Monday, December 31, 2012

December Happenings

Between parties and events at school for Jackson, dance practice and recital for Ansley, well check ups at the doctors for Elsie and Vada Belle, Christmas parties, Christmas parades, meeting Santa, family get togethers, Christmas play at church, and all 4 kids being sick, December flew by so fast we are still wondering how in the world it is the last day of 2012! Since I haven't had time to blog any this month, I'll do a quick recap of some of the things we were busy doing.

Jackson had a music performance at his school earlier this month. He absolutely loves music class and was so excited about this performance, so we of course were very excited to watch him. The music teacher did a wonderful job with all of the students in the school! (Half the school performed on a Monday night, and the other half on Tuesday night).

Jackson also was chosen as a "Bucket Filler" again in December! When I opened the letter from the Vice Principal I was so proud to see not one letter in there stating he was a bucket filler of the week, but TWO letters! He was chosen by the reading teacher (who said he was reading on a 2nd/3rd grade level- yeah!) and the librarian. Here is what they had to say:

Ansley Kate was in her very first dance recital, playing the part of one of the small mice in The Nutcracker. She was so excited about dancing on "the big stage," and I was so excited to watch her, as well as The Nutcracker for the first time.
 We let the kids take turns putting the star or angel on top of the tree each year, and this year it was Elsie's turn for the first time. Look how cute she is!

Vada Belle turned 6 months (already?!?!) on December 19th. At her 6 month well check up she weighed 12 lbs. 9.5 oz., and was 24.5 inches long. She loves to play with her toys, roll everywhere, laugh at her brother and sisters, listen to daddy sing, and have mommy carry her around everywhere.

I won some tickets from our local newspaper, The Tomahawk, to see Sesame Street Live, Elmo Makes Music, in Johnson City, and we were very pleased with how wonderful the show was.

The last half of the month was a whirlwind of events, as I'm sure it was for all of you, too, but the kids loved every single second of it. We are so fortunate to have such a large family and get to spend Christmas with party after party celebrating the Birth of our Savior with those we love dearly. Maybe I'll get around to posting some of the pictures from Christmas, but just in case I don't, here a few from the Sunday before Christmas.

We hope you all had a blessed Christmas and have a wonderful 2013!

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