Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas, 2012

Merry Christmas, from the Blakemore kids
Michael (7), Kate (5), David (2)

A Few Outtakes:
(Getting a decent picture was like herding cats.)

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas Eve

The kids were delighted to see that we had a minuscule accumulation of snow on the deck today!  
What a special Christmas Eve treat!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Lights

We hopped in the van tonight and went to check out the area Christmas lights. 
The kids were already in their jammies, and Kate and Michael were wearing summer shorts sets.  They would not be persuaded otherwise, so that's why they are out in December in shorts and short-sleeves.   

The excitement of Christmas is evident on his face.  

We saw quite a few really great displays.

The kids were happy to shout "Christmas Lights!" at everything except a porch light.  
We saw a really cool house that had an FM transmitter with lights that were choreographed to the music.  We stayed and watched it for a while. 

We ended out night with Sweet Frog frozen yogurt, even though the kids were dressed for a mid-summer night's sleep, plus coats and fuzzy hats.  Part of the fun, I say.  This was our first trip there, and we really enjoyed it.  What a fun night we had!  

Friday, December 21, 2012

Naughty or Nice?

We will see in just 4 days!

Fashion Week

The kids have not played with dress-up clothes for a while, but all of the sudden, they have become interested in them again.  
David took it in stride when Kate dressed him up like a little sister. 

Fancy Kate 

Cowgirl Kate  

Mischievous elf

Michael's school had Polar Express Day for their Christmas party.  They got to wear Jammies and festive Christmas gear to school.  Michael took a light-up necklace, but decided the Santa hat was too itchy to wear.  Nothing says Christmas like fierce dinosaur jammies.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Kenmore Field Trip

Today, the 1st grade classes of Michael's school went on a field trip to Kenmore Plantation, historic home of  Betty Washington Lewis (George Washington's sister) and her husband Fielding Lewis.  (You can take your own virtual tour by clicking the link above.)  The kids got to vote for their favorite display in the Gingerbread House contest, which was based around the theme of "Favorite Christmas Songs."
I got to chaperone the field trip, then I stayed for lunch with Michael at school.  We had a fun time! 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Merry Christmas, Daddy

Jon got his Christmas present a few days early.
He has been wanting a bass guitar for a while now, and he finally got one.

Christmas Cuties

David was taking a nap, but the older kids were so cute in their Christmas gear.  
Michael's shirt is quite fun. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Train Show

We went to the Rappahannock Model Railroaders Model Train Display and Show on Saturday with the kids. 
 They really enjoyed all the trains and displays.  Some were interactive where kids could push buttons and make whistles blow and houses light up.  David loved that he could identify all the Thomas trains they had going.  

Michael sat on Santa's lap, but the younger two kids looked at me as though I were crazy when I asked if they wanted to sit on Santa's lap.   I asked David who Santa was, and he looked questioningly at me and said, "Doctor?"  I guess we should read a couple of tales of St Nicholas of yore so my poor kids aren't completely uninformed. On the other hand, it's really cute to hear David spontaneously pop out with "Happy birthday, Jesus!"

Kate and David really enjoyed some of the train play lands. 
What a fun event!

Basketball Evals

Michael has been asking to play basketball, so I signed him up with an Upward Basketball league.  
He had an evaluation on Saturday, and he LOVED it.  The season starts in January, and I know Michael is going to have a great time.  I asked Kate if she wanted to play basketball, too, but she said, "No, I like baseball."  

Friday, December 07, 2012

Michael's Celebration Continued

Michael requested Cici's Pizza and Fun Land for his birthday celebration, now that all the kids are on the mend.  
We went on a Wednesday evening to ensure that we were pretty much the only ones there.  Michael was in motion pretty much the entire time.  

 Rides and games, noise and lights.  The kids love it.  

David, the guitar hero

Monday, December 03, 2012


The kids were upright for a while today.  Michael seems to be feeling somewhat better, but Kate and David are still running high fevers.  
So more snuggles, lots of fluids, and too much TV is the cure for us all.  

Sunday, December 02, 2012


3 kids, 3 fevers, 3 coughs, 3 blankets in which to snuggle
1 mom home from church, 1 dad heading in for duty while mom works this evening
The kids got the flu shot last week, so they still have flu-symptoms (fever, chills, malaise, cough), as it generally takes 14-15 days for immunity to develop.  At least their symptoms are milder than Jon's were.  
Get well soon, kids!  


Michael woke up long enough to open some presents on his birthday. 
His favorite present was a Piano Guys CD.  If you don't know The Piano Guys from YouTube, then let me introduce you.  It's classical music with a modern twist.  Michael is in love with their music, and desperately wants to be a cellist when he grows up.   He was so excited to get their CD.  

He quickly fell back asleep.  We will do all the fun birthday things another day, but we got the important things taken care of- presents!