Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Dangerous knowledge...

Okay...I have to admit that some of my floors did not get cleaned before our Christmas celebration. Yep, dirty floors on Christmas...{tsk,tsk...head shaking} Amazingly, we had a good time anyway!

Who knew??

But now I do...and this could be dangerous knowledge. Happy times in the presence of dirt? A world of new opportunities has opened up for me...

The kids spent Christmas Eve Day here. We had breakfast, presents, snacks, stockings, lunch...coma-like naps...Dillon & Tiffany headed north to produce the Christmas Eve performance for their church. Randy, Caitlin, Jess & I got blizzards (just the ice cream kind) and watched "A Christmas Story"...amidst contented sighing.

Christmas Day was turkey dinner time and my parents joined us. Christmas night was ham dinner and we joined Randy's parents...Monday was another day of sweet sluggishness as we recuperated from all that good food...

Last night was the Likkel Christmas Party. We celebrated the larger Honcoop Christmas earlier on December 17th...Both parties are such fun, with much laughter...We older ones marvel at the carmeraderie of the cousins, and thrill over the antics of the wee ones of the newest generation...

We are feeling very blessed!

Our one-shot wonder family photo...even the dogs were looking the right direction!

The girls had...

...a large pile of boxes...

...but the boys each had only one...

They were not amused...
Until they opened them to find a bunch of smaller boxes...heh, heh, heh.

Daisie felt she needed more attention...

We kept Olive busy with this...

...so she wouldn't always be doing this.

Stockings are still part of the fun...

...and even though they're big kids,
they still fall asleep clutching their toys.

Yes -- God blessed us every one!
It was a wonderful Christmas!

Friday, December 23, 2011

I'm ready...


Last week, I used Facebook to gloat that I would be home for the whole day...the WHOLE blessed day!

Don't do that -- trust me.

Within an hour, I had to schedule an appointment for the dog to go to the vet due to a bleeding split toenail. Just after I got off the phone, Caitlin called to say that an RV had backed into her car in the grocery store parking lot, puncturing a hole in the door, and making large scrapes down the side. I went to help her. I came home to a phone message that my friend Sharice was back in the hospital with an emergency surgery, could I come back in to work the next day? (OF COURSE!) The day ended with a call from my niece wondering if they could come spend the weekend with us because their previously planned accomodations now housed barfing children...(OF COURSE!)

And so went my quiet day...

But it all turned out just fine. Daisie got her toe fixed. Caitlin's car is still drivable, and the guy who hit her did not have to be convinced that it was his fault. Sharice's surgery finally fixed her terrible leg pain, and we had a great weekend with our niece & nephew and their two little boys.

And despite all the busy-ness I have had this Christmas season, I am ready for the holiday!


I did a lot of shopping online and in Lynden, so there are presents under the tree!

I got my decorations up, with a few exceptions -- and those exceptions might stay that way. I don't miss the garlands that I have to fiddle with all season, or the lights on the staircase...It's still festive, and a LOT easier...


Even Daisie got decorated...


The only thing that hasn't been done is baking...as in ANY baking. Bless her heart, Caitlin made cut-out cookies, and for the small price of helping her frost them, I got to keep a bunch. I will still bake next week, but now no need to overdo...{smile}

Don't worry -- I"ll get over the baking thing.

The stockings are stuffed and ready...

...All that's left to do is Christmas Eve breakfast -- Yes, we're celebrating already tomorrow morning.

Then, turkey dinner for Christmas Day...

And all the time: remembering what it's all about...

"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year."
--Charles Dickens

May Christmas be in your heart, and merry for all the right reasons!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Disparate Activities That Make Me Feel All Christmas-y

This weekend I participated in two very different holiday events. The first was the Jingle Bell Run -- a 5k fun run that raises money for arthritis research.

And no -- I did not run.

It was the Dickson Medical Clinic's final run of their race-a-month commitment for a year. It all began a year ago with the Jingle Bell Run, and 12 races later, it ended there.

But they don't just run in anonymity...They make sure they look festive -- and they do get noticed! They made the newspaper this year.

I was proud to know them.

They dressed as Jovi from the movie Elf...
Don't they look cute? And Caitlin even has Hermie hair!


