Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas!

This year I was like a little kid. Awake at 5:30am, then 6:30am. Finally, I just got out of bed at 7am. Most of the kids were up but knew we were waiting for G-ma & G-pa Villaruz before we opened presents so weren't in any hurry to climb out of their warm beds. Jarod and Laura joined me in the living room. I thought this might be a good time for a refresher course on why we celebrate Christmas. I asked the kids what the best gift ever was. They could both easily give out the right answers. God's son Jesus, Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. Then, Laura added, "I have another one. IF you have Jesus in your heart when you die, you get to live in heaven FOREVER! But, that's kind of weird because that means it doesn't end!" I hope you all were able to take a moment and reflect on God's never ending gift to us!
Every year John gets me! He always tries to play it off like he didn't find anything or have the time to get anything, and every year I fall for it thinking this will be the year he lets me down. Well, you can all relax, it wasn't this year! For me, it's not even really the gift that counts, it's that you took the time to think of me! Now, don't go all crazy with this announcement, I'll feel loved but I won't necessarily like the gaudy thrift store Christmas sweater!
This year, Leah and Jenna decided to make a quilt for Barbara, John's mom. I may have talked about it to some of you. As they took the time to cut the squares and line everything up, it was like a trip down memory lane for me. Those of you who have visited our house over the years will recognize many of the fabrics as well. There's the fabric I used to make Jessi, Lu and Leah little backpack bags with when they were little, various upholstery fabrics that have made curtains and covered chair cushions, old jammy pants, old pairs of jeans, fabric that I used to decorate their rooms with over the years, including the crib bumper and crib skirt fabric from Jenna, Jarod and Laura as well. I'm such a sentimental person, go ahead - you can pull out and focus on the "mental" part of that word!, it's like each square could pull a sweet memory from my brain. I told many of you that once Barbara opened it, I was going to write a letter making sure that if she ever wanted to get rid of it, to please send it on to me! The girls did a great job and we were able to mail it to Barbara a couple weeks ago. Or so I thought...
The day it was finished, it was in a box and ready to go with Jessi to work, the greatest benefit of having a teenager working is having a teenager working at the post office around Christmas! HUGE BLESSING, thanks Jess! Anyhow, I realized it needed more yarn throughout to hold the batting in place. So, we missed Jessi. Unknown to me, the girls called John at work in a panic, see, this blanket was for me! John assured them he'd work it out but I sure gave them a run for their money! Once done I went to run errands and then pick up Jessi from work. They would have been safe because I forgot the blanket but, I remembered it just before I picked up Jess. So, I swung back by the house and picked it up, invoking panic in the hearts of Leah and Jenna! John called Jessi and got it all worked out. Fortunately for them all, I took it to Jessi and not the main post office. I got there, packaged it up, labeled it and everything and just had them put it on my account, another fortunate thing for the girls. Jessi pulled her coworker aside and explained not to actually mail it. There was actually a sticker over my label saying DO NOT SEND! Jessi thought she had spoiled it when she realized I was still in the store when she told her coworker, I however was clueless and didn't hear a thing!
A week or so later, I was still unsuspecting and even emailing Barbara and asking if her package had arrived yet! On Christmas Eve, Jenna was discussing presents and assured me that hers would make me cry. I thought, yeah right! Well, if I posted the pics where I wasn't covering my face, you'd see who was right! It still makes my eyes water! I was almost jealous of my mother-in-law that she had earned such love from the girls that they would make this for her. And here all along it was love for me! Aren't we like that with the Lord sometimes? We think He's showering others around us with His love somehow forgetting us when, really, His love for us is great as well, we just sometimes have to wait to "see" it!
I love that the whole family took part in this big surprise, thank you all, I love you!!! And Barbara, so sorry for any confusion I caused, I guess there isn't a package coming after all!

