Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Blessings!

It is almost Christmas Eve and I have a few minutes of quiet, no one here, baking done, gifts wrapped and delivered.

I am thinking about this year and how thankful I am that my mom is here, celebrating with us!
Her room is all set up and Christmasy

How good it feels to come home and smell gingerbread and peanut brittle in the air, and light a fire and feel the warmth of family near by.

How blessed I am to have stockings to fill and loved ones to bake for.

 I am thinking of my special friends that are dealing with so much, saying special prayers for them this holiday season.

Its so important to take the time to really wrap yourself in gratitude, finding the things that are good and rejoice in those. I am thankful for my Savior who loved me enough to be born this day.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Monday, December 15, 2014

All good things must come to an end, kinda

We spent last night with our Bocce Ball group, a wild group of friends that agreed to get together every month in 2014 and play Bocce Ball.

 I organized this to make sure we made time to see each other since everyone is so busy these days. Time has a tendency of slipping away and before you know it you haven't seen your friends in months.

The competition part added incentive every month to show up, that helped since one couple had to drive an hour each way! It was a commitment that proved to be challenging and rewarding at the same time.

Randy and I- team Holy Rollers
Last night we crowned the winners, celebrated the group and Christmas all together, the way we started the year. It was all about the fun we all have together, the quirks, the oddities, the uniqueness that each one of these people brought into our lives this year. The teams were as follows, We're the Millers, Chris and Linda. Chris gave us a Chris crazy close up every month and Linda always shocked us with her amazingly accurate throwing!

There was Dawn and Mike, The Bocce Bums and eventual winners for the year! 
They won for best Team Uniforms!
Then there was Rudy and Marta, The Ball Bangers, they always added a lot of fun to the group. Rudy was the official, unofficial measurer. Unless some of the other guys with tape measures got involved!  Marta took our amazing group photo, our official photographer.

And then, of course, there was always Jen and Chloe on the sidelines. Always cheering us on!

Last night saw the end of our 2014 tournament. We laughed and celebrated then walked around the lighted area in downtown, we listened to kids singing Christmas Carols and watched people ice skating on man made ice rinks and it was like a real Charlie Brown Christmas!

Thanks everyone for a wonderful year together!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Funky Flowers

I love just playing with art, starting with just a black canvas and letting magic happen. No preplanned idea, no layout just splash on the paint and let the intuitive part of art happen. Today with a friend, some acrylics, canvases, brushes and music playing we just let it happen.

 Let the fun begin, no pressure to preform, nothing forced, just a relaxing time of chatting and painting. We all need that right? Especially during the stress of the holidays. Give yourself an early gift, take a day and play.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Are you Shiny or Satin?

Its this time of the year that brings out the best and worst in people. For me, I love to get lost in the romance of it all, the "It's a Wonderful Life" movies and Christmas carols.
The generosity that people have towards one another that often only happen during this time of the year.

As I decorated the tree, or as I watched my grandkids decorate the tree this year, I was thinking how people, like ornaments, are either satin or shiny. They are either absorbers of light or reflectors the light!

I think both are wonderfully important!

 So Satins are lovers and warm, they absorb the light and can be jolly and personable. They are not sharp or hard but instead soft and smooth. They aren't easily bothered and often glean from the energy of others. They do not produce a bright light but are happy to stay in the background enjoying the light from the shiny reflectors.

  The Shiny or Reflectors are bright, colorful souls with lots to share. There beauty is often a reflection of those around them. They are the life of the party and love to be twinkling and bright as they are reflective of the beauty that surrounds them. They sometimes can be sharp and too strong but they are always the crowd standouts.

 So which are you, are you a Satin or a Shiny, both are important, both bring their own beauty to the tree!

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