Tuesday, November 29, 2011

tidings of comfort and joy

I knew it would happen like this....we would be busy with our lives plus Lina being here and then when she left BOOM the Christmas season would be here. Now we scarcely got through October without the kids convincing me to put the tree up, and we've had our Christmas cards sitting here for a few weeks already plus we even went to the Fantasy of Trees, but it hasn't FELT like Christmas until these last few days. One- being in the midst of holiday travel at the airport with carols blaring started it off, but then when we came home and the weather turned frigid (by Southern standards) that's what really made it real. I've spent the past two days snuggling up with my warm baby, wrapping gifts, and pulling my house back together after the Thanksgiving/packing Lina up chaos. We miss our Lina Lou and I find myself often calculating the time in Germany, but I'm happy to know she's safe back at home with her family and friends again. I don't think either of us will forget how special her time here was, and I think we learned a lot from each other. And now we have family in Germany, so how cool is that?! I would really love to visit someday and go see my friend Beth in Austria...if only the tickets weren't oh $1,300.
So here's to this beautiful season and wishing you all warm hearts and full bellies :).

Friday, November 25, 2011

November cheer

I don't know what happened to this month! Really, I'm shocked that (a) it will be December in just a matter of days and (b) Lina is going home to Germany tomorrow (tomorrow?!?). I don't remember really what we did this month, but I do know today I feel the pressure of fitting so much in. I'm thinking of things like oh we never played tennis, or went to a movie (although she went to one with a friend), went to Dollywood, etc. We had a really yummy and wonderful Thanksgiving with both sets of families and quick stop at my friend Cara's to find out (via the inside of a cake) that she's having a GIRL!! Her first girl and this is great b/c Hallie has another friends (her first new friend was born a few weeks ago). I know this is funny, but I totally envision all of them sitting around a little table having tea...in a few years... Anyway, I still have a full belly and a warm heart with thoughts of all I'm thankful for and that I got to be surrounded with all the people I love (well most of them). I got to see my BFF this week, and we even got away for a painting class together!!! We went to the Fantasy of Trees, and I finally got a photo of my kids with Santa. I guess we do have the one of Natalie crying when she was two, and the one of us with the Santa hired one year for his store (but that Santa had sort of a dirty mind and I really don't count him except I got a really cute up close one of him and Natalie). I really missed not seeing my sister (she was in Hilton Head of all places and I wish I could have been there too!), but I should be seeing her in the next few weeks. In the meantime I'll be getting ready for Christmas, and saying goodbye to Lina Lou :(. I'm so grateful her coming here and all she has brought to our family!
I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

trick or treat

quick pic- Natalie was "its raining cats and dogs", Ben was an army guy, and Hallie was a china doll. I really wanted to paint Hallie's cheeks but she wasn't having it! She was so confused about the whole thing, but she loved it. Lina was a ballerina, but I can't believe I forgot to get a photo!