Saturday, December 15, 2012

Beach Trip

Life is pretty busy around here. I love the holiday season, but it always seems to just slip on by in the doing of things. It can be a difficult time of year to sit back, reflect, and enjoy the little things. What I love best about this time of year is the focus on family. Which reminds me...I wanted to do a quick blog about our trip to the beach. It was so much fun for all of us. In fact, we extended the trip by a day and for several days after getting back home, Wedly would ask "beach tomorrow?" It was a spur of the moment decision. I can't believe that we made it out of the house with pretty much everything we needed. We found the house at the website for VRBO and I immediately began to cook up some meals, so we could cut costs by not eating out at all. The beach house is perched on a hill with the MOST beautiful view. And the best part? Cell service is scarce and you have to pay extra for internet service and since I have a very frugal husband, we declined. So there we were for 3 nights, 3 days...our little family with no distractions. No e-mails to type, no to-do list calling our names. Did I say it was wonderful? I have this feeling that we will make spur-of-the-moment trips to this particular house as often as we can.

Tillamook Air Museum

the view from the house

Wedly and I playing in the ocean. Fun but oh-so-cold.

Roger and Kathy joined us for a night, which was super fun.

One of my nicknames in high school was Rudolph. Apparently my son takes after me. Poor kid!


...and lots of relaxing

Pinochle - Kathy and I creamed the guys!

Heading out for a hike - It was beautiful!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Getting our Christmas tree and celebrating Advent

We had a fun time getting our Christmas tree a couple of weeks ago. While we were picking one out we passed a little 3 1/2 foot tree a few times and each time we passed Wedly said "that one, mommy!". It was a pretty ugly Charlie Brown tree. After picking out our real one (which was 17 feet tall! Sheesh. But it only cost us $15), I was telling the owner of the tree farm about this little tree and he told us to go cut it down and take it for free. And so we did. It turned out great because in celebrating each day of advent, Wedly and I are making an ornament each day. We got the idea from my sister (of course...she has all the great ideas!). We ordered an e-book called "Truth in Tinsel" which you can find it here, in case you are interested in it for next year. There is a word clue each day that coincides with a scripture that you read for the day. I'm not sure how much of the scripture Wedly is soaking in each day, but he does listen for the code word (ex. Bethlehem) and then when the word comes out Wedly yells "Bethlehem!". And he's really enjoying making the ornaments, though most of the time he wants me to actually do the ornament while he watches. It's been fun for both of us and most days he asks about when we are going to make the ornament. Then he excitedly shows it to Dan when he gets home from work. Here are a few pictures, of course.
Putting up Christmas lights
Wedly's tree

Enjoying cocoa at the tree farm

In all her glory

Our littlest reindeer

making ornaments

The advent tree
Cookie making with cousins (which by-the-way was a little too successful). We decorated Spritz, made Peanut Butter Blossoms, flavored Oyster crackers (yummmy - reminds me of my grandma), Chex mix, cinnamon candy, and peanut butter balls .Oh dear.

Mr Bright Eyes

Who me?

Gabe and Levi enjoying each other