4th of July

January 23, 2020 in 4th of July, Friends, Traditions - No Comments

The 4th of July is always one of my favorite days of the year. The first few years we lived California, we included the beach in our celebrations. The last couple of years, however, we’ve dodged the beach crowds and stuck close to home. All of our small town celebrations…

Christmas Morning

The overarching memory from Christmas 2017 was how sick everyone was. The photos don’t show how many people were coughing, sniffling or had fevers. There were some that didn’t eat Christmas dinner and some that spent a good portion of the day in bed. We had a lot of presents…

Christmas Eve

We kicked off Christmas Eve with a fancy dinner. With presents finally wrapped and under the tree after making it a low priority all month, we were ready to go. Blake was out of bed for the first time in days after being sick with the flu. We were glad…

Decking the Halls

April 13, 2019 in Christmas, Traditions - No Comments

Each year when we pull out the bins with Christmas decorations, the boys find the burlap that goes around the tree and wrap each other like mummies. After all their fun, Blake hung around to actually help me decorate the tree. Ready or not for December, we got two important…

Pumpkin Patch

April 1, 2019 in Pumpkin Patch, Traditions - No Comments

It wouldn’t be fall without a trip to the pumpkin patch. We procrastinated till the end of the month and then the temperature spiked to over 100 degrees. Sweltering through the patch didn’t sound appealing, so we waited until Halloween Eve to carry out the tradition. Ironically, it was cold…

Trunk or Treat Carnival

We were astonished by our new church congregation’s Halloween carnival. They turned the traditional trunk or treat activity into a full carnival and fundraiser for the youth. There was dinner, carnival game booths, cotton candy, sno cones, a haunted trailer, a silent auction and a petting zoo. We had over…

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