Words to live by...

From the fullness of His grace we have received one blessing after

Remember who you are and you will walk through life blessed and beautiful

When you reach the heart of life you shall find beauty in all things

Children are a gift from God

Never underestimate the power of prayer

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Outta here!

Well, the tree HAD to go! I don't think I could get it out quickly enough! The day after Christmas was spent taking the trimming (and needles) off the tree. I now have the Charlie Brown Christmas theme song in my head as I stare at this pathetic tree. The pictures really do not do it justice. We literally had more than 95% of the needles on our floor. Can you believe it? I can still say I would do it again for the mere $13 it cost to get the beast - she was a beaute while she was shining :) Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and have a happy and healthy New Year! Here's a short recap in pix of Christmas Day...........

Jackson was about this excited the entire day.........poor buddy was NOT feeling well......thank goodness for some recup time lately.

Do you see Reece in the background in tears b/c he did NOT get a WMU sweatshirt like the two of us? Crazy how I never had a Broncos hoodie until Steve and Barry's goes out of business and we can afford the el cheapo matching ones...........gotta love this economy :)

So........we stuck the hoodie on the pouter and he cheered right up (note to self: next Christmas, buy enough matching apparel for the whole family)

Tim was pretty excited for his baby shopping cart cover (I mean disguised Nintendo DS).

Grandma Holden and all the grandkiddies!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Seen better days...

So those of you who have followed me on facebook are well aware of the tree saga........we were so impressed to get an 8+ foot REAL tree for $13......of course we had to hunt it down and haul it out of the forest ourselves. Tim's (good) gloves suffered a little sap which I was able to get COMPLETELY out with Goo gone. Just when I was ready to boast about this newfound stain remover I noticed one of my larger compact flash cards had made it through the washer - nice! After a week of airing out a bit I was able to retrieve all the images.........though I do not trust the longevity of this memory card. So this made our tree a little bit more pricey. Reece also added to the cost of the tree by knocking the entire (decorated) thing onto the floor. Thank goodness he was left unharmed and only a few ornaments broke........add a few more bucks to the price of this tree. Now it is losing needles if I even but think about it! I managed to get a few shots of it before it turned into the "Charlie Brown" tree it's become (not really, but I literally vacuum needles off the branches each day - my OCD nature). So, that's my Christmas tree story of 2008! Hope you all enjoyed it :) It has all been worth having the fresh-cut tree smell in our house and being blessed to be able to have a home to enjoy it in. May you all remember the true meaning of Christmas as you celebrate this season! God Bless!