Friday, December 26, 2008
Here are a few pics of the kids opening their presents Christmas morning....
It's hard to tell from the photo, but Gianna was very excited about her little purse from Santa. Moments after I took this photo, she started playing with her "old" toys. Oh well, "he" tried!
I tried getting a pic of the three kids together...this is the best I could do!
We had a wonderful Christmas and are so thankful for the family and great friends in our lives!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday was a great day for us. David took the afternoon off of work so we could go to school and see Gemma perform with the rest of the 2nd graders. Since we attend public school - they don't have a Christmas Concert. So instead, the school has a Winter Concert. The school band played a few pieces - which reminds me - I need to apologize to my mother for listening to my 3 years of "delightful" clarinet playing! The band did a great job, but the highlight was the 2nd graders. They signed the song "Somewhere Over The Rainbow". All the children wore black clothing and white gloves - the lights were off in the gym and only a black light was on to illuminate the children's hands. I'm not sure who was singing this version of the song, but it was just perfect. Gemma was one of 3 children asked to introduce the piece. They each had a paragraph to read - and she did a great job! I don't think I'd be able to talk in front of 500 + people! You Go Gemma!
After the wonderful performance, we loaded up the kids and headed to The North Pole, (Macy's in Minneapolis) for the annual Christmas display and visit with Santa. This years theme was Santa's Workshop. It was adorable. The kids really enjoyed it. I then insisted on getting our cookies to eat while we waited in line for Santa. (I love the gingerbread men. I don't know if they are really that tasty, or if it's just nostalgic for me.) We waited 20 minutes in line and made friends with those in front of us and behind. Gianna was really patient considering we couldn't let her out of her stroller to run around.
Once it was our turn to visit Santa, the photographer snapped this picture at the perfect moment. I was shocked when Gemma so willingly hugged Santa! It was such a sweet moment. Spencer on the other hand was fine not getting to close. As you can see, I ended up in one of the photo's too. After this pic was snapped, Gianna broke out into a very loud cry/scream. Oh well, she won't remember!
It was such a nice afternoon/evening. The kids were great and had a lot of fun. I can't wait to go back next year!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Here is the family before they left for the show...Gianna refused to look at me!
The kids insisted on a silly face picture. (Gemma is suppose to be a reindeer.)
Here are the kids at the concert. It started 30 minutes late because the conductor was stuck in traffic due to the snow last night. Overall, David said the kids enjoyed it. They were bored at times, but said they would really like to go again!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
She was more than willing to oblige the request and even gave the kids an impromptu art lesson. They had a lot of fun with that! After a 2 hour visit, Gianna decided it was time to go. We bought a few Christmas presents and then went home.
Sunday we went to visit Bamma and Titi Evelyn. Gemma decided to go to church with Evelyn and Gianna and Spencer had a snack while watching cartoons. I think Gianna wanted to eat Spencer's snack too!
I don't think Spencer moved from the bed the whole time we were there. If he needed something he just asked Bamma! What a lucky boy!
After our visit, we came home and Gianna took a short nap. Boy, did she need it!!! David came home early from reserves and we just had a quick and easy dinner. After a much needed bath for Gianna, Gemma dressed up in her fairy costume. She decided Gianna should get into the act too. It was so cute seeing them play together.
Monday, December 8, 2008
One of the really cool things to see here is the Lego train display. There is a group of guys that have a huge train track made out of nothing but Legos. The display is approximately 17 feet by 34 feet!!!! I didn't know that Lego even had electric trains. The display is pretty amazing - the photos don't do it justice. We probably spent 30 minutes just walking around and looking at all the details. I kept reminding the kids to keep there hands away from the display, but the guys were really cool. They told me not to worry - it's made of Legos and pretty easy to put back together!