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Friday, December 31, 2010

Following in Her Father's Footsteps

Allie reached a major milestone on New Year's Eve when she sang a solo at a wedding. The bride, Kayla Dick, wanted Allie's young voice to sing as she walked down the aisle. YES -- the processional. To say I was nervous would be a huge understatement.

Allie did a great job and sounded beautiful. We were so proud of her!

Phil was also asked to sing. He sang a beautiful song, Center, as Kayla and Matt took communion and lit the unity lantern. I had to put the video in two parts due to the size.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Back up plan

In case of illness, Phil had a contingency plan in place!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Evening Fun with Friends

After a quiet afternoon of movies and naps, we continued to celebrate Christmas with some good friends. Dean, Teresa, Jordan, Kristy and nephew Matt, Kayla and Matt (less than one week away from their wedding), and Kevin and Erin joined us for food and cards.

Dean and Phil beat Teresa and I at Euchre and welcomed Matt and Kayla to the table.

Teresa switched to Sequence with the kids. Notice the yellow Nerf bullets behind them. Keep reading for all the excitement.

While Matt and I took on Kayla and Matt at Euchre, Phil, Dean and Teresa played Monopoly Deal.

I think someone is cheating on the other side of the table!

Another crazy game of Sequence.

Kayla and Teresa had recently had their nails done at Dean's insistence :) we posed for a nice hand shot, but not before Matt and Savannah could put their hands in the circle.

While the card games were going on, Tim, Jordan and Kevin were up to no good. Before we knew what happened, yellow Nerf bullets were flying everywhere.

What we have here behind the masks and the shield is two children in adult bodies!! We were laughing so hard at these funny boys!

Jordan is multi-talented. He can take a sword to the side and fire his gun at the same time.

Happy Birthday, Jesus

Another tradition is to make a birthday cake for Jesus. This year the girls did 100% of it, including the mixing, baking, and decorating. We even lit candles and sang to Him.

A pottery present

Lindsay received a new pottery wheel for Christmas and wasted no time in getting it set up.

After she got over the disgusting part of the process, she actually had fun.

Keep posted for finished products.

Christmas Morning

On Christmas morning I got up early while the whole house was silent. I let the kids (and Phil) sleep in while I enjoyed the quiet and some good strong coffee. After the cinnamon rolls and casserole were ready, I woke up everyone to a yummy Christmas morning breakfast.

Sarah's eyes were bright.
Savannah was excited but took some time to fully wake up.

Timothy stayed close to the tree so he wouldn't be late for presents.

Christmas 2010 jammies picture.

Even Phil and I got new jammies and jumped in for a complete family picture.

Timothy was quite excited about his real mouth guard.

Doesn't he look tough in his new Bears jacket?

What was the surprise Grammy sent to the girls? Watch the video to find out.

Timothy loved his laptop from Grandpa Wayne and Grandma Sandy. However, he did NOT like sharing it with his sister.

And the police set from Grammy and Grandpa Dave was out of the paper 3 seconds before he was wearing it.

Savannah opened her shopping cart and promptly disappeared into her room to fill it up.

Allie and Sarah were thrilled with all their Christian CD's and iTunes gift cards. As parents, Phil and I are thrilled that they ask for Christian music as Christmas gifts!

More pictures from Christmas Eve

In the words of Kevin Beckman...I could just eat these two up!! Savannah and her doll baby wore matching dresses. It set the stage for the rest of us to follow suit and wear different combinations of red, gray and black.

Our handsome son in his tie and vest.

Allie snapped this picture of Phil and me.

We continued our Christmas Eve tradition of opening jammies after church. Then we heard the doorbell ring and were surprised by this wonderful group of carolers. Megan (4th from the left) is a teacher at Phil's school and we have also gotten to know some of the other members of this neat Christian family. It was such a wonderful surprise and unexpected treat!

We finished the evening with breakfast preparations of cinnamon rolls and breakfast casserole.

Then we popped in one of the movies that the Szymczak family gave us in our Christmas gift bag. If you have not watched The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry, you must. It was an incredible, great family movie. There were tears from more than one of us!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

A game of cards

A favorite past time for all members of the Hubert family is playing cards. Whether it is Euchre, Uno, Monopoly Deal or Veggie Tales matching game, there's bound to be a winner, a loser, some laughter, and sometimes even tears.

Let the games begin.

Timothy and Savannah had their own game of UNO going on.

Like I said...sometimes there are tears.

But it all ends well with a little wrestling and laughter!

A story from a 3 year old

I asked Savannah to tell me a story. Listen closely to her sweet voice and you can hear about a recent 911 emergency call.

Yes, our sweet, adventurous son, keeps us on our toes. Apparently while I was taking a shower he was playing with my locked phone. I bet you didn't know that a 911 call can be made by a locked phone without actually pushing the 9-1-1 numbers! It's true.

