Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
There is something so precious about a handmade gift!
Lydia's penpal Kayla worked for weeks and weeks and I am not sure how her momma let go of such a wonderful thing as the pouch/purse that was created.
Lydia has been wearing it all day. Lydia was amazed by the sweet little treasures inside.
Thank you Kayla! I hope in that long phone conversation with Kayla that Lydia remembered to say thanks.
Tonight the littles went to pick out gifts from the Walmart cards that Nana sent them. Thanks Nana! Thayne chose a baseball bat and ball and Lydia chose a messenger bag kit that you can decorate.
The hardest part of this year's season is the fact that the older children have been gone so much and we ( okay, I ) haven't felt like our family traditions are quite holding together as much. Chaiya is gone alot. I need to be okay with her growing up and being gone. I know this is a stage all mothers must come to grips with eventually. I need to shift my perspective again. A re-focus and a re-commitment to the littles to carry on with the magic even as our family dynamic changes.
There are still a few gifts under the tree that we have to get to. The children haven't opened anything from us yet. Maliea has a book under there, that she is dying to read 'cause she already knows what it is even if it is wrapped. hehehe Christmas is so fun!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
He poses the question,"What can this 'Christ festival' mean to us?"
I must have highlighted half of the pages.
"Through the celebration of this festival the souls used to blossom forth with hope-filled joy, with hope-borne certainty and with the awareness of belonging to a spiritual Being, Who descended from Spiritual heights and united Himself with the earth, so that every human soul of good will may share in His powers"
I felt so renewed by his insight on how we must take the entire year and bring our experiences to Christmas. That this time of year is one where we can bring together everything to rebuild (rebirth) our spiritual selves to become better.
"....and that men of good will can find themselves gathered together in the service of this spiritual power. Thereby they can also find together the right ways of life on earth, so that they can mean humanly as much as possible to one another, so that they can love each other as human beings on earth as much as possible."
This evening those of us at home, watched The Nativity movie. I think my favorite parts of this movie are where Mary and Joseph are developing their relationship as they travel to Bethlehem. In our lesson today at church we talked about loving our husbands as Christ would have us love them and how they are not perfect and we are not perfect. It comes down to loving and honoring people for where they are at with a Christ heart.
A few days ago, I really blew it. I was mad, really mad at some stuff that had come up again from my husband's past. I let it get in the way of loving him. I am sad that I couldn't see past my anger (FEAR) and approach the situation in love. I guess that is why it is always a process of refining ourselves.
Even when R. Steiner gave this lecture 100 years ago, there was the danger of commercialism. I am still so surprised by how quickly this 'season' is dismissed as a 'let's hurry up, get this over and get on with our lives' thing by so many people I know. I wish they could remember how holy these days can be.
At the last few paragraph's of RS lecture he urges us to, " So let us try to feel that in this Christmas season our meeting halls (I substitute the word 'homes' here) are cradles, places in which, secluded from the outer world, something great is being prepared........and as a light, filled with certainty of hope, will find its way to all mankind at some future time."
"In our places of work Christ is to be born within the human soul, in order that spiritual life may be resurrected...."
Sometimes it is really difficult to wake up and ask yourself, "how can I love better, whom can I serve?" I love this quiet time of year between Christmas and the New Year. It gives me a chance to really evaluate all the past year has brought and how I would like to create a better me, so I can be the Light unto others.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
I love the looks of amazement on the littles faces when opening gifts from each other.
Later in the evening we had a great time 'trying' to put together gingerbread houses out of graham crackers and frosting. Needless to say, the grand visions I had in my head of glorious houses never came to fruition. Lydia's house collapsed several times until she finally just was having a grand old time spread frosting all over the place.
Michael and Thayne constructed a house that actually remained standing for the rest of the evening. This was a miracle I believe.
I think Quayde bargained that the more frosting that he put on, the easier it would stay together. His house is still standing also. I think the mouth positions are really important when you are concentrating on building the perfect house.
I think all of us had a great time laughing at each other as we were trying to get some kind of structure to stay stable. Next year we might just go back to the pre-fab ones.
