2018

The Holidays At The Colony Central Fire Station

Every year, The Colony Central Fire Station celebrates the Season with lots of Christmas lights and music. One year, a police office started the Light-o-Rama at his house across the park. The Fire Department liked it so much, they got some volunteers to help with their light-o-Rama, and it became a tradition. After the Parade of Lights, Santa flips the switch and turns on the lights at the Fire Station, in early December. From that day on, we citizens of The Colony can sit in the parking lot, tune our radio and listen to the music, while watching the lights, until after New Year.

2018

One More Week Until Christmas (2)

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“Mom, one week is sooo long away!”

Christmas is one week away, and I finally wrapped the presents. When Sara came home from school, she was so excited seeing some packages under the tree. But this evening, she looked at the tree and said: “Mom, one week is sooo long away!” “Yes, my dear! One week can be long. But you will have a lot of fun in the meantime. And then, one morning you’ll wake up, and Santa was here”, I replied.

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2018

Katelynn’s Winter Concert 2018

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Tonight was Katelynn’s first Winter Concert performance as a High School student. Next to “Stille Nacht” (German for “Silent Night” by Franz Gruber), the Synphonic Band also performed “Bravura” (C. E. Duble), “Old Days” (James Pankow) and “Jingle Bells” (James Pierpont).

Here is “Stille Nacht” performed by TCHS Symphonic Band:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhSM2vtxLMU&feature=share

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2018

Saint Nicholas Day 2018

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Happy St. Nicholas Day!

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2018

Joshua Loves The Christmas Season

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Joshua loves the beautiful Christmas Season. Once, he gets used to the tree being in our house, he enjoys being around it. All these lights and ornaments look so pretty for a cat. And sometimes there is this temptation to play with them. First, Kevin and I were concerned with the cats being around the real tree. But overall, Josh’ and Chewbacca are well behaved around the Fraser Fir. Once in a while, they sniff on the branches while and decide to nap under it for a couple of hours, before it becomes boring and they move on.

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2018

Christmas Straw Ornaments

This year, I wanted an elegant tree in the front room. Since the girls wanted a real tree, I’ve got some Scandinavian straw ornaments in October. The tree looks very pretty with the red, silver and green balls and the white light. It’s lovely and peaceful with the crackling fire in the background. I can’t wait for the arrival of Yuletide/Christmas.

‘Tis the season to be jolly

2018, Travel/Vacation

Travel Journal, Day 1: From Santa’s Present To El Paso

December 24, 2017

Santa did a test run with his sleigh and the reindeer the night before Christmas Eve. While he does his test run, he delivers the presents for a handful of children. I guess, Katelynn and Sara were selected for early delivery this year. When we were getting up on Christmas Eve morning, the presents were under the tree. And a letter from Santa was in the tree. He explained to the girls, why the presents arrived that early. πŸ˜‰

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Santa wrote a letter to Katelynn and Sara

Once the presents were unwrapped, we packed the luggage, the cooler and got activity games, DVD player, and coloring books together, before we put everything into the van. The neighbor’s daughter knew about our plan, so she could take care of our pets while we were gone. By 9 am, the tank was filled and we were on the road to the west.

While we were driving through Texas, Sara was fascinated with the oil pumps out in the fields. Katelynn was busy watching Bugs Bunny cartoons. And I told Kevin, how interesting it was when the vegetation changed from cotton fields to cacti and later to these yucca palms the further we drove towards El Paso. In El Paso, we drove to the motel to rest for the night. We still had a long way to go to get to California.

… to be continued …

2017

Christmas Day

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“HO-HO-HO! Merry Christmas!”

Merry Christmas!

May your holidays be happy days,
Filled with love and laughter.
And may each day bring joy your way
in the year that follows after!

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2017

A Peanuts-style Christmas (1)

Kevin always wanted an outdoor Christmas theme with the Peanuts. Several years ago we looked for a Charlie Brown Christmas pre-lit yard decoration, with no success. We found Snoopy and took him home, instead. The following year, we had much more success. Finally we found Charlie in a local home improvement store. Since then we decorate the front tree with some lights and one Christmas ornament. We call it “our personal little Charlie Brown Christmas Tree”. Maybe we will add more Peanuts characters in the future.

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It seems like that Santa has to fix Snoopy, again. πŸ˜‰
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Ha, an elf must have shown up to fix Snoopy and the lights at the boxwood bush, when we were asleep. πŸ˜‰
2017

The Christmas Tree Ball

One particular Christmas ornament caught my eye over the last few weeks. And I always wanted to photograph it. Tonight I was bored watching the same comedy episodes, again.Β  And it rains like “cats and dogs”, anyway. I pulled out my camera, and started with my little project. Now, I’m happy I’ve got that done.

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I finally captured a longtime exposure of this Christmas ornament, I was eye-balling throughout the season.