Christmas 2008: The good, the bad, and the ugly
Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Good: Celebrating advent, reading the Bible each night by candlelight

The kids were surprisingly attentive. For a good 10 minutes each night there was little to no squabbling, everyone was attentive to the scripture reading, and no one impulsively blew out the candles. That takes some serious self-control for wee ones.

The Good: Completely on his own, Ryan found an empty box, made a gift tag, created a gift for Dylan (a lego creation), and put it under the tree. Sweet.

The Good: One of Jonathan's Christmas gifts to me was a new 2009 calendar. But, the real gift, is that one Friday night a month is already marked as "Date Night." He's finding child care for the kiddos and taking me out once a month. Bless his soul. With our schedule, it's quite a feat to look through all the church/family/work obligations for a full year and find one Friday night a month to reserve for a date.

As an added bonus, he's already made reservations in Santa Fe for June so we can have a re-do of the ill-fated 10th anniversary trip. (We just have to find someone brave enough to watch our kids.)

The Bad: the dressing

Oh...the dressing. It pains me even now to think of it.

I tried to prepare my Grandma's dressing. It was a hideous disaster. I can't find the adjectives to describe this nasty, awful mess. Oh my. The outside burned and the inside turned to liquefied slop. It was the texture of glue. It went straight in the trash. Next year I'll just ask my Grandma to make extra dressing at Thanksgiving and I'll freeze some to eat at Christmas.

The Ugly: Luckily, there was nothing really "ugly" about our Christmas this year. I briefly considered posting a picture of myself that Jonathan snapped of me early Christmas morning. Pre-shower...pre-coffee...pre-make-up. But I lost my nerve. Even I won't go that far just to be able to make full use of a catchy blog title.

Blogger Cash Clan Japan had this to say:

I have THE best stuffing recipe (sausage, apples, onions, dried cranberries) that I just started making last year. And it's been THE hit of the past two Thanksgivings. If you're looking for something other than grandma's stuffing anyway....Let me know! Love you!

December 29, 2008 at 8:39 AM 

Blogger Jessica had this to say:

I'm with you on not posting early Christmas morning pics. I brushed my hair and put on a tiny bit of make-up because Matt warned me he was going to live stream the boys opening presents. I think I managed to avoid the camera most of the time, though. Sheesh!

December 29, 2008 at 12:17 PM 

Blogger Tina had this to say:

what a romantic gift! all that planning ahead. love it.

December 29, 2008 at 1:35 PM 

Blogger Chill Pastor had this to say:

If you need a baby sitter, my family would love to help. My two boys love having more "wild and crazy" boys to play legos with.

The calendar was VERY cool!


December 29, 2008 at 7:45 PM 

Blogger Gombojav Tribe had this to say:

Not posting pre-shower or pre-coffee pictures?! Light-weight!


December 30, 2008 at 1:00 PM 

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