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Christmas Nativity

December 31st, 2011 by Mommy


This year the girls participated for the first time in our church nativity program. They got to pick what supporting part they were going to play. They seemed indecisive about their choice until Mama told them what their best friends would be. That clinched it – ANGELS! The girls only went to the practice on the day of the nativity because all they needed to do was stand there and look angelic. Grammy gave each girl their “angel hair”. The curls seemed to make them extra angelic. We had been practicing the songs at home and neither girl was interested in singing them. Emily at one point told us she wasn’t going to sing at the program. When the time came though they were both singing with the songs. I guess they picked up more than they were letting on.

The program was sweet, and we’re glad the girls got to participate and did well. There was no jumping off the stage, crying, or impromptu talking. For part of the time they sweetly held hands with each other and their friends.


Little Angelic one!


Our Sweet Angels!

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December 30th, 2011 by Mommy


We went to see Santa as a surprise activity after church one Sunday. It was a sunny and warm day. We had to stand in line for about 30 minutes to see Santa at a local nursery. They had reindeer to see and the girls enjoyed wandering among the trees too. Santa was visiting in his sleigh. We asked Julia if she wanted to sit with Santa and she said “no”. She was willing to sit next to him if she sat with Mama though. Both girls took turns talking to Santa. Emily went first and was willing to talk his hear off. Julia told Santa several things she was interested in too.

They enjoyed themselves a lot. We do need to make a repeat visit to see him because Emily wanted to refine what she wants.

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December 29th, 2011 by Mommy


The Tappan family and Edwards family have a holiday tradition of watching the Nutcracker ballet together during the holiday season. This year we went to the daytime school presentation of the Nutcracker. It turned out that the presentation fell on Maeve’s birthday so it was part of her celebration. Ashley picked back row seats so our active kids wouldn’t disturb any others.

Both of our girls made it through the performance watching with interest. During the intermission the Sugar Plum Fairy came out to tell the kids about the story. She, also with the help of the the Nutcracker prince, demonstrated a pantomime. The pantomime told the story of the Nutcracker’s fight with the King Rat and Clara’s assistance. The girls enjoyed doing it with them. We have repeatedly acted out the pantomime (with words too). The favorite part is the “rat face”. When we decorated the Christmas tree and the girls found our nutcracker character set of nutcracker ornaments. The girls were so excited. We have heard Julia say “King Rat” a lot lately.

It is so much fun to have great memories from holiday activities!


This is our version of the rat face.

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December 28th, 2011 by Mommy


Maybe we will get in trouble for this post later in life, but we are so proud of Julia! We have been working on potty training with more consistency since Julia’s birthday. She has had periods of time of interest and dis-interest in doing it. We weren’t sure if she was really ready so we were reluctant to make it a requirement.

We had to take Julia to a dermatologist in early December and her treatment made wearing diapers uncomfortable. Starting the next day, Julia asked to wear only panties all the time since the panties were more comfortable. For about a week, we did a lot of reminding, extra trips, and extra laundry, but her interest in independence kicked in and over the past three weeks we have had very few accidents and a little BIG girl who takes herself without prompting. So Amazing! She got her prize and her merit badge is coming.

As I can’t say it enough, I will say it one more time – We are so proud of you, Julia!

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By The Christmas Tree

December 28th, 2011 by Mommy


Where is the best place to take a nap? How about right next to the Christmas tree. Emily decided to finish out her nap by the tree.

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Silly Lunches and Silly Grins

December 8th, 2011 by Mommy

silly lunches

Mama tries to make creative lunches for the girls, but Emily took it to an new level with her own lunch. She decided to make the pretzels and grapes into trees and plant them in the peanut butter sandwich. I guess a grape is better when eaten off of a pretzel stick.

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