Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Shauna at Trying to Stay Calm, is having a give away.
She will be closing on Jan 1, and announcing on Jan 2.
Winner receives one of these prints:

I so love tender art of the Savior, especially with children.
I wanted everyone to know about this one!!
The artist: David Bowman's website, has these and more. Plus what they mean to him.
Feel free to contact him and comment on his art.
Beautiful, truely beautiful!!!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

David turned ONE!

Ralph (after his dad), "David" (after my dad), Wayne (after his dad's side) is our third grandchild, first grandson, and he turned one on December 17, 2008
His party was the following Saturday.
Little man was SOO sleepy, but he managed to hold it together for the cake eating
and eating and eating and eating! (notice the zombie like look on his little face?:)

Then all hopped up on sugar he was good for a while till he really crashed

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in my arms, heaven pure heaven! Happy Birthday baby boy!!!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas treasures: pt 9

Notice the sweet little girl finger prints?
Thats what I'm calling them 'sweet' :)

Snow nativity from my youth, Mr. and Mrs. Claus bell ornaments, bought when I was in high school (in the early 80's) looking forward to my 'own' grown up tree (AND my own Santa:),

MIL's home interior's nativity, we chose for our youngest after she passed away in 1992.
He sets it up each year.
Next year it becomes his to do with as he pleases (if hubby can let it go:).

My beautiful nativity snow globe, church that looks like the one we were married in, and 'candles' made out of wash rags and soap by one of my kiddos (need to fix the one on the left and find out who actually made them:)
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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Son-Day: "The First Noel"

The First Noel
The First Noel, the Angels did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter's night that was so deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the East beyond them far
And to the earth it gave great light
And so it continued both day and night.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

And by the light of that same star
Three Wise men came from country far
To seek for a King was their intent
And to follow the star wherever it went.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

This star drew nigh to the northwest
O'er Bethlehem it took its rest
And there it did both Pause and stay
Right o'er the place where Jesus lay.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

Then entered in those Wise men three
Full reverently upon their knee
And offered there in His presence
Their gold and myrrh and frankincense.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord
That hath made Heaven and earth of nought
And with his blood mankind has bought.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!
The First Noel is unknown in origin but is generally thought to be English dating back to the sixteenth century. There is a misconception that the First Noel was French and it is believed that this is because of the French spelling of Noel as opposed to the olde English Anglo-Saxon spelling of the word as in Nowell. After England was captured by the Normans numerous words were adopted from the Norman French language and Noel was re-spelt as Nowell, early printed versions of this carol use the Nowell spelling. The First Noel was first published in 1833 when it appeared in "Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern," a collection of seasonal carols gathered by William B. Sandys.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Merry Christmas to ME!

Christmas day at my mom's
(my favorite place to be)
The Players:
My kids and grandkids that were there;
Misty and family;
Mom, Uncles & Aunt;
Us Cousins

The spread, the 'old' married couple, Miss Tu-tu and Mr. Goober, the building of mom's new bench (from Misty), the opening of presents, the playing of toys

Warm enough to play outside (check out mom's new bench), LauraJune and David in action-literally...

And from UP yonder (WI), Audrey decking the tree with dad, readin' in the kitchen floor, 'paintin' cookies, lovely mom and dad...
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What a wonderful day with my dear family!!!
Audrey's ear tube appointment went well yesterday!!!
Life is good! VERY GOOD!!!!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Treasures: Special Stockings

My mother is a marvelous crocheter
Growing up, my brother and I had HUGE crocheted stockings,
One year I asked her to make matching crocheted stockings for all seven of my children, and hubby.
Each 'top' was different:
Out of nine we are now down to these: this is 18 yos (the baby)

Hubby (whose mother was also a crochetier) loves pineapples:

Mom topped the stocking my grandmother sewed and appliqued for me:

Instead of a chimney, our stockings are hung on the fishtank with care...
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
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Santa always takes our stockings down, and leaves them filled under the tree,
I hope you all had a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas to YOU!

Away in the manger

Worth a repeat:)
As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, lets rededicate ourselves to be his, to follow his example, and be the best we can, showing love and kindness to all.

God Bless You! What ever your path:)
What Child is This?
What Child is this, who, laid to rest
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spear shall pierce Him through,
The cross be borne for me, for you.
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh,
Come peasant, king to own Him;
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
Raise, raise a song on high,
The virgin sings her lullaby.
Joy, joy for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus

To my Santa!
The provider of cash:)
The wrapper of presents:)
The builder and light stringer of the fake tree
The cooker of our turkey and ham!
You da' man!

I admit it, I LIKE kissing my Santa Clause!
Thanks honey for Twenty One Christmases!!

