Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Time

It's been a busy, busy week!! 

Last Saturday we had choir practice in the morning from 10-12 Noon. 

Late afternoon, we headed to Dothan, AL to do some Christmas Caroling. Raymond Smoker, a man who attended our church, but passed away a while back, worked for Dr. Maddox in Dothan. Dr. Maddox loved Raymond and after his passing asked that our church stay involved in his life in different ways. One was inviting us to carol with his family and (church??). They have horses and carriages covered in lights, that go to a retirement home and then carol through a large, well-to-do neighborhood.
It was really neat to see how many people were sitting out waiting to hear the carolers come through. At the nursing home, they opened the dining room windows, where residents were eating supper, and many came out on the porch to listen.
Then we slowly went through the neighborhood and ended up at a park in the middle of the development where there was special singing by the Maddox family, and others and a short devotional. They had fires going, a playground for the kids and hot drinks and cookies for everyone! It was a really fun evening!! :) 

This was our ride!!

And the riders....I cut off Carmen Miller and Rocky had run to get our caroling papers, so he was missing beside Heidi. Jeremy was our leader who was hanging on the back of the wagon and Ben came later! 

Carmen and Tamara

It was a fairly warm evening, with a nice breeze, so the residents could come outside to hear the singing without freezing! :)

Sunday morning, Dan preached at ACI and the hurried to church to share a Christmas message with our church. Came home and enjoyed a quick lunch of pulled pork sandwiches!

In the afternoon I started with a case of the runs! :( I was planning to join our church singing at one of the local nursing homes, but decided that wasn't going to work. Instead I stayed home and got in a short nap. We were supposed to be at church by 4:45 to get one last practice before our program that evening. I still wasn't feeling real great, but seemed to be getting better, thankfully!

Hey, I can dream, right?? ;)

This one got kind of blurry, but it's the best one with the whole choir and our leader! :)

The children sang one song they learned during Sunday school time, "O Come Little Children".

There were other special parts by some of Jeremy's piano students as well as some of the choir members.

This was Jeremy and Nathalie Yoder (14) playing a piano duet, "Angels We Have Heard on High"

After the service, we had snacks and fellowship for all. During that time, I started getting really cold and just feeling miserable. Till we got home, I had a fever of 100.6. It climbed to 101.5 at the highest. I spent pretty much all day Monday just lying around. With the fever and runs, I also had headaches, body aches and lots of stomach pain! :P

My plan HAD been to get the house cleaned on Monday and then spend Tuesday baking cookies. Well, on Tuesday I was feeling much better, still had the sharp stomach pains, but was able to get a lot done. I still didn't feel like baking, but Danny did. He mixed up a batch of mint chocolate chip cookies and then delivered a plate full to our neighbors, the Alford's.
 Hopefully tomorrow we can do some baking! :)

Danny made some yummy cookies.....yes, I ate one today. Hopefully it wasn't too soon to put something like this into my emptied out system! :P

I love all the cards and pictures we receive this time of year!! And I'll be honest, those cards with a little dough in them also brighten my day! :) We got 2 or 3 like that! 

Christmas Eve

Since I was still not feeling 100% better yesterday, and not feeling much like eating, we ordered pizza for supper. (I think that may become a Christmas Eve tradition) After supper, we each opened one gift!

Tamara was thrilled with her new warm PJ's, PB cups and a Nutella snack pack! :)

Danny likes his 24 oz. camo Mt. Dew!!

And his new PJ's

My family knows what I love. I think for my safety, I will put some of these in cookies! :)

Dan's gift was Blueberry Cordials and a Roller Massager! That thing is just heavenly! It just picks the sore muscles right out!! We have all reaped the benefits of this purchase!! :)

Showered and decked out in their new PJ's and ready for a movie marathon!! :)

The forecast was for a cold night and frost! So Danny set up the sprinkler and turned it on before we went to bed.
This is what we woke to this morning....

And ICE!! :)

The sprinkler has pretty much become a tradition every year! It's just so cool!! (Literally!!) :)

I love how each blade of grass, or weed, becomes encapsulated in ice!! It's just so amazing!

I had also planned to make a menu for the week and go grocery shopping on Monday. Since that didn't happen, there was no real plans for food on Christmas Day! :( The morning started with Baked Blueberry Oatmeal and gifts!

Danny got an airsoft mask.

My new can opener!!

Dan got that Dr. Pepper shirt he's wanted for years, and some of his favorite food items.
I think we'll have waffles tomorrow morning, so he can use his new blueberry syrup! :)

Tamara likes her new watch, journal and pens.

And I got a new tripod since mine got left behind one day! ;)

I got some pretty bling from my dear hubby!! :) It says "You Hold My Heart Forever"

This gift was for both the kids and they pretty much had it figured out! :)

It kept them busy all morning and into the afternoon!! :)

Oh, yeh, someone got a new pair of shoes, too! :)
Tamara got boots, but we gave them to her early. She knew we got them and wanted to wear them for a special occassion! :)

All done!! :)

Now the guys are watching Basketball (well, at least the one who didn't fall asleep). I think we'll be going on a walk after awhile and letting the dogs out to play. Then a relaxing evening for all! :) Dan has off work the rest of the week!! Yay! Tomorrow, I plan to grocery shop, bake and do some last minute cleaning before Dan's two sister's and their little girls come on Friday!! :) Looking forward to having them here!!

I really hope to do better with my blog in the coming year! There are so many things on my mind to blog about! :) One thing I would like to do is share the amazing story of how Dan is starting a new job in January!! It's all been God!! :)

Merry Christmas and a Happy, Blessed New Year to each of my friends!!
"Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."

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