On January 7 the girls and I ventured to Idaho falls.
It was all Kaylee's idea.
A few days prior she had told me that she reeeeeeaaaallly wanted to get her ears pierced. Lily followed suit and told me that she, too, would like to pierce her ears. I told the girls that we had to talk to Daddy first and see what he thought about it. When he came home from school we talked to him and he was agreeable, so we made plans to go to Idaho Falls on Saturday and get it done!
When we got to Claire's, Kaylee hopped up into the chair first. Then she climbed down and said she wanted Lily to go first. Lily climbed up and waited nervously but excitedly. They gave her a little teddy bear to hold and then the ladies made their marks, checked and rechecked them to make sure they looked perfect, brought their guns up to her ears, and fired away.
Poor Lily cried and cried.
Kaylee chickened out and announced that she would not be getting her ears pierced that day or any other.
"I will never get my ears pierced! Never, never, never!"
I think that Lily's tears were a result of shock and hurt feelings. I told her that it would feel like a pinch and that it might hurt a little. Perhaps she felt betrayed. Perhaps it hurt more than she actually expected it to.
She got over it in no time. She was happier than happy to have cute little studs in her ears. She loves to show them off. They just look so darn cute in her little ears.
We took this picture at literally, literally atthe last possible second. I wish we hadn't procrastinated because it made for a terrible photograph and we had to take it in the same place. but just look at those precious babes! I still can't believe that once upon a time they were in our bellies!
I'm soooo happy that my sister and I have same-age babies!
...watched Fiddler on the Roof. "as the good book says..."
...had pancakes for dinner per Kaylee's request. I made some delicious buttermilk syrup to go with it. yum.
I love Sundays. I love attending church meetings. I love the teachings that inspire me to be a better person. I am so grateful that we are able to attend each week. I am so grateful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We spent Christmas at my parents' house in Independence, California. Every year Santa Claus and his reindeer (including Ruldolf!) appear on the courthouse roof. The courthouse bells play "Santa Clause is Coming to Town" and then he goes downstairs and all the good little girls and boys who live in Independence and the surrounding area get to sit on his lap and his cute little elf gives each of them a present. Inside the courthouse they serve cookies and hot apple cider. It's so fun and cute. I love the tiny town I grew up in!
My girls look like pale little ghosties next to my dad's brown face.
Zach was insanely excited to see Santa. He was, like, freaking out man.
The girls and I posed for a picture with Mr. Claus. Again, Riley was not interested in having anything to do with him.
Geri wore this cute little elf headband all night. Isn't she the adorablest??