Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Last Post of 2008: Christmas Revisited

We had a very nice Christmas. The girls got lots of stuff. I'm already tripping over all the new toys.


Margo got to play Baby Jesus for the second time this Christmas at Centenary's Children's Christmas Eve service. So again, David and I were Mary and Joseph. We even had a stable this time!

Madeline and Lydia slept until 7:30 Christmas morning. Margo slept until 8:30. I snapped this picture just as they walked into the living room to see what Santa had left.



Margo liked the rubber ducky that was in her stocking.



After checking out what Santa brought, the girls were ready to tear open their presents. And they did in about three minutes, tops!



Margo took a little longer to open hers and needed a little assistance.


She loved all the wrapping paper and bows.



Aren't these little babushkas precious? They wrapped their shirts around their heads and were playing dress-up.



All three girls playing on the swingset at Grammie and PaPa's. We had a nice visit in Jamesville.


A worn out Lydi-bug! This girl is like the Energizer Bunny, and hardly ever falls asleep before bedtime. She fell asleep on the way home from Jamesville and we just had to take a picture. This picture makes me remember the little girl who took 3 hour naps every afternoon!!! Ahhh..I can only hope that Margo will nap like that.

So long, 2008. It's been a GREAT year!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

We've had a very nice Christmas day and hope yours was too. Will try to post some Christmas pics soon.
Seasons Greetings,
David, Gina, Madeline, Lydia & Margo

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Baby Jesus

A few weeks ago, I received a phone call from someone from the church I grew up in (Siloam UMC). They were in need of a baby to be Baby Jesus for their Christmas play and wanted to know if Margo was available. It just so happened that we were able to attend.

It was a family affair. David and I were Mary and Joseph by default. Madeline and Lydia were angels. It was a short program with a brief dialogue at the beginning, followed by a reading of the Christmas story with all the characters walking in. Short and sweet.....which was probably best for our wiggly girls! Actually, our angels did quite well. And yes, Lydia did pick her nose!

Baby Jesus did very well in her acting debut. She had one little coughing spell and even "talked" a little. There was no fussing or crying and I didn't even have to use her paci! This is as close as it will get to us having a boy!

Too bad I already sent out Christmas cards....this would have been cute!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

First Grade Writings

I always look forward to the things that the girls make and bring home from school and preschool. But this year I have especially enjoyed Madeline's first grade writings. For example:
Letters to Santa.... I love that she told him where he could buy it.


This one says:
Dear Santa I have been very good this year. I listen to my Teachers. I have been good at school I do not cry no moore. I want a cupcake maker.

She REALLY wants that cupcake maker. It's on the top of her list. When we had breakfast with Santa a few weeks ago, she made sure she told him that. I asked her if she asked for anything else and she said, "No, just the cupcake maker".


This one made her teacher laugh!!! One day, Miss Barefoot told all the kids to write about something that they really wanted but didn't have at that particular time. Madeline wrote:

I need some hihg hills (high heels)
Kus (Cause) I like to be sacy (sassy).
It is fun.



She's sassy, alright. This girls LOVES a pocketbook and some high heels. In this picture, she and Lydia are being "Fashion Girls". They love to prance around in my shoes or boots and accessories, with their suitcases in tow..... pretending they're boarding a plane, headed to India! Leave it to little imaginations.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Children's Choir

Tonight we had our Children's Choir Christmas program at church. It was called The Christmas Present. We have been practicing for this since September.

Madeline loves being in Children's Choir. She did a great job.


Lydia is..... well, Lydia! I know she had the wiggles, but I did see her singing. Now, for what I didn't see while I was directing....David and Leslie informed me that Lydia did pick her nose during the program. She has been known to do this in other choir performances. I guess I'll have to look at the video to see what all I missed. I just hope she didn't eat any boogers!!


All of the children did a great job. Sherry & I are so proud of them. They just got their new choir robes a few weeks ago. They wore them in church this morning for the first time. I think the children look so sweet in them. These robes are just darling on the youngest choir members!



Here are all the kids right before lining up to perform. Things can get pretty wild in this room each Wednesday night at practice. We have to sing again on Wednesday night at another church function and are going to try and squeeze in Christmas caroling before Christmas. They will definitely deserve a much needed break (and so will Mrs. Sherry and Mrs. Gina!!!).

Friday, December 12, 2008

Tis the Season......

......to be busy!! I feel like I just blinked and another week has flown by. We are in the full swing of the Christmas season with lots going on. Looks like these two fell asleep waiting for Santa. Actually they fell asleep watching a DVD. I thought they looked so sweet. This was last Saturday night when the lights went out. I was letting the girls stay up late to help me wrap presents. As soon as we started, the power went out. So thank goodness for the portable DVD player. They slept there all night.

Last Saturday, we had Breakfast with Santa at church. Here are the baby cousins, Brayden and Margo ...their first visit with Santa.

The girls with Santa


Margo with Santa



"Who is this fella?" She did pretty good. She got sort of squirmy at the end. When I went to take her from him, she had a handful of his beard!



Here's Margo's favorite new face to make. I call it the "where are my dentures?" smile.




She started baby food a few weeks ago. She's had squash, sweet potatoes, and green peas. So far, so good.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Margo's Baptism

Yesterday we had Margo baptized. She fell asleep about 3 minutes before the preacher called us up to the front. In the above picture, she is sleeping.

After I handed her over to the preacher, she woke up but still seemed kind of foggy as to what was going on. I was afraid she was going to start screaming when she felt that water on her head and realized that she was not in mama's arms. She didn't seem to mind.


She never made a sound. She just looked around as the preacher showed her off.


The congregation sang a sweet lullaby to her.
We sang it at Madeline and Lydia's Baptisms too.



Our third little girl on her Baptism day....wearing the
Christening gown that her big sisters wore.


The family with our preacher, David Beck. His first Sunday at Centenary was the day that Margo was born!



My sweet baby girl



After taking lots of pictures, our families came back to our house for lunch. Here's the cake I made in honor of Margo's special day.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Elfed

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Tonight I elfed our family. Bet y'all didn't know we could disco!!! We elfed ourselves last year, but to a more traditional Christmas jingle. They have several dances to choose from, but I really loved this one. OK fellow bloggers, go ahead and elf yourself (and your family). I want to see! And speaking of elves, Jingles arrived on Monday. The girls are so excited about finding him in his new spot each morning.

pause the playlist to see us do our Christmas disco