Month: December 2012 (page 2 of 2)

December Nights in Balboa Park

We got to visit Balboa Park for the first time tonight.  It is AMAZING!  (Granted it will be even more amazing when there are not 300,000 people there!)  Balboa Park is home to the San Diego Zoo, Museum of Man, Automotive Museum, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Air and Space Museum, and many more that I can’t even remember.  It is huge and the buildings are architecturally unique and really awesome.  (I would have said amazing again, but I think I already used that word too many times in one paragraph!)

Anyway, it was December Nights in Balboa Park.  A 2 day international Christmas festival where there is food from all countries, a fair, lights, and the museums are free from 5-9 p.m.  It really was quite fun, and our kiddos hung in there really well for the amount of time we were there walking around.  Here are some pictures:

A huge climbing tree on our way into the park.  
Beautiful buildings.
The Museum of Man.
The Whoville Tree!
Carolers.
Two cute kids!
The bagpipe man! He was a trooper because he was simply warming up, but I was determined to get a picture.  He was the nicest looking of all the bagpipe players!
Chinese dragon.
Air and Space Museum
Automotive museum.  I have no idea what type of car this is, and I know that some of you will be offended by that.  I just knew it was a cool red car, so I took a picture!
Santa was in the automotive museum!  (I’m totally hoping that this counts as our visit to Santa this year. Micah said that is cheating!)
This is the stage area where the performers were.  Really beautiful area.  (It has an official name, but I have no idea what that might be. )
Then we visited the Science museum, where we happened upon the GROSSOLOGY exhibit.  It was, by far, the favorite of the night.  Can you guess why?!
GROSS!
This was DE-sgusting, as Ben would say!
A life-sized operation game.
We will definitely revisit this museum on a school field trip soon!
Cool silhouette pic by the fountain.
And another…
LOTS of people by the time we were heading out.
Really cool buildings, and I am still loving that there are palm trees instead of oaks or something.
And my two “homies” ready to leave the park!  (Sorry that they look possessed!  Still working on those editing and photography skills.)
Another fun family outing in SoCal.  We enjoyed our evening with our favorite tour guides (and awesome friends), The Hammond Family!  Nathanael was calling us tourists when I was snapping the silhouette pictures.  I told him I may be a tourist for the next 10 years here.  There are SO many things to experience.  Such a blessing to get to go on new adventures.  

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

Eat ’em up Kats!

I am a graduate of Sam Houston State University!  (Eat ’em up!)  I have my Master’s degree from Sam Houston State!  (Eat ’em up!)  I have had the privilege of being an Adjunct Professor for many semesters for Sam Houston State!  (Eat ’em up!)

I am watching the quarterfinal game right now, and cheering on my Bearkats!  I wore my orange shirt and orange earrings today.  I put on my bling’ed out ring to go to lunch, but was not sure my Cali peeps would understand the need for a bling’ed out paw print ring, but I wore it around the house for a while!

I love that Micah and I get to watch the game from here in Cali.  It’s like home!

Eat ’em up Kats!  Here’s hoping to another game in our near future!

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

Makin’ Stuff

I posted a few days ago about our little advent calendar that we have used for several years.  (The one made of socks.)  My kids LOVE this.  Every year at about this point, I think to myself, “you really should just put candy in a sock each day, that would be so much easier!”  Here is what has been in our socks:

Day 1:  pom-pom ornaments (already posted pics of this one)

Day 2:  chocolate covered pretzel sticks

That’s our friend, Nathanael, helping out!

Lots of sprinkle choices!  (You must use mini M&M’s if you want them to stick, just FYI!)

Finished product!
Day 3:  Watch Rudolph and eat Reindeer Sandwiches
Yummy PB&J Reindeer!
Day 4:  Make felt gingerbread men
The one on the left is Ben’s and right is Grace’s.
Grace made hers completely and totally by herself!  Thanks Gran, for teaching her how to stitch!
Day 5:  Make paper snowflakes
Not a great picture, but here they are.  You can get templates for these at www.kinderart.com.  Don’t you love making paper snowflakes?!
Day 6:  Watch Polar Express and have hot chocolate and cookies
We cut chocolate chip cookies into shapes.  I made AWESOME hot chocolate with whipped cream and sprinkles but did not get a picture before the kids got hold of the mugs.  
These are fun times, but let’s keep it real…we actually did days 4, 5 and 6 today.  We got a little behind!    It is still really fun though.  I was talking to some friends in Texas tonight and told both of them that I am with my children more than I ever have been.  Sometimes, it gets hard because we are all learning how to be together, but most of the time I am just in awe of the fact that I get to experience this at all!  I see things every day, that make me say “thank you, God for this blessing!”  I am SO glad that I am getting to climb the “stay-at-home mom” mountain!  The view from every step is amazing!
Oh, and for those of you wondering, YES we are having school too!  We just spend a few extra hours in our classroom each day now, completing our fun activities.  🙂  

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

Little Drummer Boy (and other random things)

