|She liked to look at the characters as long as they didn't get too close|
|the highlight of her Bentleyville trip was the ice cream sundae after dinner|
MaryAlice does love to go, so all the extra partying also suited her just fine... like her big sisters. MaryAlice likes the added attention and ate it up except for the part where she was sick. She was sick for Christmas day and the next day which would've of been fine if it hadn't been a Sunday. And not just any Sunday, but the first one that Andy ever preached! I had a hard time not being their, but feld peace after I was reminded in my prayers for him that he didn't need me there as much as he needed Him there :) Humbling reminder for both of us. Andy did a marvelous job with his first sermon. In hindsight I would've preferred it not fall the day after Christmas as Andy was so preoccupied with preparation, but I was so proud of the job he did! You can listen for yourself here.
MaryAlice actually ended up sleeping clear through the whole gathering at Grandma and Grandpa's house. She reluctantly opened her presents after the Pavolas had already gone. When asked what happened at Christmas, her cousin Selah, will report, "Aiya was sick and couldn't open her presents!" On the bright side we were able to spend some time visiting friends. A friend I grew up with was in town with her family and we were able to meet her family and actually visit for a bit. Abby spend the night with Grandma and Grandpa which ended up being a huge blessing as MaryAlice just wanted to be held all night and the next day.
|loving Mrs. Terri|
|grandma & aiya|
|nativity taking naps... note the headless wiseman|
|MA had too much sugar and was bouncing off the walls|
|she had to join the Kindergarten girls on the floor w/our friend Jaana for Belle's Christmas program at school|
|she was so sick she didn't even care about her presents...she just wanted to cuddle|
|she kept asking Mr. "Teve" to dress the baby they gave her|
|Belle got a baby for MA in hopes that she'd leave hers alone|