this past weekend, we took the girls to cincinnati to visit with yia yia and roro. it had been too long since our last visit, and our friends had just welcomed their third baby into the world a month prior, so it was a trip that was long overdue. we drove up saturday morning, had brunch, and then visited the train exhibit at the krohn conservatory. the girls loved watching the trains and looking at all the miniature cincinnati landmarks.
once we were satisfied that we had seen everything, we headed to the movies. l&l had been wanting to see ‘rise of the guardians.’ it was actually much better than i thought it would be, which was a pleasant surprise. the girls, of course, loved every single second of it. leslie cried when it looked like the boogey man might triumph over the guardians, and lucy was glued to the screen (in between shoving junior mints into her mouth at a pace to rival her daddy’s). in the end, i think the adults enjoyed it just as much as the kids, which was awesome.
dinner was at wild ginger. y.u.m. this might be my favorite restaurant in cincinnati. if you go there, have a sunny roll…out of this world delicious.
roro had to leave sunday morning for a meeting in new mexico, so the girls hung out with yia yia while michael and i went to visit the smallest member of one of our favorite cincinnati families. miss frances is adorable. you will have to take my word for it, because somehow we didn’t take a single picture of her! shame on us.
after a late lunch, we made the trip back home and got our very sleepy girls in bed early. and now the week has begun…christmas will be here before we know it, and i have two girls who might not make it another 7 days. they are beyond excited, and this mommy is loving this season with my two precious girls. let the countdown begin…
Leslie, Lucy, Cully & Penelope’s annual visit to see the man in red.
thursday night was the christmas program at lucy’s daycare. leslie was also performing because she attends the after school program at the center once a week.
the church was packed. leslie’s class sang a song about candy canes, and then lucy’s class came in, led by the most adorable mary and joseph. i am embarrassed to say that I didn’t realize that the adorable little girl dressed as mary was my sweet little goose until she was practically right next to me! her buddy max was joseph, and they did a great job. all the kids in the center sang ‘the little drummer boy’ as the finale. leslie ended up right under the microphone, and did her best to make sure she was the only one heard. she is definitely destined for stardom!
here’s a cute picture of lucy and max.
She became a teenager overnight.
we took the girls (and the dogs…because we are THOSE people) this weekend to have their pictures taken with santa claus. it was hilarious, and i will post pictures as soon as i have them. as we were waiting to preview our pictures, a nice lady came in with her giant golden retriever (duncan). i should mention that we were at a pet store to have our santa pictures taken. they have the best santa in town, and they let you bring your kids, animals, and whatever else you can think of. in fact, a couple of years ago someone brought their chicken to have its picture taken with the man in red. anyway, back to duncan. duncan’s mom asked if she could leave him with us while she got her other dogs. of course, the girls were thrilled with the idea of getting to watch duncan. after two trips to her car to get her other dogs, this is what ensued…
so…the only thing better than santa? PUPPIES!
isn’t it funny how certain dates just kind of sneak up on you? you can be sitting at your desk, having a normal morning, when all of the sudden that tiny little reminder jumps off the computer screen and smacks you square on the forehead. well, today is one of those days.
december is always a month of contradictions for me, especially now that i have leslie and lucy. on one hand, it truly is the most wonderful time of the year. the lights, the decorations, and the promise of hope that comes with celebrating the birth of jesus. plus, the wonder of the season that comes with giving and receiving gifts, spending time with family, and that jolly red elf in the red suit. it is more fun than i ever could have imagined to experience all of that through the eyes of my two daughters. but, december is also full of reminders of those who aren’t with us anymore. twenty-one years ago (it seems impossible that it’s been that long), on the 22nd of this month, my mom passed away. and it was messy and awful and so, so sad.
and then there’s today. seven years ago today, on the 7th, the best man i ever knew (sorry, michael) died suddenly on his way to work. i can still remember what i was wearing, the words my principal spoke when she told me, and michael’s face when he picked me up to drive me to the hospital. that day, and all of its details, still feel like it could have been yesterday.
so, today i will take a little time to reflect on pa’s life and how incredibly blessed i am to have spent almost 26 years of mine with him. if you had the pleasure of knowing him, i’m sure you will agree that it was a life worthy of much celebration. he was so instrumental in me becoming who i am today, and for that i will forever be grateful. i know that he’s watching over us, and i love that my girls frequently talk about pa even though they never knew him.
New blog post…on the way.