Monday, January 10, 2011

Snow Day!

Two snow falls already in 2011 - this is something for the Columbia, SC area! Last night all schools (and many businesses) were closed for today in anticipation of the great snow fall and ice storm.

The kids, of course, were ecstatic when they woke up this morning to 4-5 inches of snow on the ground.

Everyone bundled up with mix and match winter clothing pieces and went outside to play for a little bit. The girls didn't last too long - they just don't have the same jackets, winter boots and waterproof items that we had growing up in the north.

Michael took Ryan sledding this afternoon and they had a good time. Ryan sled using a bin lid - I keep pleading my case for owning a sled for these once a year events!

Michael also helped Emma build a little mini snowman in the front yard.

She was so ready to turn in and change clothes inside once this picture was taken!

We haven't heard anything yet regarding delays or closing tomorrow and are waiting to see what the weather does tonight. All will be right with the world as long as our power stays on!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Lexington Christmas Parade

December 5th was the annual Lexington Christmas Parade. Our kids have been fortunate to have lots of opportunities to appear in the parade for the last few years.

Ryan was in the parade with his Boy Scout Troop. Unfortunately, I did not get any pictures of him since I stayed with the girls until they took off in the parade. He had already gone through the parade route by the time I got out there to start watching.

Emma's Girl Scout Troop was in the parade as well but she participated with her dance studio, Stepping Out, this year. Originally, it was only Emma that was to participate but they invited Avery to join the group and she was all for it.

Here they are as they started taking off...

And close to the finish of the route...

It was cold out that afternoon but I am always amazed by the number of locals who come out and support the parade regardless of the weather!

Avery's dance open house

Before the Christmas and New Year holidays, Stepping Out held their Open House for family. I attended with Emma the night before Avery's and brought along the camera, unfortunately, the battery was completely dead and I wasn't able to get any pictures.

I made sure everything was charged and ready for Avery's dance night! I just took a couple of pictures but videotaped her dancing. Since parents are not generally allowed in the classroom during instruction, it is always a treat to watch up close and see how they are doing.