Thursday, December 27, 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Brogan!

Brogan turned 3 today!

The Best Christmas Gift

Just what every cowgirl needs! 
A head lamp to to wear when helping Jackie
with chores in the dark.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Mallory- 12, Hannah- 6, and Matthew- 10.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Snow Day.

It snowed last night, so school was let out a day early for Christmas Vacation.  Matthew and Hannah were eager to get outside this morning to play in the snow. 

They spent a good chunk of the day outside cleaning our vehicles off, making snow angels, and just enjoying the day.

This gave Mallory plenty of time to recuperated from her
knee surgery but also from the nasty stomach bug
she got once arriving home.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Surgery, Again.

Mallory had surgery today to remove the plates in her knees.  The plates have done their job correcting the deformity and since Mallory is still growing, it has become pertinent take them out.

Surgery was short and went as expected.  No cast this time around. With having both knees worked on, I was not fond of the idea of two casts.  We chose to work on some preventative measures instead to keep Mallory from picking at her incisions.

As always, Mallory charmed the hospital staff.  The nurses loved her.  She impressed them with her resilience. 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Mallory's Christmas Program

Mallory had her first vocal music program for middle school this afternoon.  She has been so excited to participate in this event.
Sometimes the excitement can be too over stimulating for her, so this year we kept everything pretty low key.

Mallory handled herself very well.  No meltdowns, at all.
She walked to stage and actively participated.
You could really tell that she enjoyed the songs and knew the words to them.

She participated in the actions and dancing that were involved.
She did it all with a smile on her face.

Always the social child, Mallory looked for every opportunity to wave at someone she knew in the crowd.

I owe a lot of the success to one of her para's who was ever present throught the program and helped to keep Mallory on track and grounded.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Hannah's Christmas Program

Hannah's First Grade Christmas Program was tonight.  She has been practicing her songs for weeks.  I love how excited this program has made her.

Hannah had to make sure her outfit for the night was just right.

It was a wonderful program filled with the spirit of Christmas.

Afterwards, Hannah met us back at her classroom to show us what First Grade is all about.  She loves the students in her class and her teacher, Mrs. Nuss.   

Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas Home Tour

One of the many charms of living in Abilene is its magnificent collection of stately homes dating from the late 1800's and early 1900's.  Our home falls in this category and this year we were asked by  the Heritage Homes Association to participate in their annual Home Tour.  The tour falls on the first weekend of December.
Although the prep leading up to the event made us a little crazy, in the end we were really glad we participated.

Nearly 600 people purchase tickets to attend the tour. 
People attended from over 40 cities in Kansas.

Saturday evening is a lighted Christmas Tour.
The weather was spectacular for the event.

The Sunday afternoon tour was well attended. 
The weather was unseasonably warm. 

We loved the overall graciousness of all those touring the homes.
It was such a pleasure talking with so many people that were interested in the history of our home and how we make it work raising a family.

It wouldn't have been possible to pull this event off successfully without the help from our family, friends, and neighbors.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Late Night at LifeHouse

The Faith Rocks kids participated in Late Night at LifeHouse tonight.  Hannah spent countless hours in front of the computer singing along with a YouTube video of Carrie Underwood's "What Child Is This?".  The words would scroll across the screen so that Hannah could learn the song corrrectly.  It was a pretty impressive performance by this wonderful group of kids.

You can view the highlights of Late Night at LifeHouse here.  The Faith Rocks kids start singing midway through the 3rd minute of video.


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