Rich just left for evening service at church a little while ago with Jacob, Ethan, Grace, and Davy. Lil’ Caleb is sick with croup. He’s been barking and coughing all weekend long, poor thing. So I’m home with him, and he’s busy watching Thomas right now.
This weekend my parents came for a visit. We celebrated Christmas! I confess. . . .we STILL have our Christmas tree up, this is the longest Rich and I have ever left it up and we are SO ready to toss it out the door. However, we are happy that we kept it up long enough to have a Christmas family time with my Mom and Dad. They got here on Saturday about noon and the children could not wait to talk to them, and show them things, and to open gifts.
Grace received a crochet kit. My mom sat right down with her and gave her a lesson. I am happy to say that Grace seems to be a natural at understanding crochet. It made my heart happy to see her. She currently has about 6 inches of her project done (it’s going to be a scarf).
My Dad took time to have several NERF gun wars with the boys, downstairs in their room.
Every once in a while, we could just sit and visit. . . . .here I am, with my Dad and my Mom.
My sister Amanda and her sweet family came later on to open gifts. Sometimes my big house actually feels quite small. We were all buzzing about, talking and laughing.
This morning, my parents stayed home with the children and Rich and I went to church together, just the two of us. It was like a date! When we got back home, we ate lunch together and then Dad, Rich, and the kids all went ice skating. Mom and I walked down so I could take a few pictures. It was a gorgeous day. Sunny but cold—cold in a refreshing BREATH DEEP way. I’ll not soon forget my mom going down the hill five times in the sled! Or my Dad racing around the pond on ice skates with the rest of the family. Spending time outdoors in the wintertime, skating, was such a treat! It brought back many childhood memories for my parents, who both spent time as children, ice-skating on ponds with their friends and family. (For those of you who don’t know, this is just our third winter here at this house–this was the first year my parents ice skated with us.) We started making plans for next winter….to set up a bon-fire area with lots of wood, to bring some big bales of hay to set up around the pond for seats, and to keep collecting ice skates in every size.
The sky was so beautiful blue and big today. . . . .
Dad, Jacob, Grace, Rich, and Dave.
My handsome hockey player, in his potato skin (what I call his carhartt snow suit, aren’t I funny?)
The ice is thick and smooth, the best it’s ever been!
Ethan, my yellow-boy skater. . .hitting the hockey puck across the ice. . . .
Davy-do was racing just as fast as he could go, to catch up with Ethan. I like to see their shadows, too.
Guess who lost a tooth the other day? Actually, I pulled it for him. It gave me the willies, but I did it.
(maybe you can’t see from the picture….it was a front bottom tooth)
A milestone for our dear Davy-do!
Sadly, Mom and Dad have left to go back to their own place in NY. Jacob was fighting back tears of sadness to see them go….we all were. But, we are so very thankful for the time we spent together and are looking forward to seeing them again very soon—when Seth arrives!
I wanted to add Jacob’s recipe for the weekend. He showed such a servant’s heart by working hard in the kitchen squeezing lime after lime to make a special soda for his grandparents, his Dad, his siblings. . . .saving his own for last. I was so proud of him.
We found a cookbook at the library titled, The Star Wars Cookbook, and it’s such a great cookbook for boys. (My boys have never seen the movie, but still somehow love anything to do with Star Wars). Jacob made a list of ingredients for the recipes he wanted to try and this is the first one he made:
3 Tablespoons sugar, or to taste
1 cup sparkling water
1 scoop lime sherbet or sorbet
Place 1 lime on the cutting board and cut it in half. Squeeze the juice from each half into a measuring cup. Repeat with the remaining limes until you have 1/4 cup juice.
Put the lime juice and sugar in a small pitcher. Stir with a wooden spoon until the sugar dissolves. Add the sparkling water and stir until mixed. Taste and add more sugar, if desired.
Using an ice cream scoop, scoop up the sherbet and drop it into a tall glass. Pour in the lime water. Serve immediately. Makes 1 serving.
Tonight, after church, he plans on making us “Jawa Jive Milkshakes”. I can’t wait!
Okay, maybe just maybe some of you are wondering who won the corn bag? Well, I put over 100 slips of paper in a marigold fiesta bowl, stirred and stirred around with my hand, closed my eyes…….and…….
this is the name I pulled out………….
I had to laugh! Alaskahannah is a friend of mine….I have never met her face to face but we met here through xanga and have become penpals. We’ve been writing back and forth for quite a while now and our children also write to each other. She has such a generous heart, is so warm and friendly, and her children are following in her footsteps. For example, her daughter MADE Grace a gorgeous quilt for her birthday this year, and mailed it out to her! We have come to love this family and I hope to someday have the pleasure of meeting them all.
So, Hannah Banana, congratulations on the win! I hope the warm corn bag keeps you snug as a bug in snowy cold ALASKA!
Thank you, to all who commented and added to the fun. It was great to meet a few of you who have been reading my blog but have not commented until the giveaway. I guess I know what to do now, if I want to hear from you!
****SMILES AND HUGS****