Do any of you have the TobyMac Christmas in Diversecity CD?  If not, you should totally get it!!!!!  We love this Christmas CD and love to jam to it in the car!  My favorite on the album is the Little Drummer Boy.  For those of you who know me well, you can totally understand why this might be my favorite.  For the rest of you, let me tell you a little secret about me…

I played percussion in the band from 6th grade on into my freshman year of college.  I LOVED it!!!!!  I even made All-State band my senior year.  Surprised?!  Now, I was not a drum set kind of gal, but rather a marimba-loving, tympani-playing, snare-banging kind of girl.  Oh, and I may have played a little slapstick and triangle along the way too!  (Mr. and Mrs. Monroe if you are reading this, we still have the video of me in front of the region band playing the slapstick!)  Love me some marching band!!!!!  I love anything with a good beat, and let me just say, this rendition of the song is awesome for those of us who love a drum corps!  I have to tell you, when the little drummer boy comes in on this song, it takes me back to drum camp at SFA!  Yep, good ole’ Nacogdoches!  (One time, I went to band camp…what movie? Okay, moving on!)  Anyway, we listened to this CD in the car for the first time this season, and Benjamin (my very own little drummer boy) and I  “broke it down!!!!”  Here is the song, enjoy!!!!!!!!

On a completely different and totally random note, the kids and I went to Lakeshore Learning today.  I really can do damage in that place.  Here are a few things we bought for some free time activities.

This is a super fun magnetic mosaic picture maker.  It’s kind of like color by number but you do it with magnetic tiles.  Grace and Ben play with this every time we go into the store.  (Here’s hoping we can keep up with the pieces.)

Who doesn’t like some floam?  I can just hardly resist this stuff!

Okay, and these are SUPER cool.  Plastic, wavy sticks to build with.  Kind of like Lincoln logs but cooler!  
Go to www.lakeshorelearning.com if you want to check out all of their fun stuff!  (Probably 99% of people reading this, are already FULLY aware of Lakeshore, but I think I am supposed to give them a proper “shout out” when I post their product on my page.  Here’s hoping someone from the company sees this and wants to give me free stuff!  Ha! Ha!)

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

December

Do you get overwhelmed during December?  I do.  I was thinking about this today, because I am not currently working outside the home, but I am already having anxiety about the holidays.  Will I get the right gift?  Will everyone be happy?  Will we create memories that are full of joy?  Ridiculous really!  I totally know the true meaning of Christmas, and many of the things we do for the very reason of focusing our hearts and minds on Christ, yet the anxiety and pressure still creeps in.  Are you there?  Let’s pray each day that we will focus our minds on Christ, and Christ alone!  He is our strength!

I place unrealistic expectations on myself, my husband, my children, and to be completely honest on others as well.  I don’t even know I am doing this until I begin freaking out about something that is RIDICULOUS!  It’s then I realize that I have done this to myself.  It’s a crazy cycle.  I then remember that I don’t have to worry or be anxious and I remember this verse:


Phillipians 4:6  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Amen!


Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

Say “CHEESE!”

We had an amazingly fun (hilariously funny at times) day taking pictures with our friends.  They were coming up to take family pics on the mountain, so we thought we would join in.  Here are a few favorites:

 LOVE this one!

Aww!

Hug up!

One cute girl!

Fun!

Beautiful scenery.

Growing up too fast!

Sweet Ben!
Love this family!

Love these kids!

Aww!
We may, or may not, have had a little fun in the leaves!
Ready?!

GO!

Yay!

And then there were more!

We threw our leaves too!

But…the wind blew them away from us so none came down on us for the picture!  Bahahahaha!

We’ll just dump Nathanael in the leaves!

Mom to the rescue!

Grace and Ben waited a LONG time to get to throw leaves on the big kids!

Oh, Nathanael!

Ben’s all about helping out the boys!
Then there was a bit of jumping!
Ready!

Set!

Go!  
(Um, did Zach have a trampoline under him?!  Dude got some air!)

Success!  (Zach, put your shirt down!)
The VonTrapp Family 
(Up in the tower is a strange little bird….cuckoo, cuckoo…Who’s with me on this one?)

I love my sweet little family!
The Beard-Hammond Crew!  (Lookin’ pretty good, don’t you think?!) 
We had so much fun.  It was COLD, so we came back and enjoyed warm drinks and snacks and more time with good friends.  We are so thankful for fun-filled days like this!  

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

Sock #1

I mentioned (and had a picture) of our “homemade” advent calendar that we have been using for several years.  We love it!  We started today, by making pom-pom ornaments.

Work in progress.  
(I am working on my photography skills.  Don’t judge!)
Finished products!
I made one too.  (It looks like it glows, but that is just my awesome photography skill shining through!)
These were quick and easy, but the kids loved them.  All you need is:  pom-poms, styrofoam balls, stick pins, ribbon.  You pin each pom-pom on, add a ribbon for hanging, and “voila!” you are done!
Happy Saturday all!

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS
Newer posts

© 2017 The Mountain Momma

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