She’s back!This time Miss Holly and Miss Zoey cheered at the high school basketball game.You can’t exactly tell from the picture above, but about 100 little girls were standing in this hallway getting ready to cheer at halftime. It felt about 100 degrees inside the building. The noise decibel level was also probably about 100. Oy.I wasn’t able to get a picture or video of Holly doing the cheer. She was on the other side of the gym which was already swarming with teens for senior night and I’m guessing 200 extra parents (or 300 if each family brought along a grandparent or friend) to watch the junior cheerleaders. My point is, it was WAY CROWDED. I could see Holly, but my camera could not. She was fabulous.Look at that happy smile!Well done, girls!
This video is for Grandma Carolyn who is interested in seeing Holly hoola hooping.
And Grandma, Linlee wanted to show you her twirl:
Well, what to say. Penny remains the most high strung dog we’ve ever owned. She has settled down some. She doesn’t play-bite as often as she used to. She still gets overly excited when guests arrive and often pees on the floor as well as invading their space with over-the-top dog energy. She still snuggles up to us with a toy or bone and then growls if we pet her. She still counter-surfs for food daily. After pulling a tupperware container off the counter and eating the entire batch of cookies inside, we began keeping her in the garage when we are out. She’s got a cozy bed in there and it’s nice to come home to a kitchen which has not been ransacked by the dog. Despite how much trouble she is, we still love her. She’s got a sweet spirit which is overjoyed to be part of our family. Happy birthday, Penny!Little Penny as a puppy. (Doesn’t even look like the same dog!)
Sorry for the blurry picture. Holly was waiting for her coach yesterday and she began doing a pretend routine on the ice. Sometimes her moves were graceful, sometimes dramatic. She glided and twirled and skated on one leg. Her arms and hands were like that of a ballerina. She sparkled with happiness. Clearly Holly felt beautiful and confident on the ice. I so wish I had caught it on video. (And how I wish I could freeze that moment in time to have ready for future days when her self esteem needs a little boost.)
And now we have a teenager. Just not sure what to say about that.Linlee requested strawberry cupcakes.She asked for a Panda plush, but you can see below that her eyes are glued to the Cat in the Hat calendar set which Mémé gave her. The Cat in the Hat and calendars are two of her major obsessions.Interestingly enough, Linlee also asked for a pink shirt. Pink? Not blue? Holy cow!Happy birthday, sweet girl. We love you!
Oh goodness, she has been organizing her calendar corner all afternoon. One happy girl!
The girls wanted to welcome in 2018 with chocolate fondue!HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Anne and Rachel came over for a visit today. We girls all enjoyed ourselves very much!Linlee is starting to catch up height-wise with Rachel. Remember this picture from just two years ago? (The girls are only four months apart in age.)
Christmas Eve was pretty dreamy. We went out with all the grandparents for a lovely Olive Garden meal and it began to snow. The girls were beyond excited; Santa was coming AND it was snowing! When we got home from dinner, we went for a family walk to see the neighborhood lights. Perfect!Santa was generous!Penny got something in her stocking too; a burlap bag with coal and a stern note from Santa:Christmas morning!Christmas morning didn’t go exactly as planned. The snow on the roads kept the grandparents from joining us for opening gifts (and then there was an unexpected trip to the ER with my mother – everything turned out fine!), but we all still managed to have a good day.Linlee has never had an interest in dancing or tutus, but asked for one this year.Holly coloring her new Pusheen coloring book with her new coloring set in her new nightgown and new kitty ears headband. It doesn’t get better than that!Even the naughty dog received a toy. Lucky girl!Learning about money with a high-tech cash register.
The roads were clear by the afternoon and we enjoyed a wonderful dinner with all the grandparents and my brother. Merry Christmas!