Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Day After Christmas

One of the great things about Christmas is that long stretches of it are spent much like this:
Off camera, the adults are all in another room in conversation. Amazing, right? The correct set of presents can free up hours of good talking time! On the day after Christmas we took advantage of this effect to collapse with our coffee in the corner of the house, ceding every available inch to the children's various pursuits.
Well, we didn't all retreat. Grampa got pretty caught up into making a fort with Kira. I would say that she roped him in, but that wouldn't quite be true--I'm pretty sure he had as much fun as she did. I regret I didn't take a picture of the final product; suffice to say that it was twice as big and covered in scarves! Happy New Year, Grampa--we love you!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Gramma & Papa Al

Before Christmas we traveled to Athens to spend a day with Gramma & Papa Al. Special snacks, presents, wonderful lunch--it was a perfect day! Before we left we tried to get a good picture, but were stymied somewhat by the children's high spirits...
Kira and Papa Al sure turned out for the last photo, though, huh? If only we could edit the others out! Happy New Year, Gramma & Papa Al--we love you!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Merry Christmas!

We'll get back to some more pictures here in a couple of days, but I wanted to post a shot of the Atlanta Wamsteds in their Christmas Eve best! Please ignore the holes in John's knees and fous on the collared shirts the boys are wearing. And the joy--keep your eyes on the joy!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

December, Continued

It seems the best way to keep up with the blog this time of year is to post a smattering of pictures from a smattering of events.  So here's Millie just doing her job - throwing a Christmas party for 4th and 5th graders at church!  Isn't she festive?!
Here's a glimpse of the chaos that was this year's Wamsted caroling party.  The number of children continues to grow.  This also continues to be the highlight of Jay's year.
Recovery the next day involved a viewing of The Polar Express in Mommy and Daddy's bed.  Of course.
Lastly, here's a random picture including our Santa mugs with paperwhites bursting to bloom and our new and beloved wood burning stove.  Everything about this picture makes us pretty darn happy.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Advent 2016

We've been busy as ever this December.  We've decorated the house for Christmas.
We watched Simon perform in the annual Golden Start Preschool Christmas Pageant.  Simon needed Babe (his beloved and bedraggled baby doll) to come watch, too.
Simon's teachers have told me how he is their best singer and knows all the words.  Simon was adorable and LOUD!  Apparently, loud equals best.  Yaya commented how much this reminded her of Simon's father...
Then we had a birthday breakfast for Yaya complete with an Art Chicks art project.  We painted a Nativity set for Yaya to take home!  (Of course, she brought all the pieces, paint, brushes, etc with her!)  Everyone got in on the action -- that's Pop Pop taking the painting of his cow very seriously in the picture below.
 Somehow the birthday breakfast finished with a game of chess between Kira and Pop Pop.
Happy Advent!  Hope you're enjoying the season as much as we are!