Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Paul Filming Movie

Paul Filming Movie, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

While I lunched with my friends, Paul filmed the "tea scene" for the Revolutionary War movie put on by Corvallis Area Homeschoolers!

Sisters for Thirty Years

Sisters for Thirty Years, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

I love my Alpha Delta Pi sisters. We got together in Brownsville and talked for almost five hours! LeAnne's daughter (on right) came along too!

Intense Discussions

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Me in the Mirror

Me in the Mirror

Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

The end of my Christmas bulb candles. I loved these things, but they eventually cracked apart. I thought it was pretty though.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Memories of a Weaver Christmas

My son, Paul, got the photobug this Christmas. There he is in the bulb.

Paul's Reflections

I love my husband's family. I struck gold in the "in-law" department.

George's Family

George's brother, Paul, dresses like an Elf. Check out those shoes:

Paul's Shoes Paul the the Elf

My nieces wore cool Christmas socks:


Kellie's Socks


Lisa's Socks

Most bizarre gift

"E Coli" Stuffed Toy

E. Coli Stuffed Toy

Christmas Dulcimer Entertainment

Paul Plays the Dulcimer


Out in the cold:

Let Me In from the Snow!

12:05 a.m. - "Still, Still, Still"

I sang the kids to sleep on this dear Christmas Carol. Thanks for humoring me Michael and Paul.

Here are the lovely words:

Still, still, still,
Can you hear the falling snow?
While all is still the world is sleeping
Holy Star its vigil keeping.
Still, still, still,
Can you hear the falling snow.

Sleep, sleep, sleep, 'tis the eve of our Savior's birth.
The night is peaceful all around you,
Close your eyes, let sleep surround you
Sleep, sleep, sleep 'tis the eve of our Savior's birth.

Dream, dream, dream of the joyous day to come.
While guardian angels without number
Watch you as you sweetly slumber.
Dream, dream, dream of the joyous day to come.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

9:30 p.m. - "The Love We Found"

After dinner, our tradition has been to watch It's a Wonderful Life, but last year, we added The Muppet Christmas Carol. I absolutely love this film. It is funny and poignant at all the right places. This song at the end is especially touching.

"Light the Lamp not the rat!" LOL!

We watched this first . Then, we watched It's a Wonderful Life until almost midnight. Love this film too. Makes me cry everytime with its message:

"Remember, no man is a failure who has friends."

7:47 p.m. - The Simplicity of a Stable

7:47 p.m. - Light

7:47 p.m. - Light, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

7:12 p.m. - "Red and Green" Dinner

Every Christmas Eve, we have a dinner with "Red and Green" colors. This year it was red potatoes and meat with green broccoli and beans.

For years, we always had a family over for Christmas Eve, but for the last two years, we have decided to go out and serve in the afternoon and be home with just the family in the evening.

I love it.

3:48 p.m. - Merry Christmas Ester!

We went to see dear Ester. She is 93 years young, loves God and His Word, and is as sharp as a tack! She lost her son in November and was feeling a bit down. She loved seeing our whole family.

2:06 p.m. - GIgantic GIngerbread House I

2:06 p.m. - GIgantic GIngerbread House IThis is an amazing Gingerbread House at the Timberhill Place Assisted-Living facility on Highland and Spruce. The Beautician started working on it in JULY. It takes over 30 lbs of frosting. You can see below for all the details. It was incredible.

Christmas Train

She makes the figurines by hand!

Mrs. Clause

Mrs. Claus is her latest creation!

The Seven Dwarves Inside

GIgantic GIngerbread House

Aerial view!

1:59 p.m. - Mrs. G. Wasn't Home

. . . but we left the books anyway. :)

1:57 p.m. - Dial-A-Book Christmas Delivery

1:00 p.m. - Toffee Done!

