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Friday, December 21, 2007

Parties, Performances & Pageants

We've been to parties, parties and more parties.

We've watched each child perform spreading Christmas cheer.

The girls celebrated Spanish style at school.

Alyssa was a sea turtle in the twelve days of Christmas...It was a different version.

I love watching her on stage. Each time she's on stage she finds a way to wave at me. Even if I am the only one who notices it, she waves and mouths the word "Mommy." This is one of those things that makes me so proud to be her mom. Our special thing.

I loved watching her double over belly laughing when the curtain started closing and some of the students forgot to move back and got tangled up in the curtain. She had so much fun laughing at her friends getting wrapped up in the royal red curtain like hot dogs. Funny!

Julia performed her special dance with the teacher in her beautiful costume. I love to watch her come alive in the spotlight. She never misses a step or a beat. She performs just like she waltzes through life to the beat of the music! She is oblivious to everyone around her yet at the same time she knows every eye is on her. Love that little girl!

Julia's second grade class also performed their own unique version of Hannah Montana. Bilingual people have "The Best of Both Worlds." It was cute and creative.

Hunter was the cutest shepherd ever!

He stopped the entire pageant procession to smile for my camera on the way to the stage.

When all the other shepherds went to the manger to bow down and worship Baby Jesus, he posed for my camera by the angel, with his staff and on center stage.

When I asked him why he wasn't worshipping with the other shepherds, he said, "Because you were taking my picture!" as he waved his hands wildly and placed his hands on his hips for emphasis. Little boys!

My little boy!
When he was done performing and I told him how proud I was of him, his response was, "Whew! That made me tired! I need a cold drink." So cute!

I loved watching these precious four-year-olds tell the story of The Very Special Baby. How sweet, innocent and appropriate to focus on that first Christmas and that perfect Baby Boy through the eyes of the children.

Now that the parties are winding down and performances all performed, take time to focus on the Precious One whose birth brought us full joy...forever!

And in that vicinity there were shepherds living [out under the open sky] in the field, watching [in shifts] over their flock by night.

And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord flashed and shone all about them, and they were terribly frightened.
But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people.

For to you is born this day in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ (the Messiah) the Lord!

And this will be a sign for you [by which you will recognize Him]: you will find [after searching] a Baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.

Then suddenly there appeared with the angel an army of the troops of heaven (a heavenly knighthood), praising God and saying,
Glory to God in the highest [heaven], and on earth peace among men with whom He is well pleased [men of goodwill, of His favor].

Luke 2:8-14


Kathryn, Michael & Alex said...

We praise You Jesus. May our focus be on You Precious One!!

Thank You Jesus for the beautiful children who love You!!!

Wilhelmine Mitchell said...

PaPa & I love seeing the pictures of the ggrandchildresn and reading about what they are doing. A Blessed Christmas to you all.