Thursday, December 31, 2015

Christmas Under the Mistletoe

December 25, 2015 - 

The only picture with Ben's eyes open.
Poor guy, he was up late trying to clear a clogged pipe in the kitchen.

Stockings first.

A hands free tablet holder

Looking forward to doing some reading in 2016!

Sure, use your new axe to open the next present...

...and your work bag for a hat.

I did it!  
The Rubik's cube was already "solved" but I overcame my OCD and forced myself to mix it all up.  That may have been more difficult than solving it!

Lydia's been through this "Christmas morning drill" 7 other times.

Though she's grown a lot since then:

Christmas Eve - 2008

Later that evening with family...

Noah and our cousin, Eli

Gift exchange

That dress. 

She's definitely a very loved little girl!

Look who I caught under the mistletoe this year...

Monday, December 28, 2015

Warm Friends, Hot Cider, and Cookie Decorating

December 18, 2015 - A few photos from what was officially a "Cookie Decorating Party."

Luminaries - southwestern decorations you rarely see in the Midwest

Up on the housetop...

Is that a star from the East?

Or Josiah holding a flashlight?

Oh, the weather outside is frightful

...but the fire is so delightful.

It was impossible to feel cold with hot cider, warm friends, a roaring fire, and heated card games of "Bluff" and "Nertz."

Isaiah 40:3

We all sang some carols around the piano.

Because the best way to spread Christmas cheer is to sing aloud for all to hear.

Decorated cookies

The extent of my decorating consisted of spreading the icing like butter on the cookie and immediately eating it. #minimalistdesign


"10 circles in a picture" (behind)

"chestnuts roasting over an open fire"

"what light through yonder window breaks" 
- turned into 'something' and "about a thousand toothpicks"

As the fire was slowly dying
my dears were still goodbying...
...and planking...
...and sharing stories and 'random facts.'

Thanks for having us all over!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

A Dance, Rotator Cuff, and an Invitation

December 11, 2015 - My very first post with photos that I took during a dance. 
I spent most of the evening watching from the sidelines, because I was still healing from a rotator cuff tear (there's a story behind that.)  The inability to raise your right elbow definitely makes dancing all but impossible. However, I say "all but" because I did participate in a few dances - including the Scottish (there's a story behind that.)
Anyway...enough of me.  Enjoy the photos and check out the invite at the bottom of the post.

See? No break or fracture.

Someone's in the Christmas spirit!  
These lines were posted on the three doors - of which, only one will open.

Our patient dance caller, Jeremy Suermann

Look like fun?  Well, join us for the New Year's Ball...details are below!