There were a few more things that happened in December. We had our annual Christmas piano recital the Saturday before Christmas. Here is our teacher with many of her students.
Rachel and Arija have been friends for nearly six years now. They were 9 when they met and have been playing in recitals ever since.
This was Laura's very first recital. She was SO excited and not nervous!! She played a solo first,
then played Jingle Bells with Rachel.
Rachel played Claire de Lune which is now a three-generation recital piece in our family with my mom and me also having played this.
I got to take Laura to Starbucks to pick out her gift for Rachel. So adorable!!!
And Laura and I got to stop for some tea on Christmas Eve. We read another favorite Christmas story: "Lucy and Tom's Christmas."
Some of the goodies we baked this year:
Laura found her matching doll outfit and dressed up:
After Christmas there were quite a few teas with friends. Time for the goodies to come out!
Esmeralda and I have tea together regularly but it's always at her house because she watches kids during the week. Christmas meant she could come to my house!
We met up with Grandma after Christmas for a trip to Conner Prairie. We just happened to go on hog butchering day! It was so amazing! I am sparing you all the incredible, educational pictures. It was a great anatomy lesson for the kids.
We even got to see the pig's bladder blown up and tossed around like a ball! (Just like they do in "Little House in the Big Woods")
We visited a "Jewish refugee" and watched her make matza on the hearth.
In another house the lady was making hot chocolate and strips of dough to dunk in the chocolate.
Andrew brought a pal with him which made it extra fun!
This poor sheep needs a horn cut!
Isn't this pretty with the blue and white china teapot!
Laura has been making good use of the knitting loom she got for Christmas.
She's already made David a hat! (which he wears constantly)
And now we are into January which is meant to be my hunker down at home month. It looks like the weather isn't going to quite cooperate for that. I'll just have to make sure I work extra hard at getting that sort of resting hibernation that helps the rest of the year to go well.