Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas morning

On Christmas morning I got up and made Monkey Bread, out traditional Christmas morning breakfast. The girls woke up and started pulling the stuff out of their stockings. Then we waited for a few minutes unil my parents arrived to watch the girls open gifts.Avery with her stocking

Capri with her stocking Sage with her stocking

Christmas morning candy, while waiting for Grandma and Papa to arrive. The long awaited horse house. What's funny is that Sage has been telling us for weeks that she wanted a "horse house" and that Grandma and Papa were going to get it for her. But when she started opening it we asked her what it was, and doubt entered and and she wouldn't say. But of course she was thrilled when she opened it up and got her (preassembled) horse house.

Capri with wrapping paper and bows......doesn't get much better than that.

Helping Capri open some gifts.

Sage's other most asked for toy, her Crayola light brush paint set.

Avery opened her Guitar from daddy.

Sage started opening these animals over in the corner of the room, we weren't really watching her, but all of sudden she started squeeling. She was so happy! :) It's the wild animal set that go with her "horse house".

Mommy's surprise gift from daddy :) Have I mentioned I have the best husband in the whole wide world.

Capri opening gifts.

Sage got Avery this Barbie swimming poop. It was really fun this year for them to pick out gifts for each other. They really seemed to understand the giving, and had fun doing it.

After we opened gifts, my parents went home we cleaned up and headed over to their house. My grandparents joined us and we opend gifts and ate dinner. Then we played the Wii for a bit. There isn't much better than watching for 82 yr old grandfather playing Wii golf. :) Hopefully I'll get some of those pictures posted soon.
Then the next day Nana came to visit and we opened gifts again.
Open a horse that Nana got Sage.

Avery opening some art supplies from Uncle Jesse and Aunt Kate (perfect gift for her).

Capri checking out her new walker/stroller.

Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve we baked a cake for Jesus and hung out at home listenen to Christmas music and reading all our Christmas books. Then when Nick got home from work we got dressed up and went to our church (Christ community http://www.aplacetobelong.com/ ) for the Christmas Eve service, which was wonderful. We then went to Denny's to eat some dinner with my parents and then took the girls home. We let them open to presents that night. They got PJ's for their american girl dolls and matching PJ's for them to wear. It was a big hit!
Openning the gifts

Avery knew right away what it was.

Sage didn't get it as quickly as Avery did.

They both loved their Christmas Eve gifts!

Random Pre-Christmas pictures

We made a Gingerbread house
We baked a Birthday cake for Jesus

The girls were angels in our churches children's Christmas show.

This is Capri, mommy, and daddy watching the show

We went to Celebration to play in the "snow". This is the girls standing in front a nativity at a church.

The "snow", which is really kind of like shaving cream, plus it was hot this night.

Sage showing us the snow.

This is Capri learning how to stand on a box so she can pull the candy canes off the tree......notice the smile. :) We put our Christmas tree on a table for a reason.

This is Capri sitting with Mrs. Claus, because mommy didn't want to stand in the long line to see Santa.

This is the "snow" in Winter Haven, which is much more realistic, it's ice that they crush up and blow out. It was pretty hot this day so it was really just a big ice chunk but the girls still loved it.

Avery throwing snow ball

Capri sitting in the snow.

Our family Christmas picture.

It's so hard to get a picture of the girls. Avery is usually a statue, Sage has a cheesy smile and doesn't look at the camera, and now Capri wants to crawl away as soon as she get set down. So this is the best we could do.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

I have the best husband!

Nick totally surprised me Christmas morning and I got my Wii! He wrapped up a book because I had also mentioned a cookbook that I wanted so that's what I thought I was getting. And he kept saying sorry that we couldn't get the wii that maybe we could get it for my birthday or something. So I had gotten over my disappointment because I didn't want to be sad on Christmas. So we were all opening out other gifts. I was having so much fun watching the girls open everything. Then Nick brought me out a box and my mom jumped in front of me with a camera and I knew that I had gotten the Wii. I am just so thrilled. I did great!

We played it all day on Christmas. My grandpa Washburn even got up and played golf with my dad and Nick. The girls are having a lot of fun with it also. We have a little extra Christmas money so we can go to gamestop and try to get a few new games for it. Plus Nick's brother sent a couple games with my Mother in law that we can try out for the next week. So all in all I had a wonderful Christmas!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Long walk......

The story is told of a young African boy listening to his teacher explain why Christians give presents to each other at Christmas. “These gifts are expressions of joy over the birth of Jesus and our love and friendship for each other,” she said. When Christmas came, the boy brought the teacher a beautiful seashell. “Where did you find such a lovely shell?” she asked. The boy told her there was only one spot where such beautiful shells could be found, a certain beach several miles away. “It’s beautiful,” she said, “but you shouldn’t have walked all that way to get a gift for me.” With a smile on his face, the boy looked up at his teacher and said, “Long walk part of gift.”
"Long walk....part of gift"

What an amazing thought. Expecially during this Christmas season when we are all running around like crazy preparing for everything. We don't do it all for our own purpose most of the time, we do it for others. The gift of our time is pricless. The saying goes "it's the thought that counts". The more effort put into a gift the more meaningful it tends to be.

All of that just got me thinking of the word "walk" and the times that it is used in the bible.

Matthew 4:18 (New International Version)
The Calling of the First Disciples 18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.

