Sunday, December 30, 2007
Brought to the door by a friendly man waiting to take our money - that's another reason why I love my husband.
Silly you say? Not when you've been stressing over what the family is going to eat that night and your husband has been at work all day (again) and you have to sing at church that evening and you car is out of gas and it's cold outside and you haven't been to the grocery store for non-holiday related food in a while. (Sorry for the horrible run-on sentence but sometimes it just has to be done, for effect of course.)
We rarely order pizza out anymore (we just eat the frozen section kind) but last night my husband had the foresight to know that that was exactly what had to be done - call Papa John's and tell them to bring us the goods. God bless him. He's a keeper, I tell 'ya.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Mother Bear, Gavin, Keith
Cousins Jack and Ben talkin' it over
Tim's grandparents Gordon & Carolyn Teague
Oh and Gavin also liked the tree...
The toy on the right is Gavin's Santa present. It makes noise and has little balls that go with it, so it's definitely a hit with the 7 month old plus crowd (Ben liked it too!). Here are Tim and Ben with their favorite presents. Tim is wearing his new Tony Romo Cowboys jersey and Ben is holding Lady. Oh the joy. I thought Tim might cry when he pulled his jersey out of the box. I cannot remember if he slept in it or cuddled up with it... hmmmm... You see, because I bought him this I get to be his wife for at least another few years! HA!
At first Ben played with his shed on the floor, where Santa had set it up, but then it had to be moved to his train table. It might actually be a tie for favorite present...
Gavin liked his Santa present but unfortunately we did not have the batteries required. Thank goodness Walgreens is open on Christmas Day. The thought of people working there today does upset me but it sure is nice when you need something... So, once those were installed it was much more fun.
We spent the rest of the day just hanging out and our friends Chandler, Claudia and Ethan came over. Ethan brought some of his Christmas presents over and the boys had fun playing together as usual. Have you ever seen a Catepillar bakehoe and T-Rex race before? Well today is your lucky day!
We had a very nice and enjoyable Christmas at home. Although I did miss being with my family at this very special time of the year, I didn''t miss having to lug home all the goods! My parents will be here in a couple of days to celebrate with us and once more I can only be so thankful for the family and friends that surround us.
Of course let us not forget the real "present" of Christmas, the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his Name shall be called: Wonderful, Counselor, All Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." -Isaiah 9:6
Thursday, December 20, 2007
The fact that the picture is turning yellow on the bottom reminds me that there are about a kazillion pictures out there that I wish I had time to scan of me and my family when I was growing up, etc. You know, before digital images were even a thought. Unfortunately, I think it is only a matter of time before many of those pictures are unrecoverable
Anyway, I just wanted to share this image and recapture a little of my childhood and the sheer joy that children get from the season. Only 5 days left!
P.S. Don't you just love the shag carpet?? HA!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Here's Trinity with a couple of her masterpieces
Ben made the Christmas tree "for Daddy!"
Kirstyn with her lovely and yummy cookies!
Monday, December 17, 2007
There are MANY other ornaments that I love but we would be here forever just on that subject... so, moving along.
Here is our mantle/fireplace area.I collect Santas so here are 3 of the bigger ones in front of the fireplace. Notice there are only two stockings? Well, there is a good reason for this. My mother-in-law has hand-crafted all of our stockings and she has taken re-possession of Ben's so that she could add something to it (guess what - a train!) and she is in the process of making Gavin's so that is why only Tim and my stocking are in this picture.
Here is the table that holds all the Christmas greeting cards. Of course some of our friends have decided to send e-cards this year, so sorry... but your cards are not in the picture...
Venturing into the kitchen we see this lovely handmade door decoration. I thought it was cute when Ben first brought it home from school but it's pretty sad that the 3 year-old had to point out to his thirty-something mother that the door knob makes his nose. DUH!
In our den I display some more of the Santa collection. You may not be able to see them so well, but there are 5 of the smaller ones that I own.
And here is another picture of the living room that Tim took last night with our new camera (our other one was horrible and so we just accepted it and bought a new one!)
That's about all. No fancy dining room because ours is currently the kids' playroom, but someday... oh I do hope someday. Merry Christmas to you all! We hope you enjoyed this little tour of the Alguire home at the holidays!
Saturday, December 15, 2007
I think he asked Santa for some hair products for Christmas so he can tame his crazy do! Nah, actually he loves his hair, as a matter of fact he was just telling me the other day how it gets all the ladies!
Friday, December 14, 2007
I don't know if you can read it on the page, but I put on there that bath time is the only time that Gavin's hair does not stick up, which is a completly true statement. I have to say I am overwhelmed with his cuteness these days, whether he's in the bath or not.
