Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas Dance Class 2014

It was fun to attend Dani's ballet class before Christmas, and watch her go through some of the exercises. Rather than try to comment on each pic, I'll let them speak for themselves.

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Birthday party fun

Now that the Christmas rush is over, and I am back in my quiet house again, it is time to catch up on some before Christmas pictures.

We celebrated Sha's birthday by having a Festive Special at Swiss Chalet.
Buppa got a big hug from JJ

The ham-bone was on the other side of the table.

Hugs were shared all around.

When we got home it was time to open presents.  Dani had a good laugh over the card she made for Mommy
More shenanigans
And even more.
Parties are so much fun

Gifts are fun, but bubble wrap is even better.
Waiting for the cake

After cake, ice cream and presents, it was jammie time
Then down to the family room to watch a movie
All snuggled in and ready for the show to start.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

More Christmas concert pictures

Earlier I posted my two poor pictures of the kid's Christmas Concert. The room was dark, and I did the best I could with my little camera, but my pictures were all grainy and blurry.  Needless to say I was shocked when I saw John's pictures taken from the same spot, but with a much fancier camera.  Wow, what a difference. 
Singing Silent Night

Presenting her reading

Cute little camel

It was a delightful way to spend an afternoon and morning.  I would like to give all the teachers a big pat on the back for a job well done.  The acts flowed seamlessly on and off the stages, and apart from the low lighting making pictures difficult for some of us, the concerts were wonderful. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

2014 Gingerbread House

One day last week the munchkins and I put our heads and hands together to build a Gingerbread house.
The work crew
We all got in on the act adding icing sugar, candies and fondant.  This is a view of JJ's side of the roof.  He likes to see and make patterns, and his side of the roof is very orderly.  Danica on the other hand is more of a free spirit, and her side of the roof is a bit more free flowing, as you will see in a later picture when we put Santa on the roof.. 
We had a bit of trouble with the fondant, but JJ and I managed to get some of it to stick on the front of the house.
We had to stop from time to time to ponder what to add next.
Yes, the fondant was not easy to handle, but we managed to get some of it to stick and make grass for the front lawn, and light in the windows. 
The final touches were Santa being placed on the roof (note Danica's  exuberant side of the roof)

And the wreath was added to the front door.  Finished and ready to send to the kid's Christmas Party at Rosie's at the end of the week.

Friday, December 19, 2014

School Christmas Concerts

Busy but fun week was had in our corner of the country. Christmas parties, concerts and dance recitals were all on the agenda.  We had front row seats for JJ's concert, and good sight lines for Danica's, but the lighting was so poor I couldn't get any decent pictures.  Sigh!  I did manage these two blurry pics of Dani's class, but JJ's was so dark, nothing turned out. 
Danica is behind her classmate here, but thought it was worth keeping anyway.
Here she is getting ready to do a reading.  All the kids looked so cute in their housecoats and scarves.   I don't think the shepherds had anything quite so bright two thousand years ago, but you use what you have...right?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Santa comes to Mommy's work

Santa arrived at Mommy's workplace this week, and the kids were invited over for dinner and a visit.

Doesn't someone look beyond excited to see Santa?
JJ  was a little more tentative
Sweet sweet memories

Monday, December 15, 2014

Girl's afternoon out

I still have a few gifts to get, so when Sha called to see if I wanted to join her and Dani for a trip to the Christmas Shop at our local nursery,I quickly said yes. 
The shop is set up in a greenhouse in the middle of a snowy field.
But it is beautifully done, and is toasty warm inside.
Danica checked to see if there was any mail before we entered the shop..
They have lots of real trees outside, but inside we find every type of artificial tree imaginable.  I guess some people might like a white and blue Christmas tree, but give me a good old fashioned red and green combination.
Decorations galore
An upside-down tree!
Taking a closer look at a Cardinal.
After our shopping trip, it was time for a snack at a local restaurant.  Chocolate milk, cookies and hugs were on the menu.
What a fun afternoon.  Thanks for inviting me to join you gals.