Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas 2010 part 2

Christmas contiuned when we visited Isaac and Jenna at their house.  Jenna's parents flew from CA to visit for a few days during Christmas. 

Here's Aidan using the drill and plane we gave him.

Aidand had recieved a roller coaster ramp Christmas morning.  He repeatedly tried to push the airplane down the ramp. 

We gave Isaac a "man" gift:  a chain saw.  He had wanted to cut down a few trees in the back yard, now he can.  Hope we can borrow it for our tree needs too!

Sarai tried out the roller coaster ride!

Here's Gummie and Sierra
Now we are at Marie and Chip's house.  Abram designed and built sliding shelves for Marie's plants that she has over the sink.  Now she can slide the shelves out and water the plants.  Nice job hunny!

I found this great cat and mouse tea pot for Mira.  She is wearing a cat sweater that she found in the house.  We believe that Chip's mother knitted it.  A great treasure to remember her by.

Here's the teapot up close.  We also found cat salt and pepper shakers. 

Head coverings for Mira and Tobin.

Max is elated with his new, warm slippers.

Tobin and Jacinta
Jacinta and Rachel are working with thread that they recieved for Christmas.  Rachel is working on a cross stich.
Sarai's cool tights

Carmen is showing off her sparkling leggings.

Flip socks were the cool thing this Christmas. 

Jacob, Tobin

and Marita playing with the Xbox basketball game.

Sophie and Carmen had each other for gift exchange this Christmas.  They bought each other the same jeans from the same store.  Great minds think alike!

Carmen, Luke, Great Grandma Arcifa, and Sophie.

Jesse and Jacinta slept over.  Jacinta dressed up in some of our winter clothes and played out in the snow with Rachel.  Here's one snow bunny.

and the other one crawling through the tunnel.
Christmas was long, eventful, but always joyful to spend so much time with all my family.

Article on Tobin in the Worcester Telegram

In my blog about Tobin's District race I told you that he was a Telegram and Gazette All-Star.  He had an interview at the newspaper office and on December 27th, the paper published all the All-Stars.  Here is a link to the article on Tobin.  There is also a short video interview in this link. 
Hometeam - A product of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette

This link works but it won't look good in the blog book so I have posted the article.  The link is the only way I have right now to view the video interview with Tobin.

Tobin Dancy, Shrewsbury High, Junior

Dancy earned his second Mid-Wach A all-star selection after finishing seventh at the Central Mass. Division 1 championship at Gardner Municipal Golf Course. Dancy also finished 45th at the Division 1 state meet and finished 23rd in the seeded race at the Brown Invitational, his most memorable individual moment of the year. Dancy will be a captain next fall for the Colonials. Dancy, who finished 21st in the freshman race at the Coaches' Invitational meet, competes in indoor and outdoor track for the Colonials. Dancy is interested in public policy and is leaning toward a career in that area. He also enjoys reading, biking and playing in the Shrewsbury High band. He is the son of Leigh and Abram Dancy of Shrewsbury.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas 2010

I, personally am very excited with the number of snow days we are having!  It is allowing me to catch up on the blogs I haven't finished; such as Christmas.

We celebrated Christmas over several days and of course I took many photos!  I will break it into multiple blogs since they will all be long.

Christmas began with midnight mass, again, this year.  Last year Tobin and Carmen were assigned to serve at the Christmas midnight mass.  I should mention that our parish celebrates midnight mass at midnight (unlike many others that have it at 10pm).  This year Abram was added to the mass schedule as lector for the mass.  We do enjoy the mass.  Rachel was asked to carry the baby Jesus up the altar and place him in the manger scene.  We almost had full family participation! 
I think I took this picture after we put the last presents around the tree once mass was over and the kids were in bed.

Our Christmas tree is usually visited by Zori.  She is the only cat who is able to climb into the tree successfully.  The tree is artificial, yet sturdy enough to withstand her climbing through it and then sleeping on the limbs.  I think she enjoys the perch.  She is the cat who enjoys climbing up the apple tree often.

