Monday, January 5, 2009

On the 12th Day of Christmas

Before this Season ends and a new begins, I thought I would share some images of my Christmas with you.

We had quite the ice storm here a couple of weeks before Christmas. We were lucky to be without power for only 24 hrs. It took about 5 days for many in the surrounding areas. My husband and I woke up to no power. As we sat together in front of the fireplace (converted to gas a couple years ago), we wondered if hot coffee constituted an exception to the state of emergency/ no cars on the roads rule.

No worries. Husband found the camp stove, a tank of propane, and got out the french press he had bought in Maine this summer, and Voila!! COFFEE! I love that man! Yeah, he was boiling that water, and later dinner, in the freezing rain.

Husband took this beautiful photo of full moon during ice storm.

How cute is this? Gift left on the windshield by aforementioned husband after cleaning off the rest of my car before leaving for work. I was late for my hall duty that morning because after I came outside and saw it, I had to search the house for the camera.

"Can anyone tell me what the true meaning of Christmas is?"
"I can, Charlie Brown," Linus said. Then he stepped to the front of the stage, and he quietly told the story of Christmas, the day the baby Jesus was born.

Grammy and all the grandchildren on the stairs during my family's (after) Christmas celebration. My favorite part of the whole night was the fifteen minutes that the youngest, redheaded Nicholas (making faces at himself in the mirror here), was gleefully scurrying up and down the stairs , pausing every so often on the landing in the middle, yelling at the top of his lungs "I LOVE BEING ALIVE! I LOVE BEING ALIVE!" over and over.

My Grandmas angels on the piano.


What will the next post bring?

We'll have to wait and see. Hopefully it will arrive soon. It probably won't be pretty and I know it won't be perfect, but I am anxious to get it out to you.

If you have made it this far, I thank you. And thanks for waiting.


Christmas/winter photos by K. Hileman

Ice Moon photo by R. Hileman


L.L. Barkat said...

So many sweet things here. I found myself sighing, smiling, even getting a little teary... the sweetness of childhood captured, the love of your husband, the resolve of those in need of a cup of coffee and dinner, the ornaments and knickknacks filled with memories.

I do believe you sculpted the blue iris out of all these small pieces after all.

The Unknown Contributor said...

Gosh Kim, after this post I think I love your husband too! What a sweetie. And I am going to run out and get one of those stoves (even though we didn't lose power, ya just never know here in Iceland.) You gave me a great idea of what pics I need to snap before I take the tree down.

Oh and please tell Nicholas that I LOVE BEING ALIVE TOO!

Thanks for sharing. I got a lot out of this ;-)

Jenn Calling Home said...

Greetings, and welcome to the blogosphere. I can relate to the power outages - we've had two lately, due to snow. We discovered that it is possible to play Clue by the fireplace and with the help of candles. And when it happens in the middle of a movie, might as well just crawl into bed...warmer there anyway.

About your pictures...I've always wanted a big tree with a homemade swing like that.

Anyway, welcome and I wish you many blessings in the new year.

Jennifer said...

Sweet! So glad you posted again. You have a lovely way of expressing yourself -- in picture and in word.

Isn't it something how a power outage can give birth to such warmth?

I love that image of your hubby making your coffee outdoors, then leaving you a love note on your windshield.

hope42day said...

I love your pictures-especially the full moon. Just wrote a post today about the White Stuff we are getting. Look forward to more posts from you.
Peace and Blessings and no more power outages...

L.L. Barkat said...

Just here to say... yes! Visit me. :)