Saturday, December 29, 2012

We're going on a sleigh ride tonight...

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling
Ring ting tingling too
Come on, it's lovely weather
For a sleigh ride together with you.

In a last ditch effort to enjoy the Christmas lights while they're still up, and to make the most of this chilly weather, we decided to bundle the kids up in their warm jammies, and take them for a walk downtown.  (For my northern friends, yes, 50's and low 60's are considered very cold here). I made them hot chocolate and packed our furriest, fluffiest blankets, and Bryan packed up a stroller and a wagon.

We stopped at several antique shoppes along the way, to look in the windows at the pretty displays.

Outside, the snow is falling
And friends are calling, "Yoo hoo"
Come on, it's lovely weather
For a sleigh ride together with you

Our cheeks are nice and rosy
And comfy cozy, are we
We're snuggled up together
Like two birds of a feather would be

And on the way home, we drove out of our way to see more beautiful lights.
Oh, how I love this time of the year!

Let's take the road before us
And sing a chorus or two
Come on, it's lovely weather
For a sleigh ride together with you

Have a great weekend, and a Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas this year

The "Christmas Spirit" has seemed a little far off this year. It's completely reachable and recognizable, but this year, I feel like it has taken extra effort to really grab hold of, and appreciate what this season is all about.

Just a few weeks ago, as a nation, we mourned the loss of precious lives that never came home from school. Last week, my friend lost her sweet baby to cancer. Another friend recently miscarried twins. And on Christmas morning, another friend lost his father. And my heart just aches for these families.

Through it all, I have been thinking, "how would these people survive without the hope of Christ? How could they possibly move on without the promise of a future together?" And that's what the real Christmas Spirit is about. Without Emmanuel, without God actually with us, there would be no hope. And so there is celebration in the midst mourning, and a peace that transcends our understanding.

All of that being said, here are some fun Christmas happenings and rejoicings from this year...

Friends and Christmas elves at work...


This hospital is beautiful. I left work on Friday night around midnight. The air was cold and still, and quiet. I am so thankful for my job, for the friends that I work with, and for a beautiful a place to be.

Bryan worked on Christmas Day, and I spent a few hours at work on-call, so we celebrated with The Buckman side of the family on Sunday. We spent the day relaxing, eating, opening gifts, eating some more, making cookies, playing outside, sitting around a fire, and then a little more eating. It was great.


Nana received a manger scene with Mary and Jesus from Bella (and her Dollar Store shopping spree), and Papa received a pair of glasses.

We enjoyed another year of Nana's Christmas cookie tradition, and this year Lilly was able to join in. She loved it, and was surprisingly good at it.

On Monday, Christmas Eve, we celebrated with my side of the family. Presents and eating and a fire...

Bella's handpicked gifts included foot powder for my dad, a bath scrubby for Mimi and Grady, peanut butter cookies for Grandpa, and The Dollar Store's version of Eternity for Men for Bryan.

For dessert, we celebrated Jesus with Mom's traditional birthday cake and singing.

Oh, how we love Grandpa!
Someone had the idea to cook popcorn over the fire, so we tried it. It was yummy!
On Christmas morning, we visited Bryan at the fire station.



These days we have are good, and we are so fortunate to have our family with us. As we celebrate the season, those sweet folks who are missing their loved ones are so close to my heart, and give me such a constant reminder to be thankful for the blessings I have.
From our family to yours,
Merry Christmas!