Saturday, December 31, 2011

Morgan's Wonderland

Happy New Year 2012!  We spent a wonderful time together the last few days of 2011.  We decided it was a beautiful warm 70+ degrees in Texas so we should venture out to Morgan's Wonderland in San Antonio.  We are so glad we did!

 All of the super hero kids are differentlyabled.

 Every ride is wheelchair accessible!  It was better than we had imagined.

 It is a huge beautiful park and Hanna loved driving with Dad.  Too bad I didn't have the camera.
 Hanna driving the truck.

 The kids loved the train the best.  We rode it two times.
 Hanna could hardly wait to get there to ride the carousel.  1st time was the giraffe.

 The ride made Hayden's chair go up and down.  He loved it.

 2nd time was the zebra.

 Climbing the playground.

 Awesome swings.  They even had swings that you could drive the chair right onto and hook on.

 Here we met a family from Houston that also had a child going to the Rise School.  They had driven out for the day as well.

 Hayden loves winking these days.
 The huge lake for fishing was awesome.

There were so many wonderful things to do we couldn't post all the pictures.  We highly recommend that you take your family to Morgan's Wonderland whatever your child's abilities, they will have a great time.  The price can't be beat.  Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas All Ya'all

We have felt abundantly blessed this Christmas season.  Last year we spent Christmas cooking at the Ronald McDonald house with a few of our closest friends.  Fortunately we have had another year pass that we have not had to stay any time in the hospital or at the Ronald McDonald house.  While we have made a few visits to the hospital to visit friends and share with them our love, this year we stayed home and celebrated quietly with one another with good tidings and great joy giving God thanks for all we have.  If you don't get any further in this blog, please accept this message as a gift by clicking this link:

A Light unto All: A Christmas Gift

Their may be snow from Denver to Boston, but there's no place on Earth like Christmas in Austin!
Scott does a great solo act working hard to decorate the outside of the house.
These are some of our cute neighbors' houses that we have the view of from our front door.  
I love the contrast of black/white. Reminds me of old Christmases past.  Hanna and Scott decorated the tree this year.
 Starting off the holiday with a fun mother/daughter cookie party and Hanna getting her face painted as Rudolph.
My beautiful shirt my brother John brought back for me from his trip to India with my cute Rudolph.
Christmas morning Hanna woke us up excitedly early to point out that Santa had come and eaten his cookies and drank his milk.
Putting Santa to shame drinking all his milk.
Hanna made us all name place cards (can you find the pink squares ie. Hayden) to sit at the BIG table for dinner.

Wonderful cards from wonderful people.  Some of my favorite decorations.
My first time in 15 years to make all the trimmings from scratch:  spiral glazed ham, marinated turkey, sage sausage apple stuffing, brown sugar acorn squash, bacon brussel sprouts, mash & gravy, cranberry sauce & pecan pie.  Now I can check that off my bucket list:)
Scott's collection of snow villages.  We started collecting one annually the year before we left Denver.
When we moved to TX we had to collect the BBQ one of course.  The pink house on the right was this year's addition.
Santa stuffed our stockings.  No coal this year.  Even Domino got some greenies.
Hanna couldn't have had a better day.  Happy Birthday Jesus!
The attached link is a great Christmas message.  May you feel joy in your heart this season and take a few minutes to watch these great messages!