A white Christmas, one day late

Christmas Eve and Christmas day it was raining here, so all of our snow melted. We didn’t have to wait long, though. Last night it started snowing and didn’t stop until this evening. We ended up with at least 10 inches of beautiful, fluffy snow. One day late, but worth the wait.

Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Eve:

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This year Katra and I wrapped our gifts for each other using Furoshiki, or the Japanese art of cloth gift wrapping. The fabric can be used over and over, and allows you to wrap in some pretty elaborate styles.

A beautiful example of Katra's wrapping

A beautiful example of Katra's wrapping

Another one Katra wrapped. For this one she sewed two sheets of fabric together back to back.

Another one Katra wrapped. For this one she sewed two sheets of fabric together back to back.

A small box I wrapped for Katra

A small box I wrapped for Katra

Kyle woke up (at about 6:30 am) to find his stocking laying next to him, stuffed full of toys.

Kyle woke up (at about 6:30 am) to find his stocking laying next to him, stuffed full of toys.

The first sighting of the huge pile of presents under the tree

The first sighting of the huge pile of presents under the tree

Ian checking out his stocking

Ian checking out his stocking

Dr. Kyle makes a house call

Dr. Kyle makes a house call

<i>hmmmm...let me see....You need a band-aid. </i>

hmmmm...let me see....You need a band-aid.

Kyle flies the Bat-Copter

Kyle flies the Bat-Copter

Ian!  To the Bat-Cave!!

Ian! To the Bat-Cave!!

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When I asked Katra to get a spoon for me, she was surprised to find this new silverware drawer divider I made for her. The wood is maple (to match the drawer box) with cherry inlay (to match our cabinet doors). The bottom is black velvet over foam board. If you look closely, you can see that the divider pieces (with the inlay) are not straight on the top – I made them with a gentle curve down towards the front of the drawer.

Close-up of the drawer divider.

Close-up of the drawer divider.

Now, whenever Katra opens the silverware drawer, I hear a happy little giggle.

Christmas 2009 at Lyon Farm

We made our annual trip to Lyon Farm for their Christmas celebration. We ate roasted chestnuts, saw a blacksmith working, and the boys did some crafts and saw Santa Claus.

Kyle saw Santa outside the general store from across the yard, then ran full speed all the way there. Once inside he went right to Santa, sat on his lap and told him he wanted 'batman and a slinky' for Christmas.

Kyle saw Santa standing outside the general store from all the way across the yard, then ran full speed all the way there. Once inside he went right to Santa, sat on his lap and told him he wanted 'batman and a slinky' for Christmas.

Ian was a little afraid at first, but after Santa had convinced Katra to sit on his lap with Ian on hers, Ian sat on Santa's lap all by himself...

Ian was a little afraid at first, but after Santa had convinced Katra to sit on his lap with Ian on hers, Ian sat on Santa's lap all by himself...

...and was rewarded with his first-ever candy cane. He liked it at first, but once he got to the more pepperminty center, decided it wasn't so great after all.

...and was rewarded with his first-ever candy cane. He liked it at first, but once he got to the more pepperminty center, decided it wasn't so great after all.

In the old schoolhouse, Kyle made a Christmas cracker (which was really just tissue paper over a toilet paper roll) and Ian made an ornament.

In the old schoolhouse, Kyle made a Christmas cracker (which was really just tissue paper over a toilet paper roll) and Ian made an ornament.

Kyle shows off his cracker outside the general store

Kyle shows off his cracker outside the general store

Ian running to show me the ornament he made ALL BY HIMSELF!

Ian running to show me the ornament he made ALL BY HIMSELF!

The artiste proudly shows off his work

The artiste proudly shows off his work

I photograph Kyle as he photographs his cracker (while watching me photograph him)

I photograph Kyle as he photographs his cracker (while watching me photograph him)

The blacksmith forging a hook

The blacksmith forging a hook

Kyle shows off the cookie he decorated in the train depot

Kyle shows off the cookie he decorated in the train depot

A couple of hobos who snuck into the train caboose

A couple of hobos who snuck into the train caboose

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Ian examines the water pump while Kyle (naturally) takes a picture

Ian examines the water pump while Kyle (naturally) takes a picture

Is it Monday again already?

Is it Monday again already?

Kyle and Ian listen as The Night Before Christmas is read to them

Kyle and Ian listen as The Night Before Christmas is read to them

Ready for a hayride!

Ready for a hayride!

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<i>Can I take it home? Pleeeeease?</i>

Can I take it home? Pleeeeease?

Halloween 2009

Halloween began this year with Kyle’s school parties on Thursday. Since he is in the diagnostic program, he had two parties, one with his morning class and one with his afternoon class. He also marched in two parades.

While we were waiting for the parade to start, Ian had some fun with some other kids his age:

Only 2 years old, and already chasing cheerleaders around...

Only 2 years old, and already chasing cheerleaders around...

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The afternoon parade included all grades, so it went on for quite a while. Kyle proudly marched along in the beautiful Harry Potter robes mommy had made for him.

Kyle (Harry Potter) with his aide

Kyle (Harry Potter) with his aide

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On Saturday (Halloween), we went over to the high school, where they had games, prizes and bounce houses for the kids to play in. Later in the afternoon, we went out for trick-or-treating, and came back with a ginormous bag of candy.

Wand at the ready, in case any monsters show up

Wand at the ready, in case any monsters show up

LUMOS!

LUMOS!

Ka-CHOW!!

Ka-CHOW!!

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Look out! Behind you!

Look out! Behind you!

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