Monday, December 28, 2015

Merry Christmas!

We had a great Christmas with the Vawter family at our house.  Zac's parents, sister, brother-in-law and our baby nephew arrived on the 23rd and got to stay through the weekend.  Lot's of food and fun!  Here's some pictures:
We went rock climbing on Christmas Eve!  Here's Keanan.  He has gotten really good since joining team.
Kyla scaling the wall - she went right to the top!
One legged climbing man!
Santa showed up!  (Zac's parents)
Vawter grandkids with "Santa"
Beautiful candle light Christmas Eve service at our church
We took a drive out to the beach the day after Christmas
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year later this week!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Weekend Adventures: Angels Aware!

This weekend was the kids Christmas play at church, Angels Aware!  It was the Christmas story from the angels point of view starting with Michael announcing to the other angels, and delegation of the major and minor prophets (Moses and Isaiah), that God had decided to go to earth.  It was a wonderful telling of the entire story of the Bible, showing God's amazing love for man.

Keanan had a major speaking role as Isaiah.  He practiced really hard and did such a great job!  Kyla was a part of the angel choir, and had a special part in one of the groups singing into the microphone.  She also did a wonderful job.  They had been practicing since September every Wednesday night and have had a ton of fun doing it.  Great job Crosswalk Kids!

Here are two of my favorite songs near the end of the play, with one of Keanan's speaking parts in the middle:
Here is part of the song that Kyla had a special part in.
After church on Sunday we had fun making gingerbread cookies!
Yummy!  We shared some with our neighbors.
 On Saturday, after the kids dress rehearsal for the play, we did a "little hike" which turned into 5 miles with 1,100 feet of elevation gain!  Zac really wanted to check out an old silver mine in the hills.  The kids did great, and we all slept really good.
Resting at what we thought was the top.  It wasn't.  Great view though!
We made it to the mine!
Beautiful sunset.  We were running down the trail to get back to the car before dark!
Happy 3rd Sunday of Advent!  One small baby in the hay, brings us JOY on Christmas Day!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Weekend Adventures: O Christmas Tree!

As is our tradition, we went up to the hills to cut down our Christmas tree this weekend!  Unlike the foothills in Washington, there is no snow in the Santa Cruz "Mountains" - but we still had a great time.  The tree farm that we go to lets you drive all over the property, so Zac was super excited to put the work truck in 4 wheel drive and do a little crawling.  We took some pictures and found the perfect tree!
After getting it all set up we enjoyed our first hot chocolate of the season - a wonderful day!

Backing up a bit, our weekend actual started on Thursday night with Zac's work party.  It was a formal event complete with a live band playing all the 80's hits!  They were AMAZING!  I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers and You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC were our favorites!!  The later being a staple of all Saint Martin's dances ;)   We danced the night away and enjoyed playing all the 80's arcade games they brought in.  Turns out I have mad skee ball skills!

On Friday the kids and I went to the Nutcracker Ballet.  It was a beautiful show put on by Los Gatos Ballet, with guest dancers from San Francisco Ballet Company.  Also, our neighborhood had a Christmas parade on Saturday morning complete with the high school marching band and Santa on a fire truck!  Great way to kick off the season!

Next weekend: Angels Aware!