Saturday, December 25, 2010
I still got that thrill of coming up the stairs to the Christmas tree, all decked out with lights and ornaments, surrounded by piles of presents, gift bags on the stairs, 15 to be exact. (to be used in place of stockings, until we get those!) I love eating our Christmas oranges, drinking hot chocolate, while Dad reads the Christmas story.
It was so special to be home for Christmas, and to be with Stephen, and to have Ian! I think he quite enjoyed his first Christmas, in spite of sleeping through the last half of opening presents. (one of the perks of being his mom is that I get to open twice as many gifts! :P)
We had the most amazing breakfast, and have been spending the day so far relaxing, playing games, reading, sleeping, talking, laughing, listening to music....I love Christmas day!
I was incredibly blessed this year by so many fantastic gifts! I had so much fun watching people open the gifts I had picked out as well, there's such a thrill in knowing that you've gotten someone something that you know they'll love!
It's been so special to have this week with my family to truly relax and enjoy time with them. Our life has been so busy lately with some big changes coming up - more on those later - so it's been extra special to have this time!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
A few weeks ago, I did my Christmas decorating....I don't have that many things yet, so I had fun deciding exactly where to place each item, in order to get the most enjoyment out of it!
I love decorating for Christmas! I love starting as early as possible in December, sometimes even in November! Christmas music, Christmas food, Christmas decorations.....I love it all!
My first time eating pocky....I quite enjoyed it! :)
Chloe was my partner in crime to decorate the gingerbread house! Actually it was her idea. :) And we had sooooooo much fun doing it!
It seems like I'm always in a rush when I go to do a bit of blogging....lately I've been extremely insanely busy, with the things that are going on in our life...and blogging has taken a back seat to everything else. But I wanted to share all these pictures with you all, even though I didn't take most of them (thanks Chloe! :)
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas, and take time to really enjoy life.....
dance in the snow
eat a snowflake
enjoy a rich cup of hot chocolate
spend time with those dearest to you
treasure your family
be grateful for what you have
smile often, just for the fun of it!
Monday, November 29, 2010
Things I'm grateful for today
-candles burning * cozy feelings * pleasant smells
-beautiful music (Chopin, at the moment :)
-my baby boy sleeping so peacefully
-the beautiful snow outside
-projects to do
-the ability to learn new things
-God's continual grace and forgiveness to me every day
-good books that inspire me to be better
-good books that let me explore other places and meet other people (or Hobbits, and Dwarves, in this case :)
-my sweet mother in law taking me out for coffee this morning
-the amazing sewing machine my awesome husband just gave me
-being able to have Stephen here and not far away from me for months at a time
-Christmas decorations * gingerbread houses * glass balls* stockings * snowmen
-homemade salad dressing :P
-being at home
Stephen is away for a few days now, with his work, so Ian and I are managing here alone. It's not so bad, yet. It's only been one day, and although I miss him, I'm so grateful for things like cell phones and video chat which make things so much nicer! I was just thinking last night how grateful I am that he's not a soldier, away from me for months at a time. I don't know how soldiers' wives do it. I'm just glad I don't have to.
Meanwhile, I have my many lists of things to do while he's gone. I love lists! They help me keep everything organized, give me a goal to work towards, provide that wonderful feeling of accomplishment when I check things off them, and are just plain fun to write out!
Stephen just got me this amazing sewing machine, which I'm so excited about! I've decided that my first project will be this baby quilt for Ian that I've been planning to make for months. I finally bought the fabric a few weeks ago, and last night finished cutting out all the squares. It's not a 'real' quilt. It's just a rag quilt. I'm not the most accomplished sewer (seamstress? :P) in the world, so I thought it wise to start with something on the more simple side. I can't wait to start working on it!
But before quilts, there are other things that need to be done. Like cleaning ovens. After all, one can't only put the fun things on lists. :)
Stephen, along with two of my best friends, and his brothers, gave me a lovely surprise birthday party about a week ago! Stephen took me out to Starbucks, and then to a hill by our home over looking the city of Vernon, to see the lights at night, and to talk. When we arrived home, we opened the door to a dark apartment (I knew I had left one light on :P), which turned into a bright apartment with yells of surprise!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
A small sample of the itinerary of the concerts....the quartet was definitely the favorite, as well as the main "event" but there were a few piano solos, a family song, string ensemble, and a "two pianos, eight hands" number, which was a lot of fun! :)
They even let me sing a song with them....one of my favorites, What Child Is This? That was a lot of fun! I love singing. :)
Stephen's parents looked after Ian one evening, long enough for Stephen and I to dash down to a local fish and chips place called Moby Dick's, where we had a lovely dinner together.
My baby is wanting my attention now, so I must run. Until next time!
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
The film academy was an intense time of learning, inspiration, fun, and so much more! It's hard to describe it. It was only three days long, but the amount of information and inspiration they packed into those three days was huge!
I wasn't sure exactly what to expect, but it exceed any expectations I might have had, and more!
Some of my highlights were:
~Kirk Cameron's session on acting
~Geoff Botkin's session on script writing (that was really awesome)
~ Doug Phillips sessions on filmmaking and a correct worldview
~Stephen Kendrick's talk on directing
~Getting to preview a few scenes from "Courgageous" (by the way, it's AMAZING, and the minute it come out, you all should see it! :)
I really came away from the academy with a new appreciation for film, and the impact a well made film can have on the culture. I've felt strongly for some time that Christians should be more involved in our culture, in more areas than the "typical Christian ministry areas." It was so exciting to see the vision that these men have for taking back our culture!
I'm really excited about being a part of making Christian films, and having a higher standard for everything we do! I'm so sick of lame Christian films that are always second rate. I think we're finally realizing that we don't have to always be a step behind the world in things. That as Christians, we should be striving for the best in everything we do, for the glory of God!
I spent most of my time with these guys. :)
Phone booths in the main hallway of our hotel.
I really wish I'd taken more pictures of our hotel, but unfortunately, I didn't. :P
Just outside our hotel was the River Centre Mall. We walked through it nearly every day to get to the Grand Hyatt Hotel, which is where the Film Academy was being held. We walked along the famous river walk every day, and it was always a treat!