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wild horses. . .Theodore Roosevelt NP - North Dakota

Friday, December 16, 2011

Gearing up for all the Christmas Excitement. . .

What a difference a week makes.
After a quiet, and uneventful time last week, this week has been hopping. . .
Dave’s sister was performing at the Houston Heritage Society’s Candlelight Festival at Sam Houston Park in Downtown Houston, and got us free tickets for Saturday night. . . thanks Sis!
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It was really great, and we highly recommend that you make plans to attend if you are in the area at Christmas time. . .Sam Houston Park is located on Buffalo Bayou with the downtown skyscrapers creating a backdrop.
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There was a huge crowd, and a long line waiting to hear the Houston Boy’s Choir perform in this old German Church. . .
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The boy’s choir has been performing at this event for over forty years. . .
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Carolers entertaining the crowd

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This gentleman was set up on the porch of an old log cabin, letting the kids sign their names with a quill and ink. . .they really seemed to be enjoying the experience. . .
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There are several different eras of Houston History represented in the restored homes in the park. . .this is the Staiti Home, circa 1913. . .and was where our sis was performing. . .they told me I couldn’t take pics inside. . .but here is a You Tube Clip of the performance. . .Mary is the gorgeous one on the far right. . .it’s only a couple of minutes long!



Now on to the rest of our week. . .
It’s time for the Kid’s Christmas Drama at church. . .so of course, we want to help wherever we can. . .which just happens to be the props department. . .

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One of the Dads did the cutouts. . .so this is what we started with. . .
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and here was the finished product. . .it doesn't look like it in this pic, but it really is painted a beautiful gingerbread caramel color
some of the Moms were going to finish glittering it up and such. . .
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While I worked on the Gingerbread House,
Dave took on the Castle and did a really great job. . .
I wish I could show you, but my pic of the finished product didn’t come out. . .
I’ll take more Sunday Morning, so you can see how wonderful it turned out. . .

In addition to painting props, this week,
our son celebrated his 35th birthday, (good grief)
so on Wednesday night we had all of them over for soup and cornbread that I had made, and a delicious homemade cheesecake that his better half Lori had made. . .
before the cherries were added. . .

it was wonderful, and worth every delectable calorie. . .
I can assure you that these poor old bodies are not used to all that exercise,
and we are feeling it today. . .
so we are taking it easy until our grandson’s basketball game this evening. . .
check in next week to see how he did!

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