With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 12/23/12 - 12/30/12

Thursday, December 27, 2012

December Highlights

 outside vignettes

 Our weekly Bible Study Community Group having a blast at our annual Christmas Dinner
 The dearest folks that bring so much encouragement, wisdom, prayers and love to us and each other every week.
John's Company Holiday Party.
Abbey is an employee here too, since July and someone took a photo of her and the co-founder/Executive Vice President because they are the youngest and the oldest employees.
 Christmas Eve at Jamie's playing "Don't Eat Cashew!" game.
Enjoying the ambiance and Christmas Eve peacefulness of her warm home.
Christmas morning with Abbey
Watched (over and over) a heartwarming video of NY grandkids singing to us via cell phone video.
 Erin, AJ and Jared & Jamie, Josh and family arrived late afternoon. They learned that Cashew was being extra mischievous and hid all of the Christmas presents. After dashing throughout the house, Keri was the first to find them in a large cabinet that recently housed our TV. 
 such fun
 chilling after dinner
 Look of fright on Chloe's face as PopPop takes her photo.
She is a bit uncertain of him as were two other grandkids when they were babies.
Some little ones love guys and some prefer girls but they all come to love him when they get a little older.
Here he is trying to to divert her attention so she realizes he really is a nice PopPop
One of my favorite shots
The adults were still chatting in the dining room after dessert and I walked into the kitchen and noticed the kids playing with the trains and talking about the village houses and which are there favorite.  Noah even remembered which ones were his NY cousins' favorite.
It was so sweet to hear see them having a quiet moment at the end of some busy days.
Notice Caleb looking over the sofa arm :)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Gladsome Tidings

With heartfelt joy for each visitor and blogging friend I have met here,
I send wishes for a joyous and blessed
Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Don't Eat CASHEW! Game

Long before Elf-on-a-shelf became popular, this Elf, named CASHEW, came to our house each December 1st and magically appeared in various places throughout the month.
When our girls grew up and married, CASHEW sent his Elf cousins to their homes as well.
photo source
PISTACHIO does his magical adventures at our daughter, Erin's.
MAC ADAMIA plays his mischief at Jamie's home.
AL MOND frolics up in NY at Jill's house each year. He has even followed them to their new home.
I caught CASHEW in some of his many antics and made a game inspired by a pin I saw on Pinterest.
As you can see, one never knows where CASHEW's whimsical wondering's will appear. Even Raider is not off-limits to his impish ways. We are planning on playing this with the M&M lovin' kids in our family. That is unless CASHEW gets into the M&M's first!
If you would like to make a game too, right click the photo and save to your computer.  I made the game in Microsoft Word.  I printed on card stock and trimmed to desired size.  I used a glue stick to attach the page to another colorful piece of card stock then went to Staple's to have it laminated.


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