Happy birthday Grampa

Posted in Celebrations, Family visits on February 4th, 2018 by c-had – Be the first to comment

We celebrated Grampa’s birthday with him a bit early while he was in town. Happy birthday Grampa!

Happy birthday Grampa

Christmas day

Posted in Celebrations, Family visits on February 4th, 2018 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Christmas morning arrived with stockings and presents.

Loaded stockings

Stockings

This Harry Potter fan was excited to get a Sorting Hat.

Sorting Hat

Grampa donned the Sorting Hat as well. He looks happy with his placement (Hufflepuff, I’d guess).

Sorted

Molly got 5 supplimentary Harry Potter books.

Harry Potter books

The girls loved their new unicorn slippers that Jen found for them. Combined with their new pajamas and new earmuffs (and Santa hat for Molly), they’re very cozy.

Cozy

The girls both love unicorns, so they were excited to get these fun unicorn earrings. Leah’s are extra special, as they are her first pair of dangly earrings (which she’s been wanting for some time).

Unicorn earrings

Jen made these fun Grandparent shirts for G’Mom and Grampa.

Grandparent shirts

And G’Mom always loves her calendar.

Calendar

We then headed to Grams’s house for breakfast and more presents.

Presents

Presents

Presents

Molly was most excited about getting a Hatchimal. Actually, she got two, as the giant egg hatched with twin giravens (cross between a giraffe and a raven).

Hatchimals

Leah was most excited about getting this Hermione plush (she got Harry and Ron as well).

Leah and Hermione

Opening

A new book

Opening

Opening

After presents, we had a delicious Christmas dinner (with Christmas crackers) and enjoyed each others’ company. Later in the afternoon, things got exciting for Molly. The Hatchimal started to hatch!

Hatching

Hatchling

They’re both out and ready to be raised.

Hatchimals

Christmas Eve continues

Posted in Celebrations, Family visits on February 3rd, 2018 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Christmas Eve continued back at Grams’s house. These 3 cousins relaxed a bit and watched a small screen.

Cousin watching

There were traditional Christmas Eve presents, including books and pajamas.

Christmas Eve presents

Christmas Eve presents

As she does every year, Jen made the girls Christmas Eve pajamas, as well as complimentary pajamas for their dolls.

Christmas Eve Jammies

Christmas pajamas

Cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer.

Santa treats

Santa treats

Then off to bed for a long winter’s nap.

Super Christmas

Posted in Church on February 3rd, 2018 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Christmas Eve service was fun this year. It was a Super Christmas, featuring a band of superheroes (and Mary and Joseph). Molly was given the role of Wonder Woman. I was leading music, so Jen made me the perfect shirt to wear on stage.

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

Superhero Christmas

Hulk lifted this boulder in the skit, but clearly Wonder Woman would have had no trouble with it as well.

Strength

And here’s the whole skit for you to watch.

Leah was too young to act in the skit, but did an excellent job leading the call to worship.

Reader

Sadly, she was too short to see over the heads of all the standing adults.

Holiday visitors

Posted in Celebrations, Family visits on February 2nd, 2018 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Time to catch up on what’s been happening with us (as I have failed to post things for a month and a half). So, pretend it’s just before Christmas for the next few days.

This Christmas, G’Mom and Grampa came to visit. This involved a lot of Christmas activity (some of which will get their own posts) as well as fun around the house.

Leah was happy to show off her checkers skills to G’Mom.

Visiting checkers master

The girls also decorated a gingerbread house.

Gingerbread house

Stay back

Icing

Finished product

Grammy came in town as well, and even came to our house for dinner the first night.

Grammy too

With G’Mom and Grampa visiting, we had to play Telestrations. As always, hilarity ensued.

Telestrations

Telestrations

Telestrations

Christmas tree

Posted in Celebrations, Family outings on December 24th, 2017 by c-had – Be the first to comment

As usual, we headed to Greenway Farms to cut down our Christmas tree. We’re very busy, and really only had one day that was convenient to get a tree. That day turned out to be cold and snowing, but we didn’t let that stop us. We quickly found a great tree. It’s a Norway Spruce (a first for us).

Christmas tree

Christmas tree

Christmas tree photobomb

Christmas tree photobomb 2

After finding our tree, we got a picture of all four of us amongst the beautiful snow covered trees.

Snow covered trees

The next day, it was time to decorate our lovely tree. After our trip to Harry Potter world at Universal this summer, the girls wanted the first ornament on our tree to be Harry himself.

First ornament

Molly is a goober.

Goober

Decorating with attitude

This year Leah got to put the angel on top. She was a bit scared to go this high on the ladder at first, but she overcame her fear and accomplished her task.

Angel on top

Here’s our fully decorated tree complete with presents.

Christmas tree

December choir

Posted in Church, Leah, Molly, Music on December 23rd, 2017 by c-had – Be the first to comment

The girls’ choir sang again in mid-December.

Fall photoshoot

Posted in Family outings on December 22nd, 2017 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Back in October, we found a lovely Saturday for a photoshoot. We headed to nearby Centennial park to take some pictures near the lake.

Heart hands

These sisters love each other.

Loving sisters

Well, that face didn’t last. This is my favorite picture of the set, as it shows their personalities so perfectly.

That look

Much of the purpose for this shoot was a picture for the Christmas card. This one was the winner for the front of the card.

Piggy back

We even got a picture with all four of us thanks to a tripod and a remote which allowed me to get out from behind the camera.

Family pic

Jen’s favorite shot of the bunch.

Back to back

And a bunch more shots.

Centennial Photoshoot

Piggy back

On a bench

On the ground

Molly sandwich

Look up

A new car

Posted in Uncategorized on December 21st, 2017 by c-had – Be the first to comment

I got a new car! My old Passat was nearing its 13th birthday and having more troubles than I was willing to keep fighting. So, now I’ve got a brand new 2018 Subaru Impreza, which I love.

Impreza

It’s got all the fancy active safety features (which Subaru calls Eyesight), all-wheel drive (as all Subaru’s do), CarPlay, great gas mileage, and is a lot of fun. I look forward to many years behind the wheel.

Brown belt

Posted in Extracurriculars, Molly, Sports on December 20th, 2017 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly’s been practicing karate for over three years now, and just reached her biggest milestone yet. She tested for her brown belt on Friday night. That’s the last belt before black. The test got started at 6:30 and finished around 10:30. There were some very tired kids.

The test included lots of katas (choreographed fights), including this bo kata.

Bo staff kata

There were 3 girls testing for their black belts, which meant all of the girls got to try their hand at breaking boards. Molly’s done this several times before, and had no trouble.

Breaking a board

There was a lot of sparring.

Sparring

Sparring

And Molly got her brown belt!

Brown belt

She was very excited.

Excited

Getting her brown belt means she is now an advanced belt, which means she will now be teaching (well, assistant teaching) classes. She’ll be working toward her black belt, though it’ll likely take her 18 months to get there. Along the way, she’ll be working towards milestones that allow her to remove stripes from her brown belt. Once all 3 stripes are gone, she’ll be ready to test for black.

With her new brown belt

Awesome job Molly!