We had been wrapping presents all week and during Christmas Eve.  Rachel would often look through the names and see which ones were hers.  At one point she was very concerned that she was not going to receive many gifts since she only saw ones for others.  She was my main wrapper and I told her that I was not going to hand her presents to wrap that were for herself.  This statement made her feel better.  At one point, she discovered a large present that she decided would be the first one she opened on Christmas morning. 

Here is the picture of her after she opened that present.  Carmen gave her a unicorn pillow pet. 

These are slippers!  Sarai received Celtic slippers last Christmas.  Rachel had been saying she wanted some for herself, so Sarai found some monkey Happy Feet.  We had fun wrapping these because we placed them in separate gift bags.  Rachel was confused when she opened the first one since they don't look like slippers at first glance.

Tobin does look like he is going to rob something or someone.  He is showing off his new running outwear paired with a nice sweater he received for Christmas. 

All the girls helped me immensely with the wrapping.  They each spent a good amount of time curling ribbons and writing messages on presents.  I took some pictures of the things Sarai wrote on the presents she gave to different family members. 

This one is for Carmen

Abram has always written little sayings on presents he wraps.  I find it interesting that Sarai is following suit.  Here she has drawn a mustache on a snowman for him.

I have never thought about getting presents for the cats since what they love most are boxes filled with tissue paper and to sleep on wrapping paper.

Zori joined us after we had finished most of the unwrapping.  Notice Cappi is resting in a box.  He is in the bottom left of the picture.
More boxes to inspect.  I didn't see much of Friday and Marley.  They haven't had Christmas with us before and were leery of what was happening. 
The Fletcher, Dancy, Harrison Christmas family photo.  We celebrated Christmas day with my mom, Lawrence, Noah, Joel and Matthew.

Mrs. Claus gave the family an Xbox 360 with Kinect.  We all had a blast playing different games against each other.  Here are Joel and Noah boxing each other. 

Noah and Tobin competed in the hurdles.  Tobin set a record of 105 meters in the javelin throw. He was either throwing insanely far or off course.  We learned that you can throw the javelin into the crowds on this game!  Hurdles test your visual reaction time.  I am slow to jump, but jump really high. 

Marley loves visiting company.  He snuggled up to Lawrence and asked for tummy rubs.  I really think he has no clue he's a cat since he exhibits many dog behaviors.

Matthew is going to culinary school.  I asked him to help me in the kitchen with dinner.  We had beef tenderloin, roasted potatoes, green beans and two salads (one had dried cranberries, red onions and greens; while the other was just your normal salad).  Thanks Matthew for helping me get everything cut up and ready to cook. 

Matthew is cutting potatoes for me.  I learned that you can get purple potatoes.  We made roasted potatoes with sea salt and minced garlic. 

I am grateful that my mom took many pictures that day too.  I was able to use many of her photos to capture the feel of the day.  Here are my silly kids.  Sarai was lying on Carmen, being goofy and loving at the same time.

I love the composition of this picture.  All my children are looking at Noah, listening and enjoying what he had to say.

We have discovered that Sarai is a natural Kinect player.  She can beat us severely in ping-pong.  She playing ping-pong against Noah in this picture.  It is also cool that our new TV is a LCD screen allowing the camera to see the picture clearly (otherwise I'd have no idea what game they were playing!)  We got a dance game that I am pretty good at.

I bought this cat bed over a year ago.  None of the cats liked it much nor did they use it.  I venture upstairs during Christmas and find Cappi sleeping in it.  I am amazed that such a big cat can curly up into a small cat bed.  He has slept in this bed every night since then! 
Speaking of cats, Rachel crafted a stuffed cat for Noah as a present.  Noah has a cat named Boots.  He is black and white like our cats. 
Two goofs
We tried another swap this year.  This year's theme was anything that fits in a jar.  The big hit this year was the Brush Bot.  Here's Abram looking at this gift.  This gift exchanged several hands.

Rachel is opening her gift.  She either ended up with money or gummy candies.
Rachel made this clay snowman as her swap item.  Lawrence opened it up and said it was the best and perfect gift!  Nice job Rachel.
I think everyone had a fun time during Christmas.