it's the little things: family

We spent Christmas in Austin with Nick's family. We sure enjoyed getting to spend some time with them! Nana worked tirelessly in the kitchen to prepare many meals for us while we were there. Caroline watched intently as she peeled potatoes, and it was one of those sweet little moments I knew I needed to grab the camera for. It's just Celeste and me for our blog "circle" this time! Head on over to her post to see her beautiful work!










the girls' school christmas program

I was saying to Nick how strange it would feel that we'd be in the audience without a squirmy Caroline in our laps... they would BOTH be up on stage this time! Famous. Last. Words. Caroline cried and cried when her class got up on stage, and finally a teacher brought her down and she sang the songs from my lap. We were so surprised! Caroline seems like the type who would enjoy the spotlight. Maybe she was tired and overwhelmed! ?? SPC_1339-Edit



Kate VOLUNTEERED to be a townsperson. Shocker, huh? When the teacher told me she volunteered for a part, I was pretty sure she'd gotten Kate mixed up with someone else. I was SO proud of her for coming out of her shell and trying something new. She did very well, but she didn't like her costume. It wasn't quite up to her princess costume standards!



And here's a video from Nick's phone of the kids singing "Happy Birthday, Jesus." Such a sweet song!

christmas cookies 2013

from 12/6 The girls had such a fun time making Christmas cookies this year. I let them pretty much destroy the dough. Kate decided they would be making pizzas instead, and I was having too much fun watching them play to salvage the dough. I did end up re-rolling it and baking them, but they were hard as a rock! Better luck next year!

Here's my post from last year.... what a nice sunny day that was! These were taken the first day of the ice storm, so there was very little light coming in.












And here's an insanely long video. I was having so much fun watching them play that I had no idea how long I'd been recording. :)  Also, I took it with my camera, and since I don't really know how to use the video capabilities, there's a lot of re-focusing. You've been warned!

'tis the season...

for Christmas cards...

And here's the image a little bigger. I love getting sweet sister shots! They're definitely hard to come by, and Daddy was a BIG help to snag this one.

for pictures with Santa... 

Kate held this pose the whole time, and Caroline was between sobs here.

and for Christmas programs...

Kate's class helped sing "Away in a Manger," "Joy to the World," and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." The little ones were all thoroughly distracted by all that was happening on stage and watching the big screens, but they managed to squeeze in the lyrics here and there. :)

The picture on the right was when they told the kids to "catch a bubble" so they would be quiet. I loved Kate's little bubble face!

Caroline and I are off to Kate's "Happy Birthday, Jesus" Christmas party at school here in just a few minutes! This post could go on and on.... so many fun things to enjoy during the Christmas season!

Christmas Cookies (and video, too!)

Kate and I made cookies during Caroline's morning nap yesterday. Caroline woke up in time to enjoy our hard work!

And some videos!

Clip #1 is short & sweet, taken w/ my iPhone.

Clip #2 is longer, and I took it w/ my camera, so you hear the camera focusing. It's herky-jerky and quite a bit longer, so I assume only our family will want to watch it. :) Kate's had a cold, so she sounds all nasally. She says, "just a minute" about 500 times.

Take your pick!

Christmas miscellany

Merry Christmas Eve! I have a few random Christmassy things to share...

1. Our card. A big thank you to Jennifer for chasing us Kate when she was nearly nine months pregnant to get us a few family photos! Go see a few more from our little session on Jennifer's blog!

2. Santa picture. I caved and did it, even though I was 95% sure this would be the outcome...

3. Christmas 1984. I'm a little over 2 and wearing the candy cane dress you saw on Kate the other day.

4. Kate says, "Merry Christmas!"

See you later for a 365 pic!