Linking up (after a brief break) with Like Mother, Like Daughter.
I was more excited than the children. Our local ballet academy offered some tickets to the Nutcracker ballet at the Auction night for the school. We were able to get tickets at half price, and I was so tickled to bring my oldest 3. It was the first time my kids had been to any kind of ballet performance. They had to listen to me tell them the story on the way, and during, as well as try not to sing along to every song. Some, as you can tell, were more thrilled than others. I was happy to have a night when we didn't need to have a stroller, or wiggly toddler on my lap.
It was a beautiful evening, and those kids worked so hard! It was even better to be able to see so many of my friends' children on stage!
(And NO, Emma is NOT taller than me. Yet.)
This year, we spend Thanksgiving with my side of the family. We have tried to alternate families, since we are surrounded by so many and have the option to spend different holidays with each. But with health issues, surgeries, and busy schedules, it seems that we have gotten off the rhythm. I was so happy to be close to home, to be with my parents and some siblings. Lucy has decided she is ready to walk, and it was so nice to spend time at a family friendly home, where she could wander and be loved in each room, by every person. As her shirt says, "Everyone is thankful for me."
(While I feel I should clarify, that Lucy walking doesn't exactly make me happy, her joy at her new found talent makes me happy, and, really, who can't be happy when that sweet face looks up at you?)
The day after Thanksgiving brought Fr. Juan to our home again! He let us cook for him this time, and we did not have anything even remotely resembling Thanksgiving meal. (Being from Venezuela, Father didn't have that meal with his family the day before either.) We played Apples to Apples, the Disney version, and Father beat us all! He had fun with the kids, when it was their turn to judge, and he would look them in the eye and say, "We are friends, right?" And they would giggle.
Yep. That's us. :)
We tried for a nice shot on the timer setting, and even with the heads cut off, I love the lighting, the smiles and the joy that shows through in this one. Father always is so "yoyful" and brings it with him. He always tells the children that there are no "donkey faces" allowed. Only smiles and love.