Friday, December 25, 2009

Scrooge in Bethlehem

Well, one program down....one still left to do in January! We had the church program on Sunday night. It was called A Christmas Carol: Scrooge in Bethlehem. The story put Scrooge as the innkeeper in Bethlehem.

Miranda was Mrs. Cratchit

Sonya was a slightly unruly lamb....I think she's trying to determine what flavor this mic is.

Here are 3 of the sheep (Sonya on the left), as well as a couple of their shepherds (Olivia in brown). The shepherds could probably use some training.

Paul was Scrooge....and before you accuse me of nepotism, I've just gotta say that he's the only one who expressed interest in the part. Just had to clear that up :) Anyway, all of the kids did super....I was really proud of all of the kids in our church that night!

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Merry Christmas!!!

It has been a wonderful, relaxing Christmas. The weather is nasty....blowing snow, etc....which makes me all the more thankful that we didn't go anywhere today. It was nice to stay home and enjoy each other's company. Olivia and Sonya literally played all day...with very little fighting. Paul and Miranda watched some movieswith Aaron, played some video games, etc....I took a nap :) What a great day to just slow down and remember the birth of our Savior. This is a Christmas I will always remember, simply because it was....simple.

Paul seems happy with his pickles.

This is about as much of Miranda as I could capture on camera.

That's a lot of bubble bath for such a little girl...not sure why she's wearing her coat here, but oh well.

Olivia could hardly stand the anticipation!

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Livvy turned 6!

I'm a little behind.....Olivia had her 6th birthday on the 18th...we celebrated by having 5 friends over for a little party.

Tiffany made this cool cake.....I'm thankful for the talents of others!

doing some craft projects

Can you get all 6, Olivia?

Present time!

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Gingerbread houses

Every year the Kindergarten class decorates gingerbread houses. I really enjoyed helping with this project when Paul and Miranda did it. Unfortunately, this year it was scheduled for the time when I have to be down in Palisade....and thinking that our concert was just a few days away (this was a make-up date from when it was originally supposed to be), we decided that it might work better with Aaron's schedule for him to help instead. When I saw these pictures, though, it made me sad that I'd missed it. And, as it turned out, our concert was moved AGAIN!!!

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

some very random pictures

I have been horrible about taking pictures lately, and even more horrible about putting them on my blog!

Smokey wanted to try on Paul's wig.

Olivia went to a little cheerleading camp a couple Saturdays ago. She had a great time, and they got to perform at half-time of the game that night.

Decorating

Miranda likes to jazz up her practice time.

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Book recommendation

Anyone who knows me well knows that I LOVE to read. If I had a day all to myself, you'd probably find me curled up with a good book...probably fiction of some sort. I have to confess that my mom gave me this book ("Have a New Kid by Friday") quite a while ago...probably almost a year ago...maybe longer. I get bored with most parenting-type books, and most non-fiction in general. The other day I was looking for a new book to read, and ran across this one in one of my nightstand drawers. I decided I'd give it a try, mainly because my mom had given it to me and I felt guilty that I hadn't read it.

AWESOME BOOK!!! It is so down-to-earth, practical, and FUNNY. Dr. Leman's writing style is so entertaining that you almost forget you're reading a parenting book. I love it, and am learning many, many practical tips. So, without going into further detail, let me just recommend this book to all of you parents out there. I have read many books in 2009 (more than what shows up on the little sidebar of this blog...because I often forget to change it), and this one goes to the top of my list!