Friday, December 30, 2016

A little bit of snow

First snow of the Hyattsville season ...
The girls got VERY excited and ran outside without shoes and coats on, only to return for shoes and coats and a dog ...

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas 2016

Christmas proper we went to Massachusetts for a visit. I begged and MeMe let us bring Lucy. She managed the car ride, despite the stress for her. The car got a little doggy smelling, but that was all. 

Christmas Eve and Meme's house, Christmas morning with EVERYBODY at Meme's house, then to visit Pep's brother's family in Leominster and then Meme's sister and family in Westminster.

A few Christmas Eve photos.


Including ... a 4 cousins photo ... here is the most recent iteration of the hammock photo. 

Back home in Hyattsville I couldn't get a non-red eye on Q10 .... that girl looks like she has crazy eyes. New socks and hats, both of which I want to steal from them.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Gingerbreading, 2016

Gingerbreading, we did it earlier this year and I just let the kids eat their houses. C12 asked for a Tardis, which was fairly easy to make. Although she looked at it and went ... that's smaller than I thought it would be (smaller on the outside, perhaps??). She made a Dalek, an old-fashioned Cyberman, "Cassandra," a weeping angel, and a Zygon. And then stuffed the Tardis with candy.

M12, C12's best friend, wanted the Tardis console. She tried to console me with the fact that she wanted the console from a certain season, but it didn't really, because creating a hexagonal anything is difficult. Hence, this:

To be fair, it was bigger than the Tardis, so  ... that was good.

Q10 wanted ... a giant gingerbread man and then she changed her mind and asked for a tree. We've done the tree before, but it still looks good. And easy to break off bits of the gingerbread to eat. TCR got a lot of that one, I think.

A9, M12's sister, asked for a house, and so did I. So here they are:

My girls just ate their houses within a week, and the other girls brought their "houses" home. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016


Honors. All As. So, they had an assembly for the kids who got honors. Here she is!

This first photo is C12 getting a regular honors, with a handshake from the principal.

This next series is the principal announcing the awards. C12 got hers and forgot to shake hands, so Mr. T had to call her back. I missed when she actually did the handshaking, but she practically leaped off the stage, and Mr. T was laughing at her.

 Anyway, this was a good semester for her because she didn't have PE, which was her only B last year.

Onward to term 2!!