Beautiful weather on a beautiful day with my family and some close friends from our church.
We have so much to be thankful for.
This was one of the most relaxing Thanksgivings--the whole day was just right.
My heart is content and at rest in the place God has made for me as a Mommy & Wife.
Chris and I out shopping till 10pm for Christmas lights and wrapping paper, Eggnog lattes and root beer floats, Parker and Ethan staying up till 1am, A park visit, Buying props for our Children’s Church Christmas presentation, Being thankful for the blessing of my family,
And a husband I still think the world of after 13 years.
The biggest highlight of the year for Sophia and Pearl is their dance recital. I thought it might be nice to post some pictures of it before the year is over.
For Sophia, this year was even more exciting since she was chosen to perform a solo during one of her routines and go on stage all by herself in front of several hundred people (so scary-- I could never....) and recite an essay she wrote about being proud to be an American. It was fantastic and she was even highly complimented by a few members of the military. One Marine said it brought tears to his eyes. Wow!
As if that wasn’t enough, during one part of Pearl’s class’ hip-hop routine, the girls formed a circle and each one took their turns jumping in and doing their thing. Of course, my mind quickly jumped to-- Oh my gosh! What’s Pearl going to do? All of a sudden, this little girl cart-wheeled into the center of the circle and started breakdancing on the floor. The entire crowd went nuts. My husband and I looked at each other with our mouths open. I was shocked. Pearl tore it up!
Afterward, we told Soph how great she did, then turned to Pearl and said, “Where in the world did you learn that? We had no idea-- You were awesome!” Pearl just giggled and shrugged.
My girls love their studio and teachers. Sophia hopes to work their one day. It’s her dream job.
I love that today is the first day of Thanksgiving break.
This school year has gone by so much faster than previous ones. I’m so glad we haven’t taken days off ‘just because’. In the long run, it’s better and I’m excited to think ahead that we’ll be done earlier than normal.
Today we are going to spend some time tending to the front yard garden. My favorite thing to do. Chris has even said that he can see why old grandpas who are retired spend so much time trimming and working in the garden. There’s something relaxing and peaceful about it.
Hopefully, we can convince Parker to get on the roof, which he likes doing every year, and hang our Christmas lights. The kids were already chanting.....Christmas lights.....Christmas lights...Christmas lights.
My Christmas cards are addressed and waiting for December 1st to get mailed out. They ended up not being as easy as expected. The company I had print them made my kiddos look green so I had to take new pictures and have them reprinted. The kiddos didn’t mind and actually said it was fun taking this year’s pictures. Strange words to hear from their mouths.
Another bit of exciting news is that Parker has his first high school basketball scrimmage later this afternoon. I took out my school (Parker’s school) colors to wear to the game and show my support. I found a t-shirt on etsy that I might buy for next football season. It says, “I can’t stay calm-- it’s football season”. I never realized I would get so into high school sports. Well, at least the ones my son plays. Ha!
Anyways, we had a great weekend: Ethan and Charlie had their closing football ceremony and they had the best potluck I think I have ever eaten at. Oh my! Ethan received a trophy for Outstanding Lineman and Charlie received a trophy for Offensive Player of the Year. Next year, Lincoln will be joining the tackle football team.
Life is good. My kids are healthy and I love serving Jesus with them all. My family makes me proud!