Ran Out of Stockings – Silent Sunday

image: from martha0stout's phone, Christmas 2011

image: from martha0stout’s phone, Christmas 2011

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Like Christmas – Ramble-y Reminiscence 1

After we first moved into the duplex, my sister was able to buy a brand new washing machine and dryer. We have never had a new one in the entirety of our lives, child and adult, until this moment. When she first showed them to me, they were white and shiny and new.

“It’s like Christmas!” I exclaimed and hugged the machines.

(Don’t judge me, they were beautiful.)

(Or judge me, I don’t really care all that much.)

This was something that I often forgot, however, so my sister would take me to look at them every time I had a memory blank.

“It’s like Christmas!” I would exclaim all over again and hug the machines as if I had never seen them before.

She enjoyed this display so much, my sister would take every opportunity to show them to me whenever I forgot that we had moved to the duplex.

I wonder if any who read this have had some kind of similar event in their lives. Not the memory blank, but the same feeling of surprised joy every time they saw something or someone.

Second Verse – Thankful Thursday

Since last Thursday I have decided that I like this prompt. No, I don’t like it, I love it and I need it. It really turned my day around and I was better for having found it. So I decided to do it again!

I am thankful for:

Accepting the extra party guests
(only supposed to have 2 friends plus 5 cousins…ended up with over 20 kids in a duplex)
 
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Christmas morning cuddles
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Peace between mother and daughter
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Peace between siblings
(they both belong to my sister)
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Time with Grandma
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images from: martha0stout’s phone
 

Again I post only a small collection of things I’m grateful for and I look forward to this next week. It really gives me a better view on my life!

Be sure to check out the original Thankful Thursday for this week’s edition: http://mithriluna.wordpress.com/2014/05/08/thankful-thursday-mothers-day-gratitude/comment-page-1/#comment-1985

Don’t Sleep In

It happened at sunrise on Christmas morn,

The children were sleeping

At first, quite soundly.

Then there came the sound of feet

Running down stairs,

Or was it up?

I was sleeping soundly,

And so only heard it distantly.

Not soundly enough, though,

As I heard a shout.

“I told you kids not to open ALL the presents!

Just the ones with your names on them!”

Questions

Dear Santa,

I have been good half of the year and these presents I would desire getting for me. You don’t have to get them but could you please try to? Any way I will write them down right now.

  • $1000 for a new house
  • cat coats for the cats so they don’t freese to death
  • could you get me a 3DS?
  • could you get me Mario Bros 2 for thee 3DS?

You Friend,

Cory


Read my sister’s youngest son’s letter to Santa this morning. It struck me that the only things that he doesn’t ask about are for others. He only had the question marks about the things for himself.

has to stop for a moment

I think my sister’s doing a good job with her kids.

(Any misspellings were part of the letter.)

This kid also convinced his older sister who ‘doesn’t believe in Santa Claus anymore’ to write to him as well. Her letter began by asking Santa how he was and hoping that he was well. She does believe, but doesn’t want to seem too immature to admit it. smiles

Holiday Cookies For All

Cookies are something that I have always loved making and one of the first things I learned how to make successfully before I hit the double digits. Made cookies with my parents and every sibling I have along with my grandfather. Making cookies from scratch is easier than figuring out how to make cheese sauce from those little packets in Mac ‘n’ Cheese.

My eldest niece convinced me to make some sugar cookies so she and her brothers could frost them with the leftover frosting from another project they did with their mom and another aunt.

My mom comes into the kitchen.

“Why are you making Valentine’s Day and Halloween themed cookies?”

Oops.

Silent Night, Halo Night

My eldest nephew has decided to add to the nativity set that I put out this year. He loves to add to things and make them a little bit more than they were before without actually overdoing it too much. (Most of the time, he can get pretty carried away.)

This year he worked for a week making sure that everything was just so for his contribution. It certainly livened up the piano where everything is set up.

Here’s the makeup of our nativity this year:

1 plastic baby in a manger

1 porcelain wise man

2 plaster wise men

1 plaster Mary and Joseph

4 plaster animals

1 plaster shepherd

4-5 Lego Halo guys placed strategically to protect the group from the soldiers of Herod out looking for the newborn Savior