Friday, December 21, 2007

Trying this again....

So I was going to tell you about our day of Christmas performances. I wish I had pictures of the younger kids doing theirs but it's hard to capture it anyway. I think there might be video but seeing how fast we get on that stuff, it could be next year before that makes it's way OFF the video recorder! It's probably less painful for you this way anyway. Their my kids so it's my job to sit through all this and love it but not so much for anyone else.

My middle two have been practicing and working on a Christmas production "The Mystery of the Manger" since October. The big unveiling was on Sunday. Son #2 had a dancing role and choir duty while daughter #1 sang in the choir. Although wonderful, Isaac's dance was so quick that most of our guests missed it (I didn't and thought he was amazing) but no one missed the larger than life blond girl singing in the front row. I'm not sure if the choir director told her to sing loud AND smile but whoa nelly! She was like one of those badly dubbed martial arts movies from the 80's. So cute and hilarious. I had quite a few people come up to me after and tell me they loved watching her. She's a born performer that one!

It was like every Christmas production you've imagined. Poor singing by the soloists, the sound was terrible, you could hardly hear many of the kids talk BUT it was wonderful! Because it was my precious kids and for me, they were wonderful.
The extended family was somewhat underwhelmed, I think, but...I thought my kids shone like stars because...that's my job:)

I was surprised actually by how much Isaac enjoyed it. He is the kind of kid that you have to make do things because he hates them and doesn't want to but once you get him into it, he enjoys himself so much and does a great job. It's exhausting for me at the beginning but worth it in the end.

Oh and the littlest girlie even had a part. The 3 and 4 year olds went on before the bigger kids and knocked everyone's socks off with their incredible cuteness. They had a little poem to recite which Amelia knew at home but I noticed as I watched she didn't say on stage. AND a song. I think they stole the show! SO CUTE!

Everyone migrated over to our house where we had lunch and the older boys did something that involved this:
and a bit of this:
I think Amelia (the three year old) took these.

....and then it was off to cousin #1's Christmas production. In this one the small kids were safely used as sheep with, I noticed, no lines and everything went without a hitch. Can you still say a fourteen year old is cute? Cuz he is! I was so proud!


I'm pretty sure he was a shepherd.

But look at the audience...

Yes this is what we're dealing with folks! They managed to sit the whole time AND listen ( I think) but I'm pretty sure they have enough sugar coursing through their veins to cause diabetes is weaker souls:)


Haley-O said...

Eeeee! It's CARAZAY over there! :) The kids are all so GORJ! LOVE! Enjoy.... :)

Kellan said...

Outta control - like my bunch - but sooooo cute. Great pictures and the performances sounded wonderful.

Thanks for the nice Birthday wish for my sister - have a good day. Kellan

Badness Jones said...

That's adorable Shay! I love watching the kid's performances....sometimes it's a case of 'so bad it's good', but still!

Family Adventure said...

So cute!! I love the pictures, and I totally know what you mean about a born performer. I have one of those, too.

Glad you had a fantastic time - and the kids were happy and proud. Moms :)


Chey said...

I can just barely see Maddy with with her eyes like saucers and her mouth wide open.


Maddy said...

Happy, happy times. I can always tell when one of mine has stolen the camera from the hundreds of pictures of light bulbs and the cats' feet!

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suburbancorrespondent said...

Yes, before I was a parent I used to wonder how anyone could stand those productions; but, of course, now I get it.

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Mrs. G. said...

I love me some Christmas pageant and these photos are spectacular.

Happy holidays to you and yours.

elasticwaistbandlady said...

Such cute, cute kids and you have an Amelia! I keep thinking that if we ever have another girl that's the name I'm going with.

Have you heard the song Amelia by Jonatha Brooke and The Story? So pretty and haunting.

elasticwaistbandlady said...

If I don't make the rounds again Have A Merry Christmas, Shay Family!

Margaret said...

all - very cute...

Jill said...

We've been to a few of those productions this year also. When my kids were little, they were usually the ones that just stood there staring at everyone, looking scared half to death and not singing. They are improving as they get older.
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