Monday, December 31, 2012

Christmas 2012

I am surprising myself with updating the blog!  I am spending my Saturday(12/29) organizing and uploading pictures from the past several weeks. So I have scheduled a few blog posts for the next few days. 
Anyhoo....we had a wonderful Christmas.  As you can tell from the picture above, Santa came and he did not disappoint!

Madeline got a $100 bill!  And she has already put it in her Fat Cat account.  I hope she continues to be money conscious.  Dave Ramsey would be proud.

Annie right in the middle checking out everything.

Lydia with her new American Girl doll, Julie.

Lydia loves Littlest Pet Shop.  She got lots of LPS stuff this year.

Margo with her AG doll, Kit Kittredge.  Notice Margo wasted no time changing shoes and putting cowgirl boots on Kit.

Annie with her new stuffed toy.

After checking out all their toys from Santa and unwrapping presents, David and I had one last (BIG) present for them.  I had the girls open one last gift bag together.  Inside were three bandannas for them to be blindfolded with.  They had to walk blindfolded into the playroom to find their gift.

Here they are right after they took off their blindfolds.  Yes, they got a dollhouse for their American Girl dolls!

It was built with lots and lots of love by their Daddy.  I'm so proud of David for doing this.  I showed him a picture of a similar house (from Pinterest) on Thanksgiving day.  He was up to the challenge and spent several hours over at Grandma and Grandpa's shed working on it.  I was in charge of interior design.  I painted and wallpapered (with scrapbook paper) the walls and arranged furniture.

We were up until 3am Christmas morning assembling, moving, and perfecting this house.  David was scared he was going to wake the girls nailing on the roof.  But he didn't.

I even made their AG dolls Christmas dresses and had them all grouped together in a room as to say, "Merry Christmas!"
The dollhouse was a huge hit and they have been playing with it and their dolls almost nonstop.  David jokingly told Madeline the other day that she needs to play with it everyday until she is 20 years old!  It was indeed a labor of love but totally worth if after seeing their reaction!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Piano Recital & Christmas Musical

Lydia had her Christmas piano recital on December 15th. She played Deck the Halls and she knew that song backwards and forwards!  She had a little difficulty with it when she first started playing it after Thanksgiving.  Once she mastered the left hand, there was no stopping her.  She practiced and practiced and loved playing it at home, church, grandma's house....anywhere there was a piano.
 She was also happy to wear her favorite dress.  I think she wore this dress almost every Sunday in December!
Here are all of the students who take piano lessons from Mr. Buddy.
 Here's a video (taken by Madeline on my phone) of Lydia playing Deck the Halls.  She chose strings mode on Mr. Buddy's fancy piano.

 David was working this day at the hospital in Smithfield.  I was texting him during the recital to let him know when to leave to get there in time to hear Lydia play. 
Things were moving along quickly. He got there just as she played the last note of her song.  Lydia came running to my seat and was excited and said, "Daddy made it!"  She then ran down the aisle to give David a quick hug before he returned to work.  I'm so glad he 'made it' because Lydia didn't know that he wasn't there for the entire song.

The next night we had our Children's Choir musical at church.  Margo sang in the Cherub Choir and they all were so darling.

The K-5 Choir performed Shepherds, Sheep and a Savior.  Madeline and Lydia were shepherd girls.  The rest of the choir were sheep.

Lydia had a duet.
 She did this same part as a trio in church the previous Sunday.

They did a great job!
So proud of the Children's Choir. 

Saturday, December 29, 2012


A few weeks ago we had a cousins photo shoot.  We wanted to surprise Grandma & Grandpa with a photo of all seven of their grandchildren.  Here they are in birth order:  Madeline, Lydia, Caroline, Margo, Brayden, Avery and Connor.

Here they are in action!  I love how Connor is just sitting there.  He was very content playing with and munching on leaves :)

And here is the winner!  This was the ONE picture where they were all looking at (or towards) the camera.  This was no easy task.  Out of the hundreds of pictures taken, this really was the best one. It may not be their 'natural' or 'best' looks, but it was the one we chose to have mounted on canvas for Grandma & Grandpa.

