What a Winter for the Douglas Family!

Two different collages of pictures from this winter of 2015-16.

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What a Winter!

Winter in Texas is not like winter in Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, or Pennsylvania! But we manage to have our own brand of fun in the sunny, mostly warm winters of Houston, Texas.

Apparently I Took A Blogging Break

I didn’t really mean to take a break from blogging. It just sort of happened.

First this happened.

 

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We got our family pictures taken at Honey Farm in Katy, Texas by Rovak Technologies, Michael Rovak, photographer.

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Then Christmas season was upon us.

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Kelsey and I began to decorate.

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Then Abby lost a tooth, and I had to help the Tooth Fairy. I got a reward!

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Our tree had some problems which took two days to solve. A twisted trunk causes a tree to lean or fall, depending on which way the wind blows. We had to take it back and get it cut more.

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OK, now the tree’s straight.

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This has been going on for 6 months. Teaching Anna how to drive. She’s good, but it was still nerve-wracking at first. She is taking an online driving course called Aceable, which she dearly loves. And they think she’s pretty awesome, too.

 

 

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But anyway, back to Christmas doings.

We made Christmas cookies.

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We weren’t ready for Christmas on Dec. 25th, so we are postponing Christmas until Jan. 10th. But to help the littles endure the wait, we let each of them open one present the day after Christmas.

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The little girls were surprisingly good little mommies.

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Two days after Christmas, we finally got to go to see the Christmas lights that I saw when I was out with Patrick helping him sell ADT security systems, his new job.

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The lights were fabulous! The kids loved them.

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Of course, Charlie Brown is standing there all by himself.

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Katie made more Christmas cookies. No more girly angels for her. She made one with a sword!

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She made a really big cookie, and I asked her what that was going to be. She said she saw it as a blank canvas.  Look what she painted on her blank canvas with icing and her imagination and a toothpick!

 

So, as you can see, I have not been lying around watching TV, eating bonbons. On the contrary, I have been extremely busy trying to keep up with everyone’s needs and wants and the demands of the holiday season. It has been fun. It has been busy. And I feel so very blessed.

 

I hope your season has been blessed and full of the joy of Christmas.

 

Here is our family’s greeting to all of you:

 

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Photos from Abby’s Dedication

Thanks to Dennis Arima at New Life Church, I have these beautiful pictures of Abby’s dedication to the Lord.

We celebrated this day on July 20, 2014. She is 5 years old, almost 6. I have dedicated every one of our babies to the Lord when they are a year old or younger. But we have moved 4 times in Abby’s short lifetime! We never got settled in anywhere long enough for me to feel at home or find someone that I felt comfortable asking to do this ceremony for us. We have been in Texas for two years now, and we’ve been attending New Life Church for almost a year, so I decided it was time to make this public commitment to raise Abby in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Pastor Dusty Kemp and his wife Mary graciously conducted the ceremony for us. Mom and Dad were here visiting. They just happened to choose this weekend to come. Coincidence, I think not! Our church does the baby dedications the third Sundays of the month. Kelsey’s birthday just happens to be on July 20th. So we combined all of these wonderful occasions in one big full day.

The main thing that Pastor Dusty stressed during the ceremony is that we are committing to raise Abby so that we are helping her to become the person that God made her to be. This resonates with what I have always prayed for my children. He was very good with Abby, and it was a very blessed time.

Here are the pictures that Dennis took during the ceremony and of the whole family afterwards.

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Fun Day Planting Flowers

Finally, the little girls had an excuse to get dirty! And they loved it. And the results were beautiful!

Zinnias!!!

 

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Black Eyed Susans!!!

 

 

 

 

The tall pink ones are Day Patiens. They are like Impatiens but they like the sun.

“Play” – ing with Play-Doh

Emma woke up one day and asked me to make homemade Play-doh. I had a new recipe for it I wanted to try out, so it had been in the back of my mind. So we told all the young ones that we were going to make play-doh. They each wanted to make their own color, so I put the colors of food coloring in and they got to mix it in to their play-doh.

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Emma made purple, her favorite color.

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The twins made a green color they called turquoise.

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Our play-doh was very sticky so we had to keep adding flour so we could work with it. The play-doh took lots of salt and flour. Two cups of salt and five cups of flour.

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Abby made pink, of course.

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This is Emma’s face after she tasted the play-doh.

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Abby really gets her whole body into playing with play-doh!

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We used our Spring and Easter cookie cutters to make shapes. It felt like we were making cookies.

But as Emma found out, this dough was way too salty to make cookies out of.

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Pizza!!!

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Oh the joy of creating with play-doh!

And now for some action adventure!

Here’s a play by the twins:

And some more fun with Emma and Abby:

And you will be glad to know that Abby did eventually get apple juice!