We had a beautiful Christmas, filled with friends and family all around. And top it off just right, after everyone had gone home and the kids were all in bed, it was snowing! So, John and I ended a wonderful day in the snow, in the hot tub, with our soul mate!

Thank you God for all of your blessings that you've bestowed upon us!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Twas Five Days Till Christmas...

TWAS FIVE DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS, WHEN I SAT AT THE TABLE
I STARTED TO PONDER THE MANGER AND STABLE

MY SAVIOR HE CAME TO THE EARTH AS A BABE
HUMBLE AND LOWLY IN THE MANGER HE LAID

THE ANGELS CAME DOWN SAYING "GLORY ON HIGH"
REJOICING AND PRAISING TILL MORNING WAS NIGH

THEY ANNOUNCED TO THE SHEPHERDS, "HE IS BORN, HERE'S A SIGN
A BABE WRAPPED IN CLOTHES, IN A MANGER YOU'LL FIND"

THE WISE MEN TOO NOTICED, IT CAUSED QUIT A STIR
IT TOOK THEM TWO YEARS, BRINGIN' GOLD, FRANKINCENSE, AND MYRRH

THEN HEROD TOOK NOTE, "KILL THE BOYS", HE WOULD POUT
BUT GOD SPOKE TO JOSEPH, HE SAID "TAKE THEM OUT"

SO MARY AND JOSEPH AND JESUS THEY WENT
WHERE AS A CARPENTER IN NAZARETH HIS DAYS THEY WERE SPENT

AT HIS FATHERS FEET HE SAT AS HE LEARNED
"TO DO ONLY MY FATHERS WILL", JESUS YEARNED

HE HEALED MANY SOULS, TOUCHED THE LEPERS AND BLIND
NOT ANOTHER MAN, OR PROPHET OR SAVIOR THEY'D FIND

MY SAVIOR HE DIED FOR MY SINS ON THE CROSS
DID GODS WILL FOR HIS CHILDREN THAT NONE WOULD BE LOST

IN THREE DAYS HE ROSE FROM THE TOMB, CONQUERED DEATH
HE GAVE US NEW LIFE, GAVE US HIS BREATH

ONCE SCARLET MY HEART HAS BEEN MADE WHITE AS SNOW,
IT'S THE REASON I CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS YOU KNOW

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH HIS GIFT OF NEW LIFE?
CHOSEN TO OPEN IT OR CHOSEN MORE STRIFE?

ASK HIM TODAY FOR THE CHANCE MAY SOON PART
JESUS IS HERE FOR YOUR GIFT, WILL YOU GIVE HIM YOUR HEART?


MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Wicked!

Yesterday, Nov. 15th was the last day to see the Broadway show, Wicked. We were going to go with some friends from church but realized we would be in Canada when they were going. So, I thought, we'd just get tickets when we got home. Yeah right! They were completely sold out! I was hoping to get the cheapest tickets way in the upper balcony of the theatre for $50 each. When I called the box office, they assured me, there were no more tickets. Unless, you wanted to take your chances with the lottery. Each day 2.5 hours before they show, they would take names for a lottery drawing of tickets to Wicked. Each person could chose 1 or 2 tickets. They gave away 20 tickets each show and I was told about 100-200 people were showing up, YIKES! After some thought, John and I decided even if we didn't get tickets, it'd be fun to eat downtown so we bundled up, it was snowing, and head out the door at about 4:30pm to arrive in time to put our names in. They were accepting names that night from 5:30-6pm. Well, we didn't realize with traffic and snow that it would take us 1.5 hours to arrive at the theatre. By the time John dropped me off and I tried to make it on time, we were 5 min. too late. I figured out where everything was in case we wanted to try again and found out that only about 50 people had shown up that night. Stink! John and I made our way to Spaghetti Factory for a yummy dinner and forgot about the disappointment of not making it.




