Sunday, December 31, 2006

a big girl and a new year

I don't post about just one child very often, but this has been a big weekend for a little redhead. Morgan took her first communion from her grandfather in Wichita this morning. She was so excited. The poor thing has been so patient. She wanted her Grandpa to serve her first communion, and this required waiting until he returned from Iraq. There simply is no relationship in this world like that between a granddaughter and her grandfather.

This precious little redhead has more hugs than any one person I know. At almost 8 years old, she still readily finds a lap and a snuggle. This could be one of my favorite traits of hers! Her pureness and sweetness of heart makes me hopeful and happy about the new year. Thanks for everything my wee little red.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

life as i know it may return soon!

Christmas has come and gone, and can I say that I am sorta relieved? I feel like such a grinch saying that. As some of you know, my husband Will was hospitalized for Ulcerative Colitis for 13 days (which included Nutcracker and Christmas). We are thrilled to have hime home, but it has been an interesting Christmas season to say the least. I suppose it really focused us on what is really important. The absence of a family member at this time of year was stark to say the least. Thank goodness for family. We will be celebrating a belated Christmas with Will's family this weekend, and my family still got together on Christmas day. Just wasn't the same. We really want to thank those who sustained us through the holidays. The visits from clergy at St Davids, good friends, and co workers.

And I did manage a few crafted gifts! Not as many as I was planning, but a few. Blankets for the girls and a handbag for a friend. Made another bag for my mom, but didn't get a pic before it went out! I can't wait for the rhythm of our lives to come back. Chaos has ruled the day lately, and I am a creature of rhythm. Our normal lives are busy, but its a sort of controlled chaos. joys of my everyday chaos!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

a year in the life

Here we go. Thought I might try and do something fun! Beki, who has inspired me a great deal lately, had this idea first. So wonderful, I think it needs to be repeated. It has been an eventful year in the Wise household. With Will's illness, it continues to challenge and focus us daily. The changing of the year gives me the chance to look back at what was important, funny, and just blog worthy. Here are the first posts from each month of this year!

January: Welcome to 2006!

February: There is nothing better in this life than playing in a blanket fort with your three year old son.

March: We had a fabulous time at our church last night for Shrove Tuesday

April: What a weekend! It was amazing! We have been blessed the past two weekends with our families.

May: This is one of the funniest commercials I have ever seen!

June: The Clematis finally bloomed!

July: We had a great trip to Ashland Nebraska this weekend.

August: Just got home late last night from our vacation in Colorado.

September: When pipe cleaner crafts go horribly wrong!

October: Happy birthday small boy!

November: Can anyone say sugar hangover?!

December: On the first day of Christmas...

Sooooooooo there you have it. Some funny stuff, some serious stuff, some boring stuff. Life.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

quilts for the kims

I don't know about anyone else, but this story really got me. I was glued to the tv and the reports for days. I got this helpless feeling, wanting to help but not knowing how. Then I came across this site while reading Beki's blog. What a perfect way to wrap those babes in care from all over the country. I think they are looking for a few more folks to make squares, so all you crafty gals should take a peek over there! Even if you are not crafty, there are other ways to help as well.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

nutcracker preview

The Nutcracker season will be over in a few short days, so if you are in the area...come and see! Dress rehearsal and pictures were tonight. Its hard to explain the enormity of this production. The kids are a part of the auxiliary cast. There is a company professional dancers for most of the major roles, but the expectations on the aux cast are just as high.

This is a pic of Morgan with a buddy who has been in the past 4 Nutcrackers with her. If you look closely you can see that his hair is every bit as red as hers! He plays the trumpeter during the battle scene and Morgan is the mouse who wakes up Clara (Sarah below plays Clara).

Just wanted to add a brag shot to a disjointed, tired and rambling post. Morgan's hair has to be "just so" to fit under the hood of her costume. A bun makes them look like cone headed mice! She got a kick out of the braids, and I think they will last for a few days. Well, off to bed. I have ringlets to curl in the morning and the show must go on!

Monday, December 11, 2006

a busy weekend

Twas a few weeks before Christmas and in Kansas...I HAVE NO CHRISTMAS PRESENTS DONE! Ok, I feel better now. That was the feeling before the weekend. Those precious few days produced toe warmers for ballerinas,

rice and lavender filled flannel neck wraps (these can be warmed or cooled and smell heavenly)

and a brown and green bag. This is the first of several I have plans to complete this week. I like the pattern for this bag so far. It's simple and durable and stylish. The brown and lime green combo is one of my favorites as of late.

And did I mention that the girls had their liturgical ballet recital on Friday night? And Nutcracker practice? May be going a bit crazy over here. The recital was amazing though. Abby's group pulled off a very difficult dance flawlessly. Morgan is the youngest member of this group, and the general consensus was that she stole the show. She is just so tiny and the choreographer played to the cute factor.

Back to the sewing machine for me. I only wish there were elves upstairs cleaning my house and doing my laundry right now! I can handle the crafting, its the other stuff I could use a whole army of elves to help with this time of year!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

hail the conquering hero!

He's finally home!!! Can't believe it. Thirty pounds lighter and quite a bit tanner. Seven months in Iraq will do that to you. The kiddos were beside themselves with excitement for the week leading up to him coming home. Morgan told people from school to church to the mall parking lot that her grandpa was coming home. I want to thank all of you out there who prayed for him on his deployment. Your support and concern have touched us all. So now we just have to fatten him up a bit and get on with being a family. Welcome home pops.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006


Its a funny thing...waiting. As hectic as my life is these days, it seems to be full of waiting. Waiting for the girls to get out of school. Waiting at the dance studio. Waiting for the copy machine at the church. It was really starting to annoy me. I have a hard time with idle waste of time. I could be sewing, cleaning, or even doing laundry. I get antsy having to wait all of the time. The last week I have looked at this time a bit differently. Today is the 6th day of advent. We are waiting for the birth of our Lord. That's a way to put it in perspective. I'm trying to this time of waiting and make the most of it. I can sing a song with my little man while we wait for the bell to ring at school. I can work on my Christmas cards while I wait on the rehearsals for Nutcracker to be done, and think about how grateful I am to have all of these wonderful people in my life. So here I am, waiting and thanking God for all of my blessings this day.

Sunday, December 03, 2006


This is my first year helping in the costume department for Nutcracker. THAT is a job I will never want. I have enjoyed fixing hems, sewing on buttons and adding sparkling doo dads. This production has hundreds of costumes, and that just doesn't sound like fun.

This one was a dress from the party scene. Uh oh...better run. Nutcracker practice in 15 minutes. And so it goes!

Friday, December 01, 2006

on the first day of christmas...

I randomly subscribed to the 12 days of cookies offered through the Food Network last year and I swear I loved every one of them! Today I got the first one for this year. I haven't made them yet, but I'm pretty sure they are on the menu this weekend! Check out the recipe for these cool little black tie cookies! Click on the banner to sign up for yourself and check out some of the past recipes!