Sunday, December 5, 2010

Thankful Sunday

I could definitely say I'm THANKFUL this week is over!!!  It was long and challenging. I was sick, Miss Em had a cold, Sophie had a cold. Nothing went as planned. I had to cancel almost all of Em's therapies because she was sick. And to top it all off... my chip in nightmare. Ya know!! Enough  already!!

But in spite of all the set backs this week some really good things happened too, that I am thankful for.

Like this

It's an Advent Calendar! I've been seeing some really cute Advent calendars around on  FB, but I didn't have the necessary supplies. I needed to figure out a way to make one with absolutely no cost. So here it is. I had the pine cone garland, and one thing I have an overload on is little socks, booties, and mittens that the kids have outgrown. I sewed them on and put a candy kiss and a scripture verse inside for the kids. It also serves as sweet memory for me.

And last night ! OMGoodness. This is where we were

This is our beautiful State House! Elected officials from across the country we here in RI, and Festival Ballet where my girls dance was invited to perform. The company dancers performed a few favorite pieces from the Nutcracker and some of the younger children were also invited to "decorate" the State House, in their Nutcracker costumes. It was beautiful and you really felt like you were at Clara's home on Christmas Eve.

Parents were invited to watch the show, but what I totally didn't expect was to be invited to eat drink and be merry with all the guests!! Can I just say... open bar, endless amounts of crazy delicious food, and an incredible show by the dancers. For a few hours last night Peter and I didn't have a care in the world. Jesus really knows  when a bit of respite is needed.

The girls had a blast to say the least, and can now tell you where everything in the State House is , including the basement. Yes the basement. It was a crazy night. Hey, if you let kids have free range in the State House they are going to go for it. I probably would have done the same thing. And think about it, are we ever going to get into a party like this ever again??   

Here are some pictures of my girls and the State House

This Chinese Candy Doll was what greeted the guests as they arrived.

And pretty party girls were all around. 

The beautiful view from above.

All I can say is as bad as things are sometimes , there really is always something to be thankful for.


Patti said...

I love it! I am so very happy- you did indeed need an evening like that:) I love your advent idea- I'm going to use it next year!!
Can't stop praying about Olga..don't know if you saw my reply to your comment on Lily's blog, but I am praying and plotting:)
Lots of love to your family this December..

Scrappy quilter said...

I'm so happy to read that your night was perfect. God always gives us little "nuggets of gold" just when we need them. Hugs

The VW's said...

What a fun night.....and it looks like it was beautiful too! I bet that is just what the doctor ordered after your stressful week! Like you said, there is always something to be thankful for! Hugs!!!

Rochelle said...

Love the advent calendar idea we lucked out and found one at Aldi for .99 it has a little chocolate behind each door.

So glad you and Peter had a wonderful night out. The state house was beautiful.
Praying, praying for sweet Olga!

Lacey said...

I remember dancing in great places! I can't wait to put Arina in dance. I do think bad things make me more thankful for what I have!

Emily said...

What a beautiful night. We made an Advent calendar just like that. So excited about it! Hope everyone is feeling better!

Kelli said...

What a beautiful state house. Using the old socks for the advent calendar is a great idea and has special meaning.

Tina said...

Wow thats beautiful, just look at the Christmas tree...breathtaking. Glad despite the rough days some days do turn out kind of perfect. You deserve it. Hope you have a better week ahead. Love that advent calendar you made.

Pat Cruz said...

Can I love you and your family any more than I do already? Every time I read your pages and words it makes me feel that there is nothing that I could possibly do that is as wonderful as this. You are amazing to me! Love you!