silent night and fort hamp

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Caleb spent the latter half of last week home on leave. He severely needed a break and a chance to chill out but I’d been anticipating those few days for several weeks and I had to restrain myself from planning out every detail of every minute. Like I’m trying to make up for last year or something. Cue Buddy the Elf “First we'll make snow angels for a two hours, then we'll go ice skating, then we'll eat a whole roll of tollhouse cookie dough as fast as we can, and then we'll snuggle.”

Well… we snuggled and that was good enough.

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And we sat in the elementary school on Friday and watched Jackson’s class (and a couple others) sing Silent Night.

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I’ve never understood why parents make such huge deals out of these programs. But it was pretty much the coolest thing ever. And suddenly I get it.

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The other thing we did: build fort hamp 2011. It’s one of our best traditions every year. Since Caleb was in Iraq last year I had to do fort construction by myself… and I am way not an engineer. This year Caleb delivered a much more impressive structure. 

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Comments

Jon said…
Something about that picture of Jackson waving to you from the crowd is just really good. I feel like it shows his personality, as well as his "camera training". Whereas all the other kids are just standing around looking lost. I can't really say why, but I think it is one of my favorite pictures in a long time
M.S.F. said…
I hear you on those Christmas programs. Working as a preschool music teacher when I was pregnant with Alex, I wondered what the appeal was for the parents. It just seemed like a whole lot of stress for no good purpose. I think one day (when the boys get older) I may understand...