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Archive for December, 2011

My my, time flies! Here is Jessica’s picture with Abby for this month. Grace also wanted to get in on the action (but who’s surprised about that?! :-D)

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Marbles

Marbles Kids Museum is one of our favorite hangouts when we have free times. While Abby is a bit young for some areas, she loved playing in the “underwater room” with Grace. Grace LOVES the water table, and the girls loved playing together in the infant play area. Much fun was had by all!

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So much fun!

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Here’s a picture of us right before we headed off to St. James the Fisherman church for the children’s service. It was interesting to ‘wrangle’ two children during the service (no nursery) it was a great joy to have the children involved in something that is part of many wonderful memories of years past for me.

The ladies at Christmas Eve

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Seeing Santa!

Today was the North Carolina Museum of Art’s annual visit from Santa! This was our first time attending, but we had so much fun making ornaments and hearing Christmas stories (and Kwaanza stories and Hanukkah stories too) that we’ll be back next year, I’m sure! Grace loved dancing to the music that the band near the information table about Hanukkah was playing, and Daddy loved seeing the Rembrandt exhibit!

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Heaven

Today when Grace was playing, I asked her what she was doing and she said that *this* was Heaven. For posterity’s sake, I wanted to capture her version of Heaven at 3. Makes you think, really– what more does one need than a funny family all together? I could get behind this version of Heaven.

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Christmas Pageant

This year, the Christmas pageant was a little less eventful than last year; Grace was the littlest (and sleepiest, ’cause she was to excited to nap) angel. Abby opted to watch this year as the role of Baby Jesus had already been claimed by someone younger. She brought a sheep with her though, to get ready for her role next year.

The whole cast

After enacting the birth of Jesus, a girl can work up an appetite! We had a great time at the all parish pot luck but due to our nap-skipping girl had to miss out on the all parish caroling. Maybe next year!

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What could be more fun than spending time with Grandpa? Only opening presents!

So glad to see Grandpa!

Tissue paper is tasty!

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Disney on Ice

Today is a magical day… Today Grace and Mama got to go and see Disney on Ice– most of the pictures are kind of blurry, but the excitement was palpable!

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Parade!

Today Grace and Abby went to their first parade. It was a HUGE success and even Mama and Daddy enjoyed it because a small town parade is a glorious thing. Half of Garner was IN the parade and the other half of us watched. Grace passed up the opportunity to be in the parade with her dance studio this year, but said that she thought that maybe next year that would be fun. Of course, when it was pointed out that she would not get candy but would have to throw it instead, her enthusiasm waned somewhat. Unfortunately Mama can’t find her camera right now, so there are no pictures (not sure how to take the photos I snapped on my phone off) but rest assured it was something to behold. Highlights included: 5 dance troupes stopping periodically to dance, 3 marching bands, one martial arts studio (which also stopped periodically to do routines), a bunch of folks steppin’, the Garner Senior Center (mad props to the lady in front who walked the ENTIRE parade route with a hula hoop around her waist), multiple churches with flatbed trailers full of the Nativity scene and a few various beauty queens in convertibles. And, of course, Santa. And, surprisingly, a VERY fast train.

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