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Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
My older brothers were "good sports" and would help hide me while "he" came to deliver my toys. Santa rang a familiar bell and later I would come to find out that it was the one that sat in the curio cabinet of our Grandfather clock! It seems like I remember the sound of his reindeer's hooves on the roof too, but I am not exactly sure how he would have managed that! Maybe I just made that up in my head. But whatever sounds I heard, the anticipation was almost too much to bear as I waited to see what was left under the tree each year. My best memories of gifts that Santa delivered included a Little People doll house (that my mother still has) and a lavendar bicycle with a banana seat - loved that bike! Can't you all just picture me in my leg warmers and slinky bracelets, toolin' around the neighborhood on that baby?? Oh, I did love to ride my bike...
Anyway, my memory has faded over the years but I am sure there were many other gifts that I was infatuated with - those 2 just stand out in my mind the most.
I don't remember what age I was when I learned that Santa wasn't one, jolly red-suited man, but I have never stopped believing that the spirit of his being is always alive in our hearts at Christmas, especially when you have children of your own. Many people have asked Ben what he has asked Santa for this year and his reply is always "A Thomas engine." Gee, imagine that! I only hope that Tim and I can create some of the same memories for our children that our parents did for us on those Christmas Eves and mornings.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Ain't he cute? He was this age right around Halloween, so that's what is up with the bib.
And here is Gavin in the high chair that he will use over and over and over.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
They are kind of like oversized Christmas tags. I bought a kit of tags and ribbon and some ebelishments at the big scrapbooking convention, here in Arlington, a couple of summers ago and decided to use most of it for these, plus some of my other scraps and miscellaneaous things. The ones here are 3 of 15 that I made, and these were some of my favorites. Maybe I can recreate them again as long as I have a picture.
So, hopefully the sale will be a big success again this year and right now my house smells like pumpkin bread - yummy!
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Here's my story of the search for the (almost) impossible. I bought just a regular wreath at Joann's the other day and decided to do little votive holders for the candlers rather than tapers, thinking that those could just sit within the greenery. Well, finding one pink votive and 3 purple ones proved EXTREMELY difficult. After visitng several stores that retail all types and colors of candles I wound up in the bargain basement section of Garden Ridge with 1 pink, 2 purple and a sort of purplish/plum color votive. I couldn't even find 3 that match, but at this point I was out of patience! So, after all my efforts tomorrow we will light the 2 candles on the second Sunday of Advent (yes, I know I am a week late, but at least I accomplished it at some point this year!). Now I just have to search for some ribbon, since I was waiting to see exactly what color the candles were going to be first. Let's say an Advent prayer that the ribbon is easier to find than the votives. Amen.
Friday, December 7, 2007
Christmas music has always been a big part of my life whether singing it in the choir in school or at church or playing it on the piano while at my parent's house for the holidays. Or... listening in the car. See, pretty much every year since we've been married Tim has compiled a new CD of various Christmas songs that we could listen to on the way to Austin in the car. Although it usually includes some new finds, he also recycles several of our favorites each year so that we can hear them again and... again. I always look forward to the new CD (hint, hint hubby!) and I've listed my top 10 favorite Christmas songs below. A few of these are ALL TIME favs while others are of the moment and could change at any point. Most of them however have provided years of seasonal emjoyoment. By the way, these are in no particular order because I wouldn't be able to choose.
1. Breath of Heaven - Amy Grant
2. God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen - Bare Naked Ladies/Sarah McLachlan
3. O Holy Night - Jewel's version
4. The Christmas Song - Celine Dion's version
5. Little Drummer Boy - Jars of Clay
6. River - Sarah McLachlan
7. Linus & Lucy / Christmas Time is Here - Vince Guaraldi
8. Sleigh Ride - Leroy Anderson Arrangement
9. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Martina McBride
10. Merry Christmas Baby - Sheryl Crow
So there it is, the current list of the songs I love to hear the most at this time of the year. Let me know your favorites in a comment if you want. I can't wait to "hear" them - HA!
Also, I am trying to see if I can do a blog entry every day this week since yesterday so make sure to check back when you can for the new stuff!
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Gavin now likes to play with the plastic bowls and such so this is him playing in the kitchen tonight and Ben wanting to be with him too. They are getting to the point where they really seem more like brothers to me now, not just the older boy and the baby (does that make sense??)... and it's quite cute. I can't wait until they can really play together. Notice Ben's skinny legs? Well Gavin's are quite different! HA! The chunk on that boy is quite amazing but oh so cute. I do love my boys...