We got up and headed straight to Lisbon for a day of sight-seeing. I love this picture we took in the mirror during a tour of a GIANT old palace. A really cool old place…wow!
Then we went to the museum of coaches (or carriages) which was actually way more interesting than I was expecting. I never knew they were actually so detailed and fancy…I always assumed that was something Disney made up
Sad that it was our last day with Mama Sue, but at least it was a good one!
We headed back into downtown Coimbra just to get out of the house for a bit. I was amazed that my kids stopped and wanted to take a picture with this statue once again. The last time I took a picture of them with this lady was right after we moved here (nearly 4 years ago) and my kids have grown up SO much! Sigh…I better be enjoying every minute with them…it’s going fast!
It was the sunniest day of the week so we finally got to go take advantage of some of the fun Christmas things there are to do around Coimbra. First we headed to the tiny town of Penela to visit their Presepios (Nativities).
It’s really beautiful out there! Then we stopped to ice-skate in another small town. It was our kids’ first time and they did really great!
Later that night Mama Sue sent Mg and I out on a belated anniversary date…including a night in a hotel. All in all, a super great day!
One of my favorite friends convinced me to sign our family up to run a 5K with them. I didn’t realize the kids race was actually just 500 meters, but they had fun and earned a medal, so they’re happy. Henry ran crazy fast…and it’s actually debatable…we think he came in 3rd place instead of the boy that got to stand on the podium, but oh well!
Then the kids went back with Mama Sue (since it was cold and dark) while we ran a 5K through the Christmas lit streets of downtown Coimbra. It was really fun!
My little man is 6 now! Those words don’t flow easily out of my mouth. It’s hard to believe how fast it has all gone! Here he is with his long awaited for DS.
Here is the cake I made for his minion party (let me be the first to admit that cake decorating is not my forte).
We knew his party would most likely be small due to it’s proximity to Christmas (and it was) but we still went all out for the few kids who came and everyone had a good time. Here are a few of the birthday guests (missing 3 others)…
Oh Cal-Cal! Happy birthday big guy. We love you so much!
We spent another day mostly indoors (aside from a bit of shopping to get the kids new shoes…yay!) Randomly though, today was a good Aggie kind of day. We thought we had lost our Aggie rings, but turns out Michael’s mom found his. This was exciting news indeed! (Now if we can just find mine too). Also, our good friend Glenn (aka “Uncle Glenn” to our kids) recently published a poetry book all about A&M. I was flipping through reading some tonight when I found this…
Not many of his poems were actually dedicated to people so I was floored when I saw this. What an honor to both Mg, Henry and I. I teared up. Thanks Glenn! I still love the fact that I am an Aggie!
One of my favorite Christmas accounts is Luke 2…
7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”
15 When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. 17 When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.
We opened one of our Christmas presents early and it was “Ticket to Ride: Europe”. We have played a LOT this week and still love it!
We are SO, SO glad that Mama Sue came to spend Christmas with us!!!
Celebrated 11 years with this handsome man. Thankful for how good God has been to us over the years.