Sunday, December 27, 2009


Sunday, December 27, 2009

Ginny and Grandma went to see The Nutcracker. Ginny said she liked it all and couldn’t possibly pick a favorite scene.

The kids enjoyed making gingerbread houses and they especially enjoyed eating them the following day….no wonder they were wired and couldn’t sleep that night.

Christmas Eve we saw snow flurries! We attended a Christmas service at our church. It was a wonderful reminder that Jesus is the light of the world. When we got home the kids opened their stockings and then we watched the movie UP.

Christmas Day the kids ripped into their gifts with huge smiles. After the train tracks were put together, the electronics were working, game instructions were read and Uncle Steve arrived (with more gifts), it was time to eat a wonderful ham lunch. The rest of the afternoon and into the evening was spent playing with the new toys.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009


Sunday, December 13, 2009

It was a great day. This morning Ginny sang 2 Christmas songs in the church childrens choir. She really enjoys singing and has a pretty voice.

Ginny had requested crepes for her birthday breakfast, but I knew it would be a rush to cook them before heading to church, so instead we went to IHOP for lunch where she ordered crepes with chocolate filling.

In the afternoon we played putt-putt golf, rode go carts and bumper boats. It was the first time for the kids to do any of those things and they had a blast.

For dinner Ginny had requested shrimp, so Jeff grilled kabobs. We ate her animal cupcakes and then she opened her gifts. She received her first 18” doll complete with clothes, shoes and a horse. Ginny was very blessed today. As parents, it is such a blessing to be able to bless our children.

Ginny with her new doll. She made the decorations above.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


December 8, 2009

Being gone from the states during this time for the past 4 years, I had forgotten how BIG American celebrates Christmas! Wow! Lights, decorated houses and lawns, toy and electronic advertisements, Christmas TV specials…….it is overwhelming, but it is also very fun to be a part of every now and then.

Our kids are enjoying this season. Saturday after Thanksgiving we picked out our Christmas tree. I love having a real tree (to me, our plastic tree in Paraguay is just not the same). The kids had fun decorating it with lights and ornaments.

I have all my Christmas shopping done! In Paraguay we only do stocking gifts but this year we will put gifts under the tree. It has been nice to actually be able to buy the kids things they want.

This past weekend we stayed in Dallas. Friday night we were with my college room-mate, Holly and her family. We had lost touch over the years, so it was good to be able to catch up. Saturday we stayed with Jeff’s aunt and uncle. Jeff did a wonderful job speaking at their Sunday school class.

Saturday we took the kids to the Galleria to see the big Christmas tree. As soon as they saw the ice rink, Ryan, Ginny and Tyler decided that they wanted to try it. Tyler never could find (or cared to find) his center of gravity. He wanted me to push him around the rink the entire time. He was dead weight and I got very tired. Ginny said she loved it, even though there were few times both her hands left the railing. Ryan got the hang of it and although he fell a lot, he was able to skate in the center of the rink.