Thursday, December 17, 2009

Advent 12th-17th

Advent Readings for the 12-17th
December 12 - Luke 1: 32-33
December 13 - Luke 1:34-35
December 14 - Luke 1:39-40
December 15 - Luke 1:57-80
December 16 - Luke 2: 1-7
December 17 - Luke 2: 8-10

Can You Say BAKLAVA!!!
A very dear lady from our church hosted a baklava party today. She had us all over and instructed us on how to make this amazing holiday treat...PLUS all the prep work was done and waiting for us upon arrival! It was a lot of fun, and I can honestly say I will only do it again if I have wonderful people around to talk to...It takes a long time and I would hate to do it by myself! Sometimes the true pleasure of cooking comes in the form of fellowship surrounding the food preparation!
Teri and Monika
Julia, Teri and Jessica
Young ladies and very good friends~!
Notice Tage's hat? He won it at Brant's work Christmas party! It's all wool...and actually a really nice elf hat. He wore it all day!
I look really bad in this picture! This past weeks activities are causing for a sleep shortage. I'll catch up over the weekend!

Advent 8th through the 11th

As with every Advent/Christmas season so far I get busy and don't have time to keep up with a daily blog here is a photo summary of the 8th through the 11th!
December 8th
New hot chocolate mugs and candy canes are the perfect treat while listening to Matthew 1
December 9th
Matthew 1:18-21
Happy 60th Birthday to our dad Dan! He looks great doesn't he!
December 10th
Matthew 1: 21-25
December 11th
Luke 1: 26-31
Grown-Ups need a little celebration too! We had some friends over for our 3rd annual Christmas Party. We had wonderful fellowship, LOTS of laughing, fantastic food, singing, gift exchanging, and a house full of babies!
I couldn't resist this picture!

Monday, December 7, 2009

The Progressive Tree 2009

Ben took this job very seriously!
Everyone was most excited about their stockings!
Tage's favorite ornament. A Starwars Stormtrooper.
I have to tell you all about our sweet Simon. Every year we give the kids an ornament and write a little letter to them about why we picked the ornament and what it symbolizes. So far the kids have only been mildly interested in the notes, they usually want to get right to decorating the tree! This year all of them wanted a note or two read, except Simon...He waited to decorate until all his notes were read. I actually had a hard time not sobbing through as I read them. It had been awhile since I had reviewed what I wrote! It was so sweet!
Violet examining the little baby Jesus figures the boys had made in Kindergarten

Sunday, December 6, 2009

7th Day of Advent!

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
We headed to the mountains with our friends the Holladays to cut down our Christmas tree! We went up high where there was lots of snow so the kiddos spent a lot of time on the ground making snow angles, sliding around, digging, and picking out our tree of course!
Our 4 kiddos with their buddy Jordan! I love how this picture turned out!
Brant, Tage, Simon and Violet dragging the tree to the Jeep. Notice how short Simon and Violets snow pants are! They grew a ton in the last year.
Gotta have one of these shots...everyone is looking in a different direction...very typical!
Brent, Kim, Jordan and Jacob Holladay.
The men had fun too! Both cars were in 4-wheel and there was quite a lot of tire spinning going on!

6th Day of Advent

1God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds.
Brant and I farmed the kiddos out to friends and family for the night and headed to Seattle (again) to pick up a friend at the airport and do some Christmas shopping! The kiddos had their Advent reading before we left and celebrated in various ways with the families where they were staying!

5th Day of Advent

COLOSSIANS 1:15-20 15
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. 19For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. For the 5th day of Advent we took the kids out to dinner and headed to the East Wenatchee Christmas tree lighting! It was fun and had a VERY small town feel to it! We ran into lots of friends and got to have cookies and hot cider to celebrate. The picture above is actually at the Westlake Center Christmas Village in Seattle. I liked the picture so I thought I'd share it with you all :)~!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

4th Day of Advent

JOHN 1:18
No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him."Lets watch a Christmas movie after dinner!"
I adore this picture of Ben! I love his feet/toes, his dogie, his blanket, AND notice the Team In Training water bottle!!!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Advent Unveiling!

So here it is!!! My Advent project that turned out pretty darn cute, but took way more time than I was most projects do! Today was the 1st of December which started our official tangible countdown. Ben was the youngest so he got to lift the 1st tree and hand out the oh so yummy chocolate mints while Brant read about our Christmas heritage, Advent and the 12 Days of Christmas. We had to take a little pause in the scripture readings since our guide is last years and we were a day off. We'll get back to the story tomorrow! Happy Advent!
Advent calendar 2009!
I do plan to put more winter/holiday appropriate foliage in my vase, I just haven't got that far yet...Just in case you were wondering :)!
A little close up.
Ben about to lift up tree number1!