We had a very, merry Christmas and we hope you did, too! It was a little different this year, being in a new place, and in a new house, and having Christmas on Sunday with 9:00 church (even though we were only supposed to have Sacrament meeting, it still lasted 1 hour and 45 minutes)!!!!! Sarah threw up again Christmas Eve, so we decided we weren't going to risk taking her to church. We all could've stayed home if it weren't for the fact that 4 of us were part of the Christmas program.....oh well. Chanon stayed home with Sarah and Nathan (Nathan had to stay home also, otherwise he'd be sitting all by himself in the congregation while the rest of us were on the stand in front. Not a good idea. Also, not a real wise idea to have him sit on the stand with us.).
Hmmmm....what to do about opening presents? We discussed our options, and chose to not put gifts out until AFTER church, which was WEIRD but definitely a must. We weren't sure we'd have time to do…
Here we go again, and two days before Christmas! Seems like we just went through this recently.....hmmmmm.....oh yes, that's right: 3 months ago (usually it's been a couple of years in-between episodes)! And it was Sarah who started us out that time also. She woke up sick this morning and thankfully avoided any "mess" on the carpet. I moved her downstairs where we only have hard floors (those are a little easier to clean up than carpet). Oh crud. I just remembered ~I was second in line last time. DARN IT!!!!!!!!!!! I can't get sick....I have to play the piano on Sunday (yah....not to mention that it's also CHRISTMAS)!!!!!!!
Translation: Dear Santa, I like "ERENS" (ok, so, I'm not quite sure what this translates to. Nathan doesn't even remember. But, he DOES like to go to the store with me, so my best guess is "Errands"!!!! Or, maybe it's "your nose"? ha ha) I like Toys (not "toes"). I like Christmas. I like Buzz Lightyear. I have toys. From Nathan. CUTE!!!!!!
Last week was concert week! In about a week's time, everyone in our family (except Chanon and Sarah) participated in at least one Christmas concert. I've already posted about Nathan's. On December 13th, Dean and Emily had a choir concert at 6:45 at Nampa High: This concert sounded better than the last one, but the choirs still stink (yes, that sounds like a heartless thing for a mother to say, but Dean and Emily said it first and they know that I don't think THEY stink. Also, "One must never tell lies, right Dolores?").
One hour later, at Columbia High, Emily had an Orchestra concert. They sounded lovely:
Two days later, Amy had a concert...I guess technically it was a band concert. She plays the violin, but band and orchestra are combined, and of course the class is called "Band Class", so there you go. My camera does not like this room. I even changed the ISO, and the light setting to "fluorescent", but I can never get a good p…
What's cuter than a bunch of 1st and 2nd graders putting on a Christmas play? Not much!!!! Here are most of the 1st Graders (the second graders are on the other side of the stage and since I don't have a 2nd grader, I didn't bother to take their picture). This was probably the cutest Elementary "concert"/program I have ever seen. The music teacher here is amazing and prepared the kids thoroughly. I was so impressed at how well those little 1st graders performed. The elves, and other characters not shown here, had multiple speaking parts and they did an amazing job. They looked and sounded like little actors (it kinda reminded me of the 90's Little Rascals movie). The 1st graders also learned 6 songs...most of which had choreography. Nathan actually SANG and did some of the choreography! Usually in any school program he has been a part of in the past, he has just stood with his hands over his ears......and didn't participate. He did get distracted …
Time again to Deck the Halls!!! Last year I learned the hard way that breakable ornaments probably aren't a good idea for a few years, so I bought some shatter-resistant ones for the tree this year. Nathan and Sarah were obsessive about re-arranging the ornaments last year and we lost quite a few special ones...especially when they ended up knocking the tree over. The special ones that survived stayed boxed up this year. So far, they haven't even touched the tree (that I've seen).......that figures!!!! Here Dean is untangling the ornament hooks for me: FYI: That big white ornament is an Angel....not an insect (just thought you ought to know)! Nearly done (and look, they are standing in "stair steps"!!!) Amy and Nathan Rockin' around the Christmas Tree! Enjoying the atmosphere Time for treats: Merry Christmas!!!!
Dirty face? No.....just eye shadow!!! Bleach stains on the chair? Nope......eye shadow! Yep, you guessed it............EYE SHADOW strikes again!!!!!! (And now Emily is so thrilled that she no longer has eye shadow)