Here we are, Christmas Eve. Caroling was great fun, in spite of my croaky voice. We had about fifty people come sing! Always good for the soul, and it definitely helped put me more in a Christmas frame of mind.
We're spending the day at S's brother's house, hanging out with family. Always good to get the cousins together. Then Nana J will come back with us to spend the rest of the holiday at our apartment.
I've been having a hard time getting in the Christmas spirit this year. It's been very different, now that the kids have declared they didn't want to visit Santa. The cat is out of the red and green bag, as it were -- but each kid thinks that the other still believes, and we made a huge deal about how important it is not to be a spoiler of the Christmas magic. So there is a lot, an awful lot, of odd pretending going on. It's made for a strange season.
It was one of those days that took three trips from the car to the school! Definitely a driving and not a walking day. BB had her third grade gingerbread house building project, and BJ had the fifth grade manners party. Between the gingerbread pieces and food for the party, our hands were very full.
Here's BB's finished house, on "Snowy Street." The room smelled fabulous!
Here we are again: third grade gingerbread! Ever since BJ made his gingerbread, she's been eagerly waiting for her turn! We invited our favorite baking friends over again (BJ made his with A, and so of course BB wanted to make hers with A's sister, B). The girls had a great time and worked very well together. Mixing by hand was their favorite part.
BJ's trip to Science Camp was a success! He was excited to go -- here he is, all packed up!
So much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving, from our health to our hearth. Thankful that mom and dad are with us for the day. We even managed to get in a family photo shoot! Now that's something for which I'll be thankful for years to come.
My parents took the kids off on an adventure -- and we weren't invited! They went to Safari West for an overnight stay. What a wonderful time they had, trekking about and even getting to feed the animals!
Thanks, Pop-Pop and Giki, for such a great adventure!
Must be October -- time for Halloween preparations and pumpkin patch visits!
In related news, BB and I went to the Dia de los Muertos celebrations at the San Jose Museum of Art. So much calaveras creativity going on!
I'm glad we found time to go to the Ren Faire this year. As usual, we had a very good time. BB got a replica of Hermione's wand for her Halloween costume -- and then got to try it out on stage with the magician!
S didn't want to dress up this year, so it was just me and the kids in garb.
My boy has braces! Goodness but he's growing up so quickly.
In my day, braces were a middle school or high school thing, but these days they seem to be getting them much younger. It's not uncommon to see kids with braces in fourth and fifth (and even third) grades. But my mental map for "kid with braces" is a teenager, so now he looks even older to me. He was very good-natured about it, too. Such an awesome kid.