|Giving Santa a quick hug at the Fantasy of Trees on Thanksgiving Day...|
|Pretty surrounded by pink...|
|The Great Leaf Rake the day after Thanksgiving...|
|Getting her sprinkle fix at her school's Crafts and Cocoa event...|
|An advanced band Christmas concert...|
|Turning 13 with 007... (PS--Thank you to the manager at Regal Cinemas at Pinnacle who gave up her movie billboard in order for a teenage 007 fan to have it for a surprise at his birthday party.)|
|Christmas morning..Chris and I discussed that this was one was at the top of Jonathan's best ever!|
|Easy Bake Oven...This was at the top of her list and woe to Santa if he missed this one.|
|Two happy kids even in the early morning...|
|Mamaw's birthday afternoon tea at The Gallery...|
|A chilly afternoon on New Year's Eve at the Chimney Tops in the Smokey Mountains...|
|Ringing in the New Year at Park Vista watching the fireworks from the Space Needle...|
|Just being together and making lots of memories!|
The holidays were one of the best in the Whaley household. We had lots to celebrate in the fact that Chris and Tori were better by Christmas Eve for all the holiday festivities. Yes, Tori missed the last week of school, her Christmas party, and a special lunch for students who did a great job of listening this last nine weeks. She was so sick with her asthma and a temp that never dipped below 100 for five days that she really didn't care that much. After two doctor visits that week and a dose of antibiotics, she was on the mend, thank goodness.
So what do we have in store for 2013. You know us...We have some adventures ahead. Hopefully one of those adventures will include seeing our China travel group from five years ago. It's so hard to believe that these little girls and one boy are growing into such happy, thriving kindergarten students. Speaking of thriving, Tori will celebrate the big 6 on the 26th. She has chosen to go to a local horse riding stable to officially start her sixth year. Of course we will have more on that later.
And for me...Well, my days are not just filled with novels and bon-bons. I start volunteering at Tori's school next week. Jonathan's language arts teacher wants me to aid her in doing research projects (much to JJ's chagrin!!! Moms and middle school evidently are taboo.) Chris has me serving on a few boards through the college, and as of tomorrow, I will be serving on the board at Bethany Christian Services (our adoption agency). Also, to help out my brother and sister-in-law during the school year, I am watching my munchkin niece one day a week.
Well, Chris is being his usual thoughtful self by cleaning up the kitchen while I type this. I feel just a tad guilty, so I will end here. I know that I always promise to be better about blogging and never follow through, so I am not gonna!
Until next time...