Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Advent Week 2 - 2014

In November, I promised myself that I would be done with everything and be able to relax ALL of December.
Didn't happen.
I did, however get a lot done and am finding that I do have time to curl up in front of the TV and watch Hallmark Christmas movies all evening or afternoon with my girls if I want.
I am reading AND I joined a study group on the life of Mary...LOVE IT!
Week two of Advent has come and gone and here is what that week filled Sugar Plum Fairy's heart with.
Day 7
Prepare a CARE package for Alic.
 (My nephew is a sophomore in college and who couldn't use a bit of Christmas cheer before finals?)
We created a funky wreath and filled the box with homemade treats and Christmas kitchen stuff that a college boy would never know he needed, like a Santa towel, napkins and a spoon rest!
Day 8
Make a Christmas Star for Nina.
Our daughter learned to make these in school this year and I love them!
Nina does too!
Day 9
Give Sister 10 old and 10 new kisses.
Old kisses stem from the time Sugar Plum Fairy was a toddler,
Her kisses consisted of an O-shaped mouth and as she touched your cheek, she made a "Oh-waw" sound. 
 We loved them.
Then she grew up and learned how to kiss like everyone else in the world. 
We missed the "old" kisses so named them and asked for them.
It's one of those things that we did right. 
Otherwise, by now we would have forgotten how cute her kisses were and she would know nothing of them.
Day 10
Read your Favorite Christmas book to Daddy
I was at a basketball game and missed the photo op.
She still loves to read aloud and doing anything for her Dad.
Day 11
After school, enjoy a Jamba Juice while choosing special Christmas cards for your Godparents.
I think she may have been most amazed that I let her take Jamba Juice into the store!
Day 12
Make a Christmas card and mail to Father Scott.
She still adores art and water coloring. 
Day 13
Make snowflakes for "someone who hasn't received them yet, but reads this blog".

Day 14
Give Chloe and Hannah carrots.
She literally jumped for joy with this one.
The girl adores horses.
Oh...and see the mud?
We have had rain!



Friday, December 12, 2014

A Birthday of Sorts

One year ago, yesterday, I asked for prayers from you.
 Over the past year, I shared a bit of what those prayers were for.
In October, Mom was deemed cancer free.
Yesterday, she had her one year check up with the surgeon who, along with her oncology team, saved her life.
After a glowing report from the surgeon, she add Dad toodled off to lunch at their favorite restaurant....smiling the entire way, I am sure.
As I look back over what this past year encompassed, I am  struck with the enormity of it all. 
With her diagnosis coming at Thanksgiving and the surgery two weeks prior to Christmas, it was a lot to deal with, although at the time, we all just took it day by day...sometimes hour by hour.
Photo of my parents' mantle...taken by my Mommy
    Mom was adamant at the time that Christmas would not be sacrificed by her recovery.
My Dad, sister and I did everything in our power to honor that order...errrr  request.
 Things were tweaked and in the end, she got her wish. 
In the year since, I have watched Mom go through chemo and radiation and a second surgery...all with the grace and humor that define her. 
I have always thought of milestones like this as anniversaries...but her surgeon said something that I like even better.
It truly is a birthday to celebrate.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Week One of Advent - 2014

Advent is a season of waiting and preparing. 
It is so easy to get caught up in the commercialism and busy-ness that this season has become.
When preparing our Advent Calendar, I tried to include things that will cause our youngest to pause and think. 
Some are simple joys.
Some are for others.
 Some may actually encompass a task that needs to be done and that I could do faster but but I hope that by including her, she..and I, will take a breath and remember what we are actually preparing and waiting for.
Day 1 
 Make treats for 4-H Christmas Party 
Day 2 
 Prepare a box of treats for our mail lady.
(I have an entire post about this lady in my brain to share with you one day) 

Day 3 
 Give the cats a bowl of warm milk.

Day 4
Watch the Christmas parade while sipping on hot chocolate.
(She actually got to ride on a float and watch the rest of the parade with both Mommy AND Daddy)
Day 5
Prepare bags with treats and essentials to be passed out to people in need around town.
Day 6
Make and mail snowflakes to Aunt Someone.
Day 7 will be added to next weeks recap-----
Can't give a surprise away here.

Monday, December 8, 2014

It's a Thing

Having a high school senior GIRL athlete is different than having a high school senior BOY athlete.
With a boy, his parents are honored at the final home game and that's it.
Easy peasy.
Girls, I have discovered, create "Senior Memory Boards".
It is the thing to do.
The creations are usually displayed at the final home game or award dinner for all to see.
The boards are a compilation of the senior's high school athletic career and for those people who are organized and have labeled photos, I imagine it is easy as pie.
Not so much.
Her sophomore golf pictures?
Not to be found.
In actuality, it was fun to sort through pics as well as look at the other girls' boards.
So many memories and such fantastic people. 
 And two of the best coaches we have ever been involved with.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sunday Truism

Compliment people.
Magnify their strengths,
Not their weaknesses.
     Joyce Meyer

Friday, December 5, 2014

Take a Break

This week has been a busy one around these parts...basketball games, 4-H meetings, parades, award dinners....you name it.
 It seemed to occur this week.
 I also finished decorating.
The laundry is done for the moment, but I know that will change as soon as I enter the laundry room. Anyway, in the hub bub of Christmas preparations and life, we all need to slow down and reflect on what is important and what Christmas truly means.
Take 4 minutes, sit down with a cup of tea or a glass of water, turn your speakers on, relax and enjoy.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Story Behind the Photo

Have you seen this photo of a young boy hugging a police officer?

Here is the story behind the picture that has gone viral.

 There is hope.