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Pre-Christmas 2015

Because we were going to be tripping around on trains, planes and automobiles (just kidding, no cars, just taxis, buses, trams and others) during our Christmas trip we decided to have all the girls open their presents from Jeff and I before we left, we just didn’t need more stuff to haul around Europe!

So the weekend before we left we had a little Christmas celebration.  We watched Home Alone (1 and 2) and had homemade hot chocolate (I will never make it another way again) and opened several presents.  The girls loved it, and it made the trip a whole lot easier for us, without having to ruin Santa and his day.

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This was the year of homemade gifts… the girls got at least 1 homemade gift.  Sophie got a pineapple quilt (the pineapple craze hasn’t left her life yet), Violet got a doll with a variety of clothes, and Hattie got a bunch of peg dolls (our family and her Frozen friends).  We had a lot of fun, and the girls seemed to like everything, always a plus!

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After all that Christmas fun there wasn’t anything left to do but pack and leave on our exciting trip!  We couldn’t wait1

Aerial, Ballet and Cute Girls

A few other pictures that needed to be shared before we leave for vacation!

I went to one of Sophie’s aerial classes to see her progress and was amazed at how strong she has gotten and what a good job she is doing.  So fun to see her learn grow and like this new skill.

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Violet had her last couple days of ballet, so we had to get a couple pictures of the group, they are such cute kindergarteners!

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I had to take a few pictures in front of the Christmas tree, we had a lot of, “hold still” and “just smile for one second” before we got this… but hey, one cute pictures is fun!


Santa Claus in Monte Belo!

We had cookie decorating and a Santa visit here in MB again this year.  As a special treat the ballet class performed before Santa arrived, and they did great!  It was pretty adorable, and they were so excited to be there and not scared at all.  It was a lot of fun, and all their friends got to cheer for them.  There were so many kids there this year… at least 3 times the number from other years!  It was just utterly a mad house in there!  Hattie wanted nothing to do with Santa, she sat on Jeff’s lap, far away from the action and then flipped out when she had to get near him… we like the torture and took a picture anyways!

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Always an adventure with these girls!




End of Term Parties!

The room moms were super on top of things this year and planned end of term parties for the Year 4 and Year 1 kids.  They presented the teachers with their presents and then had a TON of food for the kids, all held during snack time.  It was a lot of fun to go and see the girls play with their friends, and get some pictures of them all together… I think I am getting all nostalgic here, who knew that would happen!?!

For Sophie each parent brought food to share for all 3 classes, the amount of food was insane!  Here are some pictures of Sophie and Molly, and then Sophie with Mafalda, Alissa and Stella.  It has been nice having more girls move here, her age group has been overwhelmingly male since we arrived!

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Violet’s Year was mostly organized by room moms, we had a good amount of cupcakes and then a whole bunch of other treats showed up, she definitely didn’t eat her lunch that day… she ate at least 3 muffins… but better muffins than cupcakes, right?  A few of Vi with her buddies, Miranda and Hayley and one of her with Henry.

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Random November

A few other November things that didn’t fit into other categories!

Hattie found some old stockings in the Christmas box and decided they were pretty good socks!  She is so dang funny right now (and so TWO, if you know what I mean!).

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There has been a lot of ballet lately… and when Hattie participates she is dang cute.  Violet is getting better all the time, her balance is getting better and maybe she will be flexible one day!

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Hattie likes walking her baby to the bus, and playgroup and several places… and then I get to walk her baby back home afterwards!


MB Thanksgiving 2015

This was my last year organizing the Thanksgiving here at MB (seriously… I don’t care what else happens, Jeff will kill me if I ever do this again!).  Luckily, I had my friend Roxanne helping me co-chair everything… as always, the event was fabulous and the tables were great!  The hostesses always do a great job decorating their tables, and no matter how different they are they are always beautiful and make the event a success!  This year I remembered to take pictures of all the tables, so I could share them.

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This year I decorated a table with Lisset, we had too much fun.  We visited the local fabric store and bought the fabric for our tablecloth and runner and pooled together resources from our houses… jars from everywhere, lights from me, cute crates from her and a whole lot of flowers from all over the neighborhood.  I loved how it turned out!

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As always I didn’t take enough pictures once the party started, but I did get one of the kids and our table… so at least I took some!

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Math Expert Teacher Sophie!

The Math coordinator for the PYP had a coffee morning to explain the math program to the parents and discuss the approach they have in IB, the differences between traditional (old) practices and answer any questions the parents might have.  As part of the discussion they had set up stations for all 6 years.  Each station had students from each year to teach us what they have been learning.  Some years played games, some showed us their learning, some taught us lessons… and each station was run by the students.  Sophie was asked to be at the Year 4 station.  It was cute, all the students had tags that said their names and Expert Teacher underneath.  Adorable, and well worth it, as it helped me understand how she is learning to learn, always appreciated.

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Trimming the Tree

I decided to decorate the tree a whole lot earlier this year.  Most of it was because we leave Angola on the 14th and then we only get 2 weeks of the tree, and part of it was that I was ready for it to be up!  I was ready to enter into Christmas time and so why not?  The girls were super excited for me to put the tree up so they could decorate as they wanted.  They did a pretty good job!  Also, I love my new copper twinkle lights from Cape Town!  Perfect to go around all my nativities!

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International Day 2015

My favorite event at LIS has always been International Day… it is such a great day with all the different country booths, patriotism and cute outfits, I just love it (and all the food does not hurt one little bit!).   This year it wasn’t quite as hot as usual, which was great, but the rest was just as good as in the past.  So much fun, and as always, I didn’t take enough pictures!

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From R to L: The Girls in all their America gear, Silly Faces! Nadia and Vi, Hattie as Masha, Molly, Vi and Sophie, Varvara and Vi, Molly and Soph

Athletics Day Fall 2015!

This year they split up the years for Athletics Day, so we are missing Violet’s day.  But I was able to race over to the school after a room mom meeting to see Sophie during some of the activity, and ended up seeing a lot of it, they had been delayed because of rain.  She did great!  She was happy to be in the same rotating group as her buddies Molly and Alissa.

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Always a fun day at LISA!