The first picture is of the entire first grade performing their Christmas dance at my daughters' elementary school- it was taken at almost the exact time that the horrific shootings were happening in Connecticut. While these first graders were dancing their tails off and having such a happy time with smiling parents watching and cheering, the unspeakable was happening to another group of first graders in a different state. I have always teared up at school performances since Emily has battled childhood cancer... this one was no exception. After seeing so much suffering in the childhood cancer world, I swore I would never again take for granted a room full of healthy, happy, innocent children.
Doing something normal with the kids... decorating cookies!
Christmas trees always offer such a peaceful feeling at night.