Yes, I am alive!!! I know it has been so long since I posted last, but I honestly don't know where the time is going. I do know that there is not enough of it, though! We had a really nice Christmas...everyone was healthy and we enjoyed the family time! The pictures above and below were taken on Christmas Eve. I wasn't able to get any really good pics, but I did not spend much time trying...didn't want to torture my kids on a Holiday. lol! Chels will read that part and ask "since when?" : )
I tried so hard to keep Christ in Christmas for the little ones. Mostly for Ella as Sophie is still not really in the "present" enough to understand. It is really tough to keep the commercialism out of Christmas...the pull is so very strong for the materialistic part of Christmas. But, I did the best I could, not really sure if I was succeeding...but about a week before Christmas, Ella started counting down the days and kept saying, 4 more days until Jesus' birthday and so on. She was truly excited about the upcoming Birthday and no mention about what she might "get". And one night, she came into me with a towel over the back of her head and told me she was Mary. Not a Super Hero or cartoon character...but Mary! Success!
The girls each had 3 gifts under the tree to open. The 3 gifts were to represent the 3 wise men that traveled and brought gifts to Jesus after He was born.
We are all well. Chelsea is packing to go back to College this Saturday. :sniff sniff: I do not like her being far away!! We were away over the week-end to attend Dave's Uncle's funeral. He was 91...lived a good and long life and it was his time to go home to his Creator. His quality of life the last few years has not been so good...it was time. Now, Dave's mom is 89...it was her brother who passed away. There are 5 siblings in the family...all in their 80's/90's and he was the first to pass away. Their parent's also lived into their 90's....some real longevity in their family genes!!
We had to travel about 6 hours each way and the little ones were really good on the trip! The big kids did their typical get-on-each-other's-nerves thing that they do. It was nice to be able to see so much of Dave's family as it has been a long time. Several of his relatives mistook me for Chelsea...thought I was Dave's daughter...not his wife. I think we may visit those relatives more often. hee hee! Okay, you are right...I did just tell you all how up there they are in age...but still!
These 2 pictures are just for your viewing cuteness!!!
The picture below was taken by Ivy. I love it! It is my girls to a T.....mesmerized by those goodies...the only thing missing is a little drool! : )
Happy 2009.....may it find you all happy and healthy!!!!!!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
posted at 8:51 PM