Lots to talk about to catch up since last Monday:
1) Tuesday, Dec. 6th: The girls are really getting good at their Christmas piano songs. Piano practice is one thing I never have to nag the kids to do. They love their teacher and seem to really enjoy the challenge. Skylar has learned the "Sugarplum Fairy" and "Angels we have heard on high". Eliza has learned "Jingle Bells", "Deck the Halls", "Up on the Housetop", and "Angels we have heard on high".
and the string for packaging on shopolivemanna.com. I also purchased new stamps and ink to decorate the mailing paper. So far the wrapping was pretty fun, but I am sure I will regret this come the week of the 19th when I am still wrapping like a mad woman. I will definitely be cheating with gift bags for some. : )
4) Friday, Dec. 9th: The end of another long work week. We had our annual holiday chili cook off at work. I am not a big fan of chili, so I grabbed a salad for lunch. When I got back I heard people talking about the cinnamon rolls I missed out on. : ( They were already gone when I got back to my desk. After lunch I had back to back meetings again, but when I stopped by my desk next, there sat an awesome huge cinnamon roll!!! When one of my team members went to collect her crock pot, they discovered a hidden box of cinnamon rolls, and she grabbed one for me. YAY!!! Just like a Christmas Angel. It was sticky, sweet, and way too much but sooooooo worth it. The cinnamon rolls from Do-Biz bakery cannot be beat.
After work, Skylar had trio competition practice. Here is a picture of this year's costumes. The song is "ice cream freeze", so we thought these colors in the top looked like Dairy Queen swirls and candy colors. We bought can can skirts because they are performing a clogging routine this year. Very challenging new type of dance for them. Can't wait to see it performed next weekend.
6) Sunday, Dec. 11th: We had family Christmas in Jefferson for Danny's mom's side of the family planned for today. I volunteered Danny to bring pickle roll-ups, which were still unmade this morning. Needless to say, this did not make a great start to the day. Also, I only bought one package of ham last weekend, and we needed more like 3 packages. So, I started my pasta salad and quickly dressed and ran to the store. I was back home at about 15 minutes before we were supposed to leave. The girls were dressed but running around playing Wii with wet hair and Danny still had pickle roll-ups to make. He pulled it together in record time, and we pulled into the community center in Jefferson right at noon. Don't ask me how we managed to be on time. The meal was great as usual, then we gathered into teams for a couple of fun new games. The best was definitely "flickin chicken" where we all had to throw mini rubber chickens at a large pink target. Too funny...many people had many different techniques. It was very competitive. Here are a few photos of the fun.