Bumble Bee

Posted in School on February 7th, 2018 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Leah again participated in the Bumble Bee spelling bee at school. Again, it was intense. Dozens of second graders spelling words out loud in front of a large crowd of adults. One mistake and you’re eliminated. There’s some serious pressure.

Bumble Bee

Leah was fortunate to randomly end up sitting next to friends (both sides and behind her). They clearly didn’t let the pressure get to them as they waited for the start.


Approaching the microphone

Leah made it through her first 3 words, but got unlucky on the fourth word and was eliminated earlier than she expected. I must say I was so proud of how she handled it. Many of the kids ended up in tears (understandably), but Leah handled disappointment with strength. She was even comforting others who didn’t handle it as well and congratulating those who succeeded.

Out, but cool

Celebrating Aunt EA

Posted in Celebrations on February 6th, 2018 by c-had – Be the first to comment

We had to postpone our initial plan to celebrate Aunt EA’s birthday with her as Charlie had a fever. A week late, we joined for presents and treats at Grams’s house.

Late birthday celebration

My dessert

Charlie’s a lucky guy. His mom shared her birthday dessert with him.

A taste

Looks like he wants some of Molly’s dessert as well.

Some more


Happy birthday Aunt EA!

Tree needles

Posted in Uncategorized on February 6th, 2018 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Our Norway Spruce tree looked great, but it was horrible when it came to needle retention. This is what the floor looked like after we finished taking the lights off. Yes, all those needles fell from undecorating the tree. We even undecorated early because we didn’t want it to get any worse.

Tree needles

New Year’s Eve

Posted in Celebrations on February 5th, 2018 by c-had – Be the first to comment

New Year’s Eve is a big day in our family, with it being Grampa and Aunt EA’s birthdays in addition to the holiday. We had celebrated with Grampa early (and we celebrated late with Aunt EA), so on that day birthday greetings were given electronically. The girls made this video for Aunt EA.

They talked to Grampa via FaceTime. Between Leah’s Sorting Hat and Molly’s one-piece owl pajamas, these girls have quite the outfits to wish Grampa happy birthday.

FaceTime characters

The girls requested to stay up till midnight on New Year’s Eve this year for the first time, and we finally agreed. We just stayed home, played games, and watched the ball drop on TV, but they enjoyed it. And they had no trouble staying up (no surprise).

New Year's Eve

The Last Jedi

Posted in Family outings on February 5th, 2018 by c-had – Be the first to comment

As usual, I wanted to see the new Star Wars movie as soon as possible, but our schedule would not allow that. I managed to avoid spoilers for a couple weeks, and then we finally headed to the theater with Grams to watch The Last Jedi. And the movie was well worth the wait.

The Last Jedi

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


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).


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.


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.


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


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

Leah and Hermione


A new book



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!



They’re both out and ready to be raised.


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.


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.


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


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.