The kids had their Christmas Program on Thursday, December 17. It's always so nice to see the vibe and excitement from the kids on such an evening ... especially the younger kids (let's just say the vibe from many of the older ones is somewhat opposite that of the younger ones). Our girls love to sing so they quite enjoy these evenings.
Rebecca's class was suppose to sing a song while one of the teachers played the saxophone. Well the saxophone decided it wasn't going to cooperate and so the kids sang on their own ... after getting over their giggles :)
Friday the kids only had a half day of school ... not sure why they bother as I'm sure they got nothing done during that half day. That evening the girls and I went to see the Voice of Praise Choir perform. Marietta quite enjoys these programs, especially because we have done pretty good on seating most times giving her the opportunity to either watch the organist or pianist also. This time she could watch the pianist. Since she takes piano lessons and does enjoy it, she finds it amazing to watch these talented players, and her little mind dreams that someday she'll do the same. I hope she continues to enjoy playing.
On Monday of the first week of holidays we headed down to Ike and Heather's to do some skating on their pond. This was the first time the girls have ever skated on a non-rink. Heather had commented that the ice was the smoothest they'd ever had it ... but the girls still thought the ice was quite bumpy. Since all we had so far was a dusting of snow we were glad for the cold spell that at least gave the kids something to do outside.
Another new thing to the girls was hockey sticks on ice. Yup, they've never played hockey on ice. It was a bit humorous to watch them try hit the puck and keep their balance ... kept them busy for some time.
The girls begged to sleep over at their cousin Anna's so I left them there for the night. I think they regretted that decision the next day ... well not the whole decision, just the decision on where to sleep. They decided it would be fun to sleep out in the with Aunt Maaike. Well -5C (or was it colder? I think colder if you factor in the windchill) out in a trailer isn't all the lovely ... especially when there are icicles hanging from the ceiling above your head. Needless to say they didn't sleep all that well.
And when they weren't doing either of those they were enjoying Grandpa and Grandma's new Wii system.
We gathered again as family on Christmas Day for a relaxing day and good eating.
Taryn reading Matthew as story.
The girls especially liked the stage. It was neat enough to play on the stage but even neater yet was the fact that their was a closet full of costumes and props to play with. This kept the kids busy for some time as we told them to get together and make a skit/play for the rest of us ... which they did, presenting us with two shows.
Grandpa joining in on the hockey fun ... he stuck to the 5 year old level :)