Saturday, December 26, 2015

Merry, Merry, Merry!

Good afternoon, it is Saturday.

Hope you had a very merry Christmas! I'd like to think that we did. If you can judge you day by whether or not you ever changed out of your sweats, and never changing out of your sweats is a good thing, then we had a great Christmas Day. Christmas Eve was also great. Our first Christmas Eve at John and Carol's new house. When we wanted a frisbee to burn off some energy, we were able to simply walk to our house. Awesome. I have pics from Christmas and from before. Enjoy:
Santa! We got to visit Santa. This is the picture the professionals took of our family. Cheese! Now it is off to Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Then back to a day or two before. Non-orderly, but works for me.
Cheers! How about a Christmas toast. Jack and I have an ability to spill juice all over ourselves!
Avery joined Preston, Lillie, and I for some frisbee. How cute is she? Yes, that is Lillie's old Christmas dress. The high top sneakers are all about function.
This year we tried something new. Maybe even started a new tradition. Rather than a gift exchange for the adults, we did a white elephant exchange for everyone. This year's theme, mugs. Not wanting to see tears, this years there just wasn't much in the way of steals. Jack drew number two, and unwrapped the best Star Wars mug of all. Then he hid it and made sure no one could look at it, yet alone steal. We had fun, I hope we do it again next year. In true white elephant fashion, Lillie did steal the Grumpy Cat mug from Chris. It read, "I had fun once, it was awful!"
Yes, there were presents. The focus was kids, it was very nice.
Here Hansen and Lillie prepare to light tons of candles as acolytes at the candle light Christmas Eve Service. Preston and I were communion assistants. I was happy to help, the candle light Christmas Eve Service is always very nice.
What/who is this? Oh yes, Miles and a Star Wars mask. We loved having our North Carolina cousins visit and stay the night at our house for a night before moving on to the rest of their vacation.
I took them out out see Star Wars in 3D! Sure, we saw the movie twice, but it was well worth it. Is this the Breakfast Club gang? In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definition...these are cousins. The theater for the 3D show was amazing, leather recliner sofa seats! Even without a movie it would have been a great place to hang out.
The next day I got to take the cousins out for a shopping adventure before dropping them off. Lillie and Miles now have these awesome Star Wars build-a-bears! The rest got cool things too. Hansen chose Harry Potter, Alex chose Zelda, and Claire chose Velociraptors! Awesome.
Cookies! Lillie can transform her nail art to cookies. These look too good to eat.
This day is being spent with a puzzle! Thanks Amber!

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Vacation, Cousins, and Star Wars.

Good evening, it is Sunday.

Winter break is here! Well, for some, but not all. Preston has been home for a whole week now. Friday was the last day of school the littles and I. Maren still has some work this week before having some time off for the the holidays.

What did we do to celebrate the last day of school? We did what 20,000,000 other folks did this weekend. We saw Star Wars, The Force Awakens.
We were with a group of friend, some who dressed up. Preston wore his awesome Jedi attire.
Afterwards we went out for pizza. It was a great evening. I was a bit skeptical of the movie as it got going, but I was won over by the end. It was fun to hear the audience cheer as the movie started and as the famous actors came on screen. Awesome.
Santa! Yes, we showed up so early to the movie that were were able to take advantage of the short line to see Santa! We have seen this same Santa (he is the real Santa) for several years now. This little excursion made this whole evening awesome.
Yesterday we got to see cousins! We have not seen the Omans for over a year as they moved two years ago. This is Lillie with cousins Claire and Kyra. It was a great visit, and we're sure to see even more of them in the next few days. Yay!
Hansen and his cousin Alex. While I have these few pictures, the best pictures are on the kid's cameras. I will admit with cameras in everyone's pockets, and kids who are quite artistic, great photos are living on their cameras right now.
Hah! Yes, Maren read that this movie will soon be in the works. It will be next on my queue once it is released.

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, December 05, 2015

On The List!

Good evening, it is Saturday.

Last week Maren got to attend a celebration of service. A what? A program celebrating folks who have worked for the KCLS for 20, 25, 30 or even 40 years! Maren was honored as one of the newbies of this list. Congrats on 20 years working at KCLS Maren.
For some reason Maren didn't really want the rest of us cheering her on for this ceremony. But she did promise to take a picture or two. This is the room!
And this is a Maren selfie! 20 years working for KCLS, no problem! Somehow I'm thinking retirement will keep her from celebrating 40 years, or even 35.
A friend of Maren's took this picture. This is the list of folks who were celebrated for their service. The print is just blurry enough to protect the identities of those on the list:)

See you tomorrow.