Monday, December 22, 2008

Winter Wonderland

Saturday we visited Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, TX. Normally a water park, it was transformed into a winter wonderland filled with a gazillion lights and snow-like activities.

Everyone had a blast. Ice skating was voted as being the most fun part of the outing. Hands down. The 2 little Indians did spite of never having ice skated before in their lives. Trevor chose to sit it out with Daddy.

Most of my pictures turned out quite blurry. But, you get the idea.

This was a sledding ride (off to the right). The lines were incredibly long, so Deven was very disappointed he didn't get his chance to fly down like an Olympic bob sledder. Next year, he informed me, it will be the first thing we visit.

We're headed someplace special the day after Christmas, and there are a lot of things to accomplish before then--the least of which is blogging.

So, I will take this opportunity now to wish all of you a blessed holiday filled with magic, wonder, and love. May all the joy you spread to your family and friends be returned to you tenfold. And, may you make the time to remember the reason for the season.

I'll be back online
In 2009!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Man's Best Friend

We long for an affection altogether
ignorant of our faults.

Heaven has accorded this to us
in the uncritical canine attachment.
~George Eliot

These days if ever we are looking for our beagle (who is not a full-blooded beagle, apparently, as we were told by our vet, but I still call him a beagle), we can find him lying next to the Christmas tree. The lights are inevitably turned on...the kids do that first thing in the morning. Animesh's favorite cartoon is Speedracer, and Speedracer has a mischievous little brother for whom our dog was named after.

Unfortunately, we did not investigate the proper spelling of the name.

Oh, well. After 11 years, we ain't changin' it.

We found our hyperactive dog in a pet store in Ohio when we were living there for the first year we were married...Animesh and I have never had a Christmas as a married couple without Spridle.

This is Spridle's mopey face. But so darn cute. And, I believe he's still quite lonely...missing his annoying little sidekick more than he can communicate to us. As a result, we're feeling pretty badly that the last few Christmases our pups have seen little to no treats from Santa. Yep, it's been all I can do to get my act together to buy presents for humans...let alone the beagle/pseudo-beagle. So, this year I bought quite a few delicacies for Spridle's stocking, and both Priya and Deven purchased on their own some doggie treats at their school business fair this week. So sweet.

A few months ago Spridle pushed open a back door and ventured out for his own canine expedition. We're so happy that he was returned to us. We hope he's glad, too.

This will be our first Christmas in 10 years without our beloved little Kirby...and we're all feeling pretty sad. His stocking was hung with a lot of sentimentality this year, and Kirby is still included in every family prayer we say. I want to cry when I think about the loving legacy Kirby has left behind.

Spridle will undoubtedly do the same.

Monday, December 15, 2008

All She Wants for Christmas

Friday, December 12, 2008

Elf Yourself

If you have never done this gotta.
It's hilarious.
And free.
I laugh until I cry every time I watch
the three little Indians in their "elf" debut.
Good, clean fun.

Hope you're enjoying the holiday season.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Let It Snow

It doesn't happen often in this neck of the woods. I remember an all-out blizzard in freshman year in high school...inches and inches and INCHES of snow. The entire city shut down. No work. No school. But lots of snowman-building. And, even a little sledding. Having just moved back from Germany...well, I was in heaven. I heart snow.

We didn't get inches last night here in the hill country...but enough "dusting" of the white stuff to delight the children and make me yearn for the snow-skiing I so dearly love.

This is the beautiful river I pass every single day in Boerne (sometimes 3 and 4 times a day). The snow flanking the river is gorgeous. The low level of the river is less than appealing. Definitely emphasizing the severe drought we are in. Ironic how the moisture we so desperately need visits us in the form of snow instead of rain.

That same river where we feed ducks regularly. The city decorates yearly. Love these lights celebrating the season.

Weather forcast calls for even colder temps tonight here in Boerne, but no moisture is expected. And, the high will be in the 60s. Sunday we'll be back up to 74.

Moral of the story? Flexibility in the wardrobe. Always dress in layers.

And, now, honestly, I have to go and breathe into a paper bag. Because as I type this, my 5 1/2-year-old son, Deven has come to me and asked how babies get into tummies.

I am totally not kidding.

OMG. I am so not ready for this. I thought I had a few years to think about my careful response.

Any help out there besides ignoring him and changing the subject??????

Friday, December 5, 2008

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

I'm a tad freaked out that the first week of December is over. In fact, I'm freaked out that the year is almost over. Time is whizzing by. At warp speed. No longer can I think about putting things off or putting things on the back burner. If I do...I may never get to it again.

And, as if I needed a reminder that the days are passing us by in a flash...there's the Advent calendar tradition that is always a hit. This year, however, I thought I'd be clever and put scavenger hunt clues inside the individual days--rather than trying to find 3 tiny treats that would fit. Yes, it's one more thing I have to do...find 3 small gifts...hide them where the clue says it will be...and remember to do it the night before so that when our children awaken at o'dark-thirty I won't be scrambling to get it done.

But, the kids love it. And, watching them gives me pure joy.

Last Saturday we had friends over for an afternoon/evening of visiting. This is a new band in the making. They sing. They dance. And, they play their own instruments. When they're famous and doing charitable work all over the world as a result of their fame...well, you can praise Dawn and I for their fabulous upbringing.

Later, Dawn's hubby Shaun grabbed the kids' attention and told a scary story. We heard screaming from Trevor's room...and after careful investigation we determined that nope, no one was hurt. They were just shrieks of pure delight.

Sunday Animesh and I were blessed enough to go Christmas shopping for the kids...without the kids. Thanks to our dear friends for entertaining the 3 little Indians with so much love and care.

Three little Indians sporting their advent calendar goodies.

This week we've also built gingerbread houses...using kits I bought last year at Costco but had forgotten about. The icing was a bit tricky to work is a year old, mind you...but overall the kids loved it. And, I adore these homemade Christmas decorations gracing my counter top. if your home hasn't got one of should find one (word has it that Hallmark is busting at the seams with them...). This is the cutest new family tradition. Our elf, affectionately named "Fred," is the first thing the kids hunt for in the morning. And, the book that comes with it has been enjoyed almost nightly since he joined our family for the month. much fun to see the delight in the eyes of our children.

Last but certainly not's been a fulfilling week for Mommy, as well. Quality time with friends, rehearsing for the church Christmas Cantata (come hear us on Sunday, December 14th at 11:10am...), and doing lots and lots and LOTS of planning for this. I'm honored and humbled to be leading it in March.

I'm also trying to make time for personal reflection...goals I would like to accomplish in 2009...ways I hope to better myself...ways I would like to better our world.

And, things I need to embrace about myself that I'm not too crazy about.

Because at the rate that life is whooshing by us...I don't think I have any time to waste.