We went to Utah to do 2 things...1, buy Emily a much needed dresser at IKEA for her Christmas present, and
2, go see the Temple Square Christmas Lights.
We went on Friday Night...and it was a MAD house!
I hate crowds, and this gave me soooo much anxiety!
We did have the right cloths this time...and 3 out of the 4 kids were thankful for the layers.
Lilli was NOT excited about wearing her dorking snow gear, and her teenage side took a nasty turn.
She threw a super mega ultra fit...and it was ugly.
In the end, I won, she decided it was cold enough to wear the snow gear and put it on.
I couldn't figure out how to use the flash on my camera without it being super washed out and ugly..
.but I got a few pictures anyway to help us remember this event.
This is my favorite shot from the night. She was still sort of pissy...because we had to walk like 6 blocks.
Joe decided to park like a mile and a half away because he figured there would be no parking closer.
I think he forgot that there is a parking garage right under Temple Square... I know I did.
But this picture is so pretty.
Here is my family, under the glow of the millions of lights.
I don't think this will be a family tradition...
only because I had such bad anxiety about it. Crowds and me do not mix.
But it was a wonderful weekend, and lots of memories were made with my sister and her family.
Emily and Maggie begged to do this Nampa High Dance Camp, presented by the Drill Team.
I let them. It was cute...but if I didn't know a girl on the drill team that I was supporting,
I probably wouldn't have done it.
Here is their dance numbers.
This is the big group final number. They performed it at the Varsity Basketball game that night.
They had fun, but like I said...it was basically for this one girl!
We will not be doing it next year.
At least they got a t-shirt out of it!
Lilli's Christmas Concert, at Nampa High Auditorium
I had to include a picture of her teacher, Mr. Ledbetter.
He is a silly and fun, and he is a perfect fit for a Jr. High choir teacher!
Lilli loves him, and she loves being in choir!
Lilli had her 1st solo! It was only 2 measures long, but still!
I was not this brave in 6th grade! Go Lilli!!!
The song is "Christmas Fever" and I included the video in this post! It's great!
Maggie is also in Choir this year! I love all the concerts!!! It's so much fun to see them enjoying their talents!
Both Lilli and Maggie are awesome Choir girls! They knew how to position their mouths for the best sound! And they are so poised! Never goofing off, always looking to their director! I guess I taught them well!
And I am so proud.
Katie is her usual spot.
Maggie's choir singing, "Masters in this Hall"
Lilli's Choir singing, "Christmas Fever"
"Winter Has Begun"
Hope you enjoyed some sounds of the season.
I have been hearing these songs in my house since October.
For Christmas, my girls wanted to do a photo collage of their friends for their friends.
It was a lot of fun.
This is one of the finished collages.
Lilli has a friend who is a boy, and we had to go out and do some pictures with him...but because he isn't apart of the "girl group", we had to go separately with him.
Katie is still a bit too young to have friends that need Christmas presents...thank goodness, this was alot of work on my part. But, I do hope that she will have friends that are as good to her as these kids are to the older 3.
The leaves started falling...like moths hitting the zapper.
One morning after a hard frost, I looked out the window to see this.
Katie is standing in about 3 inches of leaves.
Notice that there are no leaves what so ever left on the tree.
I love this tree. It is crazy!
One great thing about having a tree like this, is you get to play in it's huge leaves.
Katie, after jumping in a small pile of raked leaves.
Lilli...no she isn't help rake the leaves to bag them...
she is raking them so she can jump in them and scatter them everywhere.
See? I told ya!
This is the 1st year since we moved into this house (and we've been here 8 years) that Lilli has come out to play in the leaves with us. She is usually such an inside girl. I think growing up is changing her a little.
Notice that Emily is not in any of these pictures? Yeah...she's just like Lilli was.
Maggie's mountain of leaves. She raked them by herself, she gets to jump in them all by herself.
Coming in for the landing!
"That was AWESOME!"
We sure did have fun with our leaves.
It took us 3 days to rake them,
but only because we had to stop and play and enjoy our time with them before they went away.