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus
Underneath the mistletoe last night
She didn't see me creep
Down the stairs to have a peek
She thought that I was tucked
Up in my bedroom fast asleep

Then, I saw Mommy tickle Santa Claus
Underneath his beard so snowy white
Oh, what a laugh it would have been
If Daddy had only seen
Mommy kissing Santa Claus last night

I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus
Underneath the mistletoe last night
She didn't see me creep
Down the stairs to have a peek
She thought that I was tucked
Up in my bedroom fast asleep

Then, I saw Mommy tickle Santa Claus
Underneath his beard so snowy white
Oh, what a laugh it would have been
If Daddy had only seen
Mommy kissing Santa Claus last night

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Another Christmas quiz

Christmas Taggy Tag Tag!
From Rhonda at Whetten Wonders
Some are the same, some different

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
2. Real tree or Artificial?
3. When do you put up the tree?
right after Thanksgiving
4. When do you take the tree down?
After first of year
5. Do you like eggnog?
6. Favorite gift received as a child?
Corney I know, BUT I don't remember any main gift, I do remember the family we saw and spent time with
7. Hardest person to buy for?
8. Easiest person to buy for?
9. Do you have a nativity scene?
Yes many
10. Mail or email Christmas cards?
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
can't think of one
12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
Its a wonderful life
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
Day after Christmas,
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Ok, dressing, ham, broccoli and cheese casserole, sugar free banana pudding, fruit salad, cranberry sauce, mom's rolls, EVERY year!
16. Colored or Clear Lights?
this year clear
17. Favorite Christmas song?
Away In A Manger
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
we go to my mom's:) and this year make a quick trip over to visit hubby's fam
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?
materialism, and meaness
23. Favorite ornament theme or color?
nativities, frogs, purple, birds, bears, shiny, tacky, plastic, etc.
25. What do you want for Christmas this year?
A peaceful day with family
26. White or Warm Christmas?
WARM!!!! About 70, gentle breeze, so those that like to can go outside and play
27. Favorite thing about Christmas?
All it CAN be!
28. Favorite Christmas Tradition?
We open our presents at home, then go to mom's. I love spending time with the family doing the exact same thing every year. (no thought, no planning, no stressing:)
29. Favorite Christmas Location?
Home & then mom's (I have spent almost every Christmas of my life in that house)
30. Who do you tag?
I tag you all!

(have you seen the new Tinkerbell movie? What good morals-not all 'tude like Tink in Peter Pan)

Monday, December 22, 2008


that's not right!!!

That's BETTER!
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I was sorta blue,
I read these scriptures on someone's blog
James 1:2-4
2My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
The word JOY stuck out!
That night at our RS (ladies church) Christmas party, this was my gift!!!!
Might have to leave this little beauty out all year:)
Thanks to you ladies that posted this wise phrase:

Joy to you

Joy to those you love

God Bless during this season and all year long:)

A reminder of this site that sends free Thank You cards to troops!!! Here
This is for:
11th Heavens Homemaking Haven for Home Maker Monday

Everyday Elegance for My Favorite Things Monday
As for Me and My House for Making A Happy Home Monday

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas treasures: pt 8

Frog princess (counting her daisy petals) from my mom

Kermit D Frog (from my child hood)

DJ's nutcracker

Dough art from Eric (I think-Kindergarten? no date)
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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Camera Critters: Just A Little WeeWeeChu

(not mine puppies)

(my puppies:)

It's a romantic full moon,

when Pedro said,"Hey, mamacita, let's do Weeweechu."

Oh no, not now, let's look at the moon!" said Rosita.

Oh, c'mon baby, let's you and I do Weeweechu.

I love you and it's the perfect time," Pedro begged.

"But I wanna just hold your hand and watch the moon." replied Rosita.

Please, corazoncito, just once, do Weeweechu with me."

Rosita looked at Pedro and said, "OK, one time, we'll do Weeweechu."

Pedro grabbed his guitar and they both sang.....

"Weeweechu a Merry Christmas,

Weeweechu a Merry Christmas,

Weeweechu a Merry Christmas,

and a Happy New Year."


{come on, you know you WANTED the cat to take out the singing Chihuahua:}

Camera Critters

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Show & Tell: Decking GreatGrandma's tree

Daughter Misty likes to help her grandma decorate her tree.
My mom loves her help!
Misty brought us lunch (mmmm, yummy chicken and dumplings Misty style),
came and got me (WOOHOO!),
and brought the kids (double WOO double HOO).
I got to 'corral' the babies while the ladies went to work.
I took tons of pictures trying to get 'the best shots'
(I love digital!)
LauraJune won't smile for the camera, David wants to eat the camera cap...

So I just kept snapping away....

And ended up with these beauties:

AND best shots of the day!
Smiling together!
Hanging 'their' ornaments on their Greatgrandma's tree (with mom's help)
Greatgrandma's tree, all decked out ready for Christmas!!
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(and as it seems to run in our family, there was crying, and sneaking out of the corral, chasing, threatening, biting (yep, the little bugger BIT ME!!), playing, teasing, loving, hugging, kissing, and, well you get the picture:)
Thanks Misty for the ride, for helping your Grandma, for yummy nummmy lunch, for just being you!
For Show and Tell notice my mom's gaudy gorgeous tree!!
Show and Tell