Let's start with November family night at
the Talberts'. Claire has taken Matt's place
at the table and is chowing down on that cake.
We're debating: "Do you think the kids will
want to do Christmas again this year?"
|A good book draws all four kids at once-- a novelty.|
|Don't ask what Bri has in mind. You don't want to know.|
|Evan is bitten by the reading bug, too.|
|And so is Hunter. It's an epidemic, and Claire is|
an attentive listener.
|Thanks for the gloves, Grandpa, but somebody|
stretched them a little.
|Evan's task is to break up the frozen water from|
the birdbaths. The tool is a hubcap hammer.
|Judy and I have been waiting for some of our own|
cedar trees to reach the size for a Christmas tree.
Thanks to the birds who plant them.
|Yep, another Charlie Brown tree for the Loyds.|
|The best Christmas decorations are those that|
easily turn into toys. And Grandma's hope chest
is where we keep them all, easily accessible.
|Hunter and Bri are hanging ornaments on our little|
crape myrtle tree. Evan and Claire will have a chance
to add many more if weather permits this week.
|Evan and Claire are proud of their tree.|
Not everybody can have their Christmas tree
protected by superheroes.
|Evan's superheroes all want to see Santa Claus.|
|The BIG superheroes take the BABY superheroes|
on a field trip in the Magic School Bus. Destination:
The North Pole and Santa's Workshop.
|Did you know Santa's sleigh is really a Mr. Potato-Head?|
|Claire, AKA Batwoman/ The Dark Ballerina,|
cradles her Christmas snow globe.
|Evan took this closeup of my shirt for Matt.|
Nice job, Ev-man.
|We are not reluctant to mingle characters. Santa|
arrives at Baby Jesus's manger in time to celebrate
with the shepherds, wise men, Mary, and Joseph.
|In fact, Hunter has gathered all of the Santa's and|
Frosty's to honor Baby Jesus.
|This is one tired dude. The big one on the left, that is.|
Hunter still has some gas in the tank, but likes to snuggle.
|Hunter and Bri still had plenty of energy for an icy|
trek to the stream. Our "hoop-fishing" is still popular.
|The stream was way "up" today due to days of rain,|
and Bri uses an extra long stick for rescues when the
stream threatens to wash the rings away.
|We're always working on hand-eye coordination.|
|Maybe you're familiar with the old English carol|
"I Saw Three Ships." Well in Bri's version, Baby
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph take a pirate ship to England
to escape from a sea monster.
|T-Rex tries to scare the sea monster away.|
|You're safe now, Baby Jesus.|
|For the second straight day, Bri and Hunter can't|
wait to stick gumdrops on our old-fashioned gumdrop
tree. No pricks, no blood, no ouches. Amazing!
|It's definitely an art form. And the rewards are yummy.|
|Bri did this on-line coloring. As she explains, that's|
the way God made her skin. The same website has
many fun children's activities. I discovered it many years
ago when someone sent me "Buddy's SnowballFight", a
holiday game. The kids love the game and the "coloring."
|When Hunter saw how Bri exited the computer|
chair, he wanted to see if he can still squeeze under
the chair's arms. Yes, but not for much longer.
|When the temperature finally crept up to the upper|
40's, we headed outside where we swung, hiked to the
pear trees, played in the old car, and played toss the
Frisbee. Hunter makes it more like Kung-Fu Frisbee.
I'm closing with three 30 second videos I'm
sure you'll enjoy.
Video 1: In which Hunter goes all out
to try to get Grandpa's camera
Video 2: After getting my camera, Hunter
earned the privilege of hauling my firewood
for me (psst . . . please don't tell him that's
not what you normally get for winning)
Video 3: Presenting Hunter, the Kung
Fu Frisbee master with his new game
Much December fun remains, so stay tuned.