Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Basking in the afterglow of Christmas.
It was a way good year!
{by flickr asahba}

Tuesday, December 30, 2008


On a rainy day, with extended family, we....
shopped at Easton...
grilled amazing food, including Nicaraguan blue potatoes...
and played with Lucy.
It was a way good day!
{and maybe, just maybe this evening I adjusted the date on my camera to accurately reflect the actual day a photo is taken. whew. just in time for the new year.}

pucks, goals and fights

Fight, fight, those fights on ice.
Goal!  Full house!
Whoo hoo--celebrate!
And free Wendy's chili as the Blue Jackets scored the magical three goals.  It was a way good hockey game!


Here you can see our angel watching over her tree.
Playing games.
We have played this for years and are only a teeny, tiny bit competitive. The well worn rule book was checked less than a handful of times; but checked, nonetheless.
A way good end to every evening!

Monday, December 29, 2008


Stockings that Grandma needle pointed for the girls years ago.
Grandma's stocking that Martha needle pointed.
Martha opening goodies from her stocking.

Pralines from "The Market" handmade by Miss Taylor, the "egg lady" in New Orleans!

Almonds from Sucre in the Crescent City. diaries from marta's etsy shop.  Thanks, E!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas Day

Christmas breakfast before gifts.

Ooohhh...Santa wrapped pretty gifts.
Pink abounds under our tree.
A double bowed gift and a double snowflake bedazzled gift.
Out of all the presents, I secretly wished the one with the large flowers and blue ribbon had my name on it.
As Miss Lucy was the guest of honor, she opened the first gift.
Lou with her canine delicacies.  Chomp, chomp, chomp.
My name was on the Marimekko gift wrap.  And inside a gift from shopping in the Town Square in Oxford at Marimekko during Thanksgiving.  Love it.  Thanks, J!
A stylin elf!  
On Christmas afternoon, as the turkey was baking, we put the finishing touches on her New Years Eve costume, which included hot gluing spots to her unitard as she was wearing it.  Everyone participated and Grandma definitely gets the vote for being the funniest!
It was a wonderful Christmas day!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

trimming the tree

Untying the twine, trimming the uppermost branches so the angel shall be at the tip top of the tree and letting the tree branches unfold.
Lucy was most thrilled as we brought her an entire tree of branches into our home.
Mister Roberts partially done stringing the lights.
The nest all aglow.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas tree hunting

We usually go to the tree farm Thanksgiving weekend.  We didn't last year as we went to Hawaii and didn't need a tree.  This year, we went down south for Thanksgiving so we weren't home to go Christmas tree hunting.  The weekend following Thanksgiving was the church Christmas party.  That left us with the weekend of Dec 13 or 20; at that point we decided to wait for most everyone travelling here for the holiday to go to the farm together.  I called our favorite tree farm, where we have gone for years and arranged a private time on Tuesday December 23 since the farm officially closed to the public the previous weekend.  
What an experience J and I had walking through and discovering what a big enterprise this farm is--much more than growing trees!  
It was cold.  We had decided if the temperature rose above 20 degrees we would go; it was a balmy 23 degrees and windy.  Brrrrr
Here is my mom.  Isn't she the greatest?  I love her with every cell of my being.  I am so glad and fortunate she is my mother.
J and Lucy, our honored New Orleanian guest, contemplating the merits of this conifer.
My sister, up the hill, pointing to her possible tree.  J is keeping Lucy with her as we said Lucy could decide.  Haha.  You think we would give such decision making power to a canine?  Maybe.
Ahhhh. Miss Lou stayed with Jessica.  Maybe this would be the chosen one.  But we all thought it not tall or full enough.  Let's keep looking.  
It was c-o-l-d so my sistah was going to take matters into her own hands and cut down this little tree.  
"NOOOOOO!" we all called.

We settled upon this one as it bears a gift of its own...a bird nest.  We love bird nests!
Sorry Lucy, you cannot go in the lodge. 
Miss Lou went stick hunting.  How she had fun having full run of the farm as we were the only ones there.
"Mmmmm...this one tastes pretty good!"
It's a keeper all right.  We let her bring it home!

All the while, the rest of the clan was wrestling and securing the tree upon J's vehicle for the ninety minute ride home.
Literally, the moment we hopped in the SUV, including Lucy and her stick, the skies reached their dew point and freezing rain began to pelt the earth.  We still needed to stop for our annual cup of cocoa for the ride home.
It hit the spot for a way good tree picking day!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

Isaiah 9:6
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."
May you have a most blessed day and evening with loved ones and may we remember, celebrate and bow our heads in gratitude, humility and love for the Savior of the world.  Have  a way good Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve

The magical dust of Christmas
glittered on the cheeks of humanity ever so briefly,
reminding us of what is worth having and
what we were intended to be. --Max Lucado

Monday, December 22, 2008

In honor

...of Monique and Gabi.
Such memories!
Joyeux Noel!
{flickr by bleeding heart bakery}

Sunday, December 21, 2008

"Joy to Everyone"

"Let all the world join in songs of praise,
For He is come, let your voice be raised
To every father and son, every nation and land,
Let there be joy,
Let there be peace,
Let there be joy to everyone, this Christmas," as this song,
"Joy to Everyone"
so beautifully expresses.
Click on the bottom, left hand corner for English.

Watch and listen for a way uplifting musical experience!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas at Arlington National Cemetery

Christmas wreaths adorn headstones at Arlington National Cemetery. "The annual wreath laying event is the result of Worcester Wreath Company's owner Morrill Worcester's childhood dream of doing something to honor those laid to rest in the national cemetery."
"Hundreds of volunteers gather at Arlington National Cemetery to place more than 5,000 donated wreaths on head stones."
"Tech. Sgt. Scott Glassic places a wreath on a headstone."
"An Arlington Honor Guardsman walks his post past the tomb of the Unknown Solider. The tomb was one of more than 5,000 headstones decorated by volunteers."
Website by Senior Airman J. G. Buzanowski
All photos by Master Sgt. Jim Varhegyi

I had been thinking of all our valiant soliders, especially those serving overseas in dangerous situations, and their families. I also heard a wonderful song on the radio paying tribute to our nation's servicemen and women and how they would not be home for Christmas. Out of the blue, I received an email with the first photo attached. I then googled "Arlington National Cemetery at Christmas" and found the above mentioned website.
I encourage you to watch a most moving video tribute (it is the one at the very bottom of the page) created by the Worcester Wreath Company for a "visual way of saying thank you-to those who serve, to those we've lost, and to those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy the freedoms of this Country."

May we remember them especially on Christmas morning and pause and give thanks for their service and sacrifice so we have the freedom to celebrate Christ and His birth in our homes, in our country. May we always remember our freedoms came from the great sacrifice of others and their loved ones.