Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Some before-Christmas photos

The Christmas tree on Rockefeller Plaza. This was taken on Saturday evening, December 19th.
No, Robert isn't trying to strangle Simone! He's showing us the snow in her hair! It's also on his and Danielle's coats, in their hair, and on Danielle's hat ... everywhere. This is just inside the walkway that would take us into Grand Central where we waited for the next train to take us back to Scarsdale.
Robert and Ollie
Charlotte, snoozing in her favorite spot since Simone was a baby!
A very sacked-out Ollie!

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The Spandaus' decorated house! Very cheerful!!

Danielle is helping Simone write her letter to Santa in one of Macy's windows.
Simone's letter, sent to Santa!

The Empire State Building, visible from in front of Macy's entrance.

The plaza in front of Macy's entrance - there are "dripping" lights in those leaf-bare trees, but they don't even show up well in a little video. They were fun to watch, though.

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Simone and Danielle, working on the gingerbread house.
The finished gingerbread house!
Simone, practicing piano in preparation for her upcoming recital.
The children's nativity scene at the end of Christmas Eve services. Simone is the angel, seated second from the right.

The Spandaus' Christmas tree.

Simone just unwrapped her Christmas Eve gift - a beautiful sweater with fur around the hood.

Some Christmas photos

Robert and Simone, beginning to open things.
Simone, opening a gift card.
Robert and Simone, checking out the present Aunt Anne sent. Simone can add letters and decorations to a darling denim bag.
Simone, setting up and playing with her Littlest Pet Shop.
Simone, learning how to weave on her new little loom.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas concerts

Last week and this week, the schools around here have been giving Christmas concerts. Kira is in her school's choir, and Parker and Austen are in their schools' bands. Overall, they were very good! (Just a little biased here!!)

This is from December 8th, when Kira's school choir and choirs from another elementary school, the nearby middle school, and the high school gave performances. At the end of the show all the choirs were onstage singing the last song together. It was wonderful.

Kira's school choir performed six different times between November 21st and December 10th. This is from the last performance, which included a play as well as the singing.

Parker's school band put on their concert on December 9th, but I didn't make it there, sad to say. My Achilles tendinitis was really acting up. =( I'll bet they did wonderfully well, though. The music teachers at the intermediate school are very talented at getting the best performances out of their students.

Austen's school bands performed last night, December 14th. The first video is of the Jazz Band; the second and third videos are of the Wind Ensemble, in which Austen plays clarinet.

(Cut short about 30 seconds when my camera ran out of space for videos!)

Merry Christmas to everyone!

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Morning after...

On the morning after the super-light "snowstorm," we had very heavy frost -- heavier than I've seen since moving here. It makes sense -- lots of moisture still in the air and rapidly dropping temperatures. I think it was about 24 degrees here this morning, maybe less. All this melts pretty fast, though, once the sunlight starts hitting the frosty ground, roofs, plants, cars, etc.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Barely visible snow!

I doubt that much can be seen here, but there are eensy-teensy snowflakes coming down outside! I can see them easily from my office window, but when I go outside to take photos or videos, it's as if they all disappear! (Click on the photos to "biggify" them.) We had more than this last December!! ~~> Last December's snow