Weekly Photo Challenge: Celebration

  My youngest son’s elementary school held a performance for families. It was entitled: “A Pirate’s Christmas“.

It was a twisted tale of how White Beard (AKA: Santa) helped the pirates understand that it is better to give then to receive. Or in the case of the pirates – to take what isn’t theirs.

The little boy, in the footsteps of his bigger brother, hammed it up.

But then again, I think all the 4th graders were having a blast while exaggerating their performance.

Once White Beard and his merry men brought the pirates to the North Pole, the head pirate – sorry, I can’t remember the name – convinced his followers that White Beard was off his rocker. Or was it off the boat?

Either way, the pirates learned and accepted that the practice of giving was much more lucrative than taking what they wanted, when they wanted, how they wanted, well, you get the picture…

During the performance these little pirates and elves sang Christmas songs drenched in pirate verses. It was a cute little show – one I will enjoy sharing in person with my parents once they make “the move”.

Note to self: Sit in the bleachers – the floor seats have extreme limited sight…as in I saw glimpses of the stage through out the show thanks to many children and adults who moved around. Thankfully my husband was on the aisle and was able to get many pictures and videos of the performance. So yeah, next year – I’m sitting up high. 🙂


Five Question Friday: 11/25/2011

Another week for 5 Question Friday! Join the fun – click the picture and add your link. 

1. Is there a special dish you prepare that you are famous for?

Famous? Probably not. But I do make lasagna on those special occasions.

I bake cookies and brownies – but that occurs on a monthly or weekly basis. Seems the
colder it is outside, the more the oven is on inside.


2. Are you (did you) go Black Friday shopping?

I did go shopping on Black Friday but not before we were good and ready.

My husband took the boys and me to breakfast before heading to the malls. Once we were at the mall, it took about ten minutes for us to find a spot where the vehicles next to the spot weren’t over the lines or parked so close you couldn’t open the doors. We went to a couple of stores, waited in a few lines – but nothing too awful.

I must note how surprised I was with how empty Wal-Mart’s parking lot was when we made it over there. Of course, the store didn’t have what we wanted, but it was one of many my husband was comparing prices at.

Despite the insane images Black Friday conger up, it was a relatively calm shopping experience.

3. What are your strangest holiday traditions?

Strangest? Well, they aren’t strange to me but maybe they seem odd to you.

We have a birthday cake for Jesus and give Him our gifts. Sometimes the kids will draw pictures or they will write something about what He means to us.

We open presents from out-of-state family on Christmas Eve.

We read “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens the week before Christmas. We take turns reading aloud, changing our voices to coincide with the character.

The kids tell us the story of Christ – in their own words, referring to the Bible when one of them tries to correct another. They will also move around the pieces of the Nativity Scene during this re-telling.

4. Pecan or pumpkin pie? (She actually asked “Apple or pumpkin?” I just T-giving’ed it!)

Pass me the pumpkin pie, thanks! Please have plenty of cool whip! 

5. When will you put up your Christmas tree?

Ummm…it’s been up since the third week in October. If you read this post here, you will learn all about my craziness. 

Five Question Friday – 11.18.11


Join the fun every week with some thought-provoking (or not) questions!


You never know what you might learn about yourself…or your neighbor! 



1. Do you have a go to song that always puts you in a good mood?


Cheery Christmas music. Any time of year.


I’m a Christmas freak. It doesn’t matter what time of year. Give me some Bing Crosby and his “White Christmas” or Bruce Springsteen with his “Merry Christmas Baby” and I am a happy camper.


My fellow employees have checked on me when it’s the middle of April and “It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas” is streaming from my speakers.


Christmas music is my quick stress reliever, pick me up, and any other time I need to calm down from the real world.


Merry Christmas (Bing Crosby album)




 2. Are you a real Christmas tree kinda person or do you go with a real fake one?


Well, poo. 


This question makes me sad-ish. (Is too a word!)


I have artificial Christmas trees. But I also have a tree in almost every room in my house. (See why here.) Having said that, I would love to have a real Christmas tree. But the sad truth is I can’t breathe with one. 


