Wednesday, December 31, 2008


This year we tried to keep Christmas a little more low key. Not a lot of presents were under the tree, except for the kids of course. They always seem to make a pretty good haul. Melissa was missing this year, first time we haven't had one of them home for Christmas. But there were many phone calls back and forth with her so I think everyone did get to talk to her at some time.

Tabby Joni and Bob didn't have much to open up so they had to make due with playing with the barbies and glow worm.

Here we all are at the end of Christmas Day. Everyone was pretty much done with parties by this time. I guess Joni didn't want to look at the camera.

We had Christmas dinner at Todd & Sandy's house. It was fantastic. Turkey and ham and anything else you could think of! This is a pic of all the Poyda grandkids and great-grandkids.

Shawn got to know Chloe a little better. She was fascinated by his facial hair.

Taylor and Hannah spent time together. They've become really close since Taylor has moved here. I think they look forward to having each other to play with and not having to play with all those boys.

This was Hannah's Christmas dress. She wanted to be bat girl and Mom didn't think it was worth arguing about. She was the prettiest bat girl ever.

Chloe's first Christmas. She loved the presents.

They sat so well during the Christmas Eve service at church.
We hope you all had a great Christmas and were able to celebrate the birth of Jesus with your families. After all, that is what Christmas is all about.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The 2008 Christmas Tree

We did manage to get the tree up a couple weekends ago. I had my eye on this one for quite awhile now. We went with a fraser this year instead of the balsam. It definitely does not have the fragrance of a balsam but they are a beautiful tree. And this year the tree is being guarded by George the whitetail deer and Richard the antelope. Ernie the muledeer is over to the right, you can't see him in this picture.

Can you see that very bright blue light? For some reason it is almost blinding. Whenever I walk into the room that light is just brilliant.

I only made one kind of cookie this year. Usually I have a selection of about 8-10 different ones but figured with Lumberjack's restricted diet it would be kinda mean to have all those goodies around. So this is the one I chose since it happens to be a favorite of everyone. The recipe is on my Food To Eat and Fill Your Soul blog.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


Have you ever really counted the number of remotes in your house? These are the ones that normally lay on our couch. Jim sits on the right and I usually sit on the left and the remotes get the middle. We have the TV remote, Dish Network remote, Angel Network remote, DVD remote, the stereo remote and now a remote to control the portable heater. This is crazy! If someone else came in and wanted to watch something on our tv they probably wouldn't be able to figure it out. I counted and there are two remotes in our bedroom, one in the spare bedroom and one in the office, also three downstairs for the tv's and stereo. You would think that with 13 remotes in the house that just one would work on controlling the kids but I've tried and it doesn't work.

Here's the view from my kitchen sink. The snow is here to stay! Time to dig out the snowshoes.

Sunday, December 7, 2008


The past couple weeks have flown by and there's just no time left at the end of the day to post anything. By the time the day is over I just need to sleep! Oh do you think that has anything to do with the fact we have a Christmas tree farm and its December?

Phil and Trevor were here from Iowa the day after Thanksgiving to pack up the stuff they needed to take back. Here's just one gathering of kissing balls.

Jim handed the balls to Trevor, who then handed them to Phil to pack into the back of the pickup. I didn't get a chance to snap a picture of them loading the trailer.

Hannah's favorite spot when she is out in the shop is sitting on the table where the boughs are piled.

Here's a picture of myself making the big 6 footer.

Chloe is growing up so fast! She's already 6 months old.

And believe it or not, this morning we had 18 below zero! I knew you wouldn't believe me so I had to take a picture to prove it. Ok it says - 17.2 but it really was at -18 when I was looking for the camera.