The boys made chocolate and crushed candycane covered marshmallows, which were a big hit!
Andrew - I love how he has finally learned to smile for the camera!
Well, a few Monday's have come and gone without one of these posts, but I do have to say that I have valid reasons for my absence. We left the day after Christmas to go to Colorado for a week. Of course I took my camera, but took absolutely no pictures of our time there... Just picutre a sprawling 4 split-level resort with gorgeous sitting rooms, cozy sleeping rooms, and views from every window; nestled in a wooded, hilly plot of land with a perfect view of Pike's Peak through the trees. Fill that sprawling house with all of my wonderful extended family who are there to visit, play, and pray together for a week. It was lovely beyond words.
Our 2010 Christmas family picture. I wish Andrew wasn't blurry, but overall I really like this shot!
When I returned, I scrambled to get laundry done, Christmas decorations down, and a weeks worth of meals cooked and put up in the freezer because I had major surgery January 4. The days since then have been a blur of drug induced stupor, but I am finally emerging from it, weak but ready to move on with my life.
Aaron asked if he could read a Christmas book to us before we opened gifts.
Do you make New Year's resolutions? I don't, because I am so rebellious, that I will rebel even from my own desires if I set them in writing! However, I have a few things that are very important to me that have been in the forefront of my mind for a while that I want to establish as habits. I want to come up with a consistent time to spend reading my Bible each day. I do okay with reading and doing Bible study when I remember, but often the day gets away from me and it is over before I remember. I want to make the time of day I spend with God consistent so that it won't slip from my mind. I also have been focusing on wasting less time. I get quite easily caught up in time wasters such as mindless games and worthless TV shows. Of course, while recovering from this surgery these have been somewhat useful, but for the most part, these have no real place in my day. It's time to remove much of this from my day!
Ethan with his Ohio State jersey!
Andrew REALLY got into opening presents this year.
Aaron was so excited to get a model airplane, just like he wanted!
My mom and dad came over on Christmas Eve to have our traditional pizza dinner, candlelight church service, and opening of extended family gifts.