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Friday, November 25, 2011


Grammy was making sandwiches to donate to a local shelter and the girls were excited to help.

They did a good job too. Lots of love in those sandwiches.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Ice skating.

Ice-skating, Carolina-style... A sunny, mostly warm day on an artificial, outdoor rink. Fun for everyone!

The girls, trying to find their balance.Lily, getting the hang of it.

Rory, doing her best to keep up. (She did a great job, especially considering that the smallest skates they had were so big that she kept her sneakers on inside them!)
Mommy and Rory.

Rory in motion

Daddy and Rory.

Daddy and Lily.Lily and Bumpa.
Waving to the web cam, which Auntie was watching, all the way in Amsterdam. Hi Auntie!!! (Man, I love technology!!!)

After awhile, Lily really got the hang of it, though she preferred to skate with two grown ups at all times.

Taking a break.
Rory, discovering that the rink was made of real! ice!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


We are thankful...

For little girls who dress up in mommy's shoes and set the table.

For even littler girls sleeping in a big girl bed for the first time ever.

For loving grandparents. And good food!
For teeny-tiny turkeys.

And silly faces.
And also for all the friends and family who were far away today. We love you all. And we are thankful for you.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


I'm thankful for school crafts.

Lily is thankful for Scoutie.
But most of all, I am thankful for this little turkey!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Tree Lighting.

There was a tree-lighting party at a nearby shopping center, with games and food and crafts. The girls had a blast eating popcorn for dinner and making paper snowmen. But the highlight, of course, was Santa's arrival and the way he used magic to light up the giant Christmas tree!

Rudolph was there!
And frosty too.
Where's Rory?

Popcorn and Christmas trees??? Best. Night. Ever.
Lily and Little Red Riding 'Roo!
Daddy took this picture of the lights from the tree reflected in Rory's eyes.
Funny story... Right after he lit the tree, Santa was available for visits with the kids. Of course, the line immediately had an hour long wait. But, of course, the girls really wanted to go see him anyway. I pointed out that they hadn't even decided what to ask for, in a desperate attempt to get them to willingly go home without talking to the big man. Lily accepted this pretty easily and decided to go home and get to work on a list. Rory, on the other hand, considered this for a moment and then announced. "Maybe I want a Cwiss-mas twee. So I can go see Santa! I know what a want!!!" And then sobbed as I dragged her away without letting her ask Santa for a tree. Mean Mommy.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Raleigh Christmas Parade.

Last year's Christmas parade was pretty much a total disaster. We were unprepared, got there late, the girls couldn't see, Rory was too young and a total mess - we left swearing that we would never go back. Isn't it nice how memories fade and a year later you can feel optimistic enough to try again?

This year, we brought snacks, we got there early enough to get a spot where the kids could see, and both girls were on their best, most excited behavior.

It was cold, but that was mostly an excuse to snuggle.
We saw the girls' dance teachers on the dance studio's float.
We waved to everyone, cheered for all the bands, and ate candy.

We saw this guy, who apparently won American Idol.

And generally had the best time ever.

Then we went out for lunch at a restaurant downtown. The food was good, but the entertainment was even better.

Nothing is funnier than wearing big hats, apparently.