Friday, December 17, 2010

Kimber's 15th Birthday

Friday, December 3rd, after the Woman-to-Woman Cookie Fellowship at our church, Hannah and I went and spent the night at my Aunt Megan's house.  We had lots of fun with them (but I can't tell you what we's a secret)!  Daddy picked Hannah and I up from Mae-Mae's house Saturday afternoon and, after stopping at Lowe's, we went home.  When we drove into the driveway a few of my siblings ran out to meet us (even though it was freezing outside).  They then had me walk on the sidewalk and through the front door.  They had strung streamers practically everywhere!  I felt so special! :)

Mama was just finishing up making the pizza for my dinner, and Josiah was helping out:

Alexis, Caleb, and Seth were my photographers! :)  They took so many pictures that night, so I've taken just a couple to show you!

A birthday isn't complete without some silly siblings...

...and skittles!!

(By the way, we did manage to finish the entire bag by the end of the night! ;)

Soon, the pizzas were ready and we sat down to eat!

Eating dinner!

Dinner was, as always, really, really yummy!! 

After dinner, I really had no idea (still) of what I wanted to do for my birthday night, so I went ahead and opened presents.

I sat on our huge beanbag with Josiah and opened presents there!

I received so many sweet cards and presents...I'm very blessed!

I received junk food (Fritos, Oatmeal Creme Pies, Smarties, etc.), a balloon-thingy-ma-jig, clothes, and more! :)  The last present I opened required me to go on a search!  Daddy hid notes everywhere and he'd give me hints on where to go, until I figured out the present was outside - in the freezing cold. :)  So, out we all went...

Judah got wrapped up in  a blanket, to keep him warm!

Once I was outside, they played the "hot-cold" game on me until I figured out the present was in one of the cars.

Try walking on gravel, with no shoes, when it's freezing cold, and very dark.  To top it off, carry your 2 year old sibling with you!  Very difficult! :)

Bringing in the box!

I wasn't expecting to find what I found in the box:

A bareback saddle for a horse! :)

My photographers didn't get a full picture of the saddle but it's soft and fits any horse size...we're getting closer to getting a horse!!! :) :)

That is something to be excited about! :)

My little siblings were much more excited about the little peanuts that came with the saddle:

Don't worry...Mama made sure that they cleaned their own mess up! :)

After presents I decided to watch the movie Amazing Grace.  About half-way through the movie, we stopped and the candles were lighted on my cake!  I had chose one of our ice cream cakes as my dessert and it was really yummy!

Lexi and Daddy lighting the candles.

The song was sung, the candles were blown out and then we ate! :)

Enjoying... (thanks to Mr. Jon for this picture!)

After the movie, we saw that it was snowing outside!!!

It was the first snow of the year and it snowed the night before my real birthday!
  It was so neat!

Sunday, December 5th was my real birthday but it was fairly relaxed since we had celebrated the night before. 
Thank you to my wonderful family for all they are and all they do for me!  I love you!
Kimber :)

P.S. - I've run out of verses to use for all of our birthdays.  (I don't want to keep repeating the same 3 verses that apply best. :)  So, I chose the below verse for this post because I'm so blessed and not one of the good things which God has spoken to me has failed!

“Behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth. And you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one thing has failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spoke concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one word of them has failed."
Joshua 23:14

Monday, December 13, 2010

Snow and Our Nativity

"For He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth’;"
Job 37:6a

Today, I woke up to the beautiful sight of snow lightly blanketing the ground!  It soon began snowing again and right now my siblings are playing outside. 

Not a whole bunch of snow but at least there is some!

Some snow crystals.

See the little snowflake?

Daddy had left a glass out to get cold so the snow would stick to it, and so I could get some pictures, and I found this little one!

More snow on the glass.

While I'm here I might as well give some pictures of our finished nativity!  (We put up a nativity every year for Christmas, instead of a Christmas tree.)

Daddy puts plastic down so that we can add the logs to the outside of the nativity.  It adds a nice "woody" touch!  (It's also fun to walk on the logs when you get bored! ;) 

Daddy put straw and cedar chips down inside the nativity this year. We've done straw before, but the cedar chips was a new idea! :)

Our manger is one of my favorite things about the nativity.  We made it ourselves a while ago, so it makes it all the more special! :)

We received Christmas figurines a few years back and decided to add them to our nativity.  There are shepherds, livestock, Mary, Joseph, Jesus, and the wise man (complete with camels)!

One of the lights on our fake pine trees in the Nativity.

This is one of the White House Ornaments.  They are really beautiful ornaments that Grandma gives us each year.  This one is my favorite! :)

[If you are wondering where we put all our ornaments since we don't do Christmas trees...we hang most of them on the lights that line our ceiling and on various things throughout the house.]

If any of you have been to our house, you'll know that we keep some of our Christmas lights up, year round.  They're so pretty and they cost hardly anything to keep on (they're LED) that we can't part with them! :)  Since some of the lights were already up, it made decorating easier!  Eden and I hung up the ornaments while everyone else was occupied elsewhere.

Anyways, there's a quick view of what's been going on around here.   I was uploading photos to the internet today and I realized just how much stuff I haven't posted about...and it's a lot.  But I'm not going to panic...I'll just post at my normal rate:  slow. :)

Have a great day!
Kimber :)