Thursday, January 19, 2012

It is Random Picture Day!

Hello Blog World!

It is a big day here today. The official kick off of the show choir season for our high school teams is tonight. Big excitement for sure. We are having a fundraising dinner and then all three teams will perform. It should be a great night. I have checked, double checked and re-checked my to-do lists some more and I just need to leave it be for a while because everything I can do is already done. I have to cool my heels until later when it is time to gather my army of parent volunteers and get to work. 

While I am trying not to stress about what needs to happen later on today, I am getting a few things off my non-choir to-do list. One item on my list was backing up my phone and clearing off the pictures. It is entertaining to see what I have snapped photos of that I have forgotten.

We got to go see Wicked this fall after Emily sang in All-State Music Festival. It was so good. I don't think Cameron ever moved the entire show. He was totally enthralled. He now knows every word from every song in the show.

This little guy sits on my microwave. Don't know where he came from, but he is cute so he stays. 

This is the view across from our house. It is lovely all year round as it changes with the seasons. Unfortunately they are developing this area now. It will soon be full of houses and not lovely fields.They will be sorely missed.

I was trying to complete my Bible study and the dogs were fairly sure I should be getting up and letting them in instead. They utilized the staring and looking pathetic method.

This fall when I dug up my gladiolus I found this plethora of baby glads. I found it fascinating. God's workmanship never ceases to amaze and delight me. 

In November I blogged about using our blessings to help others. Here is the carload I delivered to a variety of places. I really should do this more often! I could do it again and not miss a stitch of it.     

My friend Cindy made little snowmen for us for Christmas. It has a Hershey bar in it. Totally cute. 
This funky flower was at the San Diego Airport. Remind anyone of Horton Hears a Who?
This was the restroom sign at Legoland. Cracked me up. I am so easily entertained. 
I don't know who snuck in and took this photo of me napping in the sunshine. 

Well, that was fun! I appreciate you hanging out with me for a while and keeping me occupied. Better go tackle another item on the to-do list.

Have a super day!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Father's Love

I am working so hard at clearing my to-do list and the top of my desk today. However, as I was sorting through a pile of papers and reciepts from our trip I came across our Christmas card from my Dad that I wanted to share.

First of all, my Dad is NOT a card guy.  He gets totally annoyed at the price of a greeting card and rarely sends one and would rather you don't get him one either. I would have to assume that my Mom actually purchased the card, but my Dad wrote in it, which makes it extra special.

The printed words on the card were incredibly sweet and moved me to mush before I ever got to the note:

Each of you shines
at the heart
of our Christmas -
you're everything good 
that a parent dreams of...
Know that you're wished
every joy life can offer...
and thank you 
for lighting our world
with your love.

But written in my Dad's handwriting was added:

You are special - each and every one of your and you hold a special place in our hearts. We are so privileged to have you here to share your Christmas with us.
Love to you All.  
Dad and Mom
Nana & Papa

This little note, penned by a man of few words has me sitting at my desk in a blubbering mass of tears and snot while I am suppose to be getting work done. I will add this treasure to my collection of little notes that I have saved over the years, each written in a unique combination of upper and lower case letters that make up my Dad's handwriting.

Love you Dad and Mom. Thanks for having us for Christmas. Miss you oodles and bunches.

May your let the love of Christ wash over you and bless you while we are apart.

In His Peace -

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I have missed you! We took some time off over Christmas break and did some traveling. The kids got out of school on Thursday and we drove to Omaha that afternoon to catch an early morning flight out to San Diego. We rented a card and traveled three and a half hours east to Wellton, Arizona to spend Christmas with my parents. They live in this teeny-tiny burg every winter.

Cameron making friends with a baby goat.
We had a great visit with my folks. The kids love swimming outside in the winter time. Most of the residents think they are a little crazy, but they have fun. Emily, our oldest, learned how to play Cribbage, which is Papa's favorite game, and we all learned how to play Nickel-Nickel. I am fairly sure that is now Cameron's favorite card game. We visited The Camel Farm and it had camels, deer, donkeys, a Hinney Pinney, a Wallaroo, an ostrich, goats and a variety of unusual birds. It was wonderful to spend time as a family.

View from almost the top!
We got to climb in the foothills of one of the many mountain ranges in the area. The view from the top was incredible. I was amazed as a we traveled what a huge variety of landscapes there are in Arizona. We passed mountains that looked like giant piles of little rocks and mountains that were piles of enormous boulders, we saw bare rock, shrub covered rocks, dormant volcano domes, palm trees,  valleys of scrub brush and valleys full of cactus. We saw orchards of fruit and date trees fields of lettuce, broccoli, cabbage and cotton.
Cotton fields. I had no idea it grew in AZ.

As we drove we pondered what it might have been like to be a pioneer family traveling across this barren appearing and strangely beautiful land. The day we climbed the hills and left my parents mid-climb we discussed what would have happened if we were traveling 100 years ago and were forced to leave them behind because they couldn't climb the mountains. Rachel, our middle child, sweetly said that she would carry her grandparents rather than choose to leave them behind. The whole landscape was fascinating.

We visited the Casa Grande Ruins and enjoyed learning about the Hohokam people who built complex living compounds and irrigation canals. They managed to create quite an extensive community in this unforgiving landscape and remained there for a thousand years.

Coronado Island Bridge at Sunset
Leaving the parents/grandparents is always the most difficult part of every visit. We left Wellton with many hugs and tears and traveled back to San Diego. Our first order of business was a harbor cruise. It was chilly, but lovely. We got to experience an incredible sunset while we were out on the water. 

We spent a day at Legoland, which was fun, but we decided that we really should have gone about 4 or 5 years ago. The girls were too old for most of the things there. Cameron got to work with the Microbots and that was a good experience. Our favorite part was Miniland where everything is made of Legos and they have replicas of New York City, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Las Vegas and a myriad of other places.
We liked the farm in Miniland. Looked a lot like home. : )
 Our final day in San Diego was spent at SeaWorld. We had been there 7 years ago and really enjoyed it. Rachel fell in love with the Manatees and was very sad to learn that they no longer have Manatees in SeaWorld San Diego. We did get to see all the other animals and all shows. The Shamu Christmas show was our favorite because we got to sing Christmas carols. SeaWorld had a pets show that had 120 different animals in it - dogs, cats and pigs. They had even trained the cats to perform a variety of tasks. We found this quite surprising since cats are fairly non-compliant.
Family at SeaWorld, San Diego
We flew home with some fairly bumpy conditions that left us all a little green around the gills. I am thankful that the turbulence was much less than they anticipated, but it was certainly enough (urp!)!
Vacations are fun, but it was nice to be in our own home with our own animals and sleep in our own beds.

However you spent the holidays, I hope it was happy. I wish you all nothing but wonderful things and bountiful blessings in the new year.

Happy New Year!