I love the Christmas Season. I love being home with family during the Christmas Season. I miss being in Korea where Christmas isn't about all the events and rushing around, but about being with family and going to church to worship the Lord. Sometimes we need to remember to slow down at this time of the year and think about why we do what we do!
Do you remember me blogging about the SnowFest that we went to the weekend before last? It was a lot of fun and the girls got to sit on Santa's lap while we were there. They had their picture taken and we were supposed to go back and pick them up shortly after. We chceked in every hour or so, but our pictures were never ready. 5:00 came and there was a crowd in "Santa's workshop" waiting for their pictures. They finally admitted that they couldn't get them all done and sent us home with a promise of getting them on-line.
Armed with a website in hand I went home to wait. After 2 days I decided I would check out the website to find the girls pictures. I got right on the website, but there were NO pictures. I waited a few more days but never saw any pictures go up. I had Clark call to ask them about it and they seemed very confused to say the least. They took a description of the girls and our phone number and address with a promise to mail us our pictures.
It has been a week and a half and I haven't seen any pictures or heard from anyone...that is until my cell phone rang this evening. Here is the coversation:
Employee: I was calling about the SnowFest pictures. I know your husband said that you had two daughters ages 3 and 9 wearing red shirts but I can't seem to find their pictures. Can you help me by giving me a better description.
Me: My oldest daughter is 9, but often is mistaken for a 7 year old. She has red hair. She was wearing a solid red shirt that had a small white trim on the very bottom and around the arms. She was sitting on Santa's left knee. My younger daughter is 3. She has dark brown hair and is sitting on Santa's right knee. She has a red shirt that looks fuzzy. She was wearing it over a solid white shirt. They both had blue jeans on.
Employee: Ummm...was one of them wearing a green shirt and one a purple?
Me: NO, I am sure they were both in RED shirts.
Employee: What about a stroller, was one of them sitting in a stroller.
Me: NO, the older one was on the left knee and the younger one on the right.
Employee: Did they have matching shirts with Christmas Tree's on them?
Me: Noooo, one had a SOLID red shirt on and one had a fuzzy red shirt/sweater over a solid white shirt.
Employee: Were you in the picture with them or maybe your husband.
Me: NO, it was just them.
Employee: Could one of them have really been a boy?
Me: (this time I pause totally shocked that this question came out of her mouth) NO!!! They have ALWAYS been girls!
Employee: What about twins, I found one of twins.
Me: NOO!! One is NINE and the other is THREE! One has red hair and the other has brown! They look nothing like twins!
Employee: Oh, I see. So you are sure that one wasn't a boy and they aren't twins. But, you know they were both wearing red?
Me: (at this point I am planning the blog post in my head because I can't believe someone could actually be asking me these questions) YES! I am sure my daughters are both girls, they are NOT twins and they were wearing red shirts.
Employee: Well, I don't think we took their picture then!
Me: I know they had their picture taken, maybe you lost it.
Employee: That could be, I don't know what to do.
Me: What if I e-mail you a picture that I took of the girls that day so you can see what they look like and locate their picture that way.
Employee: That's a good idea. I don't get to access the computer though, so you will have to wait until the photographer checks his e-mail for me to see it.
Me: That's probably a good thing. I will go send the e-mail now and call again tomorrow or the next day.
I know this seems made-up. I promise it is a real conversation that I had with a lady who works for this photographer. I honestly have no words to describe it. I am speachless. Was she playing dumb? Is she really that incompetent? How does she still have a job there? How did she get the job in the first place? I have lots of questions, but nothing to say!
Cali climbed up in my Dad's lap yesterday morning while I was getting Melisa started with school work to show her pictures of deer that one of his hunting buddies had taken. Here is how the conversation went:
Papa: What do you think of those?
Cali: They look like me!
Papa: HOW in the world do YOU look like a DEER?
Cali: I cute and they cute!
