Monday, December 04, 2006
Weekend Photo Recap
( or "Where did the time go?")
This weekend involved a lot of different activities for our family, and some good old-fashioned Christmas fun that now definitely has got me "in the spirit." I took pics of a lot of it (of course, I did!!) and will offer you now my Photo Recap of the past weekend.
And for some reason (probably it's just because I'm getting old!!), this weekend I kept saying things to myself like, "Where did the time go? How could she already be this grown-up?" I know that my mother always told me that the years just go by quicker and quicker as you live longer and longer, and it's true! The years just seem to breeze by (and all of a sudden I have girls who are 14 and 10. Although, of course, I have a 2-year-old to keep it all interesting as well!)
Anyway, I digress . . .
On Friday night, McKenna went to her high school band banquet. No date . . . just hanging out with friends, and getting the chance to dress up. (Which--let's face it--is usually more fun than dealing with a date. Of course, I'm her Mother so that's my party line ALL the time!)
Here she is getting ready to go . . .
And then all dressed up . . .
The other big event of the weekend was the Children's Christmas Play at our church. I decided that Sydney needed a cute Christmas dress to wear to it and instead of going and buying a new one, I dug out one that McKenna had worn when she was the same age. Seeing them in the same dress really took me back to many years ago when my present-day-teenager was a toddler!
Here is McKenna (yes, that cutie from up above) in the dress when she was 2 1/2. (Ironically, this was taken at a Christmas play she was in back in 1994!) . . .
And then here's our little Scout wearing the same dress yesterday. (Their birthdays are just a day apart, so they are literally like almost the EXACT same age in these two pictures--just 12 years apart! LOL)
Now the star of the Christmas play was Delaney. She's the only one of my girls in it this year and this is her LAST year (next year she moves off into the youth department!), so it was a special time. Delaney LOVES these plays and looks forward to them every year. She is very dramatic so she loves having a speaking role and really gets into her part. Plus, she LOVES to sing and has a really great voice. So, she usually gets a solo as well.
Delaney has been in the plays since she was 3 and got her first solo when she was probably 6. I found this picture of her singing in the play back in 2004 (dressed as Mary) . . .
And then these are two pictures of her singing her solo this year. She had the most beautiful song called "Go Light Your Candle" and did just a fantastic job on it! I just can't believe how much my girl is growing up . . .
And some of her "acting." Oh yeah, she really gets into character (she had one older man in the church come up to her afterwards at the reception and ask her if she was ready for Broadway. She just nodded and smiled really big when he said that!) . . .
The play really got us into the Christmas spirit and then afterwards we came home and had our first night of Advent together as a family. This is a very special Christmas tradition that we started when Delaney was around 4 or 5 years old, so we've been doing it for at least six years now. We light a candle on each Sunday night of December, and then a fourth one on Christmas Eve; once it's lit, we read a Bible reading or other sort of Christmas reading, sing a Christmas song, and say a prayer. We also just do a lot of talking about why Christmas is important and how we're going to keep it "true" in our hearts this year. It was great to get that started tonight (although Scout enjoyed lighting and blowing out the candle more than anything!).
In other stuff from this past weekend . . .
*Dallas won AGAIN. I am SO beyond excited for my Boys this year. Dare I dream of a Super Bowl (or, heck, even a good playoff run!)?
* We watched West Virginia play on Saturday night, not so much because we were too terribly interested in the matchup with Rutgers, but because possibly Rich Rodriquez might be our next Bama coach. Who knows??
* Did some good Christmas shopping and got some gifts that I'm really excited about. I will be doing my shopping for Gary this week sometime. (Any suggestions on what I should get him? lol)
* I came up with a GREAT idea for our Christmas picture and I'm so excited about it!!! I can't wait to share the idea with yu--after I take the picture someday this week, hopefully!
I hope that all of you have a wonderful week! I was offline pretty much all weekend long, so I didn't get much of a chance to check out blogs or email. But back to it now... and I hope to connect with some of you again!
This week, let's all remember that--
Christmas is about hot chocolate,
and old songs and carols,
and decorated trees,
and cards from far-away friends,
and busy shopping malls,
and wrapped presents,
and gingerbread and snowmen,
and parties and parades,
and Santa Claus too.
But remember that it's really a lot more--
Christmas is about joy,