Thursday, December 15, 2011

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

I’m finally at the end of my picture archives!  What to do?  I guess I’ll have to cover more recent events and have more recent pictures…that will require more action on my part but I don’t mind…as long as I can get creative enough and find a subject.  This has been a tight budget for Christmas for us but really I don’t mind.  We’ve been evaluating what really matters in Christmas and considering the reason for the season.  I’ve been so thankful for the Lord and the wonderful things He’s done throughout the years.  The most obvious blessing I’ve had is my family.  I’m young enough where my kids are still with me and so this season retains much of the magic I knew as a child.  I can’t imagine life without this.  We’ve also had some wonderful dishes that remind us it’s the season to be jolly.  Our church has had some setbacks with our music group and the tough financial season right now can be felt by all the families but we have held fast to getting together and praising God and having time to sit down and eat and fellowship together…I’ve really appreciated that.  Lovely has made a wonderful dish for these events that makes our mouths water just smelling it as it bakes!  She’s also made some beans that have some wonderful trimmings!  Hard to believe that when we were first married I did a lot of the cooking because she didn’t know how…she’s a wonderful cook these days!  Our friends from church made some amazing deserts this year that I’d not had before…it was awesome!  One of the drinks that graces our table on the holidays is sparkling grape juice…it’s a family favorite now that I highly recommend!  The turkey was spectacular as ever…it’s hard to be classics like that!  A toast to you my friends!


This year we planned ahead and Lovely got us all tickets for a big concert that came to town.  It was sort of an early present.  My eldest daughter and I are huge lovers of rock and this concert was a thing we really looked forward to.  The Black Veil Brides took to the stage and the vocal delivery and instruments we absolutely perfect.  Asking Alexandria came on next and rocked the arena.  I play guitar but I love to see amazing drummers do what they do best.  We didn’t need much to get us on our feet and jamming but we were often encouraged to do so.  Yes, there were times when lighters were in the air.  The lighting made it somewhat difficult to get pictures in the arena but none the less I liked this one.  Hollywood Undead took the stage and had the highest energy level I’ve ever seen!  They all started off wearing their masks but it didn’t take long before they had to remove them….it got hot!  You just don’t sleep through concerts like this!  Hollywood Undead didn’t miss a beat even with these antics!  Avenged Sevenfold took to the stage with amazing pyrotechniques!  We were close enough to really feel the heat!  M. Shadows…only one of the best front men ever!  All in all it was an amazing night!  I’m grateful for each day that comes along, bless you my friends!