Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ballerina Beans

Who would have ever thought that a pan of old beans could be this much fun?!

It was one of those -"I may actually be a good, creative mom" moments.

This year we switched dance studios.  We have been extremely happy with the new studio.  This week they had their class performances to end the semester.  Kirsten did a duet with Gracie, a girl in her class (Kirsten is 6, the rest of her class is 9).  Their teacher danced with them since they have only been working on it for two weeks.  I am amazed at the progress she is making with her new teacher.
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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Fun Weekend

Katie is becoming such little ham.  She has so much personality bundled up in her little body.  We figured out that she will let me fix her hair as long as we do it in front of the mirror where she can see what we are doing.  She is also becoming a poser.  Anytime I pull out the camera, she does this....
 I mean seriously, can it get any cuter?!

We also managed to finally get our tree and Christmas decorations up.  It took two tries to get the star on top!

 You may notice that it is really only decorated from the waist up....
Maybe next year we will be able to decorate the whole tree!

Yesterday morning I got up early to take my Girl Scout Troop to march in the Plano Christmas Parade.  It was Kirsten's first parade to be in, Katie's first parade to watch, and my first time to be in a parade not involving a marching band.  The morning was one of those "hurry up and wait" times, but the girls were thrilled that we got to see Santa while we waited.
 We met up with the other Girl Scouts and spent two hours eating donuts, drinking hot chocolate, coloring pictures and playing games.
 Once the parade started, they had more fun  passing out candy than anything else.
 I was secretly thrilled when they ran out of candy so that it was easier to keep an eye on them, and we could actually catch up with the rest of the parade!
 Kirsten spent the afternoon at a birthday party, and Jeremy headed to his parents to build some Christmas gifts in his dad's workshop.

After dinner we headed to the park for our neighborhood Winterfest.  The kids got to make cards and roast marshmallows, while we enjoyed carolers and hot cider.
 Katie and Rebecca trying to stay warm!
 The choir from Ogle Elementary came and sang a few songs followed by the tree lighting.  They planted a huge pine tree in the park a few years ago and every year decorate it for Christmas.  It is fun to turn into the neighborhood and see it each day.
 And of course, as always, we had a ton of fun with the Lendermans.
 The kids even got to see Santa.  Kirsten was thrilled, but Katie not so much.
It looks vaguely similar to this picture of Kirsten at the same age
We had such a fun weekend celebrating the Christmas Season.  I love this time of year.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year.  Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday of the year.  It seems to have somehow avoided becoming overly commercialized and is just about being with family, eating good food, and being thankful for all that God has blessed us with. I love it!

We were able to spend Thanksgiving with Jeremy's family this year.  I somehow managed to not bring my camera - sorry.  It was wonderful though.  Alison took our family pictures for us (pictured at the top of the blog)  and did an absolutely amazing job!  We loved spending the day with Jeremy's family and eating way too much good food!

On Friday we headed up to Oklahoma to my Grandma and Grandpa Adams' farm.  My mom and step dad came down from Kansas and met us there.  We had a second Thanksgiving on Friday with family there.  We were especially lucky to meet my new cousin, Bryce.  He is 8 years old and was just adopted by my Aunt Iva and Uncle Cole.  Kirsten and him hit it off immediately.  He has been in foster care his whole life and said that he could hardly believe that he had a real cousin!  They spent most of the day together.  

On Saturday we headed up to the Oklahoma Science Museum.  It was seriously the best museum I have ever been in.  We spent five hours there and hardly did half of the museum.  I am dying to go back.

Kirsten and Bryce waiting in line
 Katie had a great time too!   There was a huge kids area that was sectioned off where she could just run around and play.  It was great until she found the water tables an got soaked!

 With all of the things we did, I think the highlight was riding the Segway.  We all got to do it, and wanted to do it again!  Kirsten went first.
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She was so brave and had so much fun!

 

 There was no way to keep Jeremy off.  He has wanted to do one of these for years!
 I went too.  We are definitely going to have to try a Segway tour on our next vacation.
 They had great space exhibits.  I think she is looking for the moon...
 Kirsten and Bryce even got to go on a simulated space shuttle ride.  It was great watching their faces on the monitors.
 My brave little astronaut.
 Katie went on a moon ride too, this one was more her speed.
 I seriously cannot say enough good things about this museum.  It is worth the trip up to OKC to go.

Before we came home Saturday night, Kirsten and my mom built and decorated a gingerbread house.  Kirsten was ecstatic, she has been begging to do one for weeks.  Would you believe that it even survived the four hour car ride home?!
 And Katie was of course spoiled by her Grandpa Starnes who almost never put her down. Of course that could have been due to fear over what she might break....
We had such a wonderful Thanksgiving and are so happy to have been able to kick off the holiday season.