is too long. Usually ends up just after New Years.
5. Do you like eggnog? No.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Easy Bake oven/an Esprit sweater once I got into clothes
7. Hardest person to buy for? Stephen's parents, he helps me none.
8. Easiest person to buy for? Cavett.
9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes, 2. A Willow Tree set that my Mom started for me and then a white porcelien set that was Stephen's grandmothers. I let the kids play with both. Even if they are broken, I feel it is important to let them "re-arrange" the set as they like. This is his latest arrangement. It isn't even on the creche stand.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail.
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Can't think of one.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? It's lame, but I like Elf. Maybe the Nativity Story will become my favorite, I haven't seen it yet and I hope to watch it Christmas Eve Eve/ or Christmas Eve.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Typically after Thanksgiving.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Only for a white elephant party.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? CHRISTMAS BREAD!!!!
16. Lights on the tree? Must..be..WHITE! Though bubble lights hold a special place in my heart (my Dad loved them!)
17. Favorite Christmas song? There are so many, but lately the words of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" have got me. Sting's version of "I Saw Three Ships" gets me rocking. I have had my XM/Sirrius radio set on 79--love that channel!
18. Travel at Christmas or stay at home? This year at home until after Christmas morning, then travel.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? Yes
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Prefer star, but I have a bow.
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? All the "pop" Christmas music and the lack of the true meaning of Christmas.
23. What theme or color are you using? No theme, unless you count my stockings that I made. They are 12 days of Christmas. Guess we need to have 2 more kids.
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Greenberg turkey, yes, again.
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? A silver ring from Nelle and Lizzy with my boys names engraved on them.
26. Do you have a favorite ornament, what? Most all of my ornaments are handmade by my grandfather, mother or me. They are all wooden and painted in primary colors.
27. Gifts from Santa? Wrapped or Unwrapped? Both. The big, difficult to wrap one will be unwrapped.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
We planned a Polar Express party--we read the book, pretended we were on the train, ate candies with nougat centers white as snow, made jingle bell bracelets, played a jingle bell game, and had pizza with our train cookies for lunch.
Everything went semi-well until the craft. Let me begin by saying I picked something that required no glue, no scissors, just wire, jingle bells and beads. Then the 15 month old daughter of one of the Mom's grabbed the cup of beads just so that they spilled everywhere! Then, as you do any crafts with kids, they all finish at different time. Some really get into it, others slap something together and call it done. So, chaos ensued with them pulling out toys bfore I could round them up into my next game.
But, it all didn't matter whether I enjoyed my time or not. On the way home I asked Cavett his favorite thing today and he said it was the train ride and the nougat candy. Then he busted out with a song that they sang in Chapel, which I had never heard. My day was saved. All I needed to hear was his angelic voice.