Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Cruise Ship Fun

The one thing about going on a cruise is the variety of activities available for everyone.  The littles really loved going to camp.  Actually, I should say that Addy and Roman loved the Kids camp on the ship.  Avery went for the first day or two and then decided she couldn't bear to be away from her mommy.  On the last day of the cruise, Roman along with the other children put on a production called the Big Top.  Roman was one of the clown.  I was so proud of him.  He did such a great job and didn't get stage fright.   

Christmas Morning

Luke Chapter 2:4

       So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2014

Hi!  I am back!  Life kind of swept me away the last few days before our trip and I never got around to posting our Christmas card for this year, so Happy Belated Christmas.  How are you?  Did you have a good Christmas.  We celebrated Christmas on the 21st as it was not practical to bring all the present on the ship.  The girls loved their dolls, Winston loved his underwater camera and tickets to a basketball game, Harris got a few small things like underwear and books, but his real gift was the computer.  Roman was a little sad as Santa made a mistake and gave him a game for the wrong XBOX , but was thrilled with his other gifts.  We ate donuts and read the Christmas story and off we went to Florida.  Well, I have mounds of laundry to do and a game to return so I am off.  Hope you have a fantastic day.  

Sunday, December 21, 2014

December 14

Well, by the time you read this we are either embarking on our cruise ship or we have set sail.  I wanted to share a few things with you that I have enjoyed this month.  The first is this movie called the Theory of Everything.  The movie is about the life of Steven Hawking a famous physicist.  While he was obtaining his PhD he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease.  He was give only two years to live.  His story is remarkable, and while this love story does not end in a happy ending the movie does end on such a positive note.  I would highly recommend going to see it!  I also saw Interstellar and if you are a total sci-fi kind of person or your significant other is they will love this movie.  It was pretty good.  Not really my cup of tea, but I am glad I did see it on the big screen as opposed to watching it on DVD.    Next, the other night I had to take one of my children to the ER for a rash on their bodies.  It turns out it wasn't an allergic reaction, but a virus that should go away in the next couple of week.  I may have told you this already, I  can't remember, but anyway while I was waiting I read this book called the Mistletoe Promise.  If you are looking for something good to read it is a great short story about hope and redemption.

I love Christmas music!  I don't know if you have seen this but it is the largest Nativity and singing choir.  Pretty Amazing!


This group is pretty amazing. They just came to Atlanta.  I wish the tickets hadn't have been sold out!  I would of love to have seen them in concert.

Christmas is just around the corner.  I love this time of year!  I am almost all caught up with what is going on with our family for the year 2014.  Can't believe it is almost 2015!  I remember when I was a child and everyone talked about how in the year 2000 the world was going to end and now we are 15 years passed the date. While there are still wars and contention around the world. I am so glad my children aren't being inundated with all the talk of the end of the world like I was a child, and despite all the bad in the world there is still so much good in the world.  Stay tuned for the unvieling of this years Christmas card.  Coming up tomorrow! 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Harris and His Computer

Harris is totally into computers!  I should have known at 16 months when he lost his ball behind the TV cabinet and he went an got a large cooking spoon to scoop the ball out instead of crying and asking me to get it that he was destined to be an engineer.  Harris was one of those babies that instead of playing with his toys he was taking them apart.  He plans to go into computer engineering after high school.  Anyway, a week ago we finally go him his own computer and not just any computer, but a gaming computer.  This thing is so jacked up!  He built if himself.  This is the other thing he has wanted for the last three years, so as an early Christmas Present and 16th Birthday gift come February we got it for him.  He was on cloud nine!  It took him about 10 hours to build!  

Friday, December 19, 2014

Roman's Tradition School Project

On Wednesday,  Roman had a class presentation where they created their own slide based on the theme of traditions.  The tradition was not necessarily a Christmas tradition, but Roman choose to share our family tradition of Advent.  He did such a good job!  He explained how each Sunday we light a candle for the 4 Sundays before Christmas and how week eat cookies.  He also told everyone that we watch Christmas movies, listen to Christmas music, and sometimes do an arts and crafts project.  I couldn't be there as I had to take Harris to school  (it's finals week and he wanted to sleep longer).  You can't tell in these photos, but Roman lost another tooth on Monday.  Now he has lost both top front teeth. It is so cute!  I need to get an up close photo!  Well, tonight we are going out to dinner with some friends and Saturday we are off. I am running around like a chicken with it's head cut off trying to get everything done so we can leave for our cruise.  Stay tuned as I have a few other things I would like to share before the end of the year.  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Eggnog Bread

Going back to last Saturday and the German School Christmas program all of the families are asked to bring some baked good to share.  Usually I bring cookies, but this year I brought Eggnog bread which was a huge hit.  Given I haven't spent much time out of the United States during the holidays I don't know if eggnog is a United States phenomenon or if you can find it in other countries.  In the United States you find it in the dairy case.  It is a milk drink that is pretty rich that has eggs and nutmeg and rum flavoring in it!  Sometimes it is served at holiday parties with alcohol in it, but nothing says Christmas more than eggnog.  There are many recipes floating around the internet, but I like this one the best.

