About a week before Christmas Matt was helping me do some technical tweaking to my Emma Downtown blogwhen somehow we came upon the conversation of how he never reads my blog. I was giving him a very hard time, because unless I prod him he never looks at it. It usually really doesn't bother me, but I guess I felt the need to make a point... which is if it's important to me shouldn't you be interested?! So I told him if he ever had a blog I would look at it all the time.
Christmas morning came, and Matt asked me if I wanted to check my email... not really it's Christmas. He said one of your presents is waiting for you on your email, I couldn't get it here in time.... Oh, well when you put it that way, I'll be right on that! I wasn't expecting what I found. The email simply said "and you said it couldn't be done". Click Here
I'll I know is the best things in life can never be bought, and to me gifts and words of the heart will last much longer than anything that can be wrapped in paper and ribbon. Amongst all of the things I will remember from this Christmas with the special times with family, the girls, friends, and laughter, the one I will remember the most is being given the gift of knowing how much my husband cares and appreciates me, still after all these years.
So now, you can keep up on what Matt has to say on his very own blog.... and I said it couldn't be done! I should know better than to ever make a challenge like that, to a guy who can't say no to a challenge!
The skies don't seem to be as dark as usual The stars seem brighter then they've been before Deep within I feel my soul a stirring As though my hope has been restored The shepherds say they've heard the voice of angels Confirming rumors spread across the land That a child protected well from Herod's anger Is our Father's Son, and the son of man
Love is raining down on the world tonight There's a presence here I can tell God is in us, God is for us, God is with us, Emmanuel He's the Savior we have been praying for In our humble hearts He will dwell God is in us, God is for us, God is with us, Emmanuel
I feel compelled to tell all who will listen That peace on earth is not so out of reach If we can find grace, mercy and forgiveness He has come to save, He is all of these
You're the Savior we have been praying for In our humble hearts You will dwell You are in us, You are for us, You are with us, Emmanuel.
After a week of snow, and sick kids, we finally got well enough to get back to some of our planned holiday events.
After several snow days, finally things melted off...
Thursday marked our annual baking day we got a little carried away with how many kinds of cookies we wanted to bake this year... so, -- Friday we continued on with day no. 2 of our 'annual baking day'!
We baked, and decorated, and ate along the way (of course)... It was really a lot of fun, even if I don't love to bake!
Bella loved helping, and I am so enjoying her age, she is such a BIG helper!
Meritt, has since discovered she LOVES 'ookies'...
Our friend Kelli stopped by to supervise on the sprinkles!
Then, we bundled up for horse drawn caroling...
Bella loves horses right now, (they are her favorite) and is really into Christmas carols, so this sounded right up her alley!
So, we sang, and rode... We got lucky, and it even snowed a little while we were on our ride!
Finally Sunday, it was time to wrap... I've put it off as long as I could, so today, I organized my stuff, put together a wrapping station in the basement, and got busy!
Did you know I love being organized? It makes jobs, even dreaded ones so much more fun!
Each and every gift got wrapped...
Matt thought an action shot would be nice, (wasn't that so nice of him... grin) yes, that's me in my jammies, un-bathed, and gross... don't judge, you know this happens to you too! RIGHT?!!! OK, judge, maybe I am the only one that gets so busy wrapping & working, that I don't get washed up, or brush my teeth until LATE afternoon... Oh, well. That's life!
We had all kinds of big plans for the weekend, but they quickly got derailed by two very sick little girls. Seems as though I spread my lovely stomach bug to my little loves. Oops, don't worry I did get repaid for it! We had planned going to a holiday party, a festival of lights parade, and some other holiday-ish festivities... but instead, well, I will spare you all the details... because just trust me when I say it was YUCKY! Let's just say we are almost through a whole Costco sized box of diapers, and I did at least 15 loads of laundry... fa la la la la :)
Poor little things, this is how we spent well most of the better part of 2 days.
On the bright side, we did get a fun visitor this weekend...
At least we did one holiday-ish thing this weekend,
I'm Mandy. Mama, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Friend, Lover of God... Each day is a journey. Life is an adventure. At this point in my life, I try to go one day at a time, enjoying the moment I'm in, because today is a gift that will be gone tomorrow. I hope this can be a place to share the joy that can be found in everyday simpleness, watching kids grow, enjoying those you love, and this crazy little thing called life!