Klomp Family, January 2003

Shelby's School Christmas Programs
Shelby's Class Shelby with Teachers In mid-December Shelby's preschool class held a little Christmas program. It was an open house for the students' families and friends. The kids sang a couple of songs and recited a little Christmas story. There were cookies and punch. Santa even made an appearance giving each child a chance to sit on his lap and have a little chat. Shelby and Joey were both too shy to sit on his lap, but Shelby did tell him she wanted a new Barbie doll for Christmas.
Annie's School Christmas Programs
Annie's Class Annie with Mrs. B Also in December, Annie's school held their annual Christmas program. Annie's entire class played the Children of Bethlehem in the all-school production of "The Mystery of Simon Shepherd". For their part in the play they sang a few songs including The First Noel and Joy to the World. It was really fun. In January, St. John's school celebrated Catholic Schools Week with a number of fun activities including a book fair and open house. For the open house Annie's class decorated their classroom, making life size cutouts of themselves to sit in their chairs. We got to take a tour of the whole school. We showed Shelby the kindergarten rooms where she'll go next year. And Joey got to play in Shelby's preschool room while Cindy signed him up for preschool for next year.
Christmas in Michigan
with Gma & Gpa Gma's Tree Leah's Family We spent most of our holiday break in Michigan with the Klomp family. We had wonderful weather for traveling and a great visit with everyone out there. Phil's brother Troy drove in from New Hampshire so the whole family was together. We hadn't been there for the holidays since Annie was three but she remembered the train that Grandma and Grandpa set up around their tree. She looked forward to playing with it from the time she heard we were going, and had great fun driving it around and around the tree, loading it up with all sorts of stuff. We went to Christmas mass with Grandma at her church and after mass we spoke with Father Tony for a few minutes. He was so nice to the kids. He even blessed the new necklace Annie got for Christmas.
Michigan Activities
cousins Joel's Bball Game Along with a little last minute Christmas shopping we got out and had lots of fun. We drove over to Leah's house several times. The kids had lots of fun playing with their cousins. One afternoon we took the kids to see their first basketball game. Cousin Joel's team is still undefeated in the season, and it was fun to watch them beat the other team by nearly 50 points.
Meijer's Gardens
DaVinci's Horse The Family We also took a trip to Grand Rapids to visit Meijer's Gardens. They had a fantastic display of Christmas Trees from around the world. There were dozens of countries represented with a tree decorated according to their traditions, and a scroll describing many of their local customs for the holiday season. We also enjoyed walking through their beautiful greenhouses filled with all sorts of plants. And we even ventured outside to see the magnificent DaVinci horse in the vast outdoor sculpture gardens. It was worth the cold walk to see this HUGE work of art. We can't wait to go back in the summer time so we can explore the place in warmer weather.
Family Fun
Christmas Cake Pile On Gpa Along with all the comings and goings of the holidays we had plenty of time to just hang out and enjoy each other's company. The kids helped Grandma decorate a Christmas tree cake. They were supposed to put M&M's on it. The girls did great, but Joey only ate the M&M's. One of the other favorite pastimes was playing "pile on Grandpa". Apparently the kids thought he was a jungle gym because they never missed an opportunity to climb on him.
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