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St. John: An Inauspicious Beginning

The girls’ “big” Christmas gift this year was, in fact, big: a family trip to St. John, United States Virgin Island. Tim and I have been planning this since March and decided to keep it a secret from the girls. Saving the big reveal to Christmas Day was awesome! For …

Chocolate Butter Cookies

“There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson Scatter joy this Christmas!

Christmas Memories

This post is one of those that’s really about good ol’ Tim. Later, when I want to remember what Christmas 2009 was like, I’ll come looking for this post, and these pictures. Feel free to join me in that memory if you like. How do you stop your daughters from …

Christmas Gifts Extraordinaire

Hand crafted, homemade Christmas gifts have long been a tradition in the Martin family. This year was no exception… Check these out… A handmade wreath from the Martin-Kellers, complete with pinecones from their new cabin

Merry Christmas!

If I type fast, I can publish this before Christmas officially departs! If I have your email address and I typed it in right, you’ve probably already gotten an email to this effect, but we actually made a Christmas card this year… right here on flamingobear. If I managed to …

Gingerbread Cookies on a Stick

Sure, I could make this a touching post about how my just-turned 7-year-old requested “gingerbread cookies on a stick, like last year” for her birthday treat.

Inverted Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Charlie: So, Lieutenant, where exactly were you? Maverick: Well, WE — Goose: Thank you. Maverick: — started up on his six, when he pulled through the clouds, and then I moved in above him. Charlie: Well, if you were directly above him, how could you see him? Maverick: Because I …

Six Partridges

One of the great, long standing traditions in our family is a group singing of the carol The Twelve Days of Christmas. In the past, the performance included the guests at a big Christmas party and each of us. Now, we’ve raised another generation so they can take care of …

Christmas Arrival

Nothing special about this video, other than the fact that it records the morning arrival on Christmas. You know, posterity requires that I post videos like this so I can watch them later… Christmas Arrival from Tim Martin on Vimeo.

Our Christmas Pageant

Oh yes, this is fine work from my girls. If you’re seeking something meaningful or deep, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. If you’re looking for something silly, you’re in the right place. The first piece is about 1 minute long and includes the “introductions”. My favorite parts of section one are Jesus’ …