Friday, November 28, 2008

On the Mend

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.
Psalm 136:1,26

I spent the bulk of this day in bed, recovering from the funky crud I caught somewhere as I was running amok with my superbusy schedule this last few weeks. And yes, I too am tired of hearing me whine about all the coughing and sneezing and missing of mashamatatoes. So, I shan't write about that nastiness, and instead I'll show you the really cool stuff we did today.
First, because we rescheduled thanksgiving at my house for Sunday evening, I've had some extra time to do a couple of projects I was hoping to do before the feast. I saw a link on someone's blog (forgive me, I can't remember where) that led to this blog to make the coolest tablecloth ever. Mine is drying over our stairway banister right now, and needs a good ironing, but here's what it looks like so far:

'course it just wouldn't be a amber craft if I did everything exactly right. I completely spaced out and used tole paint instead of fabric paint, so I'll have to either treat it with something to make it colorfast or be okay with it washing out. *shrug* We'll see...

also, we went to our favorite new day-after-thanksgiving tradition, the Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn. It was spellbinding, just like last year. There were street vendors selling all varieties of yummy food (roasted nuts, kettle corn, hot cocoa, and the most amazing mini donuts ever) and carolers, and live band music, outdoor ice skating (amazing in SoCal) and then the big lighting of the Inn. After the whole town counts down, the lights all turn on, and then a spectacular firework show. Here's a little video for you, Tessa! (pssst- turn your volume down, it's a rather loud 10 second clip!)

When we were driving home tonight, one of my girls said "Thanks, Mom, for coming out with us even though you feel so crummy!" and the other said "Yah, I know it was hard. Thank you soooo much." and then my smart aleky teenage son said in the way only parents of smart alec teenage sons can understand, "Oh our most dearest mommy, we present you this day with a reward for your most excellent fortitude."

Amidst the laughter and eye rolling in our car, I just treasured in my heart how grateful I am for my rotten kids, their quirky little ways, and our amazing God who lets me know and love these strange, funny, amazing people. Apparently, I have even more to be thankful for than Puffs-with-the-potion, NyQuil, and my flannel sheets.

though I am still glad to be putting those all to use as soon as I hit "publish post"

blessings to you all!


Halfmoon Girl said...

Glad you are feeling better! You know what they say about smart alecky kids- they must have a smart aleck for parent! Except in my children's case, of course.

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

I love my smart-alecy kids too!

Your banner turned out awesome, and I'm so glad you're feeling better.

So...can you combine Thanksgiving and Advent into one celebration?

Growin' with it! said...

aww man...your tablecloth turned out sooo pretty. we did that this year and mine, well let's just say it has character.

what a trooper you are. hope the weekend allows you good rest.

BeFri said...

Your tablecloth is beautiful!

hansenfamily said...

Loving your table cloth!!! Amazing! I love the photos of the inn too. So glad you are feeling better!

beeeeeeeee said...

Tablecloth is lovely
Teenagers are snarky
You're feeling better now
The world is all sparky

Gayle @ thewestiecrew said...

So glad you are feeling better, girlie. :)

All of a sudden, in the last hour, my eyes have started watering, and my nose is running AND I am sporting a headache. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

PJ said...

How great that you are feeling a little better. Nothing like kids to straighten us out -- unless it's grandkids. Mine got going tonight on my habits -- like backing up to the fireplace to heat up my hinder parts -- and the results of those habits. (I'll spare you the "butt" remarks!!) amidst giggles. And their insistence that it's a family tradition.

Sing4joy said...

Love your tablecloth. Can't wait to see it after the wash. Glad you're mending. Thanks for the fireworks!

Jenn said...

You are more than crafty - that table cloth is beautiful.

Thanks for sharing the Mission Inn extravaganza with us. Sounds like a great tradition you all have started.

S. is so witty - wonder where he gets it from? ;o)

Glad you are feeling better!

Andrea Frazer - Pass the Zoloft said...

Glad you are feeling better. I like the craft. I've always wanted to do something like that with classy letters, but instead have it say something goofy, like "Daddy said it was a hat so I put it on, now Chet is asking where the heck the toilet plungers gone." How funny would that be in cursive? So unexpected.

I'm lame.