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Run, Run, as fast as ya can!

12 Dec

Last night, the cutest group of 5-6 year-olds in the country gathered together on stage for The Gingerbread Man. Image

Bella had been telling us for days that she was playing the part of “the little girl.” She downplayed it so much that none of us realized that she was playing THE little girl! I was a little shocked when I opened the program and saw her name on the cast list. First AND middle name, which is pretty prestigious.Image

It’s a good thing I didn’t know that she had a main part because I would’ve been a bundle of nerves.


Get comfy, the videos are coming.

Here is the first song of the program. It starts with a duet by Bella and the Little Boy.

This clip is kind of long because the gingerbread man wouldn’t come out of the oven. When I asked Bella about it later, she told me that his mitten had come off and he didn’t want to come out until he was all put back together. Then Bella sings another award-winning duet.

The chase scene, as exciting as any Bruce Willis movie.

The finale. Bella is 5th in on the back row. Kindergarteners are the cutest! They all did such a good job. I think the music teachers must be genies full of musical magic.

Afterwards, we got Bella some ice cream to celebrate another job well done! Image

As expected, she had a little guy to share it with.



In unrelated, but just as exciting news, our season of toilet training Deacon is successfully complete!!! Only those close to us understand what a frustrating-process-which-means-that-much-more-exciting achievement this is, but I’ll go ahead and put it on the web for everyone to celebrate with us. Without going into too much detail, Deacon has pooped everyday for 7 days in a row AND has slept in underpants every night for over 2 weeks!

Just when I think that my heart couldn’t be any more full of love for my kids, they go any get fully potty-trained, and that love multiplies to the tenth power!

I know that when we’re empty nesting, Josh and I will be sighing nostalgically about our days with young children, but I don’t think we’ll ever think about potty training without growling.

Here’s to being a 5/6ths-diaper-free family!

What’s your favorite Christmas cookie???


Living the Dream!

10 Dec

Sunday was the much-anticipated kids Christmas program at church. It was 20 minutes of continuous smiling, laughing, and “awww”-ing at these precious children!


The theme of the program was checklists. You know, making them, checking them twice, gonna find out who’s naughty…wait, no, that’s a different one. This one was about Mary and Joseph’s birth plan, the 3 wise men and their gold, frankincense and myrhh to-do’s, etc.

What little girl doesn’t want to be Mary in the Christmas program?! Mackenzie fulfilled another of my childhood dreams. The blue dress, the baby Jesus in her arms, the doting Joseph, it’s the role of a lifetime! Mackenzie did a terrific job. Here’s a clip of Mary and Joseph going through their checklist of items to bring on their journey to Bethlehem. Her bag of Tostitos got quite a few chuckles from the audience.

I love how she’s using baby Jesus’ head as a chin rest in this picture.


Bella also had one of the primo roles. She and two other little cuties made up the trio of wise men, bearing gifts in their sparkly robes.


And Deacon was the cutest sheep there ever was! Image

He and two other little boys were so cute in their sheep costumes, shouting out “Check!” as their shepherd went through their sleeping checklist. They also had to scream when the Angel woke them up, and they owned it!


Our little niece Hannah had the other little girls favorite role – an angel!


She and the other angels were going through their checklist of heavenly host sounds. So cute!


Here is one of their last songs. They were all so cute with their “badanas.” (oddly enough, it was Kenzie with that mispronunciation.)

One more bonus video:

I think I speak on behalf of all the parents when I scream a huge “thank-you!” to Katie, the kids choir teacher and my sis-in-law, who took so much time and energy to put together this awesome program. This is in addition to taking care of a 2-year-old AND having a newborn AND putting up with Jake on a daily basis! (just kidding, Jake! Love you!) She’s amazing and all the kids love her, and all of us parents are grateful that our picture and video folders are full of wonderful Christmas program memories!

For a job well done, we took the kids to Red Lobster after church. We told them that they could pick anywhere that they wanted to eat….except for McDonalds…..or T-Rex….”What? You want the Melting Pot? Sorry, that’s not an option.” Deacon made the final decision and picked Red Lobster, because he loves the lobster tank.

A first for us, the sweet hostess offered to take a lobster out of the tank for the kids to pet and tell us some fun facts. IMG_2698

Deacon asked if he could touch his eyeball. She said, “No, because he’ll go blind if you touch his eyeball.” Josh leaned over and said, “Right, because you wouldn’t want him to be blind in his final hours before you boil him and eat him.”