The weekend before Christmas, we took a family mini-vacation day in downtown Savannah. We started with ice skating, followed by a quick lunch and not one but two amazing Christmas movies at the beautiful Trustees Theater: first A Christmas Story, and then after dinner It’s a Wonderful Life. An entire day with my three favorite people on the planet – it really is a wonderful life!
Lola Gray danced in the Nutcracker for the 5th time, and this year she finally made it to Party Girl level. She’s been eyeing this role for ages. The party girls get to dance with dolls and are on stage for practically the entire first act. She was amazing. And to make the night even better, Grandmama and Lola’s sweet friend Sofia and her family were in the audience to help us cheer Lo on!
Haul out the holly;
Put up the tree before my spirit falls again.
Fill up the stocking,
I may be rushing things, but deck the halls again now.
For we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute,
Candles in the window,
Carols at the spinet.
Yes, we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute.
It hasn’t snowed a single flurry,
But Santa, dear, we’re in a hurry
For I’ve grown a little leaner,
Grown a little colder,
Grown a little sadder,
Grown a little older,
And I need a little angel
Sitting on my shoulder,
Need a little Christmas now.
So climb down the chimney;
Put up the brightest string of lights I’ve ever seen.
Slice up the fruitcake;
It’s time we hung some tinsel on that evergreen bough.
For we need a little music,
Need a little laughter,
Need a little singing
Ringing through the rafter,
And we need a little snappy
“Happy ever after,”
Need a little Christmas now.
Nine candles on my baby girl’s cake this year. Nine amazing years! She is absolutely the light of my life, and she is growing into such a kind and amazing person. I’m one lucky Mama.
I was able to eat birthday lunch at school with my best girl and 3 of her sweet friends, followed by Coke floats with salted carmel ice cream at the Five Spot after school.
On Saturday my brave girl conquered her fear of heights and ran the Savannah Bridge Run over the Talmadge Bridge! Daddy helped get her to the top of the bridge, and Fletcher was a sweet big brother who stayed by her side for the entire run. When it was over, she said it was terrifying and she hated it, but she wants to do it again next year! That right there says a lot about my brave girl!
After the race, Lola’s friends came over for a Frozen themed celebration to wrap up the birthday weekend.
Somehow I missed posting these photos back in October, but despite the fact that it puts the blog out of order these pics are just too cute not to post.
The Savannah Film Festival is such a great experience, and each year Raymond and I look forward to a week of movies. The week is always made so much better when we get to share it with the kids. This year we were able to surprise them with a special screening of Big Hero 6 – 2 weeks before it opened in theaters! We even got these crazy cool special 3D glasses. So. Much. Fun.
There have been a lot of changes in the Waldvogel family recently. Things I’m not ready to put down in writing yet. Things that bring into focus what is really important in life, and how everything can change even when you think it never will. But despite the changes, or maybe because of them, I found myself incredibly grateful for our Thanksgiving holiday in Virginia. Thankful for children with strong legs and strong lungs and the desire to run, even on a chilly morning when it would have been easier to stay in their pajamas. Thankful for cousins who pick right back up where they left off, despite the months and miles that separate them. Thankful for time with my sisters, for bowling and selfies and grilled cheese at Pops. Thankful for my incredible husband who is such a stable and calming force in the middle of the crazy drama. Despite all the sadness and loss in the world, despite the illusions that shatter and leave ugly reality in their wake, despite everything that is beyond my control and beyond my understanding, I still find myself surrounded by goodness and love and laughter and beauty. And for that, I am overwhelmingly thankful.
The day we drove to Virginia for Thanksgiving, it snowed! By the time we reached the mountains, the snow had stopped falling but we made a quick road-side stop to take pictures and throw a few snowballs.