Saturday, December 22, 2012

B & B in Paradise


Girls had special time with grandparents while Bethany & Brian went to the Riviera Maya in Mexico…the end of time according to the Mayan calendar turned out to be a swim-up bar with 31 flavors of mojitos.  If the world is going to end, may as well numb the pain!



That is Bethany attempting to run in the ball, proving once & for all that she will try anything once.

Ready for the holidays!


 Building a gingerbread house with Laila

Not clear if more icing went on the house or in Joni’s mouth!

Happy Hanukkah!


Happy 6th Birthday Haven!



Haven chose to have a “movie star” party.  She gave out movie tickets to her 14 guests and ran the popcorn concession stand at “Haven’s Rock Star Theater.”

Pre-show…before the ‘stars’ arrived 

Joni Bee strikes a pose

 Walking the red carpet

Dena shows off her star on her ‘Walk of Fame’

Let the show begin

Friday, December 21, 2012

Visiting with Santa…everywhere!

It took some convincing to get Joni to go on Santa’s lap, but then she wanted Santa to come to our place for dinner, and asked if we could phone the North Pole to say thank you for the presents (I think she thought doing a card would be too much trouble!)


PACT lab at our national conference in National Harbor, MD 

On the ‘Holly Trolley’ holiday lights tour 

Girls were very impressed…this one dances! 
Santa appeared at the playground in Philadelphia airport en route to Toronto

The Golden Rule by Haven

Translation:  The Golden Rule. Treat people the way you want to be treated.  Respect people, be kind, share and all be nice.  We all be friends, and be respectful of their work, and the most important thing is we all love each other. 

Self-portrait?

Playing animal Pictionary 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

A little dinner music

Brian & the girls went to CA for a few days for a pre-holiday visit.

Joni and Maya serenaded the table at Aunt Karen's restaurant, Our House.
What they lack in pitch, they make up in style!


Monday, November 26, 2012

Putting up the Christmas Tree

We decided to put the tree up early this year since we'll be travelling during a lot of December...
Joni's 'Xmas Tree Song' (it's an original!) starts off in a calm lullaby mode, but has an exciting second verse!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Watch out Yuna Kim in 2014!


VA Safari Park

 An unbelievable drive-thru Safari where the animals are not shy! They come up to your window to eat, and clearly let you know they’re hungry.  Llamas, camels, emu, antelope, deer, bison, ostrich, elk, zebra and many more animals!





Sometimes the animals decided you weren't driving anywhere for a while!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Haven does her first race!

The half mile kids' Turkey Trot
(Haven has a red sweatshirt & red ladybug hat on)


Belle's Tea Party Comes to Life



Haven decided she wanted to recreate the cover of her book, Belle’s Tea Party.  We ‘made’ each of the dishes on the cover out of bread, watermelon, and mounds of icing. 




Not all of the guests showed the expected level of dignity for the event


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Nosek VA Reunion

Happy birthday grandmama!
 These cheerleaders definitely have the team spirit part covered!
Haven (& some helpers) drew grandmama on her birthday cake


On the red carpet at the VA Film festival (girls were on the local news!)



Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bethany does the 'Zombie run'

Humans get a 90 second head start before being chased by the zombies who try to catch them & have them join the walking (well, running in this case) dead!


 Haven & Joni were not so sure they liked this race!


PACT Halloween party (Bethany's lab)

Christina as an Incredible

Jess as Maleficent
Daisy as a cricket being chased by a spider 





 Pictionary is taken very seriously!