Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Parties, Programs, and the Nutcracker

I'm going to rewind about a week to when the kids got out of school!  We have been out a week now. Both girls had class parties and unfortunately this time they were both at the exact same time.  Not ideal for this Mama but I made the best of it.  I went to the elementary school for Cohen's brunch first.  At elementary school there aren't a lot of class parties to come to so I wanted to be sure I was there.  We were there about 30 minutes then we headed over to Kate's.  Bryce loved the party scene and sat with Cohen the minute we walked in.  He was interested in all of her snacks!  Kate had finished her snacks when we got to her and they were all into the stockings they each got with goodies in them!  She had been looking forward to getting into that stocking all week!

That night Kate had her Christmas program.  She and her best friend Nolan were going to be the donkeys.  Now let me back up a little.  They had the option of being Mary & Joseph (wouldn't that be sweet), but if you know Kate at all you know that flew over with her like a lead balloon.  She wanted nothing to do with that and had her heart set on being a donkey from day 1.  So a donkey it was!  She was a super cute donkey too.  This girl can really sing and I love listening to her.  She is so loud!  IT is so stinkin' precious!  They all were.  It was definitely the cutest little manger scene!

On Friday after school had gotten out on Thursday, we had our Christmas with Nana in Athens.  Of course the kids were so excited to get to open a present!  We had yummy food and got to see everyone.  At one point we were trying to get a picture of Nana with all of the great grandkids since little Owen was just born.   Well Bryce wasn't feeling a picture!  This pretty much sums up a lot of our days right now.  Mr. Terrible Two has entered the building.

 The girls sure did like little Owen!

On Saturday we finally got to do some Christmas baking!  We had some sweet people we visited that we wanted to take cookies too, and of course we had to have some for Santa and for us!  Baking in pjs is a bonus!

On Sunday we went back to Athens to see the Nutcracker.  Pop had bought tickets for everyone as part of Sug's birthday.  This was a first for the girls.  I think Cohen understood way more than Kate did, especially since this is a show with no talking only dancing.  She watched the entire show though so that was a win.  Afterwards we went to eat downtown.  I love Athens any time of the year but I really love it at Christmas.  It is so pretty and the lights in the trees are my favorite.  No where has such pretty lights!  We went to Amici's and sat at the window so we were loving it!

It was pretty cold leaving the show so these 2 decided to share Sug's coat together

This picture was from earlier in the week on Sug's actual birthday.  We had ate in Athens and had cake at Nana's house.

We started this week off with a little Christmas party for Cohen and a few of her friends.   The girls all made Christmas bracelets, ate pizza, and just played.  They got outside in the "secret hideout" and they were having a ball.  I had to make them come in after a while because I thought they might need to thaw out a little!   IT was a sweet group of girls and I loved having them here!

Bryce didn't mind being the only boy since pizza was involved!

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