2018

The First Advent Sunday

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Today, we celebrate the 1st Advent.

Today is the first Advent Sunday. Three more Sundays will follow, before Christmas will be here. On each Sunday, we will burn a candle. So, by the Sunday which will be followed by Christmas, all four candles will burn on our Advent wreath. Advent is the season to prepare for the Birth of Christ. But it actually originated from the ancient Celtic tradition. It has the symbolic meaning of the season leading to the Winter Solstice. Yule is upon us.

2018

The Colony Parade of Lights

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Katelynn was participating in the Parade of Lights, tonight. Unfortunately, the photo I have captured of her didn’t turn out the way I wanted it. It was too dark. Oh well! It’s not the end of the world. But I still captured some photos of the event in our community. We had a beautiful night. Sara and the neighbor’s boys collected candy from the floats. And Katelynn had a good time, marching with her band mates in the parade. The weather was nice and warm enough for Sara to be in shorts. Yeah, in Texas it is a little bit harder to get into the mood of the holidays, when it is still 70ΒΊF (21ΒΊC) during the days. But this suppose to change on Monday. And we will have a fire burning in the fireplace, hot cocoa, and snuggly pyjamas, while watching Christmas movies in the evenings.

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2017, Travel/Vacation

We Are Back From Vacation!

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Sara and Katelynn at Dessert View by the Grand Canyon

Kevin, the girls and I had a wonderful vacation in California, in the last week of 2017. We went to the Pacific coast, saw family in Los Angeles, went to Disneyland in Anaheim, and checked out Hoover Dam, before we went to the Grand Canyon. Sara has caught up with Katelynn: they both have seen 31 US-states in total.

After New Year, I will start writing blogs about our trip to California. Stay tuned! Until then …

Happy New Year!Β 

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

The First Christmas Present

Kevin and I met in a club, 17 years ago. He was with a couple of friends, who were friends with my friends. After a couple of drinks we got into a conversation. When I was ready to go home, he gave me a ride to my apartment. Since he knew where I worked, he had shown up the next day. Usually I don’t give people my phone number unless they ask or I ask for theirs. But when Kevin was standing in front of me, I said: “Dude, I forgot to give you my number last night. If you want to hang out, give me a call. Maybe we can do something for Christmas together.” Kevin agreed, folded the note and left. The same night, he called me. And we were talking over a beer in a bar.

The next day was Christmas Eve. I was on vacation leave for the remaining days of the year. Months ago, a friend of mine and I planned a small Christmas dinner for the night before Christmas. I asked her, if it was okay I bring a friend over. She said: “Well, it’s Christmas. Nobody should celebrate this special holiday, alone.” Kevin picked me up from home. When I sat in the car and we talked a little bit, he opened the glove box and handed a little present to me. I shook it, to hear what might be in there. Kevin screamed: “NOOOOOOOOOOO!” Later on I found out, why he did that. Well, the little elephant lost part of its trunk, when I shook the little box. Even when the elephant doesn’t look perfect anymore. But it is a story worth talking about. πŸ˜€ It was very sweet of him, since we knew each other for a couple of days. And it was the first gift, I’ve got from Kevin. I still treasure these three wooden elephants to this very day.

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These wooden elephants were the first Christmas gift, I received from Kevin back in 2000.
2017

The “Sun” Cheese-Pumpkin Pie

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Sara and I baked a “Sun” Cheese-Pumpkin Pie to celebrate the Winter Solstice.

Sara and I were making Cheese-Pumpkin Pie filling and decorated it with phyllo dough.  Sara really enjoyed helping me with the pie. She and Katelynn enjoyed it even more having a slice of pie, today. It turned out good. But we decided we make everything from scratch, next time. It will make it taste even better. 🌞

2017

Winter Solstice/Yuletide

In the Northern Hemisphere we celebrate the return of the Sun, today. It will be the shortest day and the longest night, before the days will be come longer, also known as the Winter Solstice or the Pagan Yuletide. The Southern Hemisphere celebrates Mid-Summer/Summer Solstice, today. It’s the longest day, and the shortest night of the year. So wherever is your home on this beautiful planet, Happy Solstice to you all!

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Winter in North Texas
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Blessed Yuletide!
2017

A Peanuts-style Christmas

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

Foggy December Morning

Due to all this rain, there is a lot of moisture in the air this morning. And with the right temperatures, we’ve got the recipe for dense fog. It was so dense, I had to drive slow to get to Sara’s Elementary School. Sara said: “Wow, this is a lot of fog. I can’t barely see the school building from here.”

Fog is rare in this area, compared to where I grew up in Europe. In Germany it was foggy almost every day in October and November. And sometimes the fog was so dense, I couldn’t even see my hands in front of my face while walking to work. Driving in that “soup” was no fun either. And it was nerve wracking, when Kevin had to drive in this weather from our house to his post, approximately 15 miles away.