1. My Hallie girl rocked her third grade poetry jam, and her sweet teacher deserves a special high five as well - she let Hallie and her friend Kara read first and second, therefore fitting them in during the few short minutes between their dance classes.
2. Lots of family members and friends went out of their way to wish me a happy birthday, shower me with lovely gifts, and fill me with cake. A special should out to my sister and brother-in-law who brought me dinner from my favorite Italian restaurant in Illinois...all the way to Arkansas where we were celebrating Thanksgiving.
3. Speaking of Thanksgiving, we had a fun visit to Arkansas to spend the holiday with my grandma and her husband, my parents, my sister and her family, two aunts, two uncles, and a cousin in a pear tree. We celebrated my birthday, watched football, played music, rode bikes, shopped the local antique shops, played disc golf, went for a hike, crafted, and of course, cooked and baked and ate.
One of the many Thanksgiving placemats we colored.
The only two nappers.
My grandma and her matching great-granddaughters.
Will and Hallie received new bikes and helmets from Grandma and
Grandpa for Christmas. They LOVE them (the grandparents and the bikes).
My grandma has a long and flat driveway - perfect for
biking around...and around...and around all day long.
Snuggling with my four little monkeys on Thanksgiving morning.
Grandpa and Will in their matching...um...undershirts
following a rowdy game of soccer with the neighbors.
I love the way pies look fresh out of the oven...
One of our many crafts - easy but adorable button Christmas trees.
Ready to take on the Huckleberry Trail - these
two hiked three miles without complaining AT ALL!
4. My house is decorated for Christmas!
5. Happiness Highlights:
Hallie's dance company director shared a few pics from their Dance
Rev performance back in November. This one - of the girls as they
took in the massive stage and even bigger crowd for which they were
about to perform - and the two below brought smiles to my face.
Little girls, big girls, and director - a wonderful group.
If you look close enough you can see the smile on my girl's face (she's
in the center of the pic, nearest to the camera). At four years old she told
me, "Mama, I like to dance, but I love the stage". It loves her back.
My handsome boy's official soccer pics.
Have you tried charcoal masks yet?! We love them!
I haven't posted much about Tux recently...rest assured he's doing
fine and still enjoying riding around the house on my shoulders.
She's a better poet than I ever was or ever will be...
5th Grade Pajama Day 😍
I explained to Hallie that Santa would not bring her a
hot tub so she edited the letter to ask for a perplexus ball.
Ready to mail!
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