Thursday, December 15, 2011

ADVENTure Box

 We've been having a lot of fun this Advent Season with our ADVENTure box.  Each night we open the box to find some "gift", read part of the Christmas story, and do some kind of activity.  The last couple of days we've been acting out the part of the shepherds and the Magi.  We did this last year, but are much more whole hearted about it this year, and I think we're all enjoying it a lot more, and much more thoughtful about the real reason we celebrate Christmas, the birth of the King!

I love the sheep Campbell is holding! 


 On the night we talked about the Magi we improvised a Dutch Epiphany tradition and had the kids sing a Christmas song and then we shared some banket together.

 Fake it 'till you make it boys!  Someday you'll like banket!


Chimayo Weekend

This weekend Chris and I had the opportunity to take a get-away as a couple.  It was long overdue, but so worth it!  This is a little shout out to my husband - I'm so blessed to be married to Chris.  He is such an encouragement to me, he makes me laugh, and works so hard for our family.  It was wonderful to spend a weekend reconnecting and relaxing together!  A special thanks to Linda, Shari, and Andrea for taking care of the kids!  Sounds like they had fun too!

So, we went to a bed and breakfast in a little town in northern NM, Chimayo.  There aren't any pictures of Ojo Caliente, the hot springs we spent most of Saturday soaking up, but it was quite the experience!  A parent at Chris' school had recommended a "clothing optional" spa to us, but we decided that wasn't really our style, and went to Ojo...However, when we got to Ojo, we realized we hadn't brought our swim suits!  We are now the proud owners of very luxurious suits sold to us at an exorbitant rate by the gift shop.  Sorry, Babe!  We also visited a church, El Santuario de Chimayo, which people make pilgrimages to every spring asking for healing.  It was beautiful!
 


 Below is the view from our balcony.  It was too cold to really enjoy it, but the view was spectacular!


 I love seeing the desert blanketed in snow!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

So Many Reasons to be THANKFUL!

As has become our family pre-Thanksgiving tradition we spent Wednesday morning on a hike.  We had beautiful weather all Thanksgiving weekend and so enjoyed being able to be outside!
 



 Don't you just love this picture?
 Our dear friends the Postmas and Steve joined us for Thanksgiving dinner and spent the afternoon playing games together.  What a blessing to have "family" in the body of Christ!
 Grandpa and Grandma came for the Thanksgiving weekend.  The kids had been excited about this visit for about three weeks and enjoyed time wrestling with Grandpa, playing "Chopped", going for a walk, playing at the gym, and getting our Christmas tree.  We are so thankful that they were able to come and have time together.




 She's a hugger!

 It's always a race in this family!
 Visiting Jason's bench
Garrett took a bunch of pictures for us.  He'd been asking all day to take pictures by the Christmas tree and he definitely knew how he wanted everyone to sit and look.