Monday - As you all read in my last blog, Clark got the results to his State Fire Exam and PASSED! Then he started his first day of work in a seasonal position at UPS. Yep, bless his heart, he is wearing BROWN to help our family out until he gets hired on to a fire department.
Tuesday - I had a meeting at the school to officially sign my contract. It is official, as of Jan. 5th I am a middle school English teacher. I will have one 6th grade class, two 7th grade classes, and two 8th grade classes. Melisa also got her uniforms for school. I can't believe my "baby" will be in a "real" school for the first time in 7 years! I am going to miss homeschooling but it is awesome to see her so excited! By the time we were all home from work we headed out to pickout the perfect Christmas Tree. :-) Our eyes were bigger than the living room and we had to do some trimming, but it is a BEAUTIFUL tree!
Wednesday - We spent the morning homeschooling and in between every subject we were baking cookies for Melisa's GA Hotchocolate and Cookie party at church. We baked 3 batches (60 cookies total) and ate way too many of those, lol! After work, we headed to the GA room and had an awesome class party. We watched Christmas movies and enjoyed the hotchocolate and cookies. We had enough left over that we went next door and shared them with the RA's! After church, we headed home to decorate the tree standing in our living room! This is the first year Cali has really been able to hang ornaments by herself, so I let her have fun. Our tree had at least 50 ornaments hanging from the bottom two limbs almost touching the floor. Needless to say, I got to REdecorate the tree after the girls went to bed, lol!
Thursday - We woke up bright and early to put the snow village in the bay window. If I do say so myself, it looks too cute. We also put up both of our nativities and a few other decorations. After work we had to rush Melisa to her last ballet class before her Christmas recital. After I dropped her off at the ballet studio (Clark stayed with her) Cali and I headed to Gavin's (my nephew) school Christmas Recital to watch him sing his little heart out. :-) He was too cute.
Friday - We woke up this morning and all this Christmas fun has got my littlest angel under the weather. She has a nasty cough, a runny nose, and is just puny! I don't think she has left my lap longer than 10 minutes. I don't know what this is going to do to our day, but I have a lot of cleaning to do and I am supposed to be going to work later. We have another day of school work to get through and some more decorations to pull out. Not to mention that I haven't bought the FIRST present yet this year! We will just have to take it as it comes today and through the weekend!
I will post pictures of the weeks events sometime this weekend!
Then on Saturday morning we woke up early (like we do every Saturday) and headed to gymnastics. The girls flipped, twisted, and tumbled for an hour. Then we headed downtown to watch the local Christmas Parade! It was fun to see some of my students from the school and some of Melisa's friends as well. Of course the best part was Santa at the end! :-)
Then it was home to clean, clean, clean! We finished cleaning just in time for the rest of the family to arrive for our mini football party. We were glued to the TV for the next 4 hours cheering on the Gators! We had chips, salsa, veggies, dip, chicken wings, and subs. The kids took the play instruments and formed their own Gator Band to play everytime we scored. It was awesome.
We crashed hard on Saturday night, but were back up early Sunday to head to Northside Baptist Church to speak about our work in Korea. The church took us out to lunch afterwards and we had a great time of fellowship. We always love getting to share about the work we did in Korea. As soon as lunch was over, we headed home to bundle up.
We headed to a local Country Club to meet up with family and go to a Snowfest!
WHEW...I am tired all over again. It was a busy but totally FUN weekend! Too bad we don't have a day to recover! Here are some pictures of the weekend! :-)
We had a little football party here at the house. One of Dad's friends, my brother, my sister-in-law, and my nephew all joined us. We had wings, subs, chips, salsa, and some veggies just to make it not too unhealthy, lol! It was a fun evening of cheering our team on to a victory! Pictures will come soon of my little Gators. They formed their own mini Gator band during the game and would come play every time we scored. :-) I wish I would have gotten them on video for you.
Needless to say it was an awesome evening.