Thursday, December 21, 2006

Pearl in the Christmas Play

Also on December 18th, Pearl played an angel in the preschool Christmas play. She was so tiny, we couldn't see her from the audience. Also pictured with Pearl is her friend Patty who goes to daycare with her as well as preschool. Patty is a year ahead of Pearl and played a Christmas tree.

More pics from 12/18/06

We had a difficult time trying to get clear photos of the girls on stage in their first dance performance; however, there were a couple clear enough to post.

Monday, December 18, 2006

December Downtown Pictures

Busy Busy Busy

Chloe and Pearl are doing great. We have all had a couple of colds already and seem to be in recovery mode for the time being. Lori's work is especially busy right now and in addition to some quick-looming deadlines, she also had to move offices. City Hall is overcrowded and they had to bring in a temporary trailer for office space. Mom is now working out of a trailer.

Thanksgiving was very nice although many family members were sick and it turned out to be a small group. December has brought lots of activities, performances, shows and parties to attend. The girls did fine with their first babysitting experience so that Mom and Dad could attend the city Christmas party.

Thursday December 14th, the whole family went to the Melodrama to see "Twas the Night Before Christmas". The girls ignored the show and spent the first act munching on massive quantities of popcorn and running circles around our table. Chloe and Pearl's friend, Gary, was also there and asked to sit with us so that he could be with Pearl. Gary's mom says that Gary wants to marry Pearl someday. Wow! It's starting already. We had fun, but Mom and Dad became exhausted trying to keep a handle on Chloe, so we left during intermission.

Monday December 18th was our big crunch day. Pearl and Chloe had their first stage performance in their dance class. They performed at the Melodrama and it was so cute to see all the little girls in their dance outfits parading around on stage. Both Pearl and Chloe did their best to stay on cue and go through the motions. Afterward, they had the opportunity to visit with Santa. While Chloe is very excited about Santa coming to her house, she wanted nothing to do with Santa in person. Pearl was more than happy to sit in Santa's lap.

Monday evening brought a second performance for Pearl. Her pre-school had a Christmas production and Pearl was an angel. We dressed her up in her prettiest red dress and Chloe pitched a fit until she could also wear her red dress too! During the entire performance, Chloe kept asking her father and mother if it was her turn yet. She wanted to go up on stage and sing Christmas songs too. Afterward, one of the other moms declared that Pearl was her granddaughter Shelby's best friend. She said that Shelby talks about Pearl every day. Funny, Pearl never mentioned Shelby. Wow! A marriage proposal and best friend after only 4 months in the US. I guess she is more popular than we anticipated. And here we thought Chloe was the social butterfly.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Happy Feet

This year we just didn't get around to arranging any professional photos of the girls to make a nice Christmas card. Finally, after receiving a wonderful card from Chloe's friend Skylar in New York, we got the urge to do something. However, it was 7:30 PM on December 17th and we were out of time, so we just decided to take some pictures of the girls in their PJs with their santa hats. Hopefully, some of these cards will actually make it to a few people before Christmas. Here is one of the pictures that didn't make the card.

More Carmel Pictures

Fun on the beach!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Short weekend in Carmel

Every year, Mom and Dad travel to Carmel around Christmas time. It is probably one of the slowest times of the year for tourists and it is beautiful. This year Chloe and Pearl joined in on the fun and we had a quick two-day roadtrip. Here are some beach scenes for your enjoyment! And yes, it was quite cold, about 52 degrees.