Sunday, December 29, 2013

Celebrations | Cousin Christmas

The day after Christmas, all of my cousins, aunts, and uncles flock to Dallas for a weekend of holiday cheer at Grandmary and Papa J's house. Annually, on the evening of December 26th, we gather in the kitchen to recite the cross-stitched prayer that hangs on the blue plaid wallpaper...

"We thank thee Lord for happy hearts,
for rain and sunny weather,
We thank thee Lord for this our food,
and that we are together"

...before filling our plates with delicious fare and fighting over the burnt part of the mac 'n cheese. The older we get, the more we spread out, so this year, we took some family photos to document all of us being in the same place before we assumed our regular spots to open presents chronologically from youngest to oldest.

Monday, December 23, 2013

School | Christmas Pageant

This year's Kindy Christmas Pageant was entitled "The Greatest Gift to the World". We practiced meticulously for a month and a half and these kids nailed it! They memorized lines and solos, practiced formations, and learned some new songs. Some of them got a bit tuckered out in the middle but they pushed through to the end beautifully!