Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas...So Far

We departed California on December 17, heading East to spend the holiday with our family and friends. Before leaving, we were so happy to have our friend Dave visit and share the lighting of his menorah with us. As tradition dictates, the youngest lights the candle. Dave recited the Hebrew blessing and then we shared a lovely dinner. Nine years ago, it was Maddie who lit the menorah with Dave... time is flying by.

We arrived in Washington just in time to enjoy the Christmas performance at Josie's former pre-school. We were so warmly welcomed back to St. Mary's... Josie had happy tears in her eyes while hugging her former teachers, Mrs J and Mrs M. I didn't even take out my camera. I truly just wanted to enjoy the moment. All Josie's friends were dressed as angels in preparation for their performance. It was so fitting - they are the most lovely children I have ever met. I was so thrilled to see all the Preschool Moms who have been such a huge part of our lives. The most important 'hug and hello' was for Michael's Dad, Bob, who was home on a two week leave from his service in Afghanistan. He left his family the first week of May, 2009. Please keep our friend and his family in your prayers.

After the Christmas program, we had a girls lunch at the local IHOP and then prepared for our big outing - a performance of Sesame Street Live! on Friday night. Forecasters were predicting between 12-24 inches of snow to begin sometime after midnight on Friday - so we ventured out with the knowledge we would be back long before the snow started.

Maria dances with the Sesame Street Gang

Emma, Josie, Maria, Meaghan, Lauryn, and Caitlyn before leaving for the show

If only forecaster were right... when we exited the show, there were already 2 inches of snow on the ground. I was driving a Chevy Impala rental car - which, (props to GM!) performed phenomenally on the snow covered 95. It took us 3.5 hours to drive 25 miles back to our hotel. The 95 was eventually closed by the State Police. I was fortunate enough to follow a snow plow for the last few miles of our journey - ensuring our safe arrival in Fredericksburg. It was quite an adventure!

A total of 2 feet of snow fell that evening and into Saturday. We were snowed in until the plows came through on Sunday morning. Here's a few photos of how we spent the day on Saturday:

Josie, Tori and Maddie enjoy some hot chocolate after a walk through a snowing downtown Fredericksburg

Once the snow was cleared, Josie and I headed out to visit our friends for playdates. Maddie hooked up with friends from elementary and high school and enjoyed some serious sledding! Josie and her friends enjoyed some serious dress-up fashion shows:

Emma and Josie strike a pose!

Maria, Riley and Josie do a Princess dance!

James joined us here in Maryland on the evening of the 23rd. We are happily camped out with my sister, Claudine. My sister, Suzanne and family arrived from Philadelphia on Christmas afternoon. We are now waiting for my brother and his family to arrive from Richmond, VA to have our family Christmas.

Best Wishes to you All for a wonderful holiday season. We're going to ring in the New Year in Virginia, so we're all very excited for the days to come.


  1. Oh so glad that you got to go back to Virginia for the holidays...I am sure your girls were in heaven.
    The dress up pictures are hilarious....I love the picture of the 3 girls out in the snow. Madi always has the most beautiful smile on her face and never takes a bad picture!!!
    Happy New Year and enjoy your trip!!

  2. Oh how fun....I hope you are enjoying all of your time in VA. That snow looks so wonderful!!!

  3. OH, I AM SOOOO JEALOUS!!! The snow up there was beautiful!!! It never snows like that here in Middle Tennessee. :( I love the pic of the girls in the snow covered street. Wish I was there... I would have done some serious sledding with Maddie & her friends! LOL! :) Hope you guys had a fabulous Christmas and are looking forward to a rockin' New Year!! :)

  4. So funny, we are from California and currently live in Fredericksburg. Looks like you all had a great time!! Beautiful pics.