Christmas 2014

Christmas was a little different this year because we were here by ourselves. Since we just moved here 2 months ago, we knew we weren’t going to travel anywhere.

(Just a little sidebar–on Sunday, December 14th, we sang together for our CCC Christmas Praise Gathering)….

We sang "God With Us" by All Sons and Daughters

We sang “God With Us” by All Sons and Daughters

On Christmas Eve we went to CCC for the Christmas Eve service and then came home and opened presents.

our little bitty tree in the background

our little bitty tree in the background

presents from my sister, Marcy

presents from my sister, Marcy

Paul got a new skillet for Christmas, and we love it!

Paul got a new skillet for Christmas, and we love it!

opening presents from my parents

opening presents from my parents

SANTA brought us The Coffee Hub giftcards! :)

SANTA brought us The Coffee Hub giftcards! 🙂

On Christmas Day we ended up spending the morning delivering meals for SouthSide Mission with another couple from our church, Randy and Diana. SouthSide Mission had it all mapped out and very organized, so it only took us an hour to deliver 29 meals! After delivering meals we went over to Randy and Diana’s, sang some gospel songs (while the boys played their guitars),  had soup and spent the afternoon playing games. It was really nice.

Randy and Paul, playing guitars

Randy and Paul, playing guitars

After the “calmness” of Christmas the chaos showed up on Saturday morning when Marcy, Kainoa, and Kainani showed up! It’s a long story, but she called me on Christmas Day and told me they were headed my direction. So, they flew all night and got here about 8:30 on Saturday morning! We tried to keep them busy, but every time we went outside they proclaimed “It’s FREEZING; I’m so cold!!!” So, it really was very hard to go anywhere because they had to bundle up into about 4 layers, complained the whole time, took forever to get out the door, and then took forever to de-layer to get back inside. (And, for the record, they were the ones who wanted to come here)!! But, we went and did things anyway! 🙂

This is Kainani under 2 blankets, with 4 pair of pants, 3 shirts, gloves, and a hat on!!

This is Kainani under 2 blankets, with 4 pair of pants, 3 shirts, gloves, and a hat on!!

Marcy and me....it really wasn't that cold, I promise!

Marcy and me….it really wasn’t that cold, I promise!

Apparently T-mobile doesn’t provide cell service in our area….Kainoa thought he had DIED!!

This poor boy didn't have cell service at camp or in Lacon!

This poor boy didn’t have cell service at camp or in Lacon!

It was really funny to watch him walk around, stand still, hold his arm up in the air, crouch down, sit down….all to look for “service.”

Saturday we went into Lacon (took about 10 minutes to show them the town), poked around a bit, took a tour of camp, and they ended up going to bed by 7:00!! (They stayed in one of our cabins–we don’t have enough room for them to stay in our trailer nor did I want them to because our alarm goes off so early every morning).

Kainani on top of the carved frog

Kainani on top of the carved frog

carpetball

No trip to camp is complete without a game (or TEN) of carpetball

Sunday we went to church and went grocery shopping. Then, that night we went over to a friend’s house from church; the girls watched “Frozen” and the boys watched “Guardians of the Galaxy”

Monday we went over to a friend’s house from church that has horses and 4-wheelers. I think the kids really enjoyed it, though they were “FREEZING!!!” They also have a log cabin, with lots of old antiques, so Kainani enjoyed that!

Kainani and "Trace" the horse

Kainani and “Trace” the horse

Kainoa testing out the ice

Kainoa testing out the ice

Kainani on Lance

Kainani on Lance

riding 4-wheelers

riding 4-wheelers

4-wheelers

4-wheelers

sharpening an axe!

sharpening an axe!

Tuesday morning some guys from our church came out to camp to help do a service project. Kainoa “helped” them, and then we all went out for a late lunch. Then, Marcy and the kids loaded up and left to go onto Michigan to see Leslie and her family.

It was a good visit, but I’m glad to have my house back…..with some peace and quiet. Now it’s on to laundry to wash all the blankets, sheets, and towels they borrowed!

I’m ready for the normalcy–no more holiday season for me!!

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