..."We Had Christmas"
It is amazing how fast Christmas approaches us and just as fast, is *poof* Gone.
|This Year's Christmas Card|
|Another family shot that didn't make the card.|
I admit to a little bit of "Post-Christmas" Blues. No, nothing major. No one may even notice if I didn't say I had them. But there is just something about the season approaching and all that fun and then...boom...it's gone. Plus, Retail-land doesn't help with how they hoist all the next "stuff" on you before the current holiday is even over. I'm in no mood for Valentine stuff just yet! Just like they were clearing out the Halloween stuff BEFORE Halloween was even over to make room for the Christmas stuff. (Poor Thanksgiving).
Anyway, there was no immediate family around for this round of Christmas celebrations. Sometimes we would see some of Chris's cousins and his aunt around Christmas, but we didn't hear from them this time around.
|Xander enamored in "The Grinch That Stole Christmas" on the TV above our table at TGI Fridays.|
Of course there was a long wait and they were crazy busy, but it was still fun. And even though Alexander is usually impossible in a restaurant, this time I would give his level of difficulty a 5-6 on a scale of 1-10. Not too shabby! Yes, he got some food or something on the sleeve of his hoodie. It just sticks out in the photo.
Also, the weather has been cooperating this time and it's nice and nippy for the season. Anytime it's in the 70s for Christmastime, I say BLEH! But not this year. We've had a nice marathon of some rain, then days in 50s and 60s. Now this is what Christmas here in the desert should be like.
After TGI Fridays, we went to the temple grounds and saw the beautiful lights and inside the visitor's center we saw different Nativity displays from around the world. Here is a low-quality cell phone snapshot of Alexander, Mikelle and I in front of the tree at the Visitor Center entrance.
And yes, Alexander has shoes. He likes to pull them off and throw them down, so while we were inside, we just held onto them.
I love the old vintage Mesa Temple pictures they have on the tree. I may have included this in a past entry, but my favorite is the one from January 1937 (this is larger example, though they do have a small one hanging on the tree):
Looking at the picture, it's hard to believe that 1) there is snow down here in the desert and 2) that is can accumulate like that. However, back in 1937, the area was so much more rural and there was no sprawl of asphalt and concrete that has contribute to warmer temperatures in an already arid climate.
If the same storm system hit now, I'm guessing the snow would either melt before it hit the ground or melt when it hits the ground. Still, that picture is gorgeous and I would love to have one to hang in my home.
If you think the above picture is gorgeous, check out this one:
This picture is from the book "Latter-Day Saints in Mesa" by D.L. Turner. Regarding the snow, it read:
The January 1937 Snowstorm in Mesa was so unusual that many family albums from this period have images of snowmen in front yards and snow covered buildings – the high school, churches, homes and even the temple. The snow lasted nearly a week and local camera stores nearly ran out of film.
Here is a link to another Temple snow shot on LDS.org.
But I digress. However, you cannot deny that the above pictures are part of the feeling at Christmas, even if the snowstorm was in the latter part of January.
And here is Christian's desert winter collage project from school! I loved it instantly! In fact, you'll see how it goes along with a fun Collage seasonal-themed project I did with my Cub Scouts (further down):
Custom ArtworkOne thing I neglected to include, was some photos of a custom order I completed in December. it was a huge one and a lot of work. However, while it was hard work, i was so delighted to have the commissioned order and the opportunity to do it!
The snapshots I'll include have certain personal details blurred or creativity covered.
I am just very worried because I have no idea if the customer liked the artwork or how it was received by the 4 others that is also spotlighted. Chris says, "Don't worry about it - you completed an order."
But with this type of artwork, it is hard to separate myself in that way. I received so many details into the lives and personalities of people I never met, so I obviously felt a connection to them. Therefore, I hope to eventually find out how they felt about the artwork and if it is what the client was hoping for.
Here are some details from the first three. It certainly doesn't do the whole project justice, as so much detail was needed for all five:
|Detail from the one for an 11 year old young man.|
|Detail from his mother's mandala|
|Another detailed area from his mother's.|
|Detail from his father's mandala.|
|Detail from his father's Mandala.|
Starry Night in Bethlehem
|1889 - Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night"|
Still, this turned out rather well and the boys learned a little about Van Gogh's Starry Night and we had a nice Bethlehem theme of Christmas to it. I have previously done this project with Heartland group of 2nd-5th Graders using a Halloween theme. That's what's so fun about this project, you can incorporate it to just about any theme and all the while the kids can learn about Collage and a piece of art history.
Other than trying to finish a new blog header, I believe this is my final entry for 2012! Happy New Year!