Mid-April. Spring is in the air, the flowers are blooming, the weather is warming. What better time to cover the last full month during which I was incommunicado? The first half of December in the Picklebottom household is pretty mundane, but soon enough it is time to prepare for Beth's birthday. This year (well, okay, LAST year), Beth was turning six, so she was allowed to have a party. (With four kids, we limit parties to ages 1, 6, 10 and MAYBE 16 and 18, but we're not there yet, so who knows. Other years, the birthday child gets to select a friend or two for a fun activity like a zoo trip or a movie and ice cream.) She chose to have her party at one of those paint-your-own-pottery places doing mosaic projects.
This was her cake:
At the party:
Presents later, at home:
Treats that I sent to school for her class:
Pretty soon after Beth's birthday, which falls on the 20th, comes Christmas. I don't feel like typing much, since I'm multi-tasking by watching a movie while I write this (hey, I'm a busy lady), so suffice it to say it was a great Christmas and now let me regale you with pictures.
Jo decorating the tree:
The tree beneath which are the PRESENTS:
Christmas morning waiting for Daddy to wake up:
Beth's new hat (She had tattooed her face with tattoos she received for her birthday. We couldn't get them OFF.):
Mmmmmmm... marshmallow Santa:
Yeah, baby!!! Rock Band 2!!!:
Silly shots of Beth and Amy: