Monday, December 31, 2007
Christmas is over. My house is a disaster. We are finished travelling (nearly four states in ONE week).
I'm going to bullet point the highlights to save us all from a novel of a blog entry.
- Alli and I sang "Welcome to Our World" by Amy Grant at the candlelight Christmas Eve service at my dad's new church. Mr. B. played the congas. It was pretty!
- Mr. B, myself and the babes opened our gifts on Christmas Eve (in keeping with the tradition Mr. B's family started many years ago). Then, Alli & Bren - my brother and sister joined us and we played Chinese checkers and pick-up-sticks until late into the night.
- The sweet babies got their kitchen set and table and chair set that Mr. B's grandpa hand-made for Mr. B and his siblings when they were young.
- I hosted Christmas morning brunch - cinnamon rolls and breakfast casserole - for my parents and siblings. We tore into our presents and celebrated all Christmas day. Mom, Alli, and I made a fabulous Christmas feast for dinner.
- Everyone (but Mr. B, who had to stay home to work...ick!) piled in the cars the day after Christmas and headed up to my parents house in Chicago.
- Alli and I spent a night in Chicago - we got to see Phantom of the Opera at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. I was spell-bound. We had prime seats and the show was gorgeous!
- Thursday, we tucked into the minivan (5 adults and 2 car seats!) and made the 1.5 hour drive to my paternal grandparents for a celebration. Beck and Evie got to meet their second cousin, baby Anika, for the first time. She was so sweet and it was great to see my cousins again too.
- Evie tried her first dill pickle. Yum!
- Friday we were on the road yet again to spend a few days in Indiana at my other grandparents beautiful home. Mr. B. drove up and met us all there to join in the festivities.
- We got boat-loads of presents and I begged for a bigger car to fit them all in. The begging didn't work.
- Saturday, we had a lazy -but so yummy - brunch at Aunt Mandy's house on the lake. Then spent all day watching old home videos, playing Scene It - Disney edition, eating, taking naps and topped it off with watching Little Women (my favorite).
- Shopping and the 5 hour drive home filled our Sunday.
We had such a fun, blessed Christmas!
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
I put the finishing touches on my shopping last night and here's what I got:
Home to Holly Springs is the first installment of Jan Karon's Father Tim series. A certain Mitford lover in my family has been eagerly awaiting Christmas so she can receive the hard-cover version of this book.
Babies by Gyo Fujikawa is an adorable vintage first published in 1963. Mom said it was one that was her favorite when she was tiny!
It's a board book - it will withstand Evie's "reading!"
Goodnight, Goodnight Sleepyhead by Jane Dyer was just way too sweet to pass up. The baby girl must put all of her stuffed animals and dolls to sleep before she can lay her head to rest.
Another board book!
The Daring Book for Girls by Miriam Peskowitz will make one of my very favorite daring girls a very happy girl indeed!
And, of course, I had to get my little ones this book since it belonged to the library but it was one of their favorites.
Check here for more of my favorite current reads.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
This email, sadly enough, is going to have to pass for the B. family Christmas card this year. Call me unorganized, untraditional or whatever "un-" you decide is best. It is what it is. I promise to do better in 2008 - it's my resolution!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Look at Curious Deb's home! It is cut from the same cloth as my very dreams...
4 above photos from Curious Sofa Diaries
Photo from Esprit Champetre
Then there's the adorable Sadie Olive ~ le journal.
She has these great photos and lovely little things all over her house. And she's so darn cute!
Everyday Beauty is the last on my list for the night.
This blog is chock-full of fun homemade things by Andrea and almost every one of them includes sparkle! And she has this new baby boy that is surely one of the cutest I've ever seen.
Photo from Everyday Beauty
On the day you were born I was enamoured with the beauty of your face. The perfect nose, pouted lips and sleepy eyes. Today, I am enamoured with your beauty of spirit as well. That, my girl, is true beauty.
You are vibrant and observant. You light up our days with the sparkle in your big blue eyes. But that sparkle is reserved for only the closest to your heart. Every one else receives a wary stare until they prove their worth to you.
There is a poem that reminds me of you: "There was a little girl who had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good, she was very good. And when she was bad, she was horrid!" You don't have a curl but you do have a cowlick (just like mommy!) so that will have to do.
You love to dance, twirl and clap to music of any kind. Kissing your baby dolls is your favorite past time - right after kissing mommy and daddy.
For such a small girl you sure do know how to eat! You gobble up almost anything we put in front of you. But your favorites are scrambled eggs, macaroni and cheese and pizza.
Mommy has so many dreams for you and for the two of us together. But my prayer for you is that you have a soft heart before your God, a gentle spirit and a fierce drive for purity and good.
Evangeline Faith, you are a joy and I am looking forward to another precious year with you.
"I want my daughters to be beautiful, accomplished, and good; to be admired, loved, and respected; to have a happy youth, to be well and wisely married, and to lead useful, pleasant lives, with as little care and sorrow to try them as God sees fit to send."
~"Marmee" from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
At this point, we must have a flash-back to Beck's first birthday cake experience. This is a perfect visual of the difference between my two children:
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
And Janie and Jack. One of my very favorite kids stores. The. Cutest. Clothes. Ever ever ever!
The ride home took 3 times longer than it should have. Snow isn't the most common thing in this area and the behavior we witnessed on the road was testimony to that. Completely clueless! :)
We have at least 7 inches on the ground now and it won't be stopping anytime soon. Delightful!
Mr. B. filled a bowl with the white stuff and we drizzled maple syrup over it. What a yummy treat!
Sasha gets all excited and beside herself when it snows. A true Minnesotan.
Mr. B. Just as ruggedly handsome as ever.
Now Christmas can come...we've had a proper snow.
We will read The Snowy Day today.
We will head to the mall and brave the bustle of last-minute-shoppers - which is, I admit shamelessly, what we are.
We will stop at Starbucks and indulge in an over-priced peppermint hot chocolate.
We will turn the Christmas music up a notch and dance wildly in the light of the Christmas tree.
We will take pictures and remember.