I have always wanted to make cookies for our neighbors and this year we finally did it. It was actually a lot more fun then I thought that it would be and a lot less wok then I thought that it was going to be. I think that the secret is, I made the dough and then I let the kids do what they wanted, no micro managing and no impatience. Ryan and Julia did the rolling of the dough and the cutting of the shapes, while Sawyer napped.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Merry Christmas, the annual Christmas card photo.
This is Ryan being "cool"
And this is Ryan being real!
Ryan had his first choir concert of the year the beginning of December. This is a choir that he had to try out for and he goes to school early twice a week to practice. He is really enjoying it and if you have ever heard Ryan sing, you would agree that this a a wise path for him to follow. He has an amazing voice, I love listening to him sing, which he does do all the time! The choir did an amazing job. They are split up in to parts, I am so impressed that third and fourth graders could sing different parts altogether. It was a very enjoyable concert, I think Julia loved it the most since she spent the whole concert participating in her new favorite passtime, texting!
This tree is on our backyard and at one time it was so beautiful. It had every color that a leaf can turn in it. There was green, yellow, orange, red, purple and brown. Everyday I said I need to get out there and take a picture of it. Of course, as always, I was a day late! The previous night it froze and all the beautiful leaves looked like their color had been mixed with black. So imagine this tree brighter and more pretty. And yes, I did say that it froze. It only snows every 10-15 years here in Houston, but of course the first winter we are here is snows. I did not get any pictures of it, because I kept thinking that it was going to start snowing and then I would take a picture, but I soon realized that the almost invisible flurries, was what texans refer to as "it is really coming down". There were other places in Houston that got more snow, snow that actually made it to the ground, but where we live, we only saw in barely floating toward the ground.
This is Ryan with his good friend Caden.
And this is Julia with Caden's sisters, Grace and Maddie.
All these kids have a lot of fun together.
Nothing welcomes the Christmas season better then putting your Christmas tree up. I love this activity. I love pulling out the ornaments and remembering all the ornaments that the kids have picked out in previous years. I love how much the kids love putting their own ornaments on the tree and the place on the tree that they put them. Ryan's are high this year, but only on the left side of the tree.
And of course I had to get the picture of them in front of the finished tree. They were all in a very silly mood, so instead of the beautiful Christmas card picture , we get a silly one!