This little dancer laughed her way through, “We Need a Little Christmas” with her petite dance team. They were the youngest bunch but were, by far, the cutest!
Reese and MC after daddy counted down to light the Hartsville Christmas tree.
McCanless made this on the back of a math sheet while doodling in class one day. I just adore her creativity.
…and speaking of creativity, I was one proud mama when I walked down the hall one afternoon and realized that two out of the ten THA State Art Show entries were created by my babies.
Mary Clare is proving to be quite the little artist, just like her big sister.
At 11:00 am on Tuesday, I received a call from Mel. It was smack-dab in the in the middle of the THA Annual Grandparent’s Day program. “Delta called and said they were worried about the weather for our flight out tomorrow morning. We need to fly out today at 3:00.”
Don’t you love the south in the winter? I think the forecast for the following day was 40 degrees.
Of course, I hadn’t packed. I spent the night before making 8 dozen cookies for the grandparent’s day program, and the day before that, cooking for the Woodham Thanksgiving dinner, and the day before that….
I’m a procrastinator anyway. I work best under pressure.
I left the girls with grandparents and headed home, not bothering to tell the office I was leaving a bit early. I threw clothes in bags, all the while singing “Run, Run Rudolph” (just like in the movie, Home Alone). I grabbed the girls, picked up Mel and we hit the road.
We were headed to catch a plane to Florida so we could catch a boat to the Bahamas for Thanksgiving!
First sighting of the massive Disney Dream!
While the boat was still docked in Florida, MC stripped down to her bikini and dove into the pool! (There was a chilly breeze, but she had to swim!)
Our state room, with a fabulous balcony!
…and dressing table, to get ready for those fancy dinners.
On the top deck (on Goofy’s put-put course) overlooking Atlantis in the Bahamas. (It was warm, but the skies were dark.)
Nothing that an endless supply of Mickey Ice Cream can’t fix!
Daddy and the girls writing post cards from Castaway Cay.
We made it official. Challenge accepted.
The Woodham Thanksgiving Cooking Match
Mary Clare decided to enter a massive pot of Pioneer Woman Mac & Cheese. McCanless made a Buttermilk Pie, which tied for second place. I made the best-ever asparagus appetizer, which was gobbled up before anyone knew what was even going on. (That’s the sole reason I’m accepting defeat. They were so scrumptious, they were gone before anyone remembers eating them.) Mel planned to enter a Ruth’s cheeseburger, but was on-call and worked all day. We missed him, but had a great time! Congratulations, Kacy, your sweet potato praline casserole won the trophy THIS year! You better watch your back next year! Girl’s Team will own that trophy.
Always a party in Ashland, sequins and everything!
After a 24 hour Holter monitor test, we discovered that…
this girl, who has my heart,
has a perfectly imperfect heart
that is rockin’!
Mary Clare’s take on spiders…
State Fair Fun
After the Haunted House ride with Aunt Kate
The faster, the higher, the better for my tiny thrill seeker!
Neighborhood Pumpkin Painting Party
Prestwood Annual Weenie Roast
Happy Birthday PaPa!
Annual K spider web in the cafeteria. Apparently, little MC has quite an arm.
McBee Fall Festival
THA Halloween Carnival
My Sea Fairy was a Cake Walk Queen!
MC and Kate at school
MC was a princess-beauty-queen at school on Halloween.
We finally carved our pumpkin on Halloween day.
…then she was a sea fairy-princess-beauty queen for Trick-or-Treating. (McCanless decided to be Sabrina, the teenage witch.)
New glasses for the new year!
Cooler evenings out in the country at Nonnie’s house, roasting marchmallows and hot dogs.
My smart Duke Tipper! We were so proud to receive a letter that McCanless qualified for Duke Tip Program.
Hello Dance Season!
Happy Birthday, Leah!
Great check-ups at MUSC!
Red Fox games
Canned food drive at school (5K won!)
Breakfast at Carolina Lunch
Laughs with Friends