Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas 2009

Friday, December 25

Merry Christmas to all our friends and family!
It's been a busy week, but yesterday we made cookies for Santa and went to the early candle light service before coming home to feed the reindeer and play a couple games before heading to bed. As far as we can tell, Santa enjoyed his cookies and left the girls exactly what they asked for. New Webkinz of course, a Harry Potter game for Kyla and a little sewing machine for Sydney. I never got my Christmas email sent out, so it may be a New Years update. We're headed to my Grandma's house for the day and on Sunday we go to Seattle to help cousin Josh celebrate his 8th birthday, then we're off to the Carolina's to visit Kevin's family.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

You Capture - Holiday Decor

Thursday, December 17

I can't believe how this month is flying by! Santa had better get busy. We got our decorations up last weekend, which is pretty good for us. I really wanted to get out and take some shots of Christmas lights, but that would involve remembering to bring the camera when I'm driving around in the evening. Oh well. Here are the stockings that I made for the family, they still need loops for hanging, we just anchor them with some books in the bookcase.

Kyla directed her younger sister and friend in decorating the tree. I barely did anything, they even strung all the popcorn and cranberries. It was fantastic, they are finally old enough to be helpful sometimes. Can you see the red and green bands on her braces?

I did have to help with the angel. I love this sweet little angel, looks like she is singing.

Little sister made some decorations of her own.
I don't consider myself holiday decor, but look - there I am (with the Santa hat)!
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

You Capture - Lines

Thursday, December 10

This week's photo challenge was Lines. Here is the 5 y.o. helping me find some lines around the house. The sun coming through the blinds make some nice shadow lines. Don't worry she's not trapped outside in the 20 degree weather, she's just behind the curtain Lines in a beautiful stained glass window of our church.
These next two may be a stretch, too bad I didn't have these for the sunrise challenge a few weeks ago. It helps that the sunrise is so late these days. Here is the Portland sky-line.
I love the out-line of this tree and the lines of a sun flare.
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Friday, December 4, 2009

Mrs. C gives another exam.

Sunday, December 6

No, not that Mrs. C! It's was me, you know, Dr. C's wife. So Kevin, who only seems to get sick during school vacations, got a fever last Tuesday and he still has it! Enough already. This is only the second time in over 8 years that he has had to cancel a class. Sydney missed a whole week of school and we're all pretty excited that she gets to back on Monday. Hmmm, where were they about two weeks ago? Hey, was it that birthday party at Chuck-e-Cheese? (I don't think Kevin will be going back to Chuck-e-disease ever again!) So, back to my story of how I've been waiting for the chance to say that my name was Mrs. C. I though about telling the kids at the elementary school that I volunteer for that was my name, but it's not like I'm a teacher or anything. They just call me Deanna or Sydney's mom or Kyla's mom. When I was growing up I never knew what to call my friends' parents. Even now it makes me uncomfortable calling them by their first name and too formal to call them Mr. or Mrs. so and so. Whenever I shop at Safeway, they always say, "Thank you Mrs. Cantrell, you saved $42 .00 today." It always makes me feel old or reminds me of Kevin's Granny. So last week I went to the university. Here is the sun trying to blind me while I'm walking towards the new bell tower near the science building.
I made copies of the exam and stashed them in my bag.
Then I set off again to hand out the exams in a different building.I let everyone know that Dr. C was still sick, but if they had questions I may be able to answer them or I could always call his cell phone. Then I said, "Oh, by the way I'm Mrs. C." I think that surprised several students, but they were a little preoccupied by the exam to really discuss it.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

You Capture - A Happy Story

Thursday, December 3

Life has been busy here, I haven't even posted since the last photo challenge. There has been cleaning, parties, celebrations, a holiday, work and now the flu. My youngest is is going on day 5 with a fever. She doesn't seem to feel too bad and is handling it very well, if only we could be so happy when we are sick.

As for my story, something is happening to me and all my good friends, yes, we are growing older.

Our kids are getting older and able to entertain themselves at all the celebrations.
Sharing good times...
Letting the grown ups eat dessert and play whatever games we want with their Banagrams.
I am happy to see our family growing up together and enjoying goods time with our friends!
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