Leavenworth & Holiday Happenings

Leavenworth Girls 2015

Hi Friends, Sorry I have been MIA. I got a bit busy and then something happened with my computer….so Rob had to have some days off to get it figured out & fix it. So now I am back in the blogosphere. YAY! I also had to pay bills ( yuck!!) Who pays their bills by mail anymore…I pretty much survive by this computer and since we get paid weekly..I have to pay bills every week. I have to be connected. 🙂

This weekend one of my besties, Carla,  came for the weekend and we decided to go to Leavenworth, WA. Leavenworth is one of my most favorite places on earth. It’s a little German town. All of the buildings and business’s have to have a German town theme and there are festivals, celebrations and parties almost every weekend in Leavenworth no matter the season. I love that.

any given weekend you can go there and there is a sea of people from all over the world. Literally. It’s just amazing.

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I have been waiting for the snow to arrive so I could schedule some cross country skiing trips in Leavenworth. It’s officially here. YAY! We didn’t go skiing this last weekend…we just did some shopping and stayed for the lighting ceremony. It was crazy busy and so wet & snowy. Honestly, as much as I love the snow and the ambiance of it all…the wetness was kind of terrible. just because it was so difficult getting in & out of stores and shops because of the crowd and weather.  But I still had a great time and ate a ton of crappy food & sugar. It was really the first time since I started this journey that I have done that. That was an eye opener. I thought it would be OK …it’s the holidays and I have been so good. I got so tired. I hit a major wall. The next morning I woke up with a food hangover. No kidding. I was so lazy on Sunday it was difficult to get my mojo back. Sugar is the devil.

There was sledding in town for the little kids…and I loved the energy and smiles all through town.

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But I am going swimming tonight and that burns a ton of calories. All I can do is get back on track.  I have been stalled for several weeks.

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Anyway Leavenworth does a lighting ceremony every Friday & Saturday night in December up until Christmas. It’s a great ceremony where they light up the whole town at once…and everyone gathers on the center of town to sing carols and share in the glory of the holidays. I love that. I have to say that experiencing that this year was a bit different. It’s sad to say that while I was in the big crown locked in the middle feeling like I couldn’t escape …we were all packed in like sardines….I felt vulnerable. The terrorist attacks popped in my head and I immediately felt joy leave my body.  It is sad to say that something that I love and brings pure joy is tainted by something so sinister. It’s the world we live in. We have to be so hyper-vigilant & aware of everything and possibly avoid these types of things due to fear. Where there is a crowd of people there could be an attack. I hate that feeling.

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What do you know? Some extremist Christians decided to show up and wave their huge signs and proclaim what horrible people we all are….and how we are going to Hell. Can I just say how terrible that is? I am a Christian…I understand what they are saying but that is not how Jesus would be witnessing. We are supposed to be like Jesus. That is coming at people with Love. Not that way. All I heard of the people around us was how these Christians are trouble makers….and it didn’t make me want to deny I was a Christian in any way….but it did make my heart hurt for all of the damage that they were causing in the name of Jesus.

I am sad that there is always going to be a negative effect of what type of world we are living in …..but I just keep Praising God for the work he does through me.

It took us 2 hours to get 1 mile through town after the ceremony ( no kidding) ….and we should have just stayed for dinner and waited for it all to pass. we have always had a hotel room or something before….now we know better how to deal with the chaos. We finished with Dinner in Wenatchee and I passed out when we got home….it was a long sugary day.

Our oldest daughter came over on Sunday to make amends with us. She hasn’t been talking to us…because when you make bad choices you don’t want to be held accountable. I can live with that from any of our kids. Our oldest Son is doing that currently as well….and honestly as much as you love your kids…you have to let them go and let them fall and make mistakes so they can learn. The hope is that they actually learn from the lessons and move on. They just need to be in a position to fall…not be enabled by anyone. I am not sure where either of them are as far as lessons & life……so all I can be is consistent and stick to my core values and stay true to myself.  Raising kids isn’t for the weak of heart. My friend Carla …..is funny and honest and puts it into perspective. She says…..”I am so glad I only had 1…God knew what he was doing. ” She said “Girlfriend, you are strong…I don’t how you do it with 6. ”  I don’t really know either. You just do it..pray, hope, wish and work. That’s the recipe. So I would just like to ask for prayers for my oldest son..he is going down a bad path and it’s disheartening. I have faced this too many times in my lifetime and it’s just amazing that no matter how well you raise your kids…they get to make their own choices in life and he doesn’t care enough about his own life currently to do anything productive. I have learned what not to do by a fine example…and I will hold my head high knowing that I am doing the right thing.

So This week I will be posting more pictures..I am behind in posting…still. But between all of that I have so many dr Appointments for my family & myself. and work to get done & shipped out…how does this happen?

I also have an interview with a company this week about becoming a designer…..Hoping,  I make the cut. I will let you know. That’s kind of exciting!!

I also want to tell everyone that I will not be working at the shop after the first of the year. I have been quilting for the shop since the beginning of this adventure. I gave my notice 6 months ago. I think it’s just time…..I want to pursue other things ( hence the interview this week) and I need to challenge myself. I will still be quilting ….I just won’t be quilting through the shop. We are great friends and I am so thankful for my opportunities and my relationship with the shop……The fabric Patch will always have a piece of my heart. I will still be taking classes & clubs there…How could I not? But it’s time to pass the baton and fly solo. So you will still see me pop in there on occasion and say hit to my friends…..I just wont have a handful of quilts with me. 🙂

I hope you all have a wonderful week.

xoxxo

Charisma

 

 

 

 

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