Sunday, December 28, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Shelley took this video this evening while I was preparing our Christmas Eve dinner. I wasn't going to post it because we were all being really silly, but it's hysterical so I thought you'd enjoy a good laugh! Merry Christmas!
*For those of you who don't know, my mother, dancing in the background, is 87 years old and VERY sane!
After lunch, we headed up to a beautiful outdoor mall to do some last minute shopping before we went to the Christmas Eve service at 3:30. The music at the service was wonderful and Max preached a sermon called ""Joe to the World", about how Jesus became an ordinary person and came to save "any ordinary Joe" like us!
Monday, December 22, 2008
It was so cold here (in the 30's) that in the evening that we decided to stay home and have chili and cornbread and watch movies. During the movies, my mom and I made cookies and decorated them...it was a very cozy family night.
The last thing we did tonight was stop by "Schlitterbahn Country Christmas". It's a waterpark that is tranformed into a Christmas wonderland...it was cold, but I was surprised how many people bundled up and came out for the fun. There were bobsled rides, light shows, carolers and crafts, as well as hot chocolate, wassail and german food.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
I did our Polar Express reading at school today and as usual, the kids loved it. Ever since the movie came out, I hear kids say they like the movie more than the book, which makes me kind of sad, but today my faith was restored when we had mobs of students fighting to get into the room where I was reading. I had 50 Polar Express tickets to give out for each of the four readings, and we had kids practically wrestling to get their tickets...it made me feel like a rock star or something! This is a picture of the set up in the room where I was reading. I love to see the faces of the children as I ring the bell or read the note Santa leaves...there's nothing like the imagination of a child!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
In the evening, we babysat while Shannon and Josh went out to dinner. We decided to take the kids to the Bass Outdoor Store to see the Holiday decorations. They had a great set up with Santa, Christmas trains and numerous outdoor scenes. Although we did make a stop to see Santa Claus, Lydia's favorite thing was the shooting gallery!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I just got back a few minutes ago from the school where my fourth graders put on a patriotic musical for Veterans Day. They looked so cute in their costumes and I'm always amazed at what parents in this district do...the kids looked like professionals! I love all my students and it's fun to be a part of things like this.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Yesterday, our good friend Dan Beasley officially retired from the military. Since I had just missed a week of school, I wasn't able to get off for his decommisioning ceremony. Larry did go and was really impressed not only with the tribute given in Dan's honor, but also with the character of Dan himself. They gave Dan many rewards, but he continually turned it around and praised the men and women who served under him. That's the character of Godliness showing and we're so glad God brought these special friends into our life. Then last night we all met for dinner at La Fonda, where we enjoyed spending the evening with all our friends from our Life Group.
Right now as I write this, trick or treaters are just winding down. We had a lot of kids this evening, and it was really fun! Most of them I know from school and they get really excited when they get to my house. After the first hour and a half, we took Larry's bike through the neighborhood just to see what else was going on. I couldn't believe how decorated our neighborhood was...there was even one court that was blocked off for a "Haunted House"...(not really scary, just fun stuff)!