Aiming Arrows

Musings of a Mommy

Category: Christmas

Her New Bike

A purple retro bike with white wall tires has joined the ranks!  This time it’s a big girl bike for Graceanna.

Grandma and Poppa surprised her with this last Christmas gift hours after we tossed the bows and wrappings from earlier in the day.  She was thrilled!

Tonight she practiced a little more on her bike.  It’s challenging to break the habits learned on a tricycle!

I always have to fight back giggles when we try to get her helmet over her various hair-dos.


Christmas in a Word

It seems that everyone is talking about describing the last year with one word, or instead of New Year’s Resolutions, using one word to define the coming year.  It’s funny because during our Christmas celebrations, I found one word rattling around in my head:


Rich and elaborate; generous and extravagant; abundant and profuse are all words used to describe and define lavish.  Our Christmas celebrations could be described with any of these adjectives.  The time with our family of 4 was rich with stories and decorating and crafts.  Puzzling and gaming and conversation with extended family was extravagant in time, relaxation, silliness and fun.  The gifts were also lavish.  They were not lavish in expense although most gifts were purchased with money.  They were not lavish in number although there were more than were dreamed.  The gifts were lavish with joy in giving and receiving.  So often I want to deny the fact that much excitement about Christmas is because of the gifts.  I especially try to teach my children that the celebration is not because of what is under the tree but rather the Gift that could never fit under the tree.  This year, as I settled on the perfect gift for each person, and as I watched my children receive with great joy, and as I opened gifts that were special beyond what I would give to myself, I reveled in the gifts and found my heart even more inclined to the

Lavish Gift

of Jesus the Christ

I was reminded deep in my soul that Christmas is all about The Gift and its rich, extravagant, profuse value.  This year, I was wrapped lavishly.

Celebrating Christmas in Snapshots #3

 Celebrating Christmas with Cousins

Aunt Natalie called me several weeks before Christmas to ask how I would feel about her getting a “for real” kitty for Graceanna.  I told her I would not like that and please don’t.  All I need is another animal around here!  Natalie filled me in on the Furreal animals, so I agreed we could handle a non-real cat.  Graceanna really does love her kitty!

This pic of Uncle Taylor speaks for itself.

Myers checking out Graceanna’s cash register.

Graceanna trying to decide if she and Baby should try to possess Myers’s beloved car.

The guys spent the afternoon building with Lincoln logs and Legos.

Love them!

Celebrating Christmas in Snapshots – #2

Christmas Day in Snapshots

Christmas roses from my thoughtful hubby.  Christmas breakfast is Gunnar’s favorite meal of the year:  Breakfast Casserole, Caramel Rolls, and Fruit Salad. 

Graceanna was excited to see herself in Grandma’s framed picture.

Sadie enjoyed her spot this year.

Graceanna LOVES this baby.  She squealed with delight when she saw the baby in the box.  She ripped her out of the box and pulled Baby to her chest saying, “Oh Baby.  Oh…”

Poppa and Gunnar playing a new game for his Leapster 2.

We completed most of the top puzzle on Christmas Eve.  My parents and I put this bottom puzzle together while Graceanna napped on Christmas Day.

Steve and Gunnar built his Lego castles all afternoon.  He has played with them every day since Christmas, and surprisingly they have stayed in one piece.

Celebrating Christmas in Snapshots – #1

Christmas Eve in Snapshots

According to Poppa, Santa did not have enough room in his sleigh for all the toys this year.  Santa left these Radio Flyer scooters under the kid’s trees at Grandma & Poppa’s house.

Yum.  Turkey and the fixins.

We missed Neenie this year for our Christmas and gingerbread tradition.

Last year our houses were big.  This year we tried mini houses.  These are actually gingerbread but about the same size as graham cracker houses.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  We hope your holiday is merry and full of Christ’s light!

We are not sending Christmas cards this year, but we want to share these shots of our family taken in October.

A Day with Grandma & Poppa

Once every week we spend the morning hours with Grandma and Poppa.  We usually go home after lunch, but today was a special day!  Grandma made Christmas cookies with Gunnar.  They rolled out the dough and cut trees, stars and candy canes.  Gunnar sprinkled the cookies with colored sugar and then ate a bite (or two) of raw cookie dough!  (Nobody need worry.  I ate raw dough all the time and never had a problem with Salmonella.  Of course, it could happen but the fun out weighs the risk for me!)  Poppa also took Gunnar on two hikes into the forest from which Gunnar came back with boots so muddy even his socks were muddy.  Gunnar loves these hikes in the forest to his “perfect hiding spot.”  Before our dinner at Wendy’s, Poppa had a special treat for us.  For the first time (I think) their town decorated sections of one of the nature trails.  What a fun day and a great Christmas memory!

Gunnar was so worn out, he fell asleep on the way home.  His sister, in spite of her significantly shortened nap, was lively on the way home.  She kept saying, “Mommy.  Mommy!  Mommy!!!  Gunnah.” 

“Yes, Graceanna.  Gunnar is asleep.” 

“uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhsssssssssssssssssssssssssssss… uhhhhhhhhhhsssssssssssss……. (I don’t know how to write the way her fake snoring sounds, so there you go.  something like that.  ridiculously cute.  i know that!)