Family Circus

No one can drive us crazy unless we give them the keys. - Doug Horton


The Star of The Show

Last night was DH's company Christmas party. It was SUNDAY, I know. Carmax is open until 9PM everyday except for Sundays. Thus, a party @ 7:30PM on Sunday. This was touted as a kid-friendly celebration, and since DH is in senior management, he was able to find out the specifics and report his findings to me. I knew ahead of time that there would be a large bounce house and karaoke, along with other fun fairway-type games to play. My oldest daughter, Halie believes that she was sent by God to sing to the world (maybe mom and dad are a little too encouraging with our praise). So while Catie and Rosie were buzzing the whole day about the 'jumpee house', Halie was practicing all of her favorite Christmas tunes to be ready for Karaoke Sunday evening. Clearly, the success of the party hinged on the amount of fun my daughters had. Grandpa (who is also a treasured Carmax employee) and Grandma (Catie's beloved teacher) rode with us to the Christmas Party, and brought their digital camera. I thanked them in advance, before any pictures were taken last night. Little did I know that Grandpa would capture the Star of the Show on film. These pictures are courtesy of Grandpa. Thanks again, Grandpa.

Halie saw the microphone, headed straight for it, and held onto it for most of the evening. My seven year old first helped call out ticket numbers for various door prizes. Each time she pulled a ticket and looked at the number, she looked at DH and said (into the mic), "Aww. This one's not yours, Dad."
When all the prizes were handed out, many folks headed home. Not Halie! She was not leaving until she performed Jingle Bells. She waited for the grown-ups to finish with the announcements, but not patiently, if you'll notice the picture. In spite of our all-day rehearsals, she managed to repeat the chorus over and over and over and over... Halie would have kept on singing the same words until dawn if we let her. Her sweet rendition of Jingle Bells elicited a combination of laughter and applause, mixed with relief that the Karaoke machine was actually being used. There was a prize reserved for the 'winner' of the Karaoke Contest, and seeing how Halie was the only contestant, she won a DVD player. So, my daughters all went home tired, happy, and considered the party a success.


Erin: 31, Emcee. Witty redhead, handy with a whip.

DH: 30, Strong Man. Comedian, defender of virtue.

Halie: 7, Chimpanzee. Pulls teeth, loves bananas.

Catie: 5, Leaping Lemur. Gentle and cuddly, loves grapes.

Rosie: 2, Cappuccin. Flings poo, loves carrots.

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