A few scowls and fake smiles on this one.  This was at the very end of the photo shoot and they were DONE!

Maybe we should have had this one mounted on canvas!!  Margo is picking her nose, Avery's pushing Caroline, Connor's crying.....Oh, yeah-- this is more real-life.

I'm just glad that they all get to see each other on a fairly frequent basis.  I know they are making good memories growing up together and I hope they will continue to do so for a long, long time.

Friday, December 28, 2012

For Your Entertainment.....

Last week was parent observation week at dance.  Hope you enjoyed the video clips of the girls dancing.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  This is the picture we used for our Christmas card this year.  I only had to take about 100 pictures and go through about 25 dog treats to get this picture ;-)

This picture was taken tonight after we got home from the Christmas Eve service at church. 
 OMG!!! Our girls are getting so big! I think Madeline and Lydia have hit another growth spurt.
Speaking of getting big, Madeline learned the truth about Santa this week.  Well, I guess we just confirmed it for her.  I wrote a long (Pinterest inspired) letter and she said, "I knew it!!!!" She said she had heard at school and at camp this summer. 

I think I took it harder than she did.  She is doing a great job of keeping the secret and playing along.  Here she is with her sisters "looking" for Santa.  Annie's looking too.

In their Christmas PJ's ready for bed.

Daddy reading The Night Before Christmas.
Merry CHRISTmas from our family to yours!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Run Run Rudolph

Well December is here and like usual, it's kept us running.  We've been on the go with all of our regular activities and the added holiday & Christmas activities. While the girls were at parade practice a few Sundays ago, I thought it would be nice to take Margo to Milk & Cookies with Santa at her preschool.  She was very excited about going but quickly changed her tune after she had her milk and cookies.  She got a good look at Santa and decided she was NOT going near him!  I think her expression says it all.  This was the only picture I could get of her with Santa.

This past Saturday we went to the Grinch 5K and Jingle Jog sponsored by our gym to benefit needy children.  Our entire family (including Annie) participated.  Everyone brought a new, unwrapped toy and lots of people dressed up.  It was a fun event.

The girls and Annie and I did the 1 mile Jingle Jog.

David ran the 5K and had a pretty good time....25 minutes and some change.

That afternoon the girls were in the Clayton Christmas parade with their dance studio.

Margo rode on the float.  This was her first time being in a parade.  She liked it!

Madeline and Lydia danced with the big girls.

Here's a good action shot of Lydia.  They are going to be in the Smithfield parade this week.

Last night Margo had her preschool Christmas program.  They were all so cute singing their songs.  Hard to believe that was the last preschool Christmas program ever for our girls.

This is the stink face I got when I tried to get her picture after the program.

Our elf, Jingles, has been busy finding neat places to land each day.  This is where the girls found him the other morning.  Silly elf!

Stay tuned....the next few days are busy too.  We have the parade, a piano recital, and our Children's Choir Christmas musical coming up.  Hope to update with pictures soon.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

We had a nice Thanksgiving.  I made Margo and her Bitty Baby these matching turkey shirts to wear on Thanksgiving day.

Margo had her Thanksgiving Feast at preschool on the Monday before Thanksgiving.  The children were all dressed so cute.  Lots of parents came to witness this feast.  I should have posted the picture with all the parents hovering over their children!

Margo & Addison.  Their class dressed like Indians.

Cousin Brayden.  His class had cute turkey hats.

Great Aunt Marilyn holding Connor on Thanksgiving day.

The girls with their cousin Brayden. 

Miss Avery.  We had a little photo shoot with her on Thanksgiving day and I had to snap fast because she was on the move.  We missed Caroline.  She was in Wisconsin visiting family.

Thankful for my girls!!!!!

Last weekend David and the girls put up our tree while I was at work.  David put the lights on.  Finally this past week we put the ornaments on.  The rest of the decorations are now up and we have officially started the busy month of December.
Tis the Season!!!!