Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve Pictures

I'm a terrible photographer. The house actually looks quite nice in spots but the camera doesn't do justice to it. Oh well. Here they are:
 
Mom gave me some straw ornaments last year and I wanted to highlight them. I hung them from the garland on the bookcases. They look very nice.
 
The nativity was my mother's mother's. I have been putting it up for many years now. I always have to put it up high so it won't be destroyed. I'm sure it wasn't very expensive at the time, but I love it because it was hers.

I have quite a few crocheted snowflakes and thought I'd string some on a ribbon across the living room window. Not quite what I had envisioned. I need to tinker with it.

The hutch in the kitchen houses all of my Christmas china. My mother has been giving me pieces for several years. I love it! (Notice the surplus of snowflakes...I didn't miss an opportunity.)

This is the first time we've had outside lights except around the front door. Not much, but the children were really excited.


Time to get children in bed!
If only I were going now too...

Friday, December 19, 2008

Twelve Days of Christmas

Boy, that last post was depressing! I've had more sleep and time with my own family now so I feel much better. I was playing around watching clips on youtube (completely wasting time, but fun) with Father and we watched this again. It's a riot. I really like this group. Let's get back in a more cheery Christmas spirit! [Ok, that video ha been pulled so here's another fun a cappella group]

[On a related note, here's an old favorite!]

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Brussels Sprouts

Sometimes when you go to the grocery store, you have a fit of inspired repentance and you buy things you never would. A few days later, you're wondering what to do with them. So you look in your cookbooks in the index for ideas. Finding NO recipes containing that particular vegetable, you resort to the internet and search for relevant recipes. When most of the recipes start with "Despite the poor reputation that has followed the Brussels Sprout for decades...", you begin to wonder what you've gotten yourself into.