Saturday afternoon we discussed, well - I begged, for the chance at going and trying one more time. After all, it's Sat. so there should be less traffic AND, it was snowing harder so maybe there'd be less people! This time we left a little earlier just in case and head back downtown. We arrived early, yea, and decided to warm up with a Starbucks drink. Thank you Lord for gift cards! We wasted the right amount of time and head back to the theatre to put our names in. I was slightly bummed to see how many more people were there that night. At least 100 showed up wearing hats, gloves and scarfs. We put our names in and waited. I wasn't going to be too bummed if we didn't make it tonight, maybe we could even try again on Sunday night. If we didn't make it, we were going to Outback to enjoy a free bloomin' onion. YUM! I'd been craving steak so I was ok with that choice. Promptly at 6pm they began calling names. I don't remember how many people had been called already but I heard it, the first name wasn't right because they stamped my hand while I was writing and the M didn't look right. Fortunately, John caught the Coffman part and I went forward to claim our tickets! Yea God! I love how He like to bless us with even little unimportant things like cheap tickets to a Broadway show. And, not only did we get tickets, but we got tickets for the 3rd row back! It was fantastic, phenomenal, amazing! It was our first experience going to a show and we completely enjoyed it! If you're in Denver, you've missed your chance but if Wicked ever comes back and you haven't seen it, we both give it a thumbs up!

Ready for our second try at winning the lottery!You can't take pictures during the show but this is before it started, we were so close you could hear their voices from the stage! You almost had to wipe their spit from your brow!

Top 10 reasons why getting stuck in Cincinnati isn't so bad...

10. Cincinnati is a cool word
9. The ballpark nachos were better than expected
8. Airport food vouchers got us: large Cobb salad, baked potato,
ballpark nachos, quesadilla WITH guac & spicy chicken, Burbon St.
Pasta, and brownie sundae. Our cost, $1.35 plus tip!
7. There's a fabulous fountain in the hotel
6. The hotel toiletries are made by Bath and Body works
5. John has a beard
4. FREE wi-fi
3. We got 4 free hotel rooms but told them 2 was plenty!
2. We are in the states so we can use our phones, at NO extra cost!
1. We each walk away with a FREE t-shirt

Last day in Nova Scotia

We decided our last morning would be picture day! My favorite!
Joy and Abby had matching socks!
So beautiful!
Tim proposed to Joy on this bench... Awwww.
It was freezing this day and poor little Abby's feet were so cold! I hadn't seen her little feet since we'd gotten there so I had to take a peek!
What a wonderful, fabulous, fantastic, blessed trip we had!
We miss you Tim, Joy & Abby!!!

Blomidon Cove

Next stop of the day was Blomidon Cove. Another beautiful stop due to the low tides.

There were some awesome rocks and fun seaweed.

The girls and I had fun exploring while John walked out to the oceans edge.

Halls Harbor revisited...

I was so happy to discover that we would be able to go back to Halls Harbor when it was low tide. This particular area of Nova Scotia is known for it's tides! I've posted the high and low tide pictures so you can see the difference, it was so beautiful!










We were able to walk around the beach and over to where the boats dock. It was quite an impressive site! We were now standing on a spot that was underwater just a few hours before!

We were able to find tons and tons of these giant seashells because we were at the "bottom"! We thought we'd have to walk all the way back around but Lucy discovered that we could just climb up the ladders on the dock. It was a blast!
An experience I don't think I'll ever forget!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Corn Maze!

Oops, I went out of town and then posted our vacation before I posted this! A couple weekends before we left for Canada, went with our friends, the Nunezs, to the Corn maze. It was a blast! We beat the kids through it too which is fabulous! For anyone who has never done it, this was our first year as a family, I would highly recommend it!



The kids ran through one more time!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The many faces of Abby...

You don't even need commentary, SO CUTE!!! She's started cooing and smiling since we've been here, what an honor to get to see her grow and change in person!
Abby with her blanket made by her cousins.


aaaachooo!









Gettin' ready to go out in the cold!
A Christmas Story comes to mind...