Monday, December 03, 2007

I can't imagine that there will be a more perfect Christmas moment (and picture) than this one right here...

That's our little angel right there on the front row, singing her heart out at the Christmas play last night. She did such a great job; she's one of the youngest in the group and you would have never known it. She sang and danced and did all the movements (after it was over I told her she did a great job. She just smiled and said, "I know all the motions!"). She didn't even attempt to run off stage to give me a hug (which she'd done at every practice) or boss the other kids around (which she'd also done way too many times during rehearsals!).

After the play, I had several people comment on her dancing ability (asking if I'd taught her all those moves; I proudly said I had, LOL) and one say, "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, does it?" (I'm pretty sure he was alluding to the fact that her two older sisters are known in the church and at school--and pretty much everywhere!--as gals who'll do anything up on stage. I live with drama queens!)

The Christmas play was definitey the highlight of the weekend--it totally and perfectly set the stage for the month ahead--but there were some other memorable moments. Some of them include...

* Shopping Friday night and getting a TON bought! We went to Target and Books-a-Million and were shopping fools (so much that by the time I got home all I wanted to do was sleep for HOURS and not wake up!). But on Saturday morning we had to get up for another special memory...

* Having McKenna wait on us at the pancake breakfast we had at Applebee's. It was fun getting to boss her around a little bit...

* On Sunday afternoon, we spent some time decorating two of our trees. I had all those presents to wrap, so I needed something to put them all under!

Gary worked first at trying to get our stockings up...

And then we got to decorating our tree. Everyone got involved and it is absolutely one of my favorite activities of the season...



* I finally found the white tree I've been wanting to buy! I found a GREAT deal on one at Big Lots of all places and got it home to decorate. But then the plastic legs broke off, I threw pieces across the room in frustration, then Gary saved the day by buying a tree stand for it. All's well that ends well when I got some fun, retro, funky decorations for it and got it decorated...


* I watched college football on Saturday and all I can say is, "What a crazy ending to a crazy, crazy season!" Numbers 1 and 2 lost and after all of the mess, LSU and Ohio State are in the national championship game after all. Bama is going to a bowl game, but who really wants to go to Shreveport, Louisiana? Yuck! But I will cheer for them, of course!

* I got my first three presents for Gary bought (yay!) and he wrapped two for me and put them under the tree! (I love to GIVE gifts to other people, but I do selfishly love to get gifts too! Now, I can get very excited about a pair of socks or some cheap earrings--I'm very easy to please!!--I just love having presents to look at and shake. Gary knows to get them wrapped early so I can have a nightly shaking of them!

* I got to see and hear some of Sydney's growing excitement about the season. She asked last night, "How long until Christmas?" I said, "About three weeks." She answered: "Okay...1, 2, 3. It's Christmas!"

* All of the fun and excitement was...well...fun and exciting! But, it was also EXHAUSTING! All I really wanted to do was get a good long nap, but I didn't quite get it. This morning I woke up and deliriously asked Gary, "What morning is it?" I seriously didn't realize it was Monday. Aargh!

* In the midst of all the activities, perhaps the most exciting was that I got a NEW CAR!! Now, it's not really new. It's actually a 2000 model, but it's new to me! And...it has a leather interior, sun roof, automatic everything, and low mileage. I'm VERY excited!!

I hope you all had a WONDERFUL weekend!! I'm off to get a big long list of household chores done, and try and get a little bit of rest if I can!

(And, oh, check out my new feature on my sidebar. I'm going to put up a Christmas thought for each day of the month. It may be spiritual or heartwarming....maybe even humorous! Just thought it would be a fun little feature to add here to my little bloggy home!)

22 comments:

~gkw said...

Sydney was such a doll!!!

It was such a fun weekend!

Dawn Bibbs said...

Cheryl, you have the busiest weekend of anyone I know!!! You exhaust me :-).

And OH MY GOODESS...that first picture is PRICELESS!!! The colors are perfect, the angle is just right. And Sydney is simply ADORABLE!!! She is SO gonna cherish that picture one day. Great job, Scout!!!

That's so cool that you get help with the Christmas decorations. I have to do it all by myself :-(. But Jayla does love getting to plug everything up at "dark time" though :-).

Anonymous said...

Oh, Cheryl, that picture of Sydney in the play is just WONDERFUL!! I would have that in a frame on my wall right now!

Gin

Ms.L said...

