Saturday morning, I ran to WalMart at 7:00 to get some pantyhose, thinking that it would be the perfect time to go before it got all crazy. So...I get there, and it's "Shop with a Cop" day. In case you don't have this in your area: kids from disadvantaged families pair up with a police officer. Police Officers from both towns in the county, plus the sheriff's dept. are involved. The kids are given around $190 to buy things for Christmas. Some of the kids buy for themselves, and some of them also use the money to buy for parents or siblings. I couldn't help but over hear the boy who was in line behind me. He said he couldn't wait to get home to play with his toys, to which the police officer replied that the toys are for Christmas, so after they paid, they were going to get the toys wrapped up for Christmas. The little boy looked to be about 6 years old, and he didn't quite understand the whole concept. I think Shop with a Cop is a good thing, but I felt for that child who had just gone shopping for toys, but had to watch as they were wrapped.
Later that morning, we went to the Christmas Parade to see YS. I have to say: I'm not a big fan of parades. While we were waiting for the parade to start, we saw this coming down the street:
I saw the cutest little girl in her tights and tutu:
We saw interesting hats:
When I turned around, I saw this area decorated:
We saw a really cute float from a pediatric dentist in town...the employees were all dressed as tooth fairies:
We had a quick lunch, then got ready for the flute choir concert. As I said on Friday, the church is GORGEOUS. It was dedicated in 1913, which is ancient as American Churches go.
The outside of the church (for credit, please click on the picture):
I had a very nice surprise: sitting in the front row was my brother and his 2 boys. In the row behind them was his wife, their daughter, a friend of their daughter's, and the friend's little sister. It was so nice to have a support system there!
After the concert, we stood together for a picture, although one of the members had already left:
Here's a sample of the concert:
At around the 2:11 mark, you can hear me play the lower part. And again at around 3:25, I have the moving part for a couple of measures.
After the concert, we left and went down the road for CH's company Christmas Party. There is a couple that we've hung out with the past few times: she actually graduated from Rival High School, and her dad was the band director there. AND, her brother did his internship in band at Small Town when I was in high school. Very nice couple, and she mentioned that she's thought about starting a blog! Wrong thing to say to me! I offered to help her get started (so...if you're reading this: DO IT!). I know she'll do great if she decides to do it. It looks like my SIL has decided not to start one, so fingers crossed on this one!
It was actually an early night: the party was from 4-8, and we ended up leaving around 7:30. They had a man drawing caricatures there. Here's ours:
I don't think it looks too much like us, but everybody else seems to think it does.
To wrap this up, CH & I were in the living room when Laika & Pepper went to the window to have a look outside. At first they were right beside each other, but they moved when I reached for my camera. This is almost as cute, though: