It was bound to happen sooner or later; I just expected it to be later.  So did my DD13. 

What? 

This:

“What is that?” you ask? 

That would be from left to right: my DD13 and my DS11.  Yes, the younger has surpassed the older in height.  It was bound to happen.  DD13 was blessed with the diminuitive genes of my husband’s side of the family.  (At 5’10” he is taller than both of his parents.  His mother doesn’t break 5′.  We’re hoping our daughter will.)  Her growth has slowed considerably, whereas the boy looks taller to me everyday.  

It was bound to happen.  Men are, in general, taller than women.  Brothers usually are taller than their sisters.  Unfortunately for my daughter, her brother has outgrown her at the ripe old…annoying…age of 11.  He delights in his new height.  Daily.

So one of these days, he’s going to get .

It’s bound to happen.

All in all, a good week of faith and cheer. 

Sunday started rough with a visit to a funeral home on our way to my MIL’s to celebrate Christmas with DH’s family.  In the midst of all this joy, our friend was mourning the loss of her mother.  Dorothy was buried Christmas Eve.  Please pray for Mary Lou, Ralph, and their children; and especially Mary Lou’s father, George.

Christmas with the inlaws was pleasant.  Good company, good food, nice gifts. (I got a Baker’s Catalog gift card!  W00T! )  The kids (ours were the only ones there), of course, had loads of fun.  And we all enjoyed watching the Bengals beat the Browns, thereby handing the division to the Steelers.  (Especially good, as we lost today!)

Christmas Eve we spent at church.  Every year I start the evening thinking, “Man, there is so much I still have to do at home!” but end the evening in tears during the candlelighting and singing of Silent Night.  Jesus, Lord at Thy birth!  Our preacher preached a good one; and our Lord was glorified.  What a blessed way to celebrate Christmas!

Christmas morning started with homemade whole wheat cinnamon rolls in the oven.  This has become our family tradition.  This year I tried the Dark and Dangerous Cinnamon Rolls recipe from King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking .  I love that book! 

While the rolls were cooling, we gathered in the livingroom.  DS10 read the account of Jesus’ birth from Luke 2.  DD12 read the account of the visit of the magi from Matthew 2.  It is a good thing to recall and focus on why we celebrate. 

And then….the gifts!  I won’t list’em, but I was very happy that the kids were pleased. 

After gifts, we ate those cinnamon rolls.  OHMYGOODNESS.  Those were some seriously dark and dangerous rolls!  (Possibly too sweet.  I may adjust it next time.)  But they were awesomely delicous.

The kids played while I busied myself in the kitchen.  My brother and mother arrived around 3:30, and for the most part we had a very nice time.  Unfortunately, things ended abruptly after dinner when my mother decided, with attitude, that she wanted to leave, which meant my brother had to go, too.  She’s done that so many times that I just roll my eyes now, but this year my kids were upset that she and their uncle left so soon.  I need to talk to her about that…just don’t know how or when.

We pretty much spent the rest of the week relaxing.  Took the kids to Target and Barnes and Noble to spend gift cards.  I love my DS10’s book purchases: Books on Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not.  Can you tell he’s homeschooled? 

Took DD to see Enchanted yesterday.  Cute movie!  A little slow at times, but generally sweet.  She loved it. 

A good week.  I hope yours was blessed!

This evening our church held its annual Thanksgiving Dinner.  This is usually a well attended event (80 – 100 people), with the usual holiday yummies.  Tonight, however, was a little different.  First, there were significantly more people: approx. 150. icon_eek.gif  Tonight we also held our (first annual?) Gong Show.  Yep, a Thanksgiving Dinner and Gong Show.  We’re a pretty fun group for a bunch of Presbyterians. 😉

There were some typical “Gong Show” types of acts: a Karate demonstration, a couple of comedy acts (including a first grader who could purp his ABCs!), some singing and other musical acts by adults and children alike. 

My proud moments?  My DD12 and DS10 won First and Second Place, respectively! happy dance   DD won for reading two poems she had written.  Good stuff! thumbsup.gif  DS won for singing “Frere Jacques” in French and English.  By himself.  A cappella.  Into a mic.  In front of nearly 150 people.  He did great!  DD was pretty calm, but DS was so nervous.  He told me, “I have BIG butterflies in my stomach!” before he went up.  But he sang in full voice and didn’t shy away from the mic (which was surprisingly hot). I’m really proud of my normally shy 10 year old son.   I’m really proud of both of them!  sweetheart.gif

The Third Place winner was also a homeschooler.  He played the theme from Voyager on the piano.   Hmmm……All the winners were homeschoolers.  I thought we were supposed to be unsocialized and backward? icon_lol.gif  (For the record, I’ve never gotten that vibe from anyone at my church. thumbsup.gif )