Sunday, December 28, 2008

Family Time

Christmas is so much fun with grown children. We woke at a decent hour of 7am, had a cup of coffee and put a breakfast casserole in the oven. We had to keep Allison upstairs until we were all settled downstairs because we didn't wrap her gift, a new guitar, it was just under the tree with a big bow on it. Once we were all downstairs, we enjoyed Christmas music playing in the background, as we talked, laughed and opened gifts. We had a great day. All the excitement and rush of getting things done is over, and we are all enjoying the decorated house, the leftovers in the refrigerator, and each other's company. We still have a whole week to go before we all go our separate ways in the new year.

We have had quite the weather this Christmas break, and my post of the 20th was about a blizzard we had, and one of my favorite memories of this holiday season was Sunday the 21st. We woke up to snow everywhere, very bad driving conditions, and church closings galore. Our service wasn't canceled, but we decided to just stay home, safe and warm. We had our own "church" around the dining room table. It was such a special time. Kevin chose to share a chapter in a book he has read; we looked up bible verses, and prayed. Then I got a daily devotional and opened to the 21st, and believe it or not, it was on the same thing Kevin had just led us in. Worship. It had the same main bible verse, and we were just all amazed how God can talk to us; apparently we needed to hear about this subject.
"But the time is coming and is already here when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The father is looking for anyone who will worship him that way." (John 4:23)

I am so thankful for our time together as a family. I know the kids are growing up, and they both have as Kevin calls them "significant others". I can't believe we have only been on break for one week, we have done so many things, we have enjoyed cooking, going to the gym, watching movies, having a Christmas dinner for friends, and of course shoveling together :-). We had planned on going to visit my mom and sister. We were going to leave today, but poor Kevin, he got hit with some virus really hard on Friday. He had a 102 temp. and now has a cough. We thought it better that we don't take it to Illinois and pass it around. We will miss seeing my Illinois family, but hopefully we will get over there soon. It's always so much fun going for a visit.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

Hope you all are having a very merry Christmas spending time with family and friends. I'll post more later.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Snow, Snow, and more Snow!

School on Thursday was exciting and fun, all the teachers knew or suspected we wouldn't have school on Friday, a major snow storm was headed for North East Iowa. So that night, Kevin gassed up the snow blower, and we hunkered down for the night. Around midnight it began, and by 4:00am, we had about 7 inches of snow on the ground. Kevin got up and snow blowed and shoveled our drive and the widow ladies down the street. He came back and our driveway neighbors couldn't get their snow blower started and they were shoveling their long drive by hand. Kevin of course helped them too. He finally came in around 7:00am. School had been canceled for me, and Allison was safely in bed, home from college already. Kris was still at Iowa State, but he wasn't coming home till Saturday. Kevin headed off to work, and Allison and I had a nice relaxing day wrapping presents, and getting things ready for Christmas. We got an additional 5 inches before noon when the snow finally stopped. A foot of snow. Wow! It is beautiful, and definitely Christmas-y looking.

Today, Saturday, we awoke to weather reports of a blizzard beginning around 2:00pm. Kris was on duty at school until 3:00, and then he would have that 1 1/2 hour drive home. He called around 9:00am and said he may have to stay for a couple of days, this new storm is supposed to last until late on Sunday. Thankfully there were several RA's still at school, and they were all calling the head person in charge over there asking if they could take off early to beat the storm. They agreed to let them go at 1:00, so Kris headed out. He called us when he got onto interstate 35, and he said the road conditions weren't too bad, just a little drifting across the road, he was able to go about 60 mph. Then he called when he got onto hwy 20, he was in whiteout conditions and driving very slow. At times it would improve, and then get bad again. But he made it, and yes we are definitely having a blizzard, the wind is howling outside, and the snow is blowing off roofs and the snow piles, we have gotten another 4 or so inches of snow today. I am so glad we are all inside warm and dry.

Brindle and Zoey love playing in the snow. I always thought Brindle was a nut when she played in the snow, running at full speed, catching snowballs, and bouncing around like a puppy. But Zoey, being a puppy, is quite crazy, she sticks her head in the snow and runs. She comes up covered in snow, only her eyes and grin showing color. Allison was going into hysterics watching her do this. She said Zoey is like a train with the snow plow on the front. Let's hope she doesn't run into a rock or stump or something. :-)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Watts Holiday Bash

The Watts Family Bash was... well, a blast. There were 20 of us sitting around the kitchen/dining area Saturday night. We stayed up 'till almost two a.m. both Friday and Saturday just visiting and laughing until we cried. What a great time! Zoey loved all the children running around, and Brindle and Puddy just tried to stay out of the way. I let Sunee (8) and Izzy (6) use my camera and take photos of everything. (including a laundry room full of shoes) They had such a fun time, and I got some interesting shots I never would have taken.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Ready for Christmas

Christmas cards are sent out, the tree is decorated, lights are on the house, I've got some of my shopping done and I've started my baking.

I'm ready for Christmas... I can't believe it is only two short weeks away.

Winter is here

Winter is officially here, even if the calendar says differently. Monday evening, we looked outside and freezing rain was beginning to cover everything with a shimmering gloss. I knew we would have at least a delay to school Tuesday morning. I woke up early, and there was ice everywhere with an inch of snow trying to cover it all. It reminded me of last winter ( photos). It seems like such a short time ago. Kevin went out and tried to clear the driveway as best he could before he went to work. I got to do a little housework and get dinner in the crock pot before I headed out at 10:00. What a luxurious morning I had not having to hurry. I too had to scrape and salt before I left for work. After school, Kevin and I spent 2 1/2 hours trying to clear the rest of the ice. I can sure feel my muscles today.