I'm happy to report that our evening at the church did not end with any of the following:
*our being asked to surrender our membership status
That being said, we hid in the cry room and stayed very low profile.
Don't judge, people. We're in survival mode with these two in tow:
It was a lovely evening, starting with our usual attempts at photos.
Smart Lainey sits down and keeps her distance from the boys. Wise beyond her years, this kid.
Our giggly punks.
Before the program, we took a look at the manger scene in front of the church. It's really beautiful.
Said by all 3 kids at one point:
"Where is baby Jesus?"
"He'll appear on Christmas, Jesus's birthday."
"Well, Santa will arrive on Christmas Eve while you're asleep, but we celebrate Christmas to remember the coming of our savior, Jesus Christ."
Note to self: Add perfect mass attendance on ever growing list of New Year's Resolutions.
Inside. Aunt Donna, there is the skirt you bought her suggesting it screamed, "Lainey" to you. I must agree.
While the School of Religion students met in their classrooms, we kept busy.
Today's train connection - tiles look like choo choo tracks. Didn't you know?
Lainey spent a lot of time running after Jack and away from us.
The water fountain was fascinating.
As was the rocker in the cry room.
Finally, Carter's turn. You can see him to the left in his shirt and tie.
The child on the far right read a small script and then they all sang an Advent song. It went beautifully......every grade participated......from Kindergarten kiddos to the 8th Grade Confirmation candidates. Very well put together and nicely timed.
Afterwards, we attended a cookie reception. I brought the Pay Day bars I listed on a recent entry and they were a big hit. Try them!
Notice that I'm actually in this last photo. More on that to come.....and a goal I hope we can all shoot for.
And, while we're making goals, I suggest you lock the beer up and hide the gifts should you live in this kid's neighborhood: