Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christmas in Iowa

Singing in the car                                  Playing in the snow                


Being adorable                                      Christmas Eve


   Nativity Play                                                                                       Dinner


Painting our nails                                         Playing with toys                       Eating at IHOPIMG_0129IMG_0136IMG_0142

Christmas morning


We went to the Arcade and went bowling!


Merry Christmas!


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Party at School

Being the crazy person that I am, I volunteered to do Joy’s class party. Ugh, but fun. So I planned all of this stuff and then had this play dough as a time filler.


We learned about snow men – what an abstract concept for Houston kids – so we tried to being in as much concrete stuff as possible.  We read a story.  We sang  a song.  Santa came.  We made a craft with puff paint.  It went well.  I was so glad.  I had been stressing!  I haven’t “taught” in a public school setting since 1997!

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The outside of Joy’s room

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Joy’s Week

Joy and Lizzy                  Joy’s cold cereal candy cane.  She made it at school.


It actually got cold here – trying out her new winter coat.

Joy is such a sweet big sister.  She was swinging and wanted her sister to share the experience with her.  Such sweet expressions. 



Caroling with family at a nursing home.

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Joy’s Dance Class. This was her last class – and the first one we were able to see.  It was so cute.  The teachers are excellent – truly wonderful.  I was so impressed!  Joy, though, was so delighted that I was there, she just wouldn’t stay with her class!  She wanted to be with me.

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Sunday, December 09, 2012

Joy’s Fortnight

Cute new Joy phrases:

“I comin’”  (I’m coming)

“In a nin it.”  (in a minute)

Due to a technical glitch, I present two weeks of Joy’s life:

She loves Christmas!                             She has a great imagination – that block is a harmonica!


Our family went to the Nativity Festival – Joy was the cutest angel!


Touring the nativities – yes that sign says “Do not touch!”    Refreshments afterwards!IMG_2574IMG_2578

Sisters had a piano recital.  While we waited for everyone to arrive, Joy bolted for the piano.  She put her program on the music stand, then played and sang.  Then she gracefully gave everyone a bow.  Best performance of the night!


We are headed to Iowa for Christmas – so we have to buy real coats – she loves Old Navy!  She always poses with the mannequins!  :)   A quick stop at Pet smart.


Loves singing and playing             and her puppy!


Because we are going to be gone, some of the big presents for Christmas get to opened early!  Introducing Joy, Bella, and Alex’s new turtle filled with beans.  So fun!


Signing Christmas cards – love the love in her face!    Making a Back to Bethlehem costume for the church Christmas party.


Headed out to the party