Christmas at Grandmas house! We had a really fun night hanging out with the Hoffman side. The kids all had a ball opening presents and then getting to hang out together to play with them. Brandon got to work with Rob and Billie to create a kitty cat mosaic. He loved that one on one time. Rich and Barb worked together to fix Barb's computer. . .it wouldn't be a holiday without Rich fixing someone's computer. Well, really, it wouldn't be a weekend without Rich fixing someone's computer. ;) Grandma held in there really well for having had back surgery a few weeks before but she was weary by the end of the night. She, as always, was a gracious hostess and spent way too much on all of us. All in all, it was a fantastic evening full family, giving, playing, eating, and chatting.
|The "kids table"|
|Multitasking. . .|
|Grandma's magic touch.|
|My Little Old Men|
|Loving playtime (and her feet!)|
|In such a rush to come help - who has time for pants!?!?|
|Delivery Time. . .|
Christmas Eve. One of my favorite nights of the year. Full of tradition. Beef tenderloin with béarnaise sauce for our meal. Decorating of Christmas cookies to leave for Santa. Singing Christmas carols. . .always ending with Silent Night and some reflection on the true meaning of Christmas. What a gift. The older I get, the more I appreciate what a sacrifice it must have been for God to send his only Son, to be tempted, tried, and tortured and all for our benefit. To close the chasm that sin had created between us and our Heavenly Father. What a gift. Silent night, holy night, all is calm, and all is bright.
|Jingle Bells - the creative version. . .|
|And the stockings were hung ....|
|Blessings abound. . .|
|Ben helping to feed baby K. He was so proud!|
|Painting while his siblings have playdates.|
Today's picture is totally unrelated but it was the only picture I took all day!
|Mom and her littles. . .|
A lazy Sunday morning - complete with hot cocoa that was a gift from my sweet friend Patty. It was as delicious as she promised it would be. It was even more delicious because we whipped up some homemade whipped cream and sprinkled chocolate chips on top. The kids were big fans! They didn't even noticed that I was out of marshmallows!
The December Photo Project was only supposed to go until Christmas Day. I went a few days beyond and missed a few days in the middle. I really loved the time spent reflecting and noticing the small moments. I didn't love the one extra thing on my mind of something to do. I make no promises as I know how busy life gets in the Spring semester at work - but I hope to throw a blog up now and then to remind me to stop and enjoy this wonderful life we are experiencing. . .even if it does feel like we are at warp speed and hanging on for dear life! To those who have been following this, sending me nice notes of encouragement, saying nice things when I see you, and leaving me comments on Facebook. I am flattered and humbled. Thanks for going along on this ride with me.
May your 2014 bring your joy!