Saturday, December 28, 2013

December 2013 Our Highlights

The Month of December has become so crazy that usually by the 15th or so I am just exhausted.
Both boys play basketball at different schools and they overlap schedules this month.

We have 3 School Christmas programs.

Several Piano Recitals

And last minute parties and events.

I finally squeezed in Christmas shopping just in the nick of time.

One week before Christmas we got the flu. All of us but one. And the day Jason and I had it we also got a little unexpected call from the school.... There had been an incident. Micah got a tooth knocked out in his last basketball practice of the season. It was quite a day.
It was a bit of extra excitement that we neither asked or planned for. But it gives us a story to tell. :)

We started a tradition of Pj's, Donuts and lights night a number of years ago and the kids do love it. So we sneaked it in just a few nights before Christmas.
 The trip to get the sweets.
 2 Dozen free donuts from Krispy Kreme... Good grades + 4 kids gets free donuts. Yay!!!

And the beautiful lights.

We had The Troyer Christmas a few days before Christmas.
It appears we've turned a corner in this family....
The kids cleaned up the dinner dishes. What a fabulous gift!! (I'm hoping Micah is not spit washing that glass* maybe he's just making sure his tooth is still in there :)) (notice all the cameras in the background. It's obviously an unusual event:))
 Cindy made pillows for all of us out of Benji's old clothes. Such a neat idea!

I'm sure many tears anointed these pillows as she sewed them together. A very thoughtful gift!!

We also made gingerbread houses. Which was super fun!
Dale judged... He had a little trouble making the final decision with all the influences trying to help him decide.

We Christmas Caroled for my aunt.

It was the kind of Christmas that in so many ways I would hope to have.
No travel. No unexpected sickies.
Nothing big and over the top. Just low key with my little family and a few extras.

Jason's brother shared Christmas With us this year.
We did some singing with the piano.
After our yearly Crab legs and Shrimp Alfredo with a ringing in of Christmas, and the Christmas story, the kids opened their gifts.
On Christmas Morning we had our sweet friends Mahlon and Dorothy join us for brunch.
This was our first Christmas at our new house. 
 We sang some songs.

And played lots of games.
 The kids get a bang out of their uncle Clair.
 Sophie and Mahlon giving high fives.
 And for Christmas evening  Jim and Shirley and Meg joined us for some homemade pretzels and games.

And then us girls had a little sleepover in my bed on Christmas Night. 
Thanks Jason for being a sport and sleeping in another bed. 
It was just like sleepovers I remember... Lots of movies, talk, and little sleep. 

I sure do love making Christmas memories. 
But what I didn't post was this... 
We also had some fights to break up. Some tense moments. Some misunderstandings. Some things that didn't fit. Lots of mess. Some hard news.
It's not really the stuff we like to talk about or remember but it happens here just like anywhere else. I like to focus on the good things but just so you know we don't do perfect. My highlight "Real" is not always pretty.
Here's hoping you all had a wonderful Christmas (at least moments of wonder) in the middle of the chaotic,  as you remembered the best part of it all. 

Emmanuel God is with us. 
Here's wishing you The Merriest of Christmas and a Hopeful and Blessed New Year

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