Monday, December 18, 2006
The Weekend In Review . . .
Busy, but oh so Joyful!
As usual, we had a BUSY weekend filled with various holiday, school, and church activities. It wasn't overly hectic, however, and I actually feel very rested as I write this late Sunday evening. Which is good news, since Christmas is just a week away (and actually even closer than that . . . since we will have our first official Christmas gathering on Saturday morning, when we have Christmas brunch with my parents).
Thought I'd share our weekend with you via some photos--so you'll feel like you were actually there. LOL
On Friday night, McKenna went to the high school football banquet with one of her best friends in the world. She and Raymond are in youth together at church and really get along great. I mentioned before that McKenna can't officially date until she's 16 and right now she doesn't have a boyfriend anyhow (she went through a period when she'd have a new one every month!), so events like this are the closest she gets to it these days. Which is fine with me (and Gary--believe me!). I LOVED McKenna's dress (so did she--she loves getting dressed up!) . . .
On Saturday, each and every one of us slept late (I didn't get out of bed until 8:30--which was SO nice!!), then McKenna went with her dad to a Christmas gathering at her grandparents'. While she was gone, we pretty much just puttered and tinkered around (G cleaned out his truck, I washed some clothes, we went and got a few doo-dads from the dollar store, stuff like that), and then we went up to the church to see my friend Ryan--aka Santa Claus! Our church has an awesome Christmas party for certain children and families in our community who otherwise wouldn't have a very full Christmas (the kids each get three gifts, the families get to get food and clothes from two of our ministries, and they all get lunch and snacks). AND they get to see Santa!
You have to realize that last year we really thought Sydney would do well on her visit to Santa. The whole day beforehad she said she'd sit on his lap, then even as we waited in line to see him she said, "I like Santa. I sit in his lap." Then, when we got to him? Forget it!!! Our picture last year has her trying to leap off of his lap! So, even though this year she is very adamant that she will sit on his lap and talk to him ("I not afraid of Santa," she has told me), I wanted a "back up" plan. So, I told her we would go take a picture with Mr. Ryan, who was one of Santa's helpers and was dressed up like Santa Claus. We got to church, Ryan put on his costume, and even then she had to have him pull his beard down and show her that it was really him. She didn't look real convinced until that happened (so, I'm not sure she will sit with the "real" Santa when we go to a local mall to see him on Wednesday!). Here are some pics of Santa, and also Scout with one of the girls from our church who was posing as Buddy the Elf (lol!) . . .
On Saturday night, we really loafed around and did something we LOVE more than anything--enjoyed some sports! But what was so funny was that none of it was on television. Gary had his Sirius satelitte radio set up to listen to the Dallas Cowboys game (it was only televised on the NFL Network, which we don't have! ugh!) in the den, and I was in McKenna's room next door listening to the Alabama basketball game on the radio (couldn't get it on tv, either, for some reason. Double ugh!). G would run in to give me updates on the football game, and vice versa. It was pretty funny! (Btw--both were victories. Roll Tide and Go Cowboys!)
We did spend some time this weekend working on Christmas gifts and creating some fun things. McKenna decided to make some things for her best friends, and ended up (with my help) altering some pocket calendars. I thought it was a great idea!
We still have some more creating to do. Still on the list for this week are-- making a gingerbread house, taking a Christmas photo and writing my Christmas letter to go in my cards (NOPE, I haven't done them yet. Talk about procrastinating!), and making our handmade tree ornaments (thanks for the suggestions some of you gave me on Friday; I actually think I've come up with an idea and will share them later). So . . still a lot to do in that area!
On Sunday, we had a beautiful candlelight service on Sunday morning and then on Sunday night we had our youth service. I love youth, because they really shake things up and do things differently. The service was just a mixture of different things--monologues, songs, dramas, dance, and storytimes, but all related in some way to the struggles and then the joy that Mary went through. In one of them, McKenna played a "modern day" Mary struggling with a pregnancy and what people would think of her situation. It made me think of what Mary must have felt knowing that she was carrying God's Son, but also being a normal teenager (probably 13 or 14). She must have been so scared, but what great faith she had. There was also some wonderful music; my niece, Lori, sang "Mary Did You Know?" and it was gorgeous and McKenna and three other youth played their instruments. It was all just very inspiring!
Some pics from the service . . .
Now, on to the week before Christmas. Still to do--all the things I mentioned earlier that I have yet to make or create, some baking for get-togethers, some last-minute shopping, wrapping gifts, and going to various events (and hopefully a dinner with two of my best girlfriends from way back in high school, that I'm SO looking forward to). It's a hectic week .... but full of so much joy, if I truly stop to appreciate it. It's sometimes hard to do so, but I'm making it a priority so that I can truly enjoy what this season is all about!
See ya tomorrow, when I will have one last Christmas-related Random Tuesday post. Have a great day--and thanks for re-living the weekend with me. That was fun!
(PS--I LOVE meeting so many new friends via this blog! I bet I've had 10 or 11 new friends pop by in the past week and I'm just so happy about that!! Keep visiting and commenting and if you're a new visitor or an old lurker, please comment and introduce yourself. I love going to read your blogs too!!)