Thursday, December 29, 2016

Right/Left Christmas Game Instructions with story.

This is a fun and simple game that you can play
during a Christmas party.You will need a wrapped gift for each person at the party. These do not need to be expensive. Christmas decorations (tree ornaments, kitchen towels,snowmen, mugs, ceramics, etc...) and candy (or other packaged holiday treats) work well. If you planahead, you can purchase these items at 75% off ormore after Christmas this year for next year. Most of the gifts should be of the same approximate value. One or two gifts can be just a little better to make it fun. Musical Christmas items are always a hit (Cracker Barrel is a good source for these).
Have everyone stand or sit in a circle. Either hand everyone a gift or have them pick a gift from a pile in the center of the circle. Do not let them open them yet. Have a person stand in the middle of the circle and read the following story out loud. Do not go too fast (but don’t go too slow either). Instruct the people that when they hear the word “right” they should pass their present to the person on their right. And when they hear the word “left” they should pass their present to the person on their left. Keep an eye on the game. You may need to stop for a moment and let people catch up. At the end of the story, instruct everyone to open their present. The present they open is theirs to keep.
      Christmas with the RIGHT Family 
Christmas was almost here and Mother RIGHT was finishing the
Christmas baking. Father RIGHT, Sue RIGHT and Billy RIGHT
returned from their last minute Christmas shopping. 
“There’s not much LEFT to be done”, said Father RIGHT, as he came into the kitchen, talking to Mother RIGHT. 
“Did you leave the basket of food at the church?” asked Mother
I LEFT it RIGHT where you told me to”, said Father RIGHT
“I’m glad my shopping is done”,said Billy RIGHT.
 “I don’t have any money LEFT to go shopping.” 
The hall telephone rang and Susan RIGHT LEFT
to answer it. She rushed back and told the family, “Aunt
Tilly RIGHT LEFT a package for us RIGHT on Grandma
RIGHT’s porch. I’ll go over there RIGHT now and get it”, she said as she LEFT in a rush. She LEFT in such a hurry that she forgot to get her car keys. She had LEFT them on the table RIGHT next to the phone. Susan RIGHT ran back into the house and found the keys RIGHT where she had
LEFT them. Father RIGHT LEFT the kitchen
and brought in the Christmas tree. By the time Susan RIGHT returned, Mother RIGHT, Father RIGHT and Billy RIGHT had begun decorating the tree. Susan
RIGHT said she found the package RIGHT where Aunt Tilly RIGHT had LEFT it. The entire RIGHT family sang carols as they finished the decorating.Then they LEFT all
the presents arranged under the tree and went to bed hoping they had selected the RIGHT gifts for their family. 
 Now, I hope you have the RIGHT gift for yours
elf because that is all that is LEFT of our story except to wish you a very blessed Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year and to remind you that when you leave our party tonight, please make sure that you have not LEFT anything behind. 
You may now open the present you are LEFT with!!!! 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Gingerbread Trees and Recipe

One of our Gold Star Moms shared with all of us gals her recipe for Gingerbread! I snatched up her recipe today.  And, I also swiped her pictures too! This Gold Star Mom makes gingerbread every year for her grandchildren.  She uses the same 30 year old recipe - but each year the gingerbread comes in the form of something different to decorate! One year they will do trains. The next year could be angels. Last year, it was sleighs. This year it was Christmas Trees!   I am going to "rest" the pictures and the recipe here for now. Later, I will put it in my recipe binder.

* Gold Star Mom means that she lost her son in War.  Although, you the reader, probably do not  know her son  personally, if you have seen the movie "Lone Survivor" than you are familiar with a super small part of her son's story. -  June 2008. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Christmas 2016 Decore

We finally got a "Silent Night".  Concerts and Recitals had us on the move.  So, I was taking a little time enjoy the tree.

Every Military housing that we live in is so different and sometimes some are easier to decorate than others, I suppose....

And, this was just before I busted up his peace and quiet and took over the back porch to watch a Hallmark Movie!
The Kitchen and Living Room is decorated too. I should take a picture of the twinkle lights in there too.  I  enjoy twinkle lights!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

A busy week.

This week, we have had several singing and piano concerts!  

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Fall Evening on the Backporch

My Niece came for a visit.
Coloring.  Narnia. 

Beach Trip 2016

The Coronado North Island on the Navy Base is one of our favorite places to visit.
The children enjoy the Ocean.  We all enjoy the Navy Ships and Helicopters. They were active during our visit.  Plus, we got to see the Navy Seals hanging out on the beach for some exercise.  This was particularly nice since we had just finished the book about a Navy Seal who became a Pastor.  The book called,  "Seal of God".

Too much to see....

My Niece, Abbey, has never been out west so we showed her around San Diego, California. It gave us some time away from the desert as well.

Tour, Shopping, Eating... and more eating on the beach by the fire pit.

To much to see and not enough time!

Jeep Ride and Hiking

A Jeep Ride up into the Sadona, Arizona Mountains. 

Hiking the Grand Canyon 2016

 "He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted." Job 5:9

 We took my Niece to the Grand Canyon.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Still Swimming.

Day after Thanksgiving.... We are still wearing flip flops, bathing suits and sunscreen.
The rest of the country is dealing with Snow.

Science in the Afternoon

It is a squid being dissected. 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Dakota is 16.

Thanksgiving Holidays....
Apparently, he thinks that the quietest spot in the house wins out over being comfortable.

Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving was simple this year.

Foreign Language class

The Little Lady is taking a Foreign Language class online. The class introduces her to 5 languages - French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian and Arabic.   It is a class that is suppose to introduce you to the language, food, and geography.   The objective is to help her figure out what she might want to study more in depth.

I keep finding her translation homework assignments on my computer.
I think her illustrations are good. 

So, what has she decided after an entire semester?
She has decided to learn Japaneses!
Yes! Not a language that she has spent any time on in this class!


Iceman at Work.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Rolling Sandstorm

We live on a super small military instillation out in the middle of the desert. 
Desert Sandstorms are common here. 
It is amazing when they roll in. 
You can feel the wind whip up way before it gets here. 
In just about 30 minutes the entire place will have very little visibility. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

19th Wedding Anniversary

Dinner was at a hole in the wall restaurant. The building is old and run down looking. It is located on the lower side of town near the border. Small. The outside had tables and twinkle lights!  Yet, the food was "Fine Dining". It is the best the desert has to offer! I had Halibut. He had Salmon.  We stuffed ourselves. Delicious. I am looking forward to our next Anniversary!