Saturday, December 6, 2014

From the.....

From the camera:




As I mentioned before, one of Kyle's fond memories of Grandpa Schmidt was time he spent putting this Christmas village up each year.  This village has been in storage since Grandpa past away.  The other day Grandma Schmidt let us take the Christmas village to our home.  Today we spent literally the entire day to peel off the old felt from the giant board.  Then we cut about an inch off the board that had gotten wet.  I spent the afternoon cutting the felt between the train track pieces.  Then tonight Kyle and his friend (his date) spent the evening putting the pieces of the village together.  The village is pretty cool.  It has an ice skating rink in the middle, Santa flies over, a church, and all the other little houses....plus all the people and trees scatter throughout the village, and it plays Christmas music.  We are pretty excited to have it up and in our home.  This has been fun for Kyle, Curtis and even Kevin to work on.  It has brought back a lot of fond memories.  
From the Heart: 
In keeping with those random acts of kindness here is another idea.  How about writing a letter to someone who made a difference in your life?  Is there someone you know of?  Maybe a teacher, a professor or even a coach who believed in your and inspired you to do your best.  Maybe that person is a relative or a mentor who helped you choose your career path.  Why not tell that person in a letter or a card.  Tell them how they have inspired you.  

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.  Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
--Albert Schweitzer

From the Kitchen:
Here is a cute idea for serving goodies.  
You will need:
Starlight Mints. 
(Brach makes some, but you can find them just about anywhere.)
A Cookie Sheet
Parchment or Wax Paper 
(I think parchment works best)
Your oven

How To:
1) Heat oven to 350 degrees
2) Place wax paper on cookie sheet
3) Arrange mints in any design you wish on top of wax paper or parchment paper on a cookie sheet.  Allow extra room on the sides.
4) Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes.
5) Take out and allow to cook on cookie sheet.  Cools in approximately 5 minutes.
6) Remove wax paper from bottom.  Be careful, tray is fragile and breaks easily.

From the Spirit:
Simple ways to Keep Christ in Christmas...
1) Serve others.  Christ's every action and decision was based on the welfare of others.  He thought not of Himself but of His Father in Heaven, His brother and sisters, and the eternal nature of His calling.  He sacrificed not only His very body and life, but each and every moment He lived, and the decision He made was made for us.  We can honor Him this season by thinking of others before ourselves and giving (time, help, gifts) without thought of receiving anything in return.

2) Always remember Him.  When we actually give out thoughts room to contemplate the Savior's birth, His life, and His sacrifice, we make room in our hearts to feel His love.  Read about Christ's life from the Bible or other spiritual books such as "The Tale of Three Trees".  Take time each day to contemplate what Christ has done for you and you will feel His peace.  

3) Take the time to begin your personal prayers with an attitude of gratitude for all the blessings you have received.  If you are not feeling particularly grateful, ask your Heavenly Father to help you see more clearly the many things you have been blessed with.  By doing this you will be surprised how quickly you will see just how blessed you really are.  

These three simple things will help you keep Christ in your Christmas and will warm your heart and home.  

From the Schmidt's 

Today was a busy day.  Lexi went to a Christmas carnival with our Bishop's family.  She spends a lot of time with their two younger girls.  They have been really good friends to our daughter and she enjoys spending time with them.  Then later she went over to another friends house to work on a Science project.  They compared homemade toothpaste to store bought.  Lexi had the job of using the homemade kind for a week straight.  I tried it too.....just once.  It was not very tasty AT ALL!!!  I'm sure Lexi was glad when that was over.  ~laugh~laugh~laugh~


Curtis and Kyle ran over to my MIL's home to take care of her dogs.  She is still away from home.  Then they spent the rest of the afternoon trying to get the train to work.  They ran some errands to get some electrical wire so they could re-wire the track to the power supply.  Then we worked to get the felt cut around all the pieces of the track.  Tonight Kyle has a date over and we are watching Home Alone.  Fitting since it's Christmas time, right?

Danielle was over earlier today.  She came over just to see the Christmas village get set up.  Unfortunately we were not as far along as we wanted to be when she came over.  So, we made homemade pizza.  It was pretty yummy! 

Kevin perked up a little today with the train in the house.  It's fun to watch the train go around the track while the Christmas music plays.  It looks like we are starting to get into the Christmas spirit around here.  We even made plans to have my family over for Christmas Eve.  Last year we cancelled it because Kevin and my Mom both had back issues.  That was a rough Christmas for all of us.  No one wanted to cancel but we had to.

This week will be a busy one.  Curtis has several dental appointments and a physical too.  He should be ready to finally turn in his mission papers by the end of the week!  We are thrilled!!!  That is a huge blessing!  For the longest time Kevin and I thought our situation would hold our son back from doing what he really wants to do...serve a mission.  We never dreamed things would turn out the way they have.  There have been blessings all along the way.  It has been amazing!  I know Curtis needs to serve a mission and I know he will be an awesome missionary.  Sure, I am a little bias, but seriously....this time it's a little different than it was for Kyle.  I guess all future missionaries and their situations are all very different. All I can say is I am very grateful and extremely excited!  
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