Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Finding The Christmas Tree!

On Saturday we bundled up and headed out to our favorite Christmas tree farm. 
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We love searching for and cutting a fresh tree every year, and this year was no exception.  LittleA asked us to wait until she was home from college, so we headed out a week late.  
 We wouldn't have wanted her to miss out on some favorite family fun.

This year we went to a different part of the farm that had canadian fir and scotch pine. 

The trees were really packed in tight.  So finding the right one took some careful searching.
In the end we were successful and came back with the perfect tree.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Making Snow Angels

LittleJ was SO excited when it finally snowed enough to make snow angels.
So, he and Dad headed out in the cold.

Aren't they cute?

He was running around the whole back yard making them everywhere.
Happy Winter!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Legacy Christmas Program

This year's Christmas program had BigJ portraying a shepherd.  He seems to always have this part, but I don't think he minds. The 4th-7th grade class did a wonderful job portraying the fulfillment of the Christmas prophesies.

Here are some of the actors waiting for their turn during dress rehersal.
Here we have the narrators, kings, shepherds, and Joseph.

I wasn't able to get a good shot of BigJ the night of the program.  They had the lights turned down and I didn't think to change my camera to a night setting.  So.....this is about the best I could do.

Here we have the shepherds meeting with King Herod.

The high school class also had a nice program.  They did a great job memorizing their parts and telling the Christmas story.

This is one scene from their retelling.
As you can see I finally changed the setting on my camera, and this one in particular came out much better.

See those silhouettes?  The high school class, plus another parent and I, spent 4 weeks putting them together.  The tracing, cutting, and painting was fairly simple.  It was the process of making them free-standing that was challenging.  But, as you can see, they turned out great.  Not a single one fell during the performance.


Monday, December 6, 2010

The Christmas Village

For 23 years we have been building our Christmas village, and every year it seems to get just a little bigger. 

It's a Dickens Village and I just love it.

This year I didn't get to set up a single house, animal, tree, or child; the kids did it all themselves.

Now normally I would be jealous since I love setting it up and rearranging everything just right.  But this year I enjoyed watching them set it up.  It was very nice.

Little J and Little E set the scene on top of one cabinet in the living room.

And Big J set the scene on top of the computer desk.

The great thing is I have plenty of time to look at it and enjoy it; usually it doesn't
come down until the snow stops flying! 
Occasionally I'll rearrange some people here and there, but the kids always seem to know
 and will move things back.

 I guess they like looking at it too.