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Christmas At The Albright’s


We had a lovely Christmas. We always let the kids dig into their stockings before we get up. It helps to hold them over. 🙂 This year, I added an electronic thesaurus to their stockings. They have been wanting one since watching Mr. Pudewa with IEW. I thought it would be a nice investment. One was free with the Swagbucks I saved, so that helped.

This was taken before I added the goodies. I forgot to get pictures after we filled them.
This was taken before I added the goodies. I forgot to get pictures after we filled them.

Electronic Thesaurus

Daddy read us the Christmas story from Luke and we gave thanks for our gifts and many other blessings he has given us throughout the year.

Donnie likes comic books like his daddy, but I don't care for them. I make sure his are geared towards kids and doesn't have any bad language or scantily dressed women. I got him a few Spiderman comics and the Good and Evil Bible comic by No Greater Joy. The Good and Evil book was actually drawn by a Marvel artist, so that made it even better. I have been eying it for a while, so when they had it for 50% off, I snagged it.

Good And Evil from No Greater Joy

Good And Evil from No Greater Joy

Good And Evil from No Greater Joy

Spiderman Comics

MaryEllen is into fantasy right now. We dug out our Chronicles of Narnia series that was in her Aunt's attic last month and for Christmas, I got her the Peleg Chronicles. Little did I know that she was looking at these in a catalog as something she would like to read.

Peleg Chronicles

Daddy got us all mp3 players! Donnie and mine are the same (the one on the right) and MaryEllen got a smaller version, but it holds more. This is SO great because now I can listen to my sermons while I iron and I don't have to worry about bothering the kids while they are trying to study. I know a lot of times, the radio is a distraction for them and I try to put it as low as possible so that I can still hear it. It is hard in the summer with the air conditioner running (window unit) or the dishwasher. So, this is a wonderful gift. The kids can now listen to their music and books on tape too.

mp3 players

We got MaryEllen some carving tools since she has shown an interest in wood carving. I don't know anything about carving, so I think this book will be great for beginning and the tools too. We need to still purchase some safety gloves.

Wood Carving

I think Donnie, if cultivated, could become a photographer one of these days. If not for profession, than for a hobby. He enjoys taking pictures and fiddling with the different setting on my camera, so I got him his own. Actually, I found the one I gave him in my closet many months ago. I was tempted to open and use it, but I didn't see the need since I already have a camera and thought it would be a good gift. Well, when Christmas was upon us and I was thinking of gifts, I remembered it...perfect. It also does video, which he enjoys too.

MaryEllen got me a Nancy Drew mystery game. I have enjoyed Nancy Drew games for about ten years now. I am now on #26, Tomb of the Lost Queen, which is the one she gifted me. 🙂 Usually these are gifts from Don every Christmas, so I was surprised to get if from MaryEllen. Don did get me some other PC Games, puzzle type games, the ones I enjoy. I don't spend a lot of time playing games, but I do enjoy one now and then. I do include the kids with Nancy Drew because they enjoy sleuthing too.

PC Games

Donnie got Don a movie, Total Recall. Don had this one on his wish list, so it was a nice surprise for him.

Later, we decorated the popcorn balls Auntie Reff sent us. It was interesting. You wouldn't think it would be hard, but I guess I have no imagination. lol! Here are a few the kids decorated.

Popcorn Balls

Popcorn Balls

Popcorn Balls

Don grilled us steaks for dinner and I made some asparagus and ramen noodles. We didn't feel like the turkey thing this year. We ate our popcorn balls for desert.

Earlier this week, I did try my hand at eggnog. It came out pretty good. I do want to try a few more recipes to see which we prefer. I even found a vegan eggnog that I want to try. I haven't made the fudge yet. When I went to the supermarket, I forgot to get chocolate chips and I bought sweet milk instead of evaporated. Oh well, maybe later.

Homemade EggNog

We had a peaceful time together and finished off the day by watching The Nativity and some of The Gospel of John, finishing it the next day. The Gospel of John is acted word for word, it is pretty neat.

I don't usually post many picture of myself, especially in my pajamas, but here is one of me and Don. The kids didn't want me to post any pictures of them. So, maybe if I post more of me, they will be more willing. 🙂

Daddy Mommy

Blessing for the New Year,




5 thoughts on “Christmas At The Albright’s

  1. MaryEllen

    Hi Cynce, loved this post! Wish I could of enjoyed Christmas with you and the family. Love all your snowmen decorations too! 😉

    Glad the kids enjoyed the popcorn balls. I think you all did a wonderful job of dressing them up! 😀

    I spent the day with the Fosters and with the family in El Rio. Grandma even felt strong enough to join us which was great! I shared my "engagement" story with them and that was a lot of fun...except Bobby wasn't there. He couldn't go because he had to work Christmas night and so he was sleeping. 🙁 But at least I was able to enjoy Christmas dinner with him, and of course Christmas gifts too!

    I really like how you incorporated Jesus into your Christmas. I think I'm going to start doing that too. Devotionals BEFORE gifts will help remind all of us about the true reason for celebrating. <3

    Thanks for sharing about your day and Happy New Year's Eve!!

    Love ya!

  2. Cynthia Albright

    Lou, you're funny. It was Don's idea for the mp3's. He got his deals, MaryEllen's was a display model and the other two were on clearance where he works. Now I have to teach the kids how to rip CD's. Can't wait to read about y'alls Christmas.

  3. Dee

    Cynthia, what a lovely Christmas you enjoyed! I love all the cool gifts. I've been dying to read the Peleg Chronicles. Let me know how she likes them. The reviews have been pretty good...

    Your popcorn balls came out so cute! I love this and didn't have time (it wouldn't come in time) for it this year, but I hope I remember them for next year. I think this is something my kids would really enjoy.

    Your homemade eggnog looks so good. Joshua loves eggnog and has been known to go through a container of it by himself. 😉 I made gluten free eggplant parmesan yesterday and it came out wonderful. Isn't it fun to find out that we can still enjoy our old favorites by substituting here and there.

    I love the pic of you and your husband! Yes, you should post more pics of yourself. You are very pretty and look so much like Linda. 🙂

    1. Cynthia Albright

      Hi Dee,
      OOh, eggplant parmesan sounds so good! Yes, it is fun. I spent a little time yesterday looking up wheat free bread, biscuits, pizza crust, etc., stuff we enjoy and I know it will make easier for the kids if I can still make them. Pasta is another story.LOL!

      Eggnog is a hit or miss with some. We enjoy it here too, except Don. I don't like the high fructose corn syrup in the commercial brand, plus it is so expensive, that was my motivation in trying to make it.

      Lou and I use to pretend we were twins growing up in the lower grades. We even dressed the same. LOL!

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