Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Contrary to popular belief, and supported by the fact that I have not posted on this blog for over a month, I am alive!  Many, many thanks to those of you who were concerned--you truly warm my heart.

Like all of you I have had a busy December, which was in my case preceded by a very hectic and chaotic November. More details will follow in upcoming posts.

For now, I would just like to wish all of you--family, friends, and lurkers--a very happy Christmas season. Over the past year I have been trying to live the Christmas spirit daily. My new motto became "Give people what they need, when they need it."  In other words, if I see a friend or neighbor struggling, I will no longer think to myself, "Christmas is in a few weeks, I'll surprise her with a gift then."  Better to surprise her when she thinks no one is in her corner, than to wait for the accepted holiday.

Christ truly met the needs of a person when he or she needed it. When He came upon a blind man, he spit in the dirt, made some mud and healed him. He didn't say, "Oh wow--that's going to make a cool birthday present in three months."  The best Christmas gift I can give Him is to live as He did, and to honor Him every day.


Computer Geek at his Christmas party where we had a fantastic dinner and he won the movie Inception.

 Daughter Em and hubby at the Christmas party where she won a laptop.

Granddaughter Hoolie and daughter Gnome at Hoolie's Christmas concert.

Granddaughter Pinque's 7th birthday. December girls rock!

Pinque's pink cake

Weston and Computer Geek out to eat for my birthday. Thanks Gnome!
P.S. For every serious picture I get of Weston, I have to take four goofy ones.

 Student graffiti

Kisses hanging by the door. Each guest gets to snip one off as they go.

Weston's man cave--created after five days of snow instead of the predicted five days of rain

He asked for a dog. The $300 variety. That is so not happening.

Christmas Eve

Traditional Christmas Eve candlelit dinner at home

Chunkster's new jammies

The Great Cookie Decorating Extravaganza

Weston's creations

Avatar's cookies. Grandma had to tell him that gingerbread men did not have to be anatomically correct. He removed the jelly bean.

Pinque's new baby sister, Pixie

We exchanged socks this year. I got purple fuzzies from River

Scotland!  It's the reel fling!
[Thank you, dear Janice!]


  1. Merry Christmas Randi.
    Actually its over.
    It's Boxing Day here now.

    I hope you had a good day.

    Hoping for a good 2011


  2. So glad you're back!
    (love the kiss idea!)

  3. Pen: We had a wonderful time, and hope you did too! I have heard such varying explanations of Boxing Day that I have no idea which is true. Any thoughts on that?

    Jill: The kiss idea has been fun. I actually stole the idea from a friend who used mini-gingerbread men instead. We use two kisses in each section.

  4. Welcome back. Looks like a great Christmas. I love the kiss idea, too, and the sock exchange. Keep it simple. Grace and Sarah got toe socks (remember them?) and loved them. Grace tried on hers and we all giggled at the silly look.

    Nice photos. The kids are all too darn cute.

  5. Auntie M: Welcome back to you too! The sock exchange was very fun. It's amazing what kind of fun socks are out there. Computer Geek loves Patrick Henry so he found some "liberty or death" socks to give to his recipient. Weston got toe socks too! They are on the right of the picture--black and white stripes with multi-colored toes.

  6. Hi there Randi!!~ I never thought for one minute you were not OK:) I know it is the season. Your Holiday looked fantastic. And the kids all around the table with the cookies is great. Thanks so much for your nice comment. I wish you and your family a very happy New Year!

  7. Hi Debbie! The holiday was great. I love this time of year. It makes the fact that it is snowing again seem a little less unbearable. A Happy Happy New Year to you and your family too! By the way, your boys are incredibly adorable.


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