Ooooh pretty!
I looove your white tree...
Glad the play was a wondeful success!

Nina Diane said...

so cute of Sydney! and I'm sure you're glad to get your decorating underway.......BUT.....what kind of car did you get????

Greta said...

love your white tree...and all your pictures...

sydney is a doll!!

and last but night least

GOOOOOO TIGERS!!!! WOOT WOOT!!!!

Josie said...

ahhh...sydney looked so cute..a little princess angel. Sounds like a great weekend between the pageant and decorating. I cannot wait to get my tree but that will have to wait until next weekend.

camport said...

what a great Christmas play shot!

Looks like you do need a nap!

:)

Mississippi Songbird said...

Oh, How Precious!
What a wonderful Christmas Angel..
God Bless you and your family during this holiday..

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Those are precious memories... that little angel is the cutest.
I had to laugh over your white tree~ that sounds like something I would do. It looks beautiful!

Misty Busic said...

I wish Harper could have been there for the Christmas play. He was so looking forward to it. However, he has had dental problems and he has to have surgery tomorrow at children hospital and they have to put him to sleep to do so. So please pray for us and for Harper. I am a nervous wreck! Love you honey!

Cheryl Wray said...

Gary--Yes, she was!!

Dawn--I know!!! I thought the photo was just PERFECT!! My good friend Chris took it and I thanked her profusely for it! :-) Decorating the tree together is one of our most treasured traditions!I don't think there's any way I could do it by myself!!

Gin--Yep., I think I will get it framed pretty quickly. I love it!!

Ms. L--I really wanted a white tree this year and I'm glad I got it!

Cheryl Wray said...

Nina--Oh, I didn't even mnetion what kind did I? SIlly me! It is a Bonneville and I love it!! (I'll have to post a pic of me zooming around in it! lol)

Greta--Well, you know I can't stand LSU. But I still will cheer for them very loudly in the BSC title game. Go SEC!! (the way it all turned out was just crazy! and I'm glad LSU got there!)

Josie--It was a really good weekend!! Can't wait to hear about your tree decorations. I know that they're bound to be great!

Chrissy--I absolutely needed a nap! I still do!! :-)

Songbird--You're so sweet! God bless you too!

Sandi--ha ha~! Yes, I was quite frustrated with the tree when it fell apart! I was wanting it up and decorated "right then" and it wasn't cooperating with me at all! lol

Misty--Oh, I had wondered about Harper. He would have been SO cute alongside Sydney in the play! NExt year you have got to get him in it!!!

Liz Ness said...

You are right...the photo of your daughter at the play IS the perfect Christmas photo!

Tannis said...

you posting a you tube video of that dancing girl? lol! Love the Christmas stuff! Cutest little angel I have seen in a long time

LZ Blogger said...

What??? Applebees has BREAKFASTS? Man... where have I been. Cute picture of your little angel too! ~ jb///

Kari said...

First of all, LOVE your new feature on the sidebar. Great idea.

And I love that picture of Sydney at the top of the post. Priceles.

YOU THREW PARTS OF A TREE IN FRUSTRATION? No way! lol (You should see me with a weedeater...I think I could enter in the Olympic javalin catagory!)

And finally, LSU playing for the Championship? You have NO IDEA how upsetting that is for me. NO idea. LSU. What the heck. I'm still pouting. Not that I expecting OU to be in the running. But please. ANYBODY but LSU. Man, oh man.

(taking deep breaths....)
Merry Christmas -
Kari

cityfarmer said...

Now this is Christmas...have a merry one.

Your family is precious

patti_cake said...

Awww great that you had such a wonderful week-end. That picture IS priceless. She's darling!

Anonymous said...

I have to say that is one of the sweetest pictures i have seen in a while. Makes me happy it's Christmas!

Love ya!
Marg

Crazy Working Mom said...

OMG, that is the cutest picture EVER! :)

Kathy said...

That picture of Sydney is PRICELESS! What a perfect......perfect memory!

And all of your Christmas decorations! WOW! You know how much I LOVE the Christmas decorations! YAY! You found your white tree! I want to put a white tree in my craft room! But that will have to be another year.

There was A LOT of smack being talked in this house this weekend because Ohio State is back in the running! Mr. Mister is one excited Ohioan right now!

I am hoping to eventually do an Ohio State Buckeye's Christmas tree for him down in the den/dungeon! And half of his Christmas presents this year are Ohio State related!