Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
|Jonah with his "fairy godmother" Kristi|
|Sam playing "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" on the ukulele.|
|GaGa Kim (Steven's mom) with the kids in their new Christmas jammies.|
|The kids with Steven's grandparents|
|All the Ruschell grandchildren, minus Keith and his new wife Tara and daughter Morgan.|
|By the end of the night Micah was all tuckered out! This was taken before we had even left the driveway!!|
|Jonah's gift from Santa.|
|Bri's gift from Santa.|
|Micah loved his Santa gift, a new ball pit!|
|Our new Polar Express Christmas train. This was fun to watch the kids play with!|
|Opening our new HD TV from mom. Christopher bought us Apple TV to go with it, which I am LOVING!!! I had never heard of it, but I am so now on the Apple bandwagon! lol!|
|Jonah in Micah's new crawling tunnel.|
|There were lots of laughs and smiles on Christmas day!|
|Playing cards with Papa Chip. It looks like Christmas threw up all over our house in the background!|
|The Fischer clan, minus Mike and Sarah and little Katie Rose, who were at home sick! ;-(|
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Today is cleaning day. Tomorrow is baking day. Friday is wrapping day and Christmas with Steven's family. Then comes Christmas morning! It has been such a busy, but very fun, Christmas season. We have put a lot of miles on the car this week, especially with the passing of Steven's uncle last Tuesday. He died of a heart attack and we finally had the funeral yesterday. It feels like we can finally move on to the rest of Christmas, although it's going to be a weird one. But the house is decorated, the shopping lists and menus are made. The ingredients have been rounded up to make lots of holiday goodies, and the Christmas music is playing on Pandora. Just a few more little presents and we are done. So much more prepared than we were last year. I'll post some pictures tomorrow of what we've been up to: We had Jonah's 4th birthday, Brianna's Christmas recital and lots of other fun stuff! Just wanted to give you a quick hello and Merry Christmas! I hope you are enjoying your week!
Friday, December 10, 2010
I want to give a shout out to Steven and thank him for getting the blog updated for us! I have been in a bit of a funk lately and he got us all caught up with what has been going on! My goal now is to keep it from getting so far behind again! So thanks babe for all the help! You are a blessing!
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
|Well we couldn't pass up these new Christmas ornaments. Our old ones were starting to fade and once we saw these aqua and brown ornaments that matched our color scheme we had to buy them.|
|Anita's Vintage Tree!|
|Isn't this manger scene precious?|
|How true is that saying?! Can we say "AMEN" or as the kids say with Santa - I BELIEVE!|
|Anita's kitchen window - great find on the candles!|
|Yet another perfect spot for the candles!|
|Anita couldn't pass this sale up - what a perfect decoration!|
We are all excited to have Uncle Chris and Josh for Christmas. Pa-Pa Chip is going to be spending some quality time with the family as well. Since Chris is coming in town Nana and Aunt Stacey are going to stop in so we can't wait to see everyone. Don't you just love Christmas? Remember to keep the spirit of Christmas alive in your hearts and that God loves you! What a gift and blessing each on e of us are to each other!
|Instead of putting in the front like last year we changed it up and put it in the side yard. Anita had some green lights which was a perfect accent to outline the grass where the sheep, shepherds, and wise men are!|
|No lights on the roof - kept it simple this year. Partly because I didn't take care of the nice weather since we were busy. Also the blue lights on the tree on the front porch was a nice accent thanks to Anita!|
|Don't the trees look nice - we added those this year! Except for the dogwood that was a mother's day gift to Kari a couple of years ago.|
We are so glad it brings joy and happiness to all - after all isn't that what Christmas is all about. Jesus is the light of the world and it's up to us to keep the light going! God bless everyone and during this Advent season we wait for the coming our Lord as we prepare not only our home but our hearts!
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
|St. Nick blessed us with many things in our stockings - so much it couldn't all fit!|
|Advent Wreath with Children bible|
So prior to dinner we had our Advent Family Devotion which is in our Family Bible. As a family during each of the four Sundays of the Season we started praying a simple family devotion. We lit two of the purple candles and Kari read the scripture from Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11. Then we read petitions and responded "Prepare the way of the LORD." Then we concluded with prayer; "Heavenly Father, we thank You for the gift of Your Son who is the Light of the World. The light from the candles on our Advent wreath reminds us that we wait in spiritual darkness for the coming of Your Son. Fill our hearts with the anticipation of this miraculous gift on Christmas. may the joy of receiving Jesus be evident in our family and in our home. With rejoicing in our hearts we pray, Amen.
Then we ate dinner, cleaned up the table, straightened up downstairs so St. Nick wouldn't see a messy hous.e Then Daddy headed up stairs with the kids to give baths while Kari did the dishes. So we were both washing - mine just had attitude - LOL. Once baths and pajamas were on we headed back downstairs to read about St. Nick.
The story tells of a poor man with three daughters. In those days a young woman's father had to offer prospective husbands something of value—a dowry. The larger the dowry, the better the chance that a young woman would find a good husband. Without a dowry, a woman was unlikely to marry. This poor man's daughters, without dowries, were therefore destined to be sold into slavery. Mysteriously, on three different occasions, a bag of gold appeared in their home-providing the needed dowries. The bags of gold, tossed through an open window, are said to have landed in stockings or shoes left before the fire to dry. This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas. And so St. Nicholas is a gift-giver.
Once the story was over the kids were tucked in their beds. Well Jonah was tucked in quite a few times. Then morning came and the excitement came. The kids rushed down to see what awaited them.
|Micah loves books!|
|Stickers - remember those go on paper not walls or windows!|
|Daddy's little helpers in the kitchen!|
Monday, December 6, 2010
|Table set - check!|
|Always need dessert - Sugar Creme pie is the best!|
|Time to eat!|
|Eat and socialize and eat some more!|
|Manda and Steven - we love to take pictures!|
|FOOD = Happy Micah!|
My father quit his job and obtained a job in the same field here in Kentucky and also moved to Kentucky so that he can be closer to our family. He calls at least once a week if not more. Having a relationship with your father - words can't even say how much that is a blessing. It has been a long time and all we can do is move forward and now my children will know who my father is. At this time in my life what I have learned in regards to being a father is from my Grandpa Sam and from Ed who has been the only father figure in my life after my mom and dad's divorce. I have been blessed to have these two great men in my life and they can never be replaced.
Afterward we headed to my mom's to visit. She decided to have knee surgery the day before Thanksgiving. Not sure if it was really all about the timing of being off or if it was just a nice opportunity to have a break from all the hustle and bustle. Just kidding mom - you do so much for the family and we are so grateful for you and I know it was all about the timing. We are so glad that everything is going well and you are healing well.
Now we know Thanksgiving is not just on Thursday correct? We had a little break on Friday. Well I should say I did since I had to work. Kari decided to stay up with her mom and a few of Michael's friends. They went and saw a late movie and then did Black Friday shopping hitting all the deals after midnight while the kids and I fell fast asleep.
Then the second round came on Saturday we had yet another Thanksgiving at David and Kathy's for the Ruschell side. My Uncle David being creative as he is managed to add on to his table and the entire family was able to sit and eat together. Now there were a few absent from the list but it was amazing to have 27people sitting at one table to see how big our family has grown over the years. It has been some good times over the years.
|Is it time to eat yet?|
So that is how the Fischer family spent Thanksgiving - wish we could of seen all the family but as you can see with little one's it is hard to hit all. So Granny Linda and Nana we are so grateful for you both and we hope to see you soon.