Monday, December 31, 2012

Year in Review 2012


It started as it always does...
with a hot pot of oil...
some dough with raisins in it..
and a shop full of family to celebrate the beginning of the new year.


Mid January...
we had a short blizzard.
I enjoyed it....
but then I don't work outside.


January ended with a part to celebrate Judy and Marg's milestone party.
The "near" girls...went to Harrison Hot Springs for a special lunch...a soak in the hot pools and some cake and coffee.


February was all about the love.
We celebrated Valentines Day...


and my birthday and our 34th anniversary.
We went to the Mayan Riviera to soak up some sunshine.


While we were gone...
Stuart moved his darling wife and girls into their new home.


In March...we did a Paska Class at Lepp Farm Market.
We will be teaching pizza.. . winter salad...and chiffon cake for dessert.
Please come...all the proceeds go to Matthew's House.


Then...we got ready for Easter...


It was a beautiful April Sunday.
The kids ran around outside looking for Easter treats.
I love looking back at the year in review...
just saying.


Mid April..
a few of us from Mennonite Girls Can Cook went to Fresno for the West Coast MCC Relief Sale.
It poured rain.
Seriously poured.
We however...had a wonderful time and while we were there...
worked evenings and in between on the framework of the new book.


May...
found us looking for fabrics...and testing apron patterns.



We went with the rest of the Marriage Mentor team to a marriage retreat in Semiahmoo.
It was another beautiful weekend.


The flowers were amazing in May.
I know that because I have hundreds of photos of spring flowers.


Stuart...
turned 31.
I made him some homemade noodles to celebrate.



June is all about roses.
My roses had an exceptional year.
They had no bugs...no black spot and 
made the yard smell like summer.


We also took our annual family weekend away to Harrison Hot Springs in June.
The weather wasn't perfect...
but the pools are warm and that is all they care about.


In July..
we took down the old flag and put up the new one to celebrate Canada Day.

We also did another MGCC summit.
This time it was to do the photos for the new book...
we signed our contract...
and spent some wonderful time with the folks from Herald Press.



Mid July..
we had a visit from Grant and Kim and baby Atticus..
our cousins from Alberta.
What a treat to have them join our family for an authentic Mennonite feast.


Mid July..
the Aldefer's from Virginia came to town.
Anneliese and Kathy became dear blogging friends several years ago and I am blessed to be able to share in the friendship with them.


The baby Little OH ...turned one..
on the same day that my beloved turned 54.


This little sweetheart..
Kanneloni Macaroni turned three.


The little sweetheart...
Little Miss Muffet turned two.


At the end of July...
we went camping to Manning Park.
Our friends Scot and Kathy came up to have some lunch as they headed to their own favorite spot.

 

It was the year of the bear visit...
and we lived to tell the story. 



August was so beautiful.
We enjoyed cloudless skies day after day.


Kobe joined the farm.
We liked him the first day he arrived...
and we haven't changed our mind.


We harvested our garden.


At the end of August...
these three packed their trunks and our son Terrence moved his beautiful wife and family to the near house..
which made us all very happy.



In September ...
we took our annual weekend ATV trip up the Coquihalla.
It was still gorgeous weather...
and the trails were dusty...
so I stayed at camp...
happy as a clam to have time to read.


October...
was still beautiful..
and we enjoyed our Thanksgiving weekend outside with a wiener roast.


Our oldest son Terrence...
turned 33.


In November...
the piano was moved to the near house.


November  dear little Grandgirlie turned 5 and had a princess party...
complete with special dresses made by her Nana for all the little girls to wear.


I found my Easter Lily blooming at the end of November...
outside!


The beginning of December...
I had my siblings over for an adult only dinner.
We all have grands that keep us busy and it was wonderful to visit a long time around the table.


The beginning of December our little man ...The Lil' farm hand also turned 5.


We had a sciff of snow...
in between days and days and days...
of rain and cloudy skies.

The manuscript was turned in by mid December...
and now we are busy with revisions and edit corrections.


We had a wonderful Christmas together with our family at Terrence and Bea's near house.



Yesterday...
we had our last family time of the old year.
I was so amazed that our little baby Oh...
loved play dough and sat there for ages...cutting his piece of dough.
Note his hair?
His mommy was some doing infant photos...
and so while she was away I put his hair in a variety of pigtails...
for our amusement.
He's still our baby until his hair is cut.

and...
that is not yet.

I wish you all a blessed New Year.
We will be celebrating tonight with dear friends...
and tomorrow...
I'll be right back where this year started with a hot pot of oil.

all for now...
with love,


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas 2012 review


We were invited to come to the "near house" for Christmas 2012.
It was meant to be on the 25th but a tummy bug visited and the festivities were delayed by one day.


Upon entering...
we were greeted by the three sitting in their frame.

When were sent this photo in the mail it took me about three days to realize they were not holding a word in another language!



The table!
So beautiful...so beautiful!

They had recently removed some trees from their backyard and the beautiful birch logs came in handy for decorations around the house.


The cook!


Her assistant!



My place setting....


A typical view from the other side of the room....
while we are waiting for the rest of the family to come.


Watching their Daddy open a present.


I loved how he knew to keep his chin down to pin the PJ top.


The girls all found a set of twins under the tree!
Busy little mothers.

 

I couldn't resist the princess PJ's for the girls...complete skirt.


Every mother longs for a proper bed for her twins.
This little mother couldn't wait to tuck them in.


The two older cousins stood by the tree chatting.



The baby...played with the tissue. 

We had a lovely Christmas. 
 I am thankful.

All for now...
with love.