It was the week before Christmas, and all through the house, a lot of stuff was stirring, but thankfully not a mouse. We've just been chillin, you know, making the Christmas memories kinda stuff since school let out last week. I don't usually have a lot of regrets but what I am regretting these days is that I didn't figure out how to get my camera fixed weeks ago. All these awesome things happening and all I have is phone photos. I took a quick peek at a new camera at the store today thinking maybe... but no, I couldn't do it.
But the phone does capture the moment. Add a filter, some fun frames and voila! Some fun photo booth photos from the school party last week...
School concerts were a success and the girls had their piano concert at the Manor this year. It was such a nice touch for the girls to share their talents with the seniors.
The girls piano lessons have been very sporadic this fall. Their teacher had some prior commitments so we did what we could to keep practicing and prepare a Christmas Carol to perform. Callie chose to play Hark the Herald which has been her favorite carol ever since she was old enough to say she had a favorite carol. And Lexi...she didn't actually have to play at the concert because she had only had three piano lessons so far. On the third lesson, she received a copy of jingle bells to practice. On concert day, four days later, little sister bravely said she wanted to try to play jingle bells for the seniors. She walked up to the piano and played some keys that only a professional could discern as Jingle Bells. The seniors at the Manor didn't mind at all and applauded her efforts. And I was there taking pictures and videos, waving my proud mama freak flag high and mighty. Not because she had worked hard and nailed that Jingle Bells song, but because she was brave and she tried and isn't that all we ever ask. Showing up is the hardest part of life and little sister showed up! She played her best for Grandma Betty. She stood with the crowd and sang the few words she knew to the carols. She didn't worry about being perfect. She just did it. The very best gift of all.
And now, I'm sitting on the couch, typing words, half listening to a Christmas movie. Callie is sitting next to me, coughing and sniffing as she battles the tail end of a cold. We've made the cookies and decorated the ginger houses.
We've had our annual pajama party with friends. The reindeer food is made and the cookies are iced.
The shopping is done, the treasures are wrapped. And tomorrow is Christmas Eve and the anticipation will build. We'll have a house full of people. There will be laughter and a wave of cold air each time the door opens. The yuletide on the TV will play the carols, candles will be glowing, and Christmas smells will surround us.
And we will all have happy hearts.