Monday, December 28, 2015

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Oh, December is a fun month!

To kick off the Christmas season, we went downtown for some fun community events. First was the tree lighting and Christmas festival.

The streets were PACKED.
So fun to share this event with so many people. 

There were fun musical performances along the streets. 

We thought  B would fit in well with this low brass group from UNCG.

We got to roast marshmallows. Yum.
And then then the girls and I got to do line dances like 
the electric slide and cha cha slide. So fun!

The next day was the Christmas Parade.
It was a beautiful, sunny day.
We chose to get there right on time (instead of early),
which meant we didn't have a great view...
but that was OK.
Grand Marshall, Miss Babe Ruth,
the bat dog for our minor league baseball team. 

 The giant balloons are always fun.

I wouldn't touch you with a thirty-nine and a half foot pole. 

Just about every middle and high school in the surrounding counties
sent their marching band to the parade.

 A&T's is amazing and so fun to listen to.

And after listening to seventeen other bands,
we finally got to see our favorite:
I always end up on the wrong side of the street from B,
but still managed to catch a couple pics of him. 

Their teacher didn't have them rehearse any Christmas songs.
So, they looked festive, but were playing the same songs they
play at football games. Hilarious.

Another fun family tradition is to drive around Sunset Hills
where they have all the lighted Christmas balls hanging in the trees.
Again, we had unseasonably warm weather, so we took a little walking tour.
I wish the camera could capture the magic of this neighborhood.

Even though the weather feels more like spring, we are definitely getting into the Christmas spirit.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

All County Band

Brandon tried out for All-County band again this year. We didn't even have to bribe him! (I guess his teacher said it was a requirement for the higher level band that he's in.) Since he's a freshman, he was told that his chances of making it were slim, but HE DID IT! He was third chair euphonium out of the whole county. We were so impressed!

He got to miss two days of school to rehearse with the rest of the band, and then they had a concert the night of the second rehearsal. I just recorded a couple of little snippets so you can get a taste of how good they are. You can't see him. The low brass is over to the FAR right.

B's High School rocked All-County Band.
Look how many kids made it from his school!
Definitely one of the best-represented schools.
So proud of B-train.

Monday, December 21, 2015

What November Looked Like

Whacky tacky day at school
Whit rocked it.

It cracked me up to see this in the clearance section.

Had a fun Sat afternoon with Caroline and R at the science center.

My favorite part: the giant shark tank

I've been reading this out loud to the girls
So fun. And such a good book.
We were especially amused by Laura's corn cob doll, Susan.

Whitney and the Activity Day girls at church made this quilt
and donated it.

Whit was awarded A/B honor roll and Outstanding Science 
student for the first quarter.

Andrew's birthday!
The girls helped me bake him a yummy chocolate cake.

Birthday boy!

So happy to celebrate with him!
It has been a great year.

W made him the most creative card,
complete with pop-up numbers.

One of his favorite gifts:
a new Panthers shirt.

Someone at Michael's has a twisted sense of humor.

Veteran's Day flags in Jamestown.

We had great fire-pit weather in November.

I LOVE our Camellia! 
When all the other plants are dying,
it bursts into bloom. So refreshing!

I've been trying new foods in the kitchen.
Like salmon fillets. Aren't the grill lines pretty? 

And homemade bread. YUM!
(with help from the bread machine.) 

Nov was stake conference.
My sweet friend, Stephanie,
participated in a panel discussion during Sat night's session. 

My first big PTA assignment: Reflections Arts Program.
We had SIX submissions (out of 700+ students).
These are my judging evaluating the submissions.

We shared another wonderful holiday with
Chris, Tiffany, Ben and April. 

My favorite: the pie buffet! 

The beautiful cooks!
Tiffany, Janny, me, Tara, and April.
(Plus Andrew, who made our turkey,
but didn't want to be the only man in the pic.) 

We had TWENTY-THREE people this year. 


Turkey bowl!
I love football! 

We skipped out on Black Friday shopping.
 Decorated for Christmas instead.

Ahhhh, watching football with the soft glow of Christmas lights.
I LOVE this time of year!

Celebrated the end of marching band season with a banquet.
These are all of the freshmen.
Brandon is the only one NOT in percussion.