Friday, December 29, 2006

Christmas Recap

Anita told me yesterday that she is still waiting to see some pictures from the sunday school program! I am a little behind I is really the first time I had a chance to sit down and even look at them! So here are some from the program, getting ready for Christmas, and Christmas day...
They always have preschool go up to the front and sing the first verse of Away in a Manger, then the conformation class joins them, reads the Christmas gospel, then they all finish the song together..Kierstyn was not at all nervous, and you could hear her loud and clear! I have had a few people tell me since then that we have a budding singer on our hands! Definately a kuoppala!:) Alyx was one of the lucky ones in her grade to read part of the story. This is the only picture I got of Lindsey. The back row was supposed to be standing on the step behind them. oh well. I love the sunday school program...I just wish that I could have sat through more of it than I did this year. Alanys was way too loud to sit in the church!
This is the first year that I did any Christmas baking! I actually had a lot of fun making cookies with the girls.... When Diane sent our box of gifts down, she had some gingersnap cookies in there for us from the Brainerd bake sale....I did not know before that, that those are Frans' favorite cookies! So we had to make those:) Kierstyn was just fired up to be helping me make them! Lindsey was at school, and the other girls were sleeping, so it was pretty neat. And to all you bakers, don't laugh at my small little bottle of vanilla in the picture!! It was all the store had left, but when I got home, I realised that I did have a big bottle afterall!
On Christmas Eve Lindsey would not let us forget that we had to leave some cookies for santa again....that is why we made the cookies in the first place:) And Santa didn't let us down, he left us a note again thanking us for them! He gets awful hungry on his route!
I went to church on Christmas Eve day for the first time. And I thought it was so neat....the morning was spent running around literally non stop...last minute shopping, cheesecake making, etc....then 2:30 rolls around, and it's off to church. It was great to relax and focus for a little while on what Christmas is all about. We get so caught up in the material things and the commercialism of the holiday, that we need to pause and remember what's most important to us...our faith, then our family and friends and our health. And be thankful for all that we are blessed with.
Christmas Day was a wonderful day spent with our kids...In years past we have always rushed to get somewhere for lunch, so this year we decided to start our own family tradition on Christmas day. We opened gifts, then lazed around while the kids played with their new toys until lunchtime. We didn't have a real big spread...ham, potatoes, corn, cranberries etc, but it was mighty good! Don't forget the cranberries for dad! And the best part.....Frans cooked everything:) All I did basically was put the tablecloth on the table! Late in the afternoon at about 5:00 we went to my mom and dad's for pie and coffee.

A picture of Kierstyn in the middle of the mess in her own little world playing with her new pollypockets, and Toni and Kierstyn playing with their new barbies. Christmas was all about the kids this year, and it was special!

Looking back on the last year, we have many reasons to be thankful! And we have many hopes and plans for the new year!

I will end my book now!! It is LATE....just realised that I have spent about 45 minutes putting in this post!!

Have a great weekend everyone!

p.s. Steven, you should be getting your gift any day! Sorry it was so late!


Kuoppala's & in-laws said...

its so fun to see pictures they are sooo cute thanks so much for the pictures -debbie

Kuoppala's & in-laws said...

And the beautiful reflections on your celebration of Christmas. Yes, it is much to easy to become focused on the material aspects of the season, but when we can pause to remember the true reason for our celebrating, we then have a truly wonderful Christmas.

Thanks for sharing.

Kuoppala's & in-laws said...

Even 'tho it took a long time to
post all the pictures and the story
these old folks in Brainerd really
enjoy reading and seeing them.
Reminds us of the Christmases past.
Yes, let's remember the true meaning of Christmas, even as you
brought out in your post. dk

Kuoppala's & in-laws said...

Looking back over my post now, I did not realise it was so long!! Sorry:) I was trying to make my pictures smaller like they are in Anita's post, but apparently it didn't work!

Kuoppala's & in-laws said...

Thanks for the pictures Jenny. Didn't realize until I read your post that I never made ginger snap cookies this year. That must be a first for this house! The almond bark is still sitting in the cupboard ... and can't really use it for New Years anymore either!

Kuoppala's & in-laws said...

Thanks for the post Jenny. The girls are so cute.
Nice tradition to start having the meal at home. But how did Frans end up doing the cooking? Shawn and I have had the tradition of having Christmas Day at our house for a few years now and it is so nice. I don't mind doing the cooking and I have new plans already in place for next year. It's those memories that build the home, not the lumber that goes into the construction.

Kuoppala's & in-laws said...

Heather, Frans has been wanting to have the meal at home for a few years now. but I have always told him, that I am not too interested in slaving in the kitchen all morning, and making this huge meal that my babies won't appreciate, and will tell me it's gross. So He always says, "i will do the cooking, you won't have to worry about it!" He did the cooking, and he said he found it rather enjoyable, and wouldn't mind doing it more often!! Sound like Frans??!

Kuoppala's & in-laws said...

So then.
My kitchen isn't too far down the road. It will gladly take Frans' cooking as well.
For next Sunday afternoon I would like Frans to make:
1) 1 taco salad (haven't ever made
that myself)
2) cheesecake
3) makkara pottus (just in case we
run out of burgers/dogs)
and ...
should I think of anything else I'll add it to the wish list!

**on the serious side ... I'd not let this new tradition get out of my sight. Sounds awful good to me!

Kuoppala's & in-laws said...

We have a tradition that is suprising to me. It carries over from the Lindula's. The girls cook and the guys wash the dishes. I love it. Shawn washed the dishes this year after we ate. I'd rather cook then have to wash all the dishes.