thirteen years ago on the summer solstice after many years of dating the wrong guys i got married to this most amazing, funny, intelligent, and right guy. it seems impossible but i love him even more now than i did on that sweltering june day when we laughed and danced amidst so many people who were dear to us. he has been and continues to be the most blessed and unexpected gift i could have ever received. for once in my life i was so fortunate Not to get what i deserved but to instead get so much more.
bowling shoes look like baby clown shoes. i'm just sayin'...
today is the honey's birthday.
"One of the good things that come of a true marriage is,
that there is one face on which changes come without your seeing them;
or rather there is one face which you can still see the same, through
all the shadows which years have gathered upon it." ~George MacDonald
and what a wonderful face it is!
we had brunch and bowling first thing this morning to celebrate.
and it was all very silly and fun. the rest of the day is sure to be the same. and for this i am eternally grateful. there is nothing better than being married to my very best friend. every day is full of joy, laughter, fun, and adventure. and when it isn't, it is especially important to have someone dependable, loving, and tough as nails by your side.
And, I have some work in a new book with an upcoming signing in So Cal. And another wonderful book project is also in the works. I'll pipe up on these two exciting fronts later this week. Right now, back to reading, helping the kids with homework, throwing the ball for my extremely energetic pup who missed his routine this past week. Talk to you soon!
Every year when I am opening my gifts from the 12 Days of Christmas Ornament Exchange the kids comment that they wished they could get so much mail and receive such cool gifts. So when I saw sign-ups for a kids' ornament exchange hosted by the Crafty Crow and Full Circle, I signed us up right away.
Our assignment was to make five ornaments with the theme of fairy tales. Originally, I wanted to make a set of ornaments illustrating the fairy tale The Three Little Pigs. There would be the big bad wolf, the three little pigs, and the little house made of brick with its life saving chimney. But the kids vetoed that idea. They wanted unicorns and dragons and castles. And, I found out that we were to send one ornament to five different families. So a set from one story wouldn't necessarily work.
Each of our ornaments is different from the other. I wanted to let the kids have fun with it and not attempt to edit them too much. They feature lots of crystals and glitter and fairy tale fun. See for yourself...
a glittering golden unicorn
Another wooden unicorn with purple crystals and glittered wings.
A princess made from paper clay (somewhere along the way she took a big turn into Wonder Woman)
An enchanted castle.
A magic winged fairy (she's mounted onto a piece of plastered wood that was painted by my friend Mary Haldeman)
This Queen is on the back of the magic fairy ornament.
I hope everyone that receives one of our ornaments enjoys it as much as did making it. The kids cannot wait for their ornaments to arrive in the mail from their swap partners. I'll be sure to share them with you when they do.
It would be oh so kind of Ruth to give me five golden rings today. I do love rings and five of them would make many fingers happy. But something tells me that five golden rings for each of the 12 girls might be too over the top, even for Ruth. I do wonder, wonder, wonder what in the world she has sewn up for us this year.
Here's her wrapped gift, which is a present in and of itself...
And inside she has given me...
This sweetly stitched home full of love!
"A house is made of walls and beams, a home is built with love and dreams."
It is so very pretty and I adore it. Thank you, friend!!
As you may notice I'm posting this very late today. We had a jam-packed December day. One son had a birthday party to attend and the other son was at baseball clinic. In the middle of all that I made chocolate pistachio biscotti (it is yummy!).
I'm test driving cookies for an upcoming cookie exchange. I am crazy about homemade biscotti.
And oldest son was feeling sad so I thought he could use a good cookie. He had picked out some decaf Candy Cane green tea and it was outrageously delicious with the biscotti.
Tom was at the USC football game (sorry for him) so as soon as youngest son was done at the birthday party, I gathered the kids up and drove to Fullerton for the last little bit of Winterfest.
Can you guess which son fell asleep in the car on the way there?
But they had trucked in snow and that cheered everyone right up. It was a great way for the kids to let off some of their never-ending steam.
Palm trees and snow? Christmas, Halloween or St. Patty's Day?
Our Advent calendar has been full of fun things to do together thus far. I hope that you will have time this weekend to enjoy a little Christmas cheer with those near and dear to you, too.
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