Thursday, December 7, 2017

Two more Advent Events

If you haven't noticed before, our church is very active in outreach events and those involving the school children.

Tuesday night, Janice and I went to Advent by Candlelight put on by our Women's Ministry.  Volunteers each hostess a table for 10, providing table settings, centerpieces and dessert.  For the first time this year the ministry provided dinner as well. The theme this year was Angels.   We each received an angel Christmas ornament and a jar of apple cinnamon jelly--and it was all free.  There were readings from the bible and about angels, hand bells, and flute and violin solos as well as sing-a-longs about angels.
Janice and I are at the second table facing the camera

Looking in the other direction--we're again at the second table.
 On Wednesday, David and I went to the Advent Service put on by the first, second and fourth graders.  Kyleigh was a shepherd and we were able to get really good seats right in front of her thanks to Janice.  You can see the backs of our heads in the first picture.

I'm sure that those of you who know us personally will realize that David's attending the Advent Service is really special.  I've been going to this church off and on for over 32 years and he's never once set foot in it (except for the pastor's office where we were remarried in 1990).

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

WIP Wednesday - 12/6/2017

I'm back with an update on Santa's Secret.  I only stitched on it for about an hour a day for five days this week--the backstitching is driving me bonkers. 

As of 11/27/2017

As of 12/6/2017
There's more than a week between the two pictures, because once I finished the cross stitching I set it aside until December 1st.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Happy Dance - Caroling Hedgehog

Started: 11/27/2017
Finished: 12/4/2017

This is part of the free cover kit on Cross Stitch Crazy #236.  I used the materials in the kit for the stitching and finishing except for the fact that the kit was missing the darker green so I replaced it with some from my stash.

This was designed by Margaret Sherry and there is also a skating hedgehog included which is my current small WIP.  Please excuse the fact that it's not centered;  it's just sitting in the card.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

We Have a Christmas Tree

I have been buying my Christmas trees for the past several years from the Lutheran High baseball team, but the player I'd been buying from graduated and I didn't realize it until it was too late to get one last year.  This year I called the Athletic Department and they had someone contact me so I was able to get a tree.  Unfortunately, this player is a senior, but I spoke to a lady at pick up and she put me on her list to contact next year (her son's a sophomore so I'm set for the next two years).

We picked the tree up on Friday night and Devin, Janice and Kyleigh came over to help set it up on Saturday.   This is the main reason that we need their help with setting up the tree.  All of our Christmas boxes are kept in the attic above the garage and it's nice to have help getting them down.  Kyleigh is rearranging the boxes; she didn't actually hand them down.  We let Janice do that.
Adding the stand
Unwrapping the tree

Cutting off the bottom branches
Ready for lights
Ready to decorate
My mother-in-law gave us the tree skirt over 40 years ago and it still looks as nice as the day she gave it to us.  There's only one decoration on the tree; Janice added the snowman as she walked out the door.

Breakfast with St. Nicholas

Today at church was the first Breakfast with St. Nicholas event.  First, the fourth graders sang in church.  She's on the far left.
 She also sang in the second service with the first and second graders. Since all of the shepherds were fourth graders and sang counterpoint to one of the songs in the medley, she and a couple of other kids were asked to sing again.  This time Kyleigh is in the top row a couple from the left.  The lady in front of the Christmas tree in both pictures is one of our Praise Singers.
 The kids all brought pairs of shoes to donate and set one pair out for St. Nicholas to leave treats in during the service.  He also came to visit at the end of the service and invited everyone to breakfast which was cut up donuts and the coffee cart.

Our pastors with St. Nicholas

Available to take pictures
Kyleigh with St. Nicholas
 There were several craft tables set up. In this first picture, the kids are making Christmas ornaments out of clothes pins, twine, glue and a star.  Kyleigh decided not to make hers into an ornament and glued the star on the back instead of on the twine hanger to hide the knot.
Making ornaments

Making gift tags
The third craft -- a candy Santa with a St. Nicholas hat.  (I found this picture on the church website.)

Friday, December 1, 2017

More November Activities

Janice is a crafter and most every year she participates in the Christmas Boutique at our church selling novelty items, homemade candy, etc.  This is her booth this year.  The wicker basket farthest to the left is my contribution--I sold several cards that I'd cross stitched using the free cover kits from the UK cross stitch magazines.

Kyleigh was riding her razor during a visit to Daddy's house and it got caught in a hole in the sidewalk and through her off.  Guess where she landed?  Yep, on her knee.  Her father was watching her while smoking a cigar.  When she cried out, he threw down the cigar and ran to her, which made her very happy.  She said they never did find the cigar!

Because Janice has to be in the nursery at all church services, Kyleigh does too.  Sometimes, the Children's Minister will let her help with Kid's Church.  She is dressed as a Roman Soldier for this service.

This picture was taken at Kids Night Out.  All of the girls are 4th graders and friends of Kyleigh.  I don't remember the theme for this night, but it must have involved making crowns.

Janice now works from home, but is doing the same job she was in the office.  She really likes her new "office" in the living room and Kyleigh loves not having to go to daycare any more.  Some days, Janice finds there's one disadvantage to working from home.   It's a cat who wants cuddles NOW.

Another Busy Saturday

The Saturday after Thanksgiving was another busy Saturday.  After meeting for a late breakfast, David, Janice, Kyleigh and I went to the local Home Depot so that Kyleigh could participate in the Kids Build.  They were out of the planned build of a Christmas ornament shaped like a tree, but they had a couple of other choices for the kids to choose from.  Kyleigh chose the Christmas Stacker which has a snowman, a reindeer and a penguin on three sides (the fourth side was blank so you could draw your own character) and you could turn the blocks to mix them up.
It was also opening day for the Christmas Trains exhibit at the Muzeo in downtown Anaheim.  Janice, Kyleigh and I met up with a friend of Janice's and her son.  There were about eight train layouts, all with a Autumn or Christmas theme inside.  Because it was the first day of the exhibit, there was also a craft table, a train ride and a choir singing.  The kids  also each got a train whistle.