It has been a long time since I’ve fallen this far behind on posting new photos! I’m not a big fan of playing catch up! But in hopes of getting caught up, here are some photos from the month of December. (Unfortunately, our camera has been acting a bit strange and wasn’t taking great photos for a bit. I think we finally figured out the problem about halfway through Christmas morning. So sorry for the poor photos prior to that!)
Our last day of Faith Kids before Christmas break. And for California standards, it was a pretty cold day that day!
Working on a “J”igsaw puzzle for J week.
The kids had a book exchange… …and Zachary ended up with a Planes audio book that made him pretty excited!
Making his Christmas present for Daddy, which is a shirt he will wear when it is Dad’s Day in January.
Time for some Christmas cookies! I just love when the weather is nice enough for decorating outside where the mess is so much easier to deal with! More Christmas baking with my very helpful kitchen assistant! Bethany LOVES to help me in the kitchen and I love the help and the company!
Something we did two years ago, we were able to repeat again this year. It is called Back to Bethlehem and all the participants are in character as if they were living at the time surrounding the birth of Jesus. These are the wisemen that were still far off, seeking to follow the star.
Next we came to some shepherds, keeping watch over their flocks near Bethlehem.
Then we entered the streets and marketplace of Bethlehem, where we could spend the shekels that we were given upon entering.
Mary and Joseph and Baby Jesus inside a stable.
The Roman soldiers that wander the streets make the whole event seem very real. They are very gruff, mean and intimidating men seeking to take the merchants and the “citizens” shekels. I was reprimanded severely by one for looking him in the eye! Yikes!
This was a “proud parent” moment! About 3 weeks prior to this, the children’s ministries intern approached Paul and asked him if Zachary would be willing to recite Luke 2: 8-14 in front of the church when the children sang. We agreed to it and started to memorize! Fortunately, he knew a few of the verses in the middle but it was still a sizeable chunk for our little guy. And he NAILED it that morning! He spoke clearly and confidently, and it was such a blessing to many!
Following Zachary’s verses, the kids of the church sang a few songs for us.
These two young ladies are what our family calls “the twins”! They are two of Paul’s workstudies at the college, who do an incredible job at whatever they do. This is a rare photo of Paul with the two of them. We were at their church’s Christmas concert in which they were performing.
We had the privilege of having a great friend, Randy Bossom (and his son), stay with us last weekend! They live north of us a few hours, but came down for the weekend. As you can see, the kids loved the extra attention!
We went on a morning hike on Saturday morning to check out the bison that graze nearby!
Randy and his son Adam with our kids. The last time we saw Adam was at least 5 years ago when he was shorter than me! He is now a freshman in college and 6’3”. The kids had a blast with him and it was a joy to spend time with these two!
We had a family adventure down to the Americana to enjoy the Christmas festivities there one evening. The tree in the back is the one that they were standing at the base of in the previous 2 pictures. It is enormous!
And then at 7:00, it “snows”! We have to pretend out here, but it was a lot of fun! It is really some foaming stuff being shot out, but it does make it look very much like snow!
A family picture after church while we are all dressed for Christmas.
We’ve enjoyed some gorgeous weather and outdoor exploration over our Christmas break! Here we are attempting to walk across the dam at Castaic Lake. This photos was taken just before we were told that this is not for public use and asked to walk only at he base of the dam. Not quite what we expected for our adventure, but we still had fun!
This stair-step face of the dam is what we ended up walking on, along the water’s edge.
Lauren was my helper to make Jesus’ birthday cake on Christmas Eve. I almost think this was her favorite part of everything!
After the candlelight service at church on Christmas Eve, our friends the Robinson’s came over to have dinner with us! While the adults talked, the kids got cozy to watch a Christmas movie!
Whew! Just one more set of photos to post of Christmas day and beyond! Making progress!