1:00 p.m. - Toffee Done!, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

We put together some toffee tins for our library Dial-A-Book Coordinator and Ester

11:10 a.m. - Christmas Toffee

George did some fudge, and I did the secret toffee (SHHHH). Notice I turned the recipe over so you couldn't see the ingredients

9:01 a.m. - Christmas Chai

9:01 a.m. - Christmas Chai, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

8:44 a.m. - St. Lucia Day on Christmas Eve!

That Santa Lucia is ALWAYS late! We should fire her. Wait, Santa Lucia is ME!

Better late than never. We had a lovely morning.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Vandalism!

Christmas Vandalism


I had some homemade whipped cream that had gone bad. So, I decided to write "Merry Christmas" in whipped cream on our driveway, but I ran out at "Merry"! LOL!

(My children just shook their heads in shame.)

Would This Picture Make You Want to Open this Cookbook?

Would this Cover Make You Want to Open the CookBook?

While organizing, I found this cookbook that I inherited from Mor Mor ("Mother's Mother" in Swedish). My grandparents and my mom LOVED pickled herring. It is BIG at Christmas time for the Swedes. Somehow, that love for it didn't get passed down through the 50% Swedish genes. This is not the cover I would chose for this cookbook!

What You Do When You are All Ready for Christmas

December 23, 2008

It started out because we were trying to find the "Secret Butter Toffee Crunch" recipe (SHHHH, no one can know) given to me by my friend (who is also secret so you won't bug her for it). I realized I had YEARS of recipes printed off from emails and internet sites that were on letter size paper as opposed to recipe cards which I have fairly well-organized in a box above the stove.
The papers were everywhere. I did have a notebook, but it was far too small for the volume!

SO, I got ambitious and organized all those recipes in a large notebook that I had just cleaned out.

So, here you have the start and finish of my project.


Recipe Disarray


Recipes Organized!
Nothing fancy, just organized.

Reading Giovanni's Light

Reading Giovanni's Light

Colleen in Washington told me about this Christmas story. Since the library didn't have it, I ordered it used. This will be a story I will read over and over again at Christmas time! Thanks Colleen.

It was so appropriate that I was reading on the morning of December 23 just like the story! We also had snow like the story!

On December 23rd . . .

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Advent Wreath Glow

Advent Wreath Glow

December 21, 2008

After the guests had all left, our family lit the candles for the fourth Sunday in Advent. Precious traditions.

Couple's Dinner Memory

Couple's Dinner Memory, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

December 21, 2008

We all talked about getting the tripod out and getting a picture of the six of us, but the conversation just kept going. What a lovely time with lifelong friends.

We had:
Water Chestnut and Bacon Wraps (by Lisa)
BBQ (Grilled by Pete in freezing temps) London Broil
Oven Roasted Red Potatoes (by Geo and me)
Sauteed Green Beans with Almonds (by Geo and me)
Cornicopia Salad (by Lisa and Doug)
Bread (by Pete)
Sparkling Cider
Apple Pie (by Sharon)
Breyer's Ice Cream (from Lisa and Doug)

Lovely time!

Friday, December 19, 2008


Looking Upward

Looking Upward

Berry and Snow

Berry and Snow

Berry and Snow, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.


Temperature, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

Sunlight through Snow

Sunlight through Snow, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

Home Snow Home

Home Snow Home

Up the Street

Up the Street

Down the Street

Down the Street

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Gingerbread House Decorating Day

Gingerbread House, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

December 18, 2008

We have so many lovely traditions at our house. One of which is decorating gingerbread houses with the Kinkade family. Christopher couldn't come this year because he was stuck at the Boy Scout Christmas tree lot, but it is usually Nathan and Paul who do most of the decorating of the house while the others get distracted rather quickly and go downstairs to the basement of no return.

Mrs. Kinkade, Dee, is one of the kindest people that I know and also the calmest. She manages four children with grace and ease, and they are four very well-behaved, polite children. I know the FIFTH child on the way will be the same with Dee and Michael parenting them.

We love the Kinkade family with all our hearts and will be so sad to see them move to Forest Grove in June. It is great news for Mr. Kinkade though because he is realized his lifelong dream of being a fire chief!