Sunday, December 21, 2014

Pause zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

 Here are two sugar plum fairies.  I like holiday puffs and sparkles! Not on ME, though.

 These days I LOVE the faces of our eight kids (counting the inlaws/inloves) and their kids!  

 Bill gave me an early Christmas gift.  A gnome book!  It's adorable and full of secrets that I might tell you later.

 I found out that little girls like watching "how to" videos of crafts and cake baking!  
 I am saturating our sense of smell with all kinds of Christmas scents.  

 And we have been making "not perfect" batches of colorful cookies.  The other day Jeff commented on all the sweets that are piling up around here.  He isn't a big sweet eater, but he is the one who loves the pickles I made in August.  Whew!  Somebody likes my pickles!
Kelli and Bryan's girls spent the night last night.  Here's all their baggage.  Ha ha!
Now for my Pause in Advent (don't hold your breath)

I'm tired and I don't mean sleepy tired, but just happily tired from a lot of goings on.  I do need to go out into the fray tomorrow and buy a few things (like the beef for Christmas dinner!) but I think I would like to wear my favorite outfit all day (the one pictured below).

 I don't have anything real spiritual to say (sorry!) but I do feel a constant surge of gratitude for many sweet blessings.  

I wish all of you some quiet and private moments to listen to the Creator and to feel cherished.  I hope your special holiday food tastes good and that you get a warm squeeze or two from someone you love.  I hope you help yourself to a little grace and don't try to be SUPER WOMAN.  I hope your rest at night is warm, snug and peaceful.  
Thank you for stopping by. 
Here's the Pause in Advent link. 


TexWisGirl said...

sweet little sugar plum fairies and princes you have! :)

Granny Marigold said...

Your grands are so cute! I can't believe James is sitting already!!! I didn't know that there was a book of Gnomes Christmas. I must look for it. I found the big Gnomes book this past summer at a garage sale or maybe in a thrift store. My grands like to look at the illustrations which are superb.

Farm Girl said...

I wondered what you have been doing. It is so nice to see all of those happy, smiling faces and all of the goodies you have been baking.
I like your bunny slippers and your early Christmas present. Yes, I have to go out in the fray as well. I feel like I have lived out there in it.
I wish you lots of rest tonight. I hope you get snow so you can just snuggle in.

Julia said...

You can't have too many Christmas cookies. The little plum fairies are adorable.

ann said...

Merry Christmas, Karen I am so glad to have you this summer. We just need to get together. The girls are adorable in their sparkles and little James is already sitting up. Aren't the holidays more fun with little ones? The cookies look wonderful. I love gum drops. See you after the first of the year.

Debi said...

Merry Christmas... I love the photos of your grands decorating cookies. We will be doing that with our grands on Tuesday (nothing like cutting it close, huh?). This is such a busy time, thank you for the reminder of the reason for the season and to be mindful of our blessings.

Sarah H said...

Gorgeous family pictures.

I reckon gratitude *is* the most spiritual thing :) xxx

Kezzie said...

Sending you many hugs dear Pom!!x

magsmcc said...

You are SO right, as always. This is exactly the Pause zzzz I need this week! Having solved a Lego disaster with my stalwart brother, rock in a Christmas shopping storm that boy, I am now starting to feel small glimmers of excitement. The tablets must be kicking in!

Did you crochet that hat? I shall believe you did. Today I am going to think and tomorrow I am going to do. A little!

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

Oh that outfit, on bitty-boy-baby!!!!

Happy coming Christmas,

♥ Tina said...

Have a lovely Christmas, PP! See you next year! xxx

♥ Tina said...

Have a lovely Christmas, PP! See you next year! xxx

Amy at love made my home said...

Wonderful words very well said! Happy Christmas! xx

Thistle Cove Farm said...

sounds like a sweet tired, Karen. good for you! it may change but I'm feeling peace this Christmas; it's a good feeling.

Gumbo Lily said...

It's so fun peeking into your busy, sugar plum life. Such beautiful people to keep you smiling and tucker you out.

God bless these last days of Advent.

Lisa Richards said...

I think you had some pretty good spiritual thoughts! You are a charming bunch. Hey, your favorite outfit is MY favorite outfit. Your photos reminded me-I need to make some sugar cookies sometime in the next two days! Merry Christmas to the whole crew! :)

ellen b. said...

Oh you have lots of sweetness with those little ones around. You hit my happy button with those jammy bottoms and slippers. I'm looking forward to the day I can just sit around in my robe till noon in the New Year!!

Kit said...

If I could wear hats and look as cute as that little boy, I would want me a snowman hat...LOL I am feeling full of love too. I love this week. Kit

M.K. said...

I like your pink PJs! So cute. It looks like a very Happy Christmas is in full swing at your nice home. I'm so glad. So many people have no family, no cheer, no hopes, no good memories. Aren't we blessed? Our family is fully into "adult Christmas" because there are no little children at all. But here in a decade or so, I bet we will be at YOUR stage :) What fun that will be! I look at all the cute Christmas sugar cookies longingly. I don't have the energy to make them -- they take so much time! But I love how they look. Merry Christmas, PomPom, to you and yours!

Tassell, Tea pot, and life down under said...

Wishing you and your whole family including the cute grands a very merry Christmas Popmpom.
Thank you for your friendship and laughs in the past years.


Attic Clutter said...

love the sugar plum kids too (:)