We went to see the gingerbread village at the Prescott Resort on Christmas eve and have videos of these absolutely amazing constructions but I can't find the file they are under to post right now. I think it will be a very long time before we could ever get good enough to enter. Sometimes you just have to know your limitations.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Today was so relaxed and comfortable! We tried some new tastes!
We 'roasted' chestnuts in the oven.
Lydia received a very special little doll.
Thayne got his robot!
Here's Maliea just beaming this morning. She received the clock that is behind her on the sofa.
Chaiya received a comforter which she stayed wrapped up in the whole entire day!!!
and a happy daddy just enjoying all the Christmas cheer around him.
To our family and friends far away.....we really miss you terribly! Those of you in the cold areas...we love you, really we do but aren't willing to sacrifice warmth to be with you. LOL
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I started in the morning making treats. Chocolate-Orange truffles and Almond fudge rounds were being created in mass as Christmas music filled our kitchen.
Alas since the camera has gone to photo heaven, I have no more pictures to show.
In the evening Michael, Thayne and I headed to Goodwill. That store is a complete addiction for our little boy. It is there where I met Santa and Mrs. Claus. If there was any doubt in my mind before, there is none now. An older couple dressed in red and looking like they had had a rough day were searching the shelves. As I passed I glanced & saw she had her cane with her and it was just like a candy cane. As I looked closer it started to become evident that this was no ordinary couple. A few aisles later she comes up behind me, slips me some candy and says, " I hope you have a Merry Christmas" then as she is leaving she says, " You're beautiful you know". I almost started crying because I really have been struggling with "feeling" beautiful.
Meanwhile Thayne and Michael had met up with Santa. There was no act, no pretending to be some myth just two amazing people lighting up the night. I found several items that I will post about after Christmas. One is a $100 + value that I got for $4.99 (practically brand new). I think that Santa and Mrs. Claus put them at Goodwill just for us!
Dancing throughout the rest of the night, Michael and I were out and about playing elves and collecting all that is needed for Christmas morning.
Monday, December 21, 2009
There was a very small budget and so used our resources wisely. As we searched the storage we found the hurricane vases and frosted them. We collected hundreds and hundreds of branches that were from the Christmas tree sale lot at Home Depot. I thought we would have lots left over but I barely had enough. It turned out beautiful. It was simple and elegant. We had frost, pinecones, roses and love. What more do you need?
Mark is here letting everyone know just how things should be. My camera wasn't working very well and I have spots ??? on all the pictures. Liza said she probably got all the good shots anyway. Unfortunately with all the play and roughhousing going on, Mark hurt his back later in the evening and we hope he is feeling better soon.
I think the children all enjoyed playing together and the food was wonderful. Liza made an apple crisp with caramel and craisins and also brought lots of goodies. Her pecan pie is always a favorite. Mark threw together a great fruit salad that had raspberry preserves in it. We all ate well and the gifts we received from them were nice. Thayne has been playing all morning long with his cars and Lydia has a new alarm clock. I think Chaiya will be heading to Michaels Craft this afternoon to spend her gift card. Now we have to focus on everything that needs to be finished before Friday. Can I delay Christmas for a week ?
Monday, December 14, 2009
To some this might seem crazy since I hate being cold but I love Jack Frost. Now when I was a single mom living in a tiny very cold trailer where real ice was on the inside of the windows, it was never fun to have Jack Frost visit us for real. I am missing that look now though.
There used to be a commercial spray that you could purchase to make it look as if Jack Frost had been a'calling. I haven't seen it on store shelves in about 20 years though. When one is in Arizona, the delicate patterns of the ice painter do not appear in time for Christmas. So imagine my delight when I found the recipe here. She recommends painting it on with a brush but I had a empty spray bottle hanging around that works perfectly.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Anyway.... if you need a little something that might just speak to your soul. Pop on over to her esty shop. I swear there is a little magic in her designs.
I think because we have so many incredible things happen around here that it should be a new topic. Heck I think everyone has tons of miracles happen in their lives. We all should have this topic.
Soooo our latest miracle is this: Maliea washed and dried her cell phone that was in a pocket. It was in a few pieces as we extracted it from the dryer. Guess what? We put it all back together and it STILL WORKS!
Amazing huh! What is your latest miracle?