Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Family Christmas!

We had our Christmas tree in the family room downstairs since it would have taken up too much space in the living room. =) 
Ana and Caleb came up for a few days and we had a fun relaxing time with them.
Ready to open gifts!

Playing "Life" together...

Monday, December 29, 2014

Glory to the Light of the World!!

The Christmas Eve service at church was lovely!  They did Nine Lessons and Carols - which was songs with scripture readings between. The above song was the first one. =)
 Pastor Matthew 

 The song leaders and musicians. 

 Angel doing one of the readings. 

Afterwards we drove around looking at the lights. =)  Then we went home and ate supper. Caleb and Ana came later in the evening!

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." 
- Isaiah 9:6


Monday, December 22, 2014

The Galleria and "Crowded House"

Last Friday afternoon Amy and I drove down to visit Caleb and Ana and spend the night at their place.  Friday evening we went to Trader Joe's (Amy had never been there before) and then to the Galleria which is a very fancy mall not too far from where C&A live.  There is a huge Christmas tree there that is totally covered in gold and silver balls that Ana wanted their picture taken in front of.

Our reflection in one of the huge balls at the base of the tree. =)

There was a display of several "gowns" made from dress forms, pine branches, ornaments. etc.

We had fun looking around in Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware.
I love this phone!!

Trying out one of the chairs! 

Restoration Hardware had a lot of mirrors, and we had fun taking our pictures in this particularly huge one.

I like this little reading lamp!

Then we all went to Crowded House.  
It's something their church started: a "movable restaurant" that sets up at a different family's house each month. 

They have a chef who prepares the food, which costs $5 per person, and then everyone eats and visits....Crowded House is a very good name for it as there are a lot of people there and it's crowded and noisy!! =D

Unique lighting. =)
A lot of people had left when I took this picture (it was too crowded to get a good picture before).

Amy and Caleb putting their shoes/boots on.
When we arrived they hung our coats up outside under a tent and put everyone's shoes in rows on the cement.  This helps the house stay clean and prevents it being cluttered up with all that winter wear. The only problem is, when you leave you have a cold coat and pair of boots to put on!  Birrr!  
We had a fun time together!!!

Saturday morning Gabby came over for the day!
 We had hot chocolate with marshmallows and some treats Gabby brought. =)
The ladies (picture taken by Caleb). 
We watched Mom's Night Out and then visited for a while.  It was fun to be able to spend time together!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Small Group Christmas Dinner

Last Sunday night our small group from church got together for a Christmas dinner.
The food was delicious!

Heather all ready to start!

The littlest attendee....Miss Smantha. =)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

An Early Sunday Morning

Our church has two services now, one at 9:00 AM and one at 11:00 AM.  When Amy and I work in the tech booth we need to be at church around 7:15AM.  This past Sunday was a dark, foggy, day.  The Christmas tree in the dimly lit foyer looked so lovely that I took a quick picture before band practice started.  No one else was in this part of the church and it was so quiet and peaceful. =)

Here is the tech booth before practice starts.

Dad took this of us before we all left for home.  Amy and I love helping out at church!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Mom's Birthday!

 Last week was Mom's birthday!  She requested quiche, salad, and sliced tomatoes with cheese for her meal...
...and Lime Chesee cake with whipped cream and blueberries for her "cake" =)  (Mom loves blueberries!)

Her birthday rose from Dad.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

God's Child

If you're Gods child, 
you have the joy of knowing that everything you'd be afraid of is ruled by your Savior. 
- Paul David Tripp

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Booms in Winter

 Our Christmas Cactus from Grandma K is in bloom!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Holding On To You

A beautiful, happy, song by a group that performed at our church this past Friday. =)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

In Which I Have a Birthday!

My birthday was this past week and Mom, Amy and I went to the local quilt store for the morning.  We had such fun looking around!  (And I found some fabric for a lap quilt!)

 Amy made Cashew Chicken for my meal which was delicious!  After dishes we watched an old Sherlock Holmes movie and then a Christmas concert by the Three Tenors.  We ladies knitted while we watched/listened.  It was a lovely day! =)
  My birthday rose from Dad.