Eggnog Bread
2 eggs
1 cup of sugar
2 teaspoons of rum or rum extract
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 small box of instant vanilla pudding 3.4 ounces
1/2 cup of room temp or softened butter
1 1/2 cups of eggnog
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
2 teaspoon of baking powder
2/1/4 cups of all purpose flour
In a bowl combine all wet ingredients.  In another bowl combine all dry ingredients than combine the two bowls and pour into greased and flour dusted loaf pans.Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes to an hour depending on what size of pan you use.  This recipe can make 1 large loaf, 2 medium size loaves or 4 small loaves.   Once they come out of the oven make glaze and pour on top.

1 cup of Confectioners sugar also known as powder sugar
2 teaspoons of eggnog
2 Tablespoon of rum extract
1/8 of a teaspoon of nutmeg.

Enjoy!  It is so yummy! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


On Friday, we went to a party at our church.  The food was fantastic!  It was so fun to visit will everyone outside of church.  The best part of all was Santa.  The kids were all so excited to see him!  I was happy to see him/  Saved me a long wait in line at the local mall. Don't you love that my teenage son is wearing short in 30 degree weather.  Pants are torture for him!  Not sure why Roman wasn't in this pictures, but I guess I am going to have to track down my friend who took them to ge the one with Roman in it!  Hope you are having a great week.  I am busy wrapping presents and packing suitcases.  Addy is sick with the flu and we are praying no one else gets it.  Can you imagine being on a ship sick.  Please say a little prayer for us!  

Monday, December 15, 2014

Weinachts Program

 Addy third one in from the right with multi-colored hat on!

 Roman on the far right in baby blue long sleeve shirt

On Saturday, Addy and Roman performed in the annual German School Christmas program.  They were so cute!  Love seeing them sing!  Here are the songs they sung.  Addy sung es schneit and Roman sang Ihr Kindlein Kommet.  Hope you had a good weekend!  Ours was super busy.

Friday, December 12, 2014

A Series of Christmas Events

Another weekend is upon us!  My husband is coming home from Italy (Milan) tonight and I am so excited.  I don't enjoy the single parent gig. Yesterday was a particularly hard day as Addy was sick and stayed home from school.  She takes whining to the epic level.Thankfully, the day ended with my son Winston willing to help me pick up the house and the girls and I watched Micky Christmas in bed until their eye-lids fell heavy. Tonight we will be heading to our church Christmas party, and on Saturday the little kids will be performing in the German Christmas program; however, let's not get a head of ourselves.  Last weekend, the children were excited to find St. Nicholas had left a few things in their shoes. Following German school, the children and I headed over to the International School where each year they host the Christmas Market!  I was so thrilled to let the children decorate Christmas cookies as that is one holiday activity I could do without.  I hate making sugar cookies and hate the mess all the sprinkles make.  I know-bah hum bug!  I am more than thrilled though to make this recipe.  Super easy to make and not nearly as messy.  Last but not least Roman had to transform a gingerbread man into his favorite character.  He picked Aqua Archie from Pokemon.  Well, I hope you have a great weekend filled with lots of love and celebrating.  

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Attendance "Corner View"

A couple of weeks ago, I told you we were keeping Christmas simple this year as we tend to be on a cruise ship the week of Christmas, but that didn't mean we were completely checking out from Christmas it just meant we were cutting back on a few things to make it less stressful. So far so good.  I don't feel nearly as stressed as I have in past Christmases.  The girls still got Christmas dresses and wore them to church this past week.  We are still celebrating Advent.  I have done some baking, but not to the scale in years past.  One thing I wanted to conquer this year was homemade marshmallows and boy was it worth it!  Had I known how simple it was going to be to make I would have made it a long time ago.  I was totally craving these gingerbread cupcakes.  Heaven!  You must try making them.  The frosting is so delicate and not too sweet!   Well, it is a beautiful morning here in Georgia!  I am off to finish the Christmas shopping and go to lunch with a good friend I haven't seen in a while.  Have a great day!  For more corner views visit Francesca.  We are always happy to have you join us too!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Last Weekend

Last weekend all but seems a blur.  I can't believe the first week of  Decmeber is over and tomorrow St. Nickolaus will come.  Anyhoo, Avery got her first haircut last week.  She only got a tiny trim to even it out and get some of the hair out of her face.  We had the sister missionaries over for dinner.  I made a very yummy roasted chicken with a mushroom gravy along with cranberries, green beans, and mashed potatoes.  Thursday, we had Thanksgiving here at my house.  It was the first Thanksgiving I have spent with both my mom and dad.  On Friday we drove up to Pidgeon Forge.  The little kids loved playing in the hotel pool and Avery met Ashleigh and her family.  Ashleigh was in the same orphanage as her and at the same time.  They played with one another their.  Not sure if they remembered each other, but by the end of the visit they were following each other around.  It was so great to be able to swap stories and we left with a plan to get the girls together again.  We are off to the Christmas market tomorrow and I am going to make some eggnog bread.  What is on your plans for the weekend?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Open Doors "Corner View"

If you came to our door, you would be welcomed with open doors.  Our little Christmas gnome would say hello and a warm fire would be there to greet you.  I would even ask you if you wanted a cup of hot cocoa or a mug of tea.  I love visitors and so you would always be welcome to drop on by.  If you are looking for a Christmas tree this season, sadly you won't find it!  We are spending Christmas on a ship where we will visit Cozumel, Belize, Costa Maya, and Honduras.  Can't wait! We are keeping it simple this year as we have had an epic year filled with many wonderful activities.  I am also trying to teach my children the true meaning of Christmas

For more corner views visit Francesca.

Have a Great week!