Saturday, December 26, 2009

Merry Christmas Everyone

We had a lovely day or should I say several lovely days that seem to blend together, so many in fact I’m not sure where one ends and another begins. We have been staying up very late even beyond 3am… How crazy is that?? Maybe sleep deprivation is the reason the days are blending together…

So now with only a few hours of Christmas remaining, perhaps I will find the time to enjoy what is going on in all of your lives and share a little about what has been going on in ours.

We planned to take Sam to see the movie The Polar Express. He has the DVD and has watched it several dozen times. Thinking it would be a fun Christmas treat, we wanted to see it at the IMAX Theater at OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.) Assuming it played a few times each evening until Christmas, he was so sad when we got there and learned it started at 6pm and we were 30 minutes late for the only showing for the day.

I might not be the one to know all the ins and outs of movie going as the last movie I saw at a theater was about a decade ago… I almost always fall asleep as soon as the lights go out and I hate drooling in public places…But one thing I am sure of, never tell an eight year old your going to a movie and then try and back out…

We did the logical thing and bought a paper so we could check out the other movie options. Lots of options by the way, I didn’t really have an opinion since I really didn’t want to go, The Blind Side probably would have been my choice, The Princess and the Frog sounded okay, but somehow we settled on Avatar…

Oh yippee, Science Fiction… I kept thinking how could I tell the guys I would drop them off, get a magazine and wait at Starbucks. That would be a much better fit for a good time in my humble opinion.

Well, oh my gosh was I ever glad to be wrong! What an awesome movie. Are all movies at the theater that good? All these years I thought I hated Science Fiction and I was wrong, I love it! Guess Sam won’t be the only one collecting the Avatar figures from McDonalds on this one!

I had a great time at Pam’s cookie exchange this past week,

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Everyone went home with one or two of these adorable Pyrex containers full of fudge.

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Are these the cutest angels you have ever seen?

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Couldn’t stay long at the cookie party, because my sister Toni was having a cookie exchange the same afternoon and even though the cookies were beautiful

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These sweeties were here from Michigan and I wasn’t about to miss a chance to see them.

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And then later that same evening Sam was playing the part of Joseph at our church Christmas Pageant.cookie party sams program 091 cookie party sams program 107 Yes I was late, but still I was there before the program began.

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Christmas Eve back at Toni and Denny with their beautiful daughters,

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I love the expression on the baby’s face, as if to say… what do I get?

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Special friends showing the necklaces that I made for each of them.

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It was great having all the boys over night and here for Christmas morning. We had 18 family members here for dinner and more in for dessert and gifts later in the evening. I am fortunate to have so many that I love able to spend this day together. I never take for granted the special times like these, I treasure these beyond any gift I could ever receive.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with those you love.


  1. So glad to hear that you had a lovely Christmas with family and friends. I took the kids to see Avatar a few days ago and we loved it! And no, all movies are not that good. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

    Hugs and Kisses,


  2. Joyce said;
    Glad to hear I'm not the only one who LOVED Avatar! Saw it on Christmas. Don't you wish you could just go there and swing in the trees all day! Happy New Year!

  3. You had such a busy holiday I can tell, but now we can sit back and ponder and just remember all those memories that we have made. I am hoping to post the rest of my Christmas tomorrow. Hugs to you. Florence I was up Christmas morning until 1:30 getting our turkey bird in the smoker so it would be done to take on its journey to The Dalles to be with my folks.

  4. I'm spending a cold, snowy morning surfing blogs and I came across yours. I'm glad you enjoyed the movie. Did you get to see it in 3D? None of the theaters here can do that so it's a waste of money to even go. Of course, I'm like you. The last movie I saw in a theater was "The Passion". I hate to think how many years ago!


  5. What a wonderful Christmas, Joy! Such a precious family with all of those babies! I told Brock he couldn't see Avatar but after hearing you talk about it, it sounds fine.

    Love you,