Snow day! Oddly, the kids were awake at 5AM, before we even got the call that school was cancelled. We squeezed in a Christmas shopping outing and took home lunch from Chipotle before the rain turned to ice and snow. Then, we lazed around the house (and the boys played in the snow) until this evening. In order to see the Tigers football game, we went to Mom's house (yes, my mom has better cable than I do!).
Investigating St. Nick stockings:
Goober got tennis balls in his stocking:
Icy rain outside:
Lucky to be invited to Grandma's to watch the game together:
How Zach celebrated the Loveland Tiger's Division II State Championship win:
Today's devotional was about taking time. "Be up and awake to what God is doing!" So I got some things done today. And I took the time. Normally, I would drive right through, or even around, our little town. Today, I parked, got out of the car, and enjoyed a few moments by the river and in the woods. Lovely.
Shopping done. Loveland is lovely, even in the winter.
Back at home, the sun peeked out for a bit:
And I caught the boy (all ready for his first karate class with the new black belt top) searching for the pickle on the tree:
Wow. Worked hard to get to a photo that spoke "peace" to me today. I spent some time over at my mom's house helping with outside lights. It brought to mind a line in one of my new favorite songs by my old favorite band, Over the Rhine: "Love: let it be not just a feeling, but the broken beauty of what we choose to do." I do NOT like fighting with outdoor lights. I DO love my mom. So, there's that. We survived. We continued our new tradition of dinner with my mom on Tuesday nights, too. It makes me actually cook - Mongolian Beef and a Blueberry Cheesecake Galette. It was a long day. My feet hurt, but maybe I found peace (it has to happen again and again and again and again).
My family got in on the photo fun tonight, rejecting the above images and more, but not coming up with any better ideas (that we were able to make work, anyhow!). I finally got everyone in bed and went down to the now-finished Christmas tree.