Community Celebration of Fiber Arts

Hand SpinnerWe all headed to the Community Celebration of Fiber Arts at Lowe Mill.  It turned out to be pretty cool.  Katie Beth got a hand spinner and made yarn with it.  While Katie Beth was doing that, Karen and I learned how to operate a loom and added a few courses to the work in progress.  Karen Allen working loomKaren and I really appreciated Sarah’s patient with teaching us how to work it.  We never really knew that a loom could be so busy with both arms and legs working the loom.  The Huntsville Fiber Guild put on a fun event with something for anyone looking into this craft.

Christmas Morning and Snake!

Our Christmas could be summed up with one word and that word is “Snake!”  Katie Beth has been wanting a snake with every request given to Santa Claus in person or via letter.

This morning when Katie Beth came down stairs and assessed the Christmas tree and the spread of gifts, she didn’t see anything that jumped out at her. She proceeded to a gift that had been under the tree for many days. She asked if she could open it and with quick concurrence she was off to opening.

Meanwhile, Karen is videoing and I’m snapping photos. In the background, animal sounds are heard and Katie Beth moves onto the next present while asking can she continue. “Go ahead”, we concur.

The animal sounds continue, but louder without Katie Beth noticing anything. At this point, Karen is unable to hold the video camera steady due to giggling so much.
Katie Beth asks to proceed to the third gift all the while the animal noises are getting very loud. Finally, the light bulb of curiosity goes off in Katie Beth’s head.

She focuses her attention on the large covered gift in the corner. With a little delay, she uncovers the gift to see a pet carrier.  Her face lights up with a glowing smile that doesn’t stop.

She starts to open the carrier to have a kitten pop his head out the top.  From this moment on, the kitten is the focus even while other activities are proceeding. Katie Beth is beside herself and can’t stop smiling.

The rest of the morning is a almost a blur.

Ah, the snake. Here is how that came about?

Karen: “Is this what you asked for?”
Katie Beth said, “Yes.”
Karen: “It is? So, this is what?”
Katie Beth: “What I asked for.”
Karen: “What did you ask for?”
Katie Beth: “I asked for a pet, basically.”
Karen: “What kind of pet did you ask for?”
Katie Beth: “A cat or a snake.”
Karen: “I only heard one pet from Santa. Santa said you only asked for one pet.”
Katie Beth: “A snake.”
Karen: “So, this is? What you asked for? Did you get what you asked for? So, is this snake?”
Katie Beth: “Are you blind?”
Karen: laughs, “So, is this Snake? Is this what we are going to call this cat?”
Katie Beth: “Yes.”
Karen: “We are going to call this cat ‘Snake'”.
Katie Beth: “Yeah.”
Karen: “Because, you got what you asked for.”
Katie Beth: “uh, ah.”

This went on for a bit, but you get the idea.  So, our tabby is called “Snake.”

Ronning Christmas Celebration

Ronning family ChristmasWe had a wonderful gathering at Terri’s house for the Ronning’s Christmas.  We play dirty Santa, but no one wanted to steal presents from each other. I only remember 2 steals happening during the game. But, everyone really enjoyed what they got. We talked about ideas for next year’s party. Ugly sweater came up and crazy Christmas card was another. 

It was a very special time especially with Terri’s surgery being just a few days from now.

Rice Crispy Treats

Katie Beth Making Rice Crispy TreatsToday, Katie Beth got to make Rice Crispy Treats for the first time.  We only provided extra hands if she wanted them.

She had a great time sampling along the way to completion.

You can see the mess and craziness here. The username and password are “Friends” and “Photos”.

Christmas Tree Hunting

Katie Beth cutting Christmas treeKatie Beth has been wanting a real tree for Christmas for years so this is the year for the real tree. We headed out to Valley Christmas Tree Plantation. They are so nice at this farm.

I’m not sure what it is, but we have always picked the coldest day and this was no different.

Katie Beth hauling Christmas treeKatie Beth lead us around the farm checking out any and every tree. After a few trees, they all started to look the same to her. In the end, we picked a nice one and Katie Beth got to cut it down with the tree saw.

She was excited to get it home and start decorating.

You see the decorated tree here.  Remember, the username and password are “Friends” and “Photos”.