Friday, December 16, 2011

The Nutcracker

Here is a little Christmas treat for you! I have been giving Gabriel lessons on the piano since July and he is doing very well, but his playing by ear is really impressive. In the following video, Gabe plays the march from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker". Enjoy!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Little Christmas

This past weekend we did the traditional visit to the mall Santa so the kids could tell him what they would like for him to bring. Gabriel has asked for a microscope and Selah asked for a "feeding chair" (a high chair for her baby dolls). I was so surprised that Miguel wasn't the least bit scared of Santa. We couldn't get a smile - but at least we didn't get a scream!

Yes, Santa, besides getting ready for Christmas, the Serna Family is also getting ready for a move!! Byron has accepted a job as Laboratory Director at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Denton (about 40 min north east of us). I am very proud of my sweet hubby and we are all excited about moving into a HOUSE! Please keep us in your prayers as we are looking for a house, packing, and doing the Christmas thing all this month!
(By the way, "Trttwig" in the above letter to Santa is Turttwig - a house gecko Gabe caught at Papa Serna's house in October and has been living in a terrarium in Gabe's room. Gabe LOVES this little guy and takes such good care of him. We can't let him free - in the process of capturing him, Gabe accidentally injured his little foot permenantly - he is much safer in his cozy cage.)

All month long Gabe's reading lessons are going to be coming from Christmas stories. This week we are working on How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. We have read the book, done a story map, and talked about rhyming words. For fun, we made these fun Grinch masks.

Miguel is in the Christmas Spirit, too. He is our own little "Santa Baby"!