Lo-o-o-ots of decorating the house...
Walks to the temple at night...
Decorating the tree with Bud & Barb
Festival of Lights with Tresspasser Will...
Walks around town to see the lights...
Live Nativity with Bud & Barb
The one thing I really wanted to do that we haven't had a chance is to go see the reindeer up north at Thanksgiving Point (I know - what a dork!), but maybe next year. This last week we've been getting ready to go on our family old-Bethlehem Christmas out in the desert, so we're busy with getting food, decorations, camping equipment, and warm clothes ready to go. I can't wait! I hope everyone has been having Christmas fun in your neck of the woods!
But that’s not what I’m talking about here.
I’m talking about a love of Christmas.
I love that people LOVE Christmas. You hear humbugs all the time complaining about the commercialism, or the overplayed music, or the hassle in the stores, etc., but it’s obvious that people just love it. Or it would stop. It’s evidenced by the classiest displays of Christmas lights in people’s front yards to the tackiest, trashiest puke of all things Christmas on some redneck lawns. And it doesn’t matter because people love it and they’re just putting it out there for others to enjoy.
seeing family * the cooking * the baking * the Christmas music * the candles * the snow angels * the school plays * concerts * friends * the shopping * the secrets * the storefront window displays * the Nutcracker * the wrapping paper * fires in the fireplace * the snowflakes * the ribbons * the bows * the cozy homes * the ornaments * the live nativities * the lights * the Christmas quilts * Handel’s Messiah * the garlands * the stockings * the quaint churches * the snowmen * the pine tree smell * the surprise cookies on your doorstep * the red cheeks * the candies * the cookies * the frozen eyelashes * the wet hats * gloves * the tree skirts * the wreaths * the tree lights * the candles in windows * the temple lights * the open windows with trees shining through.
And I love that people “bustle” at Christmas. People don’t bustle unless it’s Christmas.
Last night we had an uber-low-key celebration and it was perfect. When we got home, there was a vase full of beautiful flowers on our countertop, complete with red winter berries and thick pine. (Thanks, Barb, for the delivery!) The snow was falling thickly in our little town, so we had fun driving around and window shopping in the snow. A stop for dinner. Then home to play with the puppies. I love when it snows and it feels so much lighter outside, even in the dead of night. We built a snowman with our feet and watched the puppies leap and bound through the white stuff. (Two inches is just right for Nyabo.) Thanks, Honey, for a wonderful night.
3 years ago, we took the plunge (much to everyone's surprise)
and tied the knot.
now we are each other's ball and chain.
and there's no one I'd rather be chained to.
Here's to 80 more years!(3 years ago, part deux of our bi-coastal honeymoon, San Francisco)
Some of our Mr/Ms MOVEMBER contestants:
Even soeur got in on the action from a distance....
And the winner...
(This is one of our doing students making his final run to meet his folks after his 90-ish day stay with the program - usually I don't put up student pics for *confidentiality*, but no problem here!)
(sad about the lack of snowflakes in ours - but we have to take what we can get when we both want to be in the pic! Can you believe this is us AT WORK? Sometimes I just love my job)
Hope everyone is having fun with their Christmas planning! I can't wait for our old-fashioned-Laura-Ingalls-camping-in-the-desert-outside-tree-with-homemade-decorations-practical-real-life-nativity-Christmas-in-Death-Valley with my brothers and sister and folks!
So ::honey:: went out to his garage and got his drill and DRILLED a HOLE in the CEILING! Water, a strong steady stream, came out for about fifteen minutes. That's a lot of water! (::honey:: kept telling me it wasn't that big of a deal) But that WATER was in the CEILING! That's not okay, that's not right, that's not a little deal. That's a big deal! Water? Hello? BIG DEAL! So I had a little panic attack, I cried a *tiny* bit and bemoaned the fact that our ceiling was going to cave in and our house was going to fall apart. Then I went to bed because I couldn't handle anymore in one night.
The next day, I came to my senses and listened to ::honey:: We went and bought a new shower curtain and a new shower head. Turns out the old crappy showerhead was spraying water DIRECTLY out of the shower curtain and then falling directly down into the floor because the old crappy laminate floor has peeled away from the tub. So problem solved. And we have a new resolve to FINALLY finish that bathroom.
*side note: I wish I would have known what a difference an eight dollar showerhead could make. I think of all of the crappy showers I took while I was in college in crappy apts... they all could have been a completely different experience with eight dollars and five minutes. I urge you, if you are not pleased with your shower head, CHANGE IT. Easy-peasy. (Well, for ::him:: - I didn't actually do it myself.)
Uncle Chad from Colton Carter and Brendan's point of view
We had a great time, got lots of snuggles, heard lots of laughter, and defeated many Roger Rogers. Thanks Ryan and Camie for letting us come. Thanks to Jenny and Casey for the games. Thanks to Brendan, Colton, and Carter for keeping us entertained. And thank you Sequoia (June Bug) for being so cute and not waking up during our battles.Happy Thanksgiving! (family photo by Camie)
So, in the spirit that the message was delivered: