Friday, December 21, 2007

'Twas the weekend before Christmas...

This picture was taken less than a week ago when we got our second major snow storm of the month and we were very excited at the thought of maybe really having a white Christmas this year... but, it looks like our weekend-before-Christmas thaw might be a reality once again. We've been dripping steadily for the last couple of days and they are predicting rain for this weekend. But who knows? Maybe it will be just a couple of degrees cooler than they are anticipating and we'll get some more of that white stuff again in time! It sure is a good thing there is more to Christmas than snow!

There's been lots of Christmas baking and cooking going on around here as we prepare to feast with friends and family. Some of that feasting and celebrating has already happened as we gathered with Dad's cousins, aunts and uncles on December 8th, and with Mom's brother and family on the 15th, and had a special celebration with our church this past Sunday afternoon. More on those later. In the mean time here are a few of the non-event news items around here.

It's a good thing that some of the partying is over (aside from a caroling party tonight, the Do-It-Yourself Messiah tomorrow, and then Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) because our wash machine broke this afternoon and leaked water all over the floor. No more laundry for awhile, but hopefully we'll be able to get the parts we need in spite of it being a holiday weekend and get it fixed soon!

Jonathan is on Christmas break from RVC for almost a whole month! He's excited about that and so are we. But he is even more excited about the fact that just yesterday he got his grades for the semester (about a week late due to weather) and they were straight A's - and that's for a 19 credit semester! They were mainly music-related courses, but also included economics and public speaking. Way to go, bro!

Jeremy's work van needs its windshield replaced - due to another animal encounter. I don't know that we can claim the kill this time, though, as Luke VH was the driver when the windshield collided with the turkey. Yup, you read that right. It wasn't a deer or a cow this time. A turkey. Sadly, they were driving over a bridge at the time and the turkey went over the side, so they were unable to bring it home for dinner. But they did get a few feathers...

I don't know that there is much else of general interest to mention. Josiah is finishing up Suzuki cello book 6, and Joanna is working on a Dvorák violin sonata. Wedding plans continue to progress as the big day is now - well, Joshua isn't home right now so I'd have to count to know exactly how many days it is, but it's about 9 weeks away! We are all looking forward to that date as Josh isn't good for much else around here anymore. :-) But neither were Jeanine or Jeremy, so I guess we'll survive it once again! Oh, don't get me wrong, that's not the only reason we're looking forward to the wedding! We are very much enjoying observing yet another case of twitterpation, and we love having Abbey around!

But I've got to sign off here and go get dinner on and prepare food for tomorrow's trip into Chicago! Have a great evening!

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