Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Silly Kids

Tyler had us laughing in the car several times over the past few days. Here are the silly things he said:

Tyler: Cooper, who is your favorite Star Wars character?
Cooper: I don't know
Tyler: Mine is Yoga!

We were discussing everyones middle names on our drive.
Tyler: What is Claire's middle name?
Mom: Elise
Tyler: Oh! Like Elise Navidad?

Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Program

Yesterday the boys participated in their Christmas Program at school. Tyler played the part of Joseph and Cooper was one of the shepherds. Lily, Tyler's best friend, played the part of Mary. I LOVE going to watch the boys programs because the kids totally crack me up. All of the kids did a really great job and sang their little hearts out. During the program Mary and Joseph went and sat in little chairs by the manger. I was sitting on the front row and noticed that Tyler started to rock and lean back in his chair. I knew that could mean trouble and I tried to get his attention to tell him to keep it on the floor, but to no avail. Minutes later Tyler looses his balance and flips the chair and lands flat on his back. The entire audience gasped! I saw it coming and couldn't believe it actually happened! He proceeds to get up, pick the chair up, and plop back in the chair. Once seated, the tears started flowing. He didn't really seem embarrassed, I think it knocked the breath out of him. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know if I should go get him off the stage to calm him down or leave him up there to suffer the consequences. I left him on stage- tears and all. Mrs. Iris, the Preschool Director, went to him and said a few words. He calmed down after that and continued to sing the last song with the group. This will definitely be a story we tell years from now... Remember the time you played Joseph and flipped the chair over! I don't have a video of it yet, but the Preschool is making copies for all of the parents. I did get some pictures before the "incident"!

Mary and Joseph enter the stage

The angel leading Mary and Joseph

Mary and Joseph sitting by baby Jesus in the manger

Shepherd Cooper looking a little frightened by the crowd. He finally warmed up and sang with all his might! He loves to sing!

Shepherd Cooper a little lost on stage!

The kids singing "He's got the Whole World in His Hands"

Broadway Star

As I said in a previous post, Travis recently starred in the musical "Oliver". If you are at all familiar with Oliver, Travis played the part of Mr. Bumble. Last weekend I took the boys to watch him perform and they loved it! Cooper was especially mesmerized by the whole production. Travis did an amazing job as well as the entire cast. Travis' boss, Dr. Leibert, started a non-profit organization to bring wholesome entertainment to Harlingen. Dr. Leibert approached Travis about being a part of the production and Travis agreed, thinking it was going to be a small part. Dr. Leibert had Travis in mind for the part of Mr. Bumble from the beginning, which is a major part. He had at least three songs and many lines. I was nervous for him! Everyone commented on how out of character this was for Travis to do something like this, but I'm so proud of him for stepping out of his comfort zone and being involved in bringing something like this to the community. Travis really enjoyed it, but we are glad it is over. I felt like a single mom for several months due to all the rehearsals. The last month they had rehearsals at least 4 nights a week and Saturday mornings. But the hard work paid off. Here are some pictures I took from the night I took the boys. Unfortunately, I couldn't take a video of any of the performance due to the contract they signed with the company who owns the right to the musical.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Star of Bethlehem

During my last few years at Texas A&M, Rick Larson started giving a presentation on campus about the Star of Bethlehem. I heard many great things about it, but never had the opportunity to attend. He is a lawyer by trade, but was also a management professor at A&M. I had the privilege of having him as one of my professors while studying business at A&M. The other night Travis and I started talking about the birth of Jesus and we started talking about the presentation. I decided to look it up and I found the website here and saw that it was going to be aired on TBN later that evening. We set the DVR to record it and watched it the next evening. It was AMAZING!!! He uses Astronomy software and scripture from the Bible to prove that the Star of Bethlehem was real. He goes into great detail and also covers some interesting events regarding the death of Jesus as well. It will leave you speechless and with a greater respect and reverence for God. It will be airing again on December 16th on TBN. Check your local listings and set your DVR! You will not be disappointed!!!

Monday, December 06, 2010

Claire Bear

Today we actually had some colder weather and so I dressed Claire up in her cute little hat that I bought for the winter. She looked so stinkin' cute that I decided to snap some pictures of her when we got home. While we were at Target today, everyone was ooohing and aaahing over Claire. Living primarily around the hispanic culture is very different with a young blond, blue eyed baby. People are constantly coming up to her and touching her. I don't really know the whole story behind it all, but it is something about touching the child to ward off evil. Anyway, here are the pictures of our sweet girl:


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