Saturday, December 17, 2011
Stopped by one of the infamous trains we encounter in town. This one had 114 cars!
Christmas donuts for the season!
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....
Friday, December 16, 2011
"Let's go for a walk."
So we bundled up as it was pretty chilly in the late afternoon.
"Aren't you going to bring your camera?"
"Would you like me to?"
"Yes! I've been learning about how to take photos."
"Yes. I have been watching "Create" (a PBS channel show). They have filmed tornadoes, deer, flowers..."
So I took my camera and helped her shoot pictures.
She thought the reflection on the lake was pretty cool.
She wanted a photo of the pine cones so I showed her how to hold down the shutter half way to get it to auto focus.
She was doing a great job in taking photos!
I don't think there was much danger that we would swim that day. Brrrrr!
My sweet little photographer!
She took another picture with reflections in the water.
I got this one of the geese flying north. I said, "I don't know that they are going to fly south this year." (I have heard they haven't been doing that as there is plenty of food around here)
I'm so proud of Hannah for wanting to learn how to take pictures. I do mine in auto. I would love to learn manual but it seems too daunting to me. I don't understand numbers at all. My mind doesn't work math. Maybe I can take a class someday.
My Dad took lots of photos when we were in Japan. I wonder how many. I'm guessing over 1,000. Maybe over 2,000! They used to have to show slides to churches when we would come to the States on furlough to show them the work they were doing.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Here he is tractor tipping, like in the movie.
Eli's other grandparents sent me the picture below.
"Worshipping at the manger?? Soooo sweet!!!! May God help us all to stay focused at the manger this time of year!!!!"
Monday, December 12, 2011
On Wednesday between 1 - 3 am, there is going to be a meteor shower; one every 1-3 minutes. We may be foolish enough to get up to watch this. Al says to look in the north east. Which means we can probably just lay in bed and watch them!
Sunday, December 11, 2011
The girls thought it was soooo fancy!
They wanted to climb the stairs up to the balcony so we went to the restroom up there. They wanted to sit there but I had already ordered reserved seating. You can see Sophie looking at the balcony seating and thinking "I wish we could sit there!" But our seats were good. I was surprised to see that we ended up with 2nd row seats and in the middle so I think they did ok!
The setting is not in Germany, but in the heart of Kansas. The story begins on Christmas Eve, 1869, at a Kansas western fort. Nine-year-old Laura has just arrived from Boston along with her father, Lieutenant MacGuffie and his wife. Lieutenant MacGuffie is there to fulfill his Fort West post. (Incidently, Laura looked very much like our friend Kendall as a little girl! It was like I was just watching her through the whole program!)
Laura's friends gave her a fancy Boston china doll as a parting gift, but they have also filled her head with warnings about Indians, coyotes, prairie fires and tornadoes.
The new arrivals are greeted at the fort by the commanding officer and his wife and their oldest daughter. The Officer's Christmas post party is about to begin.
Following the party, as Laura is about to go to sleep, the commander's daughter gives her a prairie doll which years ago had comforted her when she arrived here from the East. Laura is not interested in the doll and throws it out of her bed. She much prefers her china doll!
But then Laura has a dream. The prairie doll has come to life! What magical moments as toys come to life, snowflakes dance, there are deer and antelope, prairie fires and yes, even a tornado.
In the end, Laura awakens and takes the prairie doll in her arms. What a precious ballet for the girls and I to watch!
We stopped to eat supper before going to church for Cocoa and Carols, a great fun-filled family night where we sing Christmas carols, Santa Dave comes to tell the Christmas story while children cluster around him (his granddaughter climbed in his lap and played with his beard), there was a silly Johnny and Chachi video followed by cocoa, cookies and fellowship.