Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Why is it so hard to keep up???

I can promise myself I won't let my blog get behind-and then it is. :)

I HAVE to post some pictures of the last weeks activities!!

The Christmas season starts in my head with the Festival of Trees parade!
Even though Thanksgiving is AFTER this event...

Alicia has been going to the same spot for YEARS! We have joined them for three now... or is it four? I don't know, but we have a crowd!
The kids have a great time at the festival right after the parade... they get to see Santa!
That is a highlight!
Even if some of the kids at school go on about him being "dead" or not "real".
Why can't parents that choose to NOT have a Santa tradition teach their kids to keep their mouths shut about Santa?? I mean really.
We don't lie to them... if they ask me if he is real, I ask them if they think he is real...
(Answering the question with a question... good plan! )
And I HAVE told them that he's not real like God is real... and I leave it at that.
But saying he is dead?? Huh?
Update: This came up today at school! (Lurker Amy! LOL!)
So since Gabriel was going on again TODAY about Santa not being real, I told them they can choose to participate in the Santa tradition or not... but if they had any questions, if they WANT to ask me if he is real, go ahead and ask... it was silent for a few seconds... and then Gavin breaks the silence with "AWK-ward" I-about-laughed-out-a-kidney!! Funny kid! See they really DON'T want to know! LOL!
I don't think they have any intention of NOT believing, even if they have an idea.
Like they get it, and they are playing along... I'm OK with that.
Though I can say with 100% certainty that Cora "knows" that guy that she sat on his lap, is THE Santa! And she was in LOVE! (Pictures in the slide show!)



We had a fundraiser at Chuck E. Cheese for school. We were there for over 4 hours.
They were thrilled. I was fried.



I don't think Cora and Gavin stopped long enough for me to get any pictures! lol!
I didn't get as many as usual...

Look what I captured one morning on the way to Mom 4 Moms!
Just amazing...
I would LOVE to be a wildlife photographer! It would be such a rush!!

Thanksgiving Feast at Heritage-this year instead of turkey and fixings, Amy Seward told the kids about her missions trip to St. Vincent, and they had a St. Vincent style feast! Chicken legs, rice, a banana, and LOTS of dessert!
I was serving, so I didn't get many pictures! Sorry Alicia! I got your message after the feast, and didn't even notice Annie was there until the end-when I had no camera on me!
Cora was with me since they had no school...
Really mom?? (Isn't that what that face looks like!)
And Thanksgiving!
Dad and Dinah's tree was up!
And the train!
The kids always like running the train.
And playing Atari (yes, Atari... they have the classic console with all the games on it), and watching movies, and eating...
Gavin insisted on the turkey leg... I think he thought it would be like schools chicken leg!
Look at that plate!!

And look at this sunset! I didn't touch this with editing... this is how it looked and took!
And THIS is what happens when you hand over you camera... push half way, wait for the beep...
{sigh} :) It looked OK on my 2 inch screen, but alas...
If you could make anyone out, this is my Dad, and my step mother Dinah, and my step siblings and all our children! Big family!
That's my catch up!
Off to scrap!!
I have been cleaning and purging and trying to arrange my office for more efficient scrapping!
Wish me luck!

22 comments:

tara pollard pakosta said...

love the picture of the bird on the sigN! awesome to get a family picture with everyone! I wish I would have done that, there were 30 of us and 9 were missing of just my siblings, their spouses and kids....I love Thanksgiving!
thanks for posting! I need to update my blog as well!
tara

Candi Ladwig said...

You just made me miss the parade even more!!! :)

I was just telling Ryan about when other people take a pic with my camera I might as well let Piper!! They are always blurry!!! And how many times do you have to say "you have to look through the eye piece" Finally I say, "put your face up to the camera!!" Get this... a lady at our festival of trees said... "oh, I don't know how to work these... I have a digital camera" You're killing me!!!!!

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