Our Christmas Season 2011 has been a whirlwind of activities...as usual.
Over the last year I've had the privilege of working on new Advent banners for our church. Each Sunday of Advent a different family would come into the Worship Center with a banner, light an Advent candle, do a reading and pray. It was so exciting to see 'my' banners come out so beautiful, and most of all ~ used for the Glory of God. I feel so blessed to have had a part in this part of our services.
Week 1 - with Vincent G.
Week 2 w/ Katie and Monty S.
And finally, on Christmas Eve, hanging together!
Christmas Day - Blake and Karl played music in the Worship Center lobby as folks came in.
Ian playing bass in the Praise Band on Christmas Morning.
Christmas Eve candlelight - Pastor Kevin.
Our VERY Unique 'Tree'
This year Christmas was bittersweet due to the passing of dear Pops. With everything going on, we never go around to getting a tree. So my solution was to do something different. Behold, the McMichen Christmas 'Tree'...
Yes, it's crazy, funny, unique, silly, quirky, and WAY out of the box. And it made Blake laugh during a time when he truly needed that laughter - therefore, it's perfect for us this year.
From outside our window, thanks to the shape and the lights, our tree actually looked like a regular Christmas tree.
Christmas Eve Goober Portrait...
I convinced Riley to 'sic' Ian. Riley is not normally allowed on the couch, but he enjoyed this moment. Ian was completely pinned down by the 100 lb beast.
Most people have to worry about their cats getting into their Christmas tree. Cole got into ours....
Christmas Morning had it's usual fun....
Christmas with the rest of the family....
More nonsense. More fun. A few bittersweet moments, but all in all, a day filled with love, hugs, and family.
Ma with the lovely wooden box Rusty made her.
Blake with some new Taz pj pants.
Alex the 'ketchup hound' got a unique surprise from us...a GIANT bottle of ketchup!
Alan with his surprise tire iron.
Nicole has been tormenting Aaron and Alan with hints and clues about their gifts. It has been driving these two crazy! Now they finally get to open it....
Rusty with a shirt perfect for him!
Flying the Millieum Falcon hover craft. Rusty had it under control, but Pam looks concerned.
Most of us.
A bittersweet moment when Blake gave Ma the poem he wrote about Pops.
So sweet, but made us all cry.
And, just a few more pictures....
Bacon Scarf in the pan.
Blake & I.
Ian (18) and Cole (13).
By the way, from mid-Christmas morning on, the pictures were taken with my NEW camera. Wahoo!! Blake found the discontinue D3000 that I've been wanting and surprised me. Yes, I'm still doing the happy dance!
The Reason for the Season....