Snow Fight

It has started the same way for years.  After sledding, Mark climbs to the top of the snow pile the plows made cleaning up the parking lot.  Before long, one of the kids attacks him and a fight starts.

Eventually, someone makes it to the top and becomes the King (or Queen) of the Mountain!

Until the next time sledding….

Christmas 2017

We always celebrate our family Christmas after Christmas.  We do not have a set day, but “Santa Claus” stops by sometime as he heads “out on his vacation”.

Last night, after opening our presents, we enjoyed finger foods, spiced apple cider the kids made and froze this fall and home made egg nog.  We also watched old movies with a projector the kids pitched in and surprised us with.

Christmas Tree

We usually wait until mid December–once it is cold and snowy out–to go look for our Christmas tree.  This year we decided to look while Mark was still home for Thanksgiving. It was so nice when we went that jackets were optional!

We always look for a tree that is at as tall as Mark.  At first we thought we would not find a good tree again this year. Many of the trees were lopsided or dry looking.  However, Megan and Adrian found one!

Megan was excited to discover that Santa was around.  She enjoyed being able to ask for snow and then was given a candy cane.  She managed to persuade all of the kids to come talk to Santa.

When “Bob, age 18” (Audrey) asked for snow, Santa said “snow is already taken” and would not let the kids ask for it again. She replied with “something better than coal?”  Santa told her that she had to work harder to get that.  Adrian asked for wider chimneys while Mark requested taller door frames.  Andrea asked for ice cream.

They informed Santa their goal was to make him smile and they hope that he had a wonderful day. I think the children succeeded.

Birthday Spoiling

Megan turned seven while we were at Camp Patmos.  She spent the whole day getting spoiled!  We started the day by getting some pictures of the birthday girl.Then we went in to help serve breakfast.  Megan was surprised with a birthday crown and everyone singing happy birthday to her.

Of course, we needed more pictures.

We worked and played hard. After dinner, she was presented with a pink strawberry cake while all the staff and volunteers sang to her.

Then for chapel, Megan was asked to go to the front and the whole camp sang to her again.

When it was finally time for bed, Megan was exhausted!  She was hardly awake when I sang “happy birthday” one last time as I always do when I give them their goodnight birthday kiss.  She had a wonderful day!