Of course, they needed an Elf...
Buckley, goldendoodle and official Dickson Medical Clinic mascot, obliged. Doesn't he look excited about wearing the costume that Caitlin made for him?





In fact, he was so excited that he could hardly hold still.
And he was pretty popular too...

These are just a few of the folks who stopped to take his picture.


Buck -- you're a sport, and we love ya for it!



Miss Olive was also in attendance, The Farmer's charge, and Buckley's distraction from his confining costume...It was thrilling for The Little, and The Big Un.



While the dogs were entertaining the crowd, the DMC girls were finishing the race...
Mission accomplished! One t-shirt race per month means they each have enough now to make a quilt memorializing their accomplishment.

Because right now, they have no plans of doing it again...
We were proud to witness the completion of their year of races, and the Jingle Bell Run is such fun. Everyone is full of good cheer and laughter. People make sure they look festive as they run, and their dogs, and ponies (yes there were ponies!) too. Being with thousands of people being happy, and of good cheer is a great way to enjoy the season.

As the Jingle Bell Run is raucous and jolly, by contrast my next activity was solemn, and beautiful, and introspective...I so enjoyed the beautiful music of a choir of 80 voices accompanied by an orchestra of 25...It was so lovely! At times the music, melancholy and haunting, and then rejoicing, triumphant!

I so appreciate the members of the various CRC churches that sang and played with all their hearts to focus OUR hearts on the Infant King...

This weekend held a wonderful contrast of fun, and joy!

Both are God's good gifts...

Monday, December 5, 2011

Did I read that label right? Fisher Price for puppies?

BEFORE...


...AFTER.

Olive does not have jaws of life.

Even Fisher Price doggie toys cannot withstand the punishment...

...Nor can large pieces of furniture.

But you've heard those stories before.

And isn't it funny that Fisher Price sell puppy toys...just like the infant toys we bought our kids back in the day?

I couldn't resist getting this for Olive, and I'm pleased to say Chatter Pup Telephone gave it all to save anothe piece of furniture for me.

Thank you, Fisher Price.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

I still love Rudolph...



Tuesday evening, Caitlin and I sat down to watch our favorite show, NCIS, and were surprised to find out that it was replaced by a Special Presentation of Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.


We were not too excited about this development.

But I decided to do something I rarely do anymore…I sat and watched the whole kiddie movie from start to finish! I have Rudolph on every year during Christmas season, but it’s just playing in the background while I do other things, important things, things that need to get done.

Tuesday night, I just sat there and watched…and loved it!

Remember back in the day, when nothing on TV was available on demand, or on dvd? The Christmas Specials were anticipated and put on our schedule for an evening of family fun…IT WAS SPECIAL! And not to be missed!

Charlie Brown’s Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph, and Santa Claus is Coming to Town – sometimes even Drummer Boy…And don’t forget the celebrity variety shows with music and dancing, and skating sometimes…

I miss the rarity, and therefore, the special anticipation of seeing something so pretty, and cheerful.

It’s so different now! Today the availability of Christmas shows, not to mention the huge selection, has left us all sated, and oblivious to special things.

And so I enjoyed sitting the other night, and taking in all the winsomeness of Rudolph and Hermie, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snowman, the elves, the deer, the Burl Ives snowman. The technology of yester-year was so primitive by today’s standards, but I still find myself wishing there was somewhere you could go and see those little creatures as living beings. They are just SO CUTE!! The story is simple and sweet…

And I just like to hear Santa say: “Rudolph! FULL POWER!”

NCIS, with its mystery and death, just didn’t seem so interesting after that. But I watched it too…well, until I fell asleep…I just can’t do a full hour of TV after 9pm…

Thanks to Rudolph and his friends, I was all fired up to go Christmas shopping on Wednesday. The Farmer was out of town, Caitlin graciously exercised Daisie in the afternoon, so I could head right out after work and spend some hours power-shopping.

Though dinner time is a pretty good time to go shopping as far as crowds go, I succeeded only in finding out where the things I wanted were not…Pretty much a bust for Christmas gifts.

Amazon.com, I love thee…

And now I’m going to have to watch Santa Claus is Coming to Town to get in the mood again…

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Needing an outlet for various thoughts rattling in my head, I've created two blogs -- One about my real life (leslieisverbose.blogspot.com) and one where I can vent. (leslievents.blogspot.com)