Sunday, December 20, 2015

Dada is 44!

Silver Dollar City

Silver Dollar City 2016.  9 hours of good times.  

Friday, December 11, 2015

WBB Christmas concert/Anna's party

Anna invited me to her Christmas party at school.  There were several different craft stations set up and we had a great time together.  Anna's favorite craft was the hand and footprint reindeer. She got s kick out of me tracing her hands and foot and then gluing them together.  We also decorated a tree and made a star ornament.  She was thrilled and so very proud.  She showed me around the classroom and they told me, "ok mom! You can go now.  Jesus' birthday party is over ". 

William had a Christmas concert at school on Friday.  I knew there was a performance, but it wasn't until a week before the show that William casually mentioned that he had a vocal solo and would be performing a difficult piece on the xylophone.    Ha.  Leave it to a 3rd grader for last minute details. 

So Bebe and Pops came for the big concert as did the trusty sisters.  I knew they would have a lot of fun watching the kids perform.  Adeline just about wiggled her way on stage, she wanted so badly to dance and sing along!  Anna was pretty captivated by the instruments. 

William wouldn't tell me anything about his solo.  But right before the show, his music teacher introduced herself to me and said "oh my goodness.  William sounds like an absolute angel singing his solo".  I was flattered yet nervous because I have never in my life heard him sing "for real".  When his turn came, he walked so confidently to the mic. The song was "Dobbin" and although the pretty, I only wish his solo was from a real traditional Christmas song.  I mean, he was incredible.  His voice was like an angel.  I was floored and everyone around me turned and looked at me in disbelief.  Who knew!  Dan and I laughed at each other like "what in the world? Where did he get that?!"   He sounded just like a child in a boys choir.  It was a moment I won't forget.  

Riding horses

The girls started taking horseback riding lessons in September with Emily Brainmeier.  Emily was William's assistant teacher in 2nd grade and chose to go full time as the equestrian manager at a barn.  So when I was looking for riding lessons for the girls, Emily was perfect.  

The lessons are every Thursday from 11-12:15.  The girls are in charge of getting "their horse" Charlie out of his stall and groomed for their lesson.  They dress him for the ride as well as dress themselves for their lesson.  The girls are good about taking turns as to who rides first each week.  They absolutely love riding and look forward to Thursdays with great joy.  

Both girls are not intimidated by Charlie.  They love practicing with Emily and Adeline recently started steering Charlie without Emily holding on.  Adeline was really proud the first time she did it and Charlie paid attention.  She was delighted.  Adeline loves all animals and the riding lessons have been a real treat for her.  

Anna loves Charlie too.  She talks about him weekly and reminds me to buy him peppermints for our visits.  She looks like a termite up against such a big horse, but she never wants to get off and say goodbye.

The lessons have been lots of fun.  We hope to continue riding in the spring when the weather is nice.  This week is our last lesson before winter weather comes our way. 

The dark horse in these pictures is Hershey.  On this day, Charlie was busy getting new shoes.   Charlie is a gray horse and much bigger than Hershey.  

Santa House 2015

The kids were dying to go see Santa at the Santa house and our schedule was simply not allowing us to get there after school.  So one night before bed, we took an impromptu drive to see Santa in our pjs.   Luckily, William was still in his uniform and willing to come along.  I kinda wonder if this will be my official 2015 Santa photo for the trio.  Pjs was not my grand plan, but these days I have learned to roll with the punches.  The kids all loved Santa and no tears! They discussed their lists and enjoyed the cookie at the end.  

Friday was William's 3rd grade music program and so I took the girls back to the Santa house since they were dressed up and feeling festive.  Again, no tears and lots of smiles!  We really enjoyed our time with Santa because there were no lines and the day was beautiful.  

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