Matthew 9Jesus Heals a Paralytic 1Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. 2Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven." 3At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, "This fellow is blaspheming!"
4Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, "Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? 5Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'? 6But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins...." Then he said to the paralytic, "Get up, take your mat and go home." 7And the man got up and went home. 8When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to men.

Matthew 11:5The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.

Matthew 14Jesus Walks on the Water 22Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24but the boat was already a considerable distance[a] from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 25During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear.
27But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."
28"Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water."
29"Come," he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!"
31Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?"
32And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."
34When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. 35And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him 36and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.

Matthew 15:31The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.
A Dead Girl and a Sick Woman 21When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet 23and pleaded earnestly with him, "My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live." 24So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28because she thought, "If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed." 29Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
30At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who touched my clothes?"
31"You see the people crowding against you," his disciples answered, "and yet you can ask, 'Who touched me?' "
32But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering."
35While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. "Your daughter is dead," they said. "Why bother the teacher any more?"
36Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, "Don't be afraid; just believe."
37He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38When they came to the home of the synagogue ruler, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39He went in and said to them, "Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep." 40But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child's father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41He took her by the hand and said to her, "Talitha koum!" (which means, "Little girl, I say to you, get up!" ). 42Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.

John 5:8Then Jesus said to him, "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk."

John 8:12When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

Acts 3Peter Heals the Crippled Beggar 1One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, "Look at us!" 5So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. 6Then Peter said, "Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk." 7Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man's feet and ankles became strong. 8He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

And the most important "walk" ever taken was Jesus' walk to Golgotha for his crucifixion ............

Matthew 27Judas Hangs Himself 1Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people came to the decision to put Jesus to death. 2They bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate, the governor. 3When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. 4"I have sinned," he said, "for I have betrayed innocent blood." "What is that to us?" they replied. "That's your responsibility."
5So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.
6The chief priests picked up the coins and said, "It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money." 7So they decided to use the money to buy the potter's field as a burial place for foreigners. 8That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day. 9Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: "They took the thirty silver coins, the price set on him by the people of Israel, 10and they used them to buy the potter's field, as the Lord commanded me."[a]
Jesus Before Pilate 11Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied. 12When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. 13Then Pilate asked him, "Don't you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?" 14But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor.
15Now it was the governor's custom at the Feast to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd. 16At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas. 17So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, "Which one do you want me to release to you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?" 18For he knew it was out of envy that they had handed Jesus over to him.
19While Pilate was sitting on the judge's seat, his wife sent him this message: "Don't have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him."
20But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.
21"Which of the two do you want me to release to you?" asked the governor. "Barabbas," they answered.
22"What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?" Pilate asked. They all answered, "Crucify him!"
23"Why? What crime has he committed?" asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, "Crucify him!"
24When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. "I am innocent of this man's blood," he said. "It is your responsibility!"
25All the people answered, "Let his blood be on us and on our children!"
26Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.
The Soldiers Mock Jesus 27Then the governor's soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. "Hail, king of the Jews!" they said. 30They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 31After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.The Crucifixion 32As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. 33They came to a place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull). 34There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. 35When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.[b] 36And sitting down, they kept watch over him there. 37Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 38Two robbers were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. 39Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads 40and saying, "You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!" 41In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. 42"He saved others," they said, "but he can't save himself! He's the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, 'I am the Son of God.' " 44In the same way the robbers who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.
The Death of Jesus 45From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. 46About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi,[c] lama sabachthani?"—which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"[d] 47When some of those standing there heard this, they said, "He's calling Elijah."
48Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49The rest said, "Now leave him alone. Let's see if Elijah comes to save him."
50And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
51At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. 52The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
54When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, "Surely he was the Son[e] of God!"
55Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. 56Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's sons.
The Burial of Jesus 57As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 58Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus' body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. 61Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.The Guard at the Tomb 62The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63"Sir," they said, "we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, 'After three days I will rise again.' 64So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first." 65"Take a guard," Pilate answered. "Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how." 66So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.
Over and over the world walk is used. People walking with each other, Jesus helping the lame to walk, hard walks, easy walks, meaningful walks, and these weren't the only "walks" that were taken. So at this busy Christmas season just remember that "Long walk part of gift", is meaningful in more ways than one.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas dessert theater

Our church put on a Christmas dessert theater last weekend. My grandparent joined us for the evening. It was a really nice show and a great evening.

This next picture was taken from Avery's dance party last Saturday night, I just thought it was cute. :)

Decorating the tree

We decorated out tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. We decided to do a small tree on top of the table so that Capri wouldn't pull all the ornaments off. This was a good decision. :)

Daddy and Avery hanging out before we started decorating the tree.The girls hanging ornaments
The tree.....minus the bow on top and presents. :)

Daddy and Capri checking out the tree.

The final tree with presents.


Some of the families from our small group decided to go camping in mid-November. Here we are mid-December and it's 80 degrees outside, but for some reason our weekend in November turned out very cold. It got down to 42 degrees that night. Luckily we had taken our pop-up and had a heater so we stayed warm, but some of the tent families weren't so lucky. But non the less we had a great time. The next morning we woke up and went and saw the Manatee before heading home. We'll do it again sometime hopefully when it's a little warmer.

Avery, Taylor, Sage, and Taryn sitting on a tree.
My beautiful, but dirty camping family.

The manatee

Taking a walk with Capri
The girls checking out the manatee
Capri hanging out in her pack-n-play

Avery climbing a tree.....this is her new favorite thing

Nick played us some tunes.

I asked Sage if she wanted her picture taken, and she said no.....lol

The kids bundled up keeping warm in the tent.