Ringing in the New Year…
We had an great early New Year's
Eve party on Dec. 30, with our friends Pete and Jenny, and
John and Dawn.
Emma and Jenna loved playing with Max and Hattie. The kids
were just a little excited, can you tell?
More crazy kids!
Jenna loved wearing this helmet. ...Too bad it was a Cy-drones
helmet! (...Sorry, Jenny!)
Christmastime is here…
We had a great Christmas Eve
The girls spent Christmas Eve morning decorating the cookies
they made the night before
The girls had fun decorating cookies, can you tell?
The girls with Harley, Mema… and their presents. Grandma
Reed had a long day on Christmas Eve. After working
most of the day, she went home to find out her furnace was
working – in overdrive! …She drove down to see
us, but then had to go home to deal with that "fun."
Joe opens his present
Jenna with the presents Emma got her – which were some
of her favorites! (She LOVES playing babies!)
Emma with the sheets and Cabbage Patch Kid she got
The last present the girls opened was a Little People airplane
(pink, of course), and a card telling them we would be going
to California in January!
Mema gives her girls a squeeze
Joe loved the new hedgehog he got
Jenna and Grandma Reed get silly
Emma and Grandma Reed
The girls were getting tired by the time they got their jammies
Right before bed, the girls put out the reindeer food that
they'd made for Santa's reindeer
The girls got a snack ready for Santa – some of the
cookies they'd made, along with some hot chocolate and marshmallows.
(He asked them for that specifically, plus some carrots for
Christmas Day was wonderful,
Emma by her stocking on Christmas morning
Jenna by her stocking
The girls by their presents from Santa
Emma was really happy to get the baby My Little Pony she wanted
Jenna liked her Dora Legos, too
The girls and their presents
Joe tried to tell us that we'd forgotten to check his
All that was left of Santa and his reindeer's snack…
The girls' empty advent calendars meant Christmas was finally
Just got back from the bars after being out all night? …Nah,
it's just our girls playing dress-up on Christmas afternoon.
Some quiet time at home on December
Emma shows off the Lite Brite picture she made
Jenna gets some cuddle time with Dad
We went to Mason City for Christmas
on December 22, and had a great time. We drove home in one
of this winter's many horrible storms, but (very, very) thankfully
made it home safely. :-)
All of us, out to lunch
Jenna and Emma with their cousin, Brooklyn
Three little reindeer
Emma loved the fancy, sparkly jeans from Mema
Another High School Musical fan? …Imagine that!
Jenna liked EVERY present she got, and got SO excited about
everything – including these High School Musical pajamas
from Mema, and PlayDoh set from Uncle Jake and Aunt Dana
Humphrey had better things to do than smile for this picture
Harley gets fresh
Brooklyn and Dana… the most fabulously glowing pregnant
woman ever! :-)
Troy and Mom
Harley decides that Fred's need makes a great pillow
…And that a box makes a nice pillow, too
Humphrey was on patrol and saw something outside, waking Harley
up from one of his naps
The girls had a good time playing in Mema's living room
The girls getting silly with their aunt and uncle doesn't
stop Humphrey from his patrol duty
All that playing tired Jenna out, and she fell asleep on the
Emma's class holiday party was
on Dec. 21.
Emma at her desk, before the party
Emma and her friends work on the craft, making a wooden reindeer
It looks like I'd been sniffing too much of that glue out
on the table :-P
Troy and Emma at the cookie decoration station
Emma won the first round of musical chairs!
Emma loved being the conductor for the "Conductor Says…"
station, which was just like "Simon Says," but a
tie-in to the book Mrs. Schnedler read the class later
More fun with "Conductor Says"
Before the end of the day, Mrs. Schnedler read the class "The
As they were reading the book, the class got a surprise delivery
– brought to the room by the front office staff. Santa
knew they were going to be reading that book and had special
presents delivered to the class!
All of the class got bells! (…If you've ever read the
book or seen the movie, this is a huge part of the story.)
Emma's class… with bells on :-)
The three of us
After getting postponed because
of one of our many winter storms this year, Emma's Fine Arts
program was on December 18.
Emma and her friend, Layne, wait for the concert
Overture, curtain, lights… time for the show to begin!
Emma and her teacher, Mrs. Schnedler
Our fancy girl
Parents' Night Out
Each year, Jenna's school offers
a night of care in December, to give parents a little pre-holiday
breathing room. The kids decorate cookies, do crafts, watch
a movie, play – and have a great time! We took the opportunity
to go dinner with our friends (and Jenna's friends' parents),
while the girls had a blast.
The girls with Jenna's friend, Hattie
Jenna had her holiday program
on December 13. No surprise that our ham did a great job!
The kids' decorations adorned the stage
Jenna told everyone before the show that she was the princess
of the show, because of her fancy dress! :-)
She also told them everyone was going to marry Andrew, the
little guy in the tux next to her, because he looked "handsome."
…I don't think she'll be wearing heels to that
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa and Mrs. Claus came to
Emma's school in early December.
Jenna liked seeing Santa and Mrs. Claus… and telling
them that she wanted baby stuff!
Jenna and her friends, Hattie and Max, ganged up on Santa
and Mrs. Claus! Anyone else bet that wish list from those
three was pretty long? :-)
The girls had some friends over
for a play date on December 8.
Jenna wasn't sure about having her photo taken by the tree
before the play date
…She may have been a little to excited. What do you
This was as good as the tree photo was going to get :-)
Silly face time!
Jenna and Hattie work on the snowman light craft that all
the girls did. They also got to make reindeer food.
All the girls take a break from playing for a photo
Eight silly girls
Madisen, Emma and Jenna show off their snowman lights
Emma, Madisen and Jen work on melty beads