Asthma has its downers. I literally can not breath. I can’t even go near a real Christmas wreath without feeling like my lungs are wrapped in saran wrap…in an oven. 


My husband wanted one – just for our first Christmas together. Until we went to a Christmas party hosted at one of our friends. We were barely two feet in the door when my lungs started protesting. A lot. My husband gave me a look. Barely married six months, he never saw an asthma attack. He did that night. What an eye-opener. For both of us. For him, he didn’t think I was going to survive. For me, it was the first time I saw just how much he could be freaked out by my lack of oxygen. 


So yeah, no real trees in this house. Ever. And with two boys with the same hereditary lack of lung power – that would be doubly never. 


A christmas tree.


3. What are you thankful for?

Family. Friends. Health. Home. Work. Is there really an end to my list? I think not.

I am so very thankful for the blessings the Lord has bestowed upon my life. 

From my daughter’s medical condition – which is decreasing – to my promotion at work, not to mention a newer, better job for my husband, I am thankful for my faith. Thankful that regardless of what may come, my Lord has my back – even if He has to carry me Himself. 


4. Which fashion fad from the past do you wish you could wear today?


How about none? 
Okay, let me think…
Platform shoes? No thanks. Big hair? Definitely not! Anything from the ’80s? I am sticking solidly with the negative. Somethings should stay in the past. 
I think I am back to my original answer. Absolutely nothing. 


5. Do you wait until the “low fuel” light comes on before you fill up the gas tank?
No. Mainly because I drive a gas-guzzler and if I wait until the light comes on, then I have to pay a ton to get the needle back to the F on the gauge. I love my truck, just don’t like to pay three digits to get a full tank of gas. Okay, it’s not quite three digits, but sometimes it gets close. 
Now for the other vehicle, that one does see the light before it gets the gas. But then again, that one is the one which travels the furthest. 


Warning: Christmas Talk…

For those of you who don’t want to hear about Christmas until after Thanksgiving, you may want to leave as I will be speaking about the upcoming Birthday Bash in December. 

A few weeks ago, my church hosted a Trunk o’ Treat for the kids in the community. Having a strong dislike for Halloween, I opted to be a little different in decorating my truck. My oldest son and I decked the back of the truck in Christmas. I had my 2 foot battery operated tree, the regular 6 foot pencil tree (my $5 yard sale find last year!) and a ton of other Christmas decorations to get the kids all warm and fuzzy. 

But that’s not the point of this post. The point of today’s post is why my house is decorated for Christmas. Having had a good portion of my decorations jostled about in the garage due to the Trunk o’ Treat, I decided to decorate the inside of the house instead of putting everything back in their respective boxes and bins. 

Now I know it might seem like a sacrifice to put Christmas out before the end of October, because, lets face it, the majority of people put it up the weekend of Thanksgiving or the beginning of December. That would be the “normal” people, as my husband likes to remind me. (Thank you, dearest!) However, I took a deep breath and pushed forward to rearrange the furniture, dust, vacuum, and rotate pictures and the general “dust collecting” nick knacks that we all love. And now the house is complete. Well, the inside is – including the bedrooms and bathroom, which I hadn’t planned on finishing as my daughter doesn’t usually put her bedroom tree up until after her birthday. (Refer to the normal persons decorating schedule I mentioned before.)    

So why do I decorate for Christmas weeks earlier than most people? To put it simply, it’s a giant birthday party for Christ. I mean as a parent, I decorate my house for each of my children’s birthdays. I hang a huge banner, announcing Happy Birthday to all who walk in the door. I have helium filled balloons tied to their beds before they wake. These same balloons are then transferred to the kitchen chairs once the child starts moving around. I have a birthday centerpiece for the table and crape paper dangling from the ceiling. The point is, when someone walks into my house, they know something exciting is taking place. That is what I try to present when people come into my house in the weeks building up before Christmas – only on a larger scale. After all, without the birth of Christ, there wouldn’t have been the crucifixion or the resurrection. It’s amazing how a single baby thousands of years ago can change the entire world.