In spite of Tommy's illness we still had some fun this week. For Family Night we went to a local Christmas light show in Ucon. Four families donate their lights, land, and time to coordinate the show. Cars can drive up and park across the street, tune their radios to a local station that plays a Christmas music program computer coordinated to the lights. The lights "dance" and flash to illustrate the songs. This year they have a Frozen music program. Oh boy! I wish I could have taken video of the girls dancing in the van to the songs, but it was too dark. The amazing lights and Frozen music were totally fun. The kids loved it.
On Tuesday I got a call that our Christmas cards were ready for pick up. I bundled up Tommy and Annie while Lily was at school and went to Sam's Club to get our cards. Poor Tommy was so happy to be out but I could tell he was exhausted. Just look at his sleepy eyes and runny nose. This cold was a doozy! We hurried right back home and stayed snuggled on the couch the rest of the day. I even had to cancel my visiting teaching appointments. Hopefully I can still see my sisters next week.
We stayed close to home and didn't have any friends over so that Tommy and I could rest. Thankfully I never got sick even with all the late nights holding him and being coughed on. The girls managed to stay healthy too. By Thursday we were all ready for some time out of the house. I took the kids to story time at the library. Lily and Annie were so excited to see Santa....Tommy.....not so much. He stayed at least six feet away from Santa all through story time.
Santa brought each child a wrapped present and a candy cane. The girls both received a Tinkerbell sticker book and Tommy got a lullaby book. The library also gave our family a silly Christmas songs book. Four free books and a visit with Santa! It was worth the trip to the library.
The weather has been around 50 degrees here in town. It feels like Spring! The kids wanted to walk around the library after story time and enjoy the fresh air. Tommy loved this helicopter in front of Me 'n Stan's restaurant. Since we were out, I made a quick grocery store run. Tommy loves driving the car carts at our grocery store. He's not smiling in the picture - and you can see his huge purple circles around his eyes - but he was really happy to drive. This outing wore him out and he crashed at home for two hours.
We stayed home the rest of Thursday and all of Friday to rest. Our neighbor took Lily and Annie for a couple of hours so Tommy and I could get some sleep. The quiet house was just what we needed. Tommy took a three hour nap and woke up much improved!
Saturday morning, Lily had her first clogging performance in Rexburg. It was held at an elderly care home. Before the performance each child made a Christmas card to give to one of the residents in the home. Each class danced to one or two songs and then all the students sang "We Wish You a Merry Christmas". It was a sweet morning. Lily was super excited that Daddy was there to watch her. She was smiling like crazy.
Lily is in the front row, third in from the left, blowing us a kiss
Lily is in the back row, knees bent, third in from the left
Lily is on the far left, back facing us
Lily is on the front row, third in from the left, look at that smile
We had so much fun watching her. She really loves the fast pace and rhythm driven routines of clogging. And she was tickled to dance in front of an audience. We asked her what her favorite part of dancing is, she said, "hearing the people clap for me".
After the performance we took everyone out to lunch. Lily chose Chik-Fil-A which was awesome because we had coupons for five free chicken nugget meals. Daddy is always happy about a free lunch! While Mommy and Daddy were getting the food, the girls played with the camera. I found these silly ones they took this morning as I sat down to write this post. I love my silly, beautiful girls!
The kids really enjoyed lunch, walking around campus for a little while, and just being together as a family. Tommy especially loved drinking the ketchup. Gross!
We passed this beautiful nativity on our way back to the car. Lily wanted to stop and look at it for a while.
We took the kids home and Tommy and Annie wanted to rest. Mommy took Lily out to help me finish up our Christmas shopping. Lily loved the hustle and bustle in all the stores. It seemed to me that everyone around us was grumpy and stressed. I was thankful that we were just enjoying our time together and having fun selecting gifts. Lily told me that gong shopping together was more fun than playing with friends. I guess the love of shopping skipped a generation.....right Puna?