Our holiday season has been moving at a nice pace this year. We have little planned on the calendar and that is leaving us plenty of free time to slow down. I'm not sure how that happened this year but it's a welcome feeling!
Julia had her winter concert (1st and 2nd graders) at school last week. The music director does such a fantastic job with the children and it is a highlight of the season for me. It's so fun to see the children on stage - wiggly ones, smiley ones, shy ones, waving to the family ones, finger in the mouth ones, full of expressions ones. This year there was a song Rose, Up She Rises and there is a little Irish music in it so Julia did an Irish dance to it for a set of 8 beats and then her classmates joined in with their own version of Irish dancing for the next 8 beats. It was adorable! And the children had so much fun with it! For as shy as Julia is she sure loves a stage. And she loves to Irish dance so the match up of dancing on the stage was a great fit for her.
We also attended a holiday party with the family outreach program that we had swim lessons with in the Fall. It was our first holiday party there and we are so glad we attended. Another local family we met through this blog was there and it was nice to catch up with them. We also met some new families and enjoyed the crafts, music, cheer and a super special visit from Santa! My girls love Santa and we hadn't visited him yet this year so it was nice to see him and we were shocked to receive a gift from Santa. Emma wasn't so interested in helping to open the gift because she couldn't take her eyes off of Santa. She sat there the entire time he was giving out presents to the children and started and smiled and giggled and I can safely say that her love affair with the jolly old man is still going strong this year. Julia was more than ready to tear into the gift and was overjoyed to see it was an Elf on the Shelf - which Julia has wanted for a while. Her name is Makenzie and she seems to get into mischief rather than just sitting on a shelf and that is the source for a lot of amusement in our house each morning.
There were a lot of crafts, too. Julia loves crafting and had so much fun going to the various stations and creating masterpieces. We moved Emma from station to station and tried to get her to participate but she was more interested in just looking at everything going on around her instead of looking at us and the craft we were trying to help her complete. So, basically, both girls behaved true to form :-)