The Christmas SEASON

The Christmas Season was a bit of a whirlwind this year. Some of it got away from me a bit (ahem, Advent activities) and some of it we were really able to savor and enjoy. I dreaded working on Christmas Eve but that wasn’t nearly as awful as working the day AFTER Christmas!

Here’s the first gallery:

So, the Advent activities I had planned were kept over from the last few years, and apparently geared to a stay-at-home mom with kids that are mostly not in school yet. Not true for me this year! So, the actual activities got away from me, but we did do some of them. And we read the Scripture every night and the kids got their piece of candy, so it wasn’t a complete failure. I’ve already overhauled the activities for next year and hope they will work better for this working mommy!

Also, in this gallery are some pictures of other things we did in December. We love celebrating Hanukah every year. And we had the most fun progressive dinner Christmas party with our small group! We hosted the appetizers portion. On a side note, I’ve decided I’m kind of like Cher in Mermaids. I could live off of party food. Pastor Mike drove our small group around town in his pick up and it was a BLAST!

We also managed to get out of town for a night to Idaho Falls. Trey found the most amazing hotel with a beautiful indoor pool. The room was a suite, so Trey and I had a room ALL to ourselves!

I think one of my favorite parts of the entire season was the kids’ Christmas play at the Tendoy School. It was just like what you see in the old movies, with the curtains pulling back and the spotlight on the stage, and there are the little kids in cardboard Christmas tree cutouts! It was precious!

Madeline may have stolen the show that night! I was so proud of how into she was! She did the redneck voice, she wasn’t nervous, she memorized a million lines. She was HILARIOUS! And Sean was amazing too! It was just a great night.

And here’s the last Christmas gallery. Christmas Eve and Christmas day. I prayed like a little kid in Georgia for a white Christmas. It was my one consolation that I wouldn’t be with family. And Christmas Eve around noon it started coming down. And it was a BEAUTIFUL snow. I worked until 2:00 on Christmas Eve. That was kind of fun, actually. Madeline and I went out and bought a few last minute gifts and then we all got ready and went to LRCC for the Christmas Eve service. It was really beautiful and the drive was amazing… snowy!

Later that night, several of our friends (including our pastor) delivered the kids’ swing set. In the snow. On Christmas Eve. It is very humbling to have friends like that.

Christmas Day we spent around the house. We opened gifts (sheesh did we open gifts!), we ate, and we played. That afternoon we drove out to Heather’s parents’ house for Christmas dinner. They have basically adopted my kids as their own grandkids and we affectionately refer to them as Nanny Dawn and Papa. They live in the most beautiful place, right on the creek! The kids (and dads) went sledding and the old ladies (me, Charli, Heather, and Jorja) stayed inside where it was warm. I didn’t get many pictures there, because I just wanted to soak it all up and enjoy it. The kids, who had been so sad we weren’t with family, left saying “this was the best day ever!”

So, it was an amazing Christmas. It was different, for sure. But, it was good! We are blessed in deed.

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