When I got out of the shower, I discovered my phone was in emergency mode, and I had a message from an unknown number. That number was from the Casper Police Department checking on a recent emergency call and hang up from this number. I tried calling back and telling them it was a mistake, but then...the doorbell rang.

It was a very nice police officer making sure our family was safe. She spoke very kindly, yet firmly with Timothy explaining when and when not to call 911. He listened intently with big eyes, and then he even told her he was sorry. It was so cute.

Never a dull moment at the Hubert house.

A Matching Christmas Eve Photo

Merry Christmas from the Hubert Family. Watch for more cute pictures from this photo session.

A Very Special Birthday

I enjoy reading Scotty Smith's blog which is comprised of prayers written by him based on a small portion of Scripture. I post this one on a very special birthday. Click here if you want to read more by him.

A Prayer About Jesus’ Birthday

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

Dear Jesus, a most grateful and glorious “Happy Birthday!” to you. Though you have existed forever in joyful, intimate relationship with the Father and the Holy Spirit, this is the day we celebrate your coming to us and for us.

I join myriads of my brothers and sisters, throughout the world from every age, in celebrating the day angels “Harked!”… shepherds ran… and Mary pondered the good news of great joy which fills my heart this early morning.

Jesus, we praise you for being born in Bethlehem, the “house of bread.” We were a famished people, binge eating at many empty buffets, “spending money on that which is not bread.”But you came as the Bread of Life, and you brought the incomparable feast of the gospel to our souls. Now we are truly satisfied… now we are finally alive and we “delight in the richest of fare.” (Isa. 55:1-3)

We praise you for entering our world in the “town of David,” Israel’s much loved shepherd-king. But David was a mere hint and whisper of who you are.

Jesus, only you are the Good Shepherd—the one who laid down his life for his sheep. As surely as you were born in a stable, you were destined to offer your life for us as the Lamb of God—the perfect sacrifice for our sins. And now, alive forevermore, you shepherd us with relentless engagement and perpetual kindness. We are so well cared for.

Jesus, only you are the King of kings… reigning over and working in all things, for your glory and our good. You are the ruler of all the kings of the earth… setting them up and sitting then down at your sovereign discretion. No other kingdom, but yours, is everlasting. Knowing these things to be true, we have a peace which passes all understanding.

You are the long-time promised and much longed for Christ—the Messiah. We don’t have to look for another, for every promise of God finds its fulfillment—its unequivocal “Yes!” in you, Jesus. The joy this gives us is immeasurable.

You are the Lord—the Lord of all lords, very God of very God. There’s no threat to your sovereignty, of any kind. There’s no vexation, exasperation or consternation in you. This centers and settles us, Jesus, and makes us long for the Day when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that you are Lord, indeed, to the glory of God the Father.

Happy Birthday, indeed, Jesus. You are so easy to love and so worthy to be adored. Now, help us busy ourselves today with loving and serving the people you’ve placed in our lives. So very Amen, we pray, in your matchless and merciful name.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Winter Wedding

We attended a very special wedding for Sarah Putnam and Jonathan Olsen on Saturday. I know both families; in fact the groom is the son of our Pastor. We found a sitter for the little ones and the rest of us got dressed up and had a great time celebrating with friends.

The wedding and reception were held in an airplane hanger and the decorations were so festive.

Lindsay, Allie and Sarah all looked beautiful. I have to admit I got a little teary when Phil was singing as Sarah (the bride) walked down the aisle. I pictured my little girls all grown up and realized it is going to be just a blink before I am the mother of the bride!!!

The cakes - so festive and cute!

The kids' table: Sarah, Taylor, Kylee and Lindsay

Katelyn and Aly

Thanks Jim for joining the only picture of Phil and me that turned out. :)

What an amazing couple. They shared their first kiss ever after being pronounced husband and wife!

Sarah took some time out of dancing to hold the newest baby of our church - Anja.

Allie got brave and participated in the dollar dance. Doesn't she look SO grown up?!

Teresa trying to get a few tips from Cindy (aka Mother of the bride) as she will be the honored mother in a few short days.

A verrrrry tired mother of the bride.

Here is a fun line dancing video with a very special surprise near the end. My shoulders were shaking as I was capturing this, trying not to laugh out loud!

For a guy about to get hip replacement surgery, he is "busting a move" pretty good. :)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Singing Sisters

Allie has sung in Children's Chorale for 3 years and this year Lindsay was accepted into Bel Canto, the primer choir for Chorale. Lindsay's first concert was held in conjunction with a Children's Chorale concert and the adult choir, Alla Breve.

Lindsay is the 4th one in the middle row from the left side.

Here are a couple videos from their rehearsal the night before the concert.

There was one African song that both Chorale and Bel Canto sang together. Here is Allie bee-bopping down the aisle.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Let it Snow!

It was beautiful to wake up to several inches of snow. Timothy wasted no time getting his coat, boots and gloves on.

Hopefully we'll have a white Christmas too.