Chip and I (and Tiff and Mom) spent our anniversary at the kids' Christmas program. In the past it has been in a room with a stage, but this year they decided to do it in the sanctuary in order to have more room for seating. However, this meant the kids weren't on stage so they would be harder to see. As a result, we all fought for seating up front or stood along the sides. We took the risk of sitting in the front, knowing Chloe might freak out once she saw us. The program started, and the Unicorns walked up to the front. And Chloe freaked out once she saw us. Ha! They put her in position with her other classmates, but being in front of all those people only made it worse, so they handed her off to us. After I had her in my lap she sobbed for a good little bit- she was just totally overwhelmed. To be honest, I figured she'd be that way even if she didn't see us before the show, so I wasn't disappointed. It was still fun.
Connor's class, the Penguins, performed last. They sang two songs and then were joined by the Koalas for the "grand finale," which consisted of half the kids singing We Wish You a Merry Christmas while the other half (Connor's half!) sang the song they had just sung. That was hilarious. They were all so proud of themselves though! And we were proud of them too.
After the show, we went to Huey's to eat with Max and his family. To say Max brings out the worst in Connor is an understatement. Add to that the fact that Chloe never recovered from her initial freak out, and you can surmise that our hour at Huey's was pretty bad. Connor and Max argued the entire time we were there. I wasn't surprised by this, because that's all they ever do. I probably would have been tense just from that, even if Chloe hadn't been exceptionally bitchy and difficult the whole time we were there. It wasn't her fault, though, that she and I were sitting in a pool of lemonade. That was a result of a dramatic spill that took place when I jumped up to stop Connor and Max from running across the restaurant at top speed to greet another friend. By the time Chloe emptied most of Mom's glass of tea on me (handful by handful as she reached in to grab ice) I didn't even care, since my pants were already mostly wet anyway. The highlight of the meal came when we paid the bill and left. That was awesome!
Huey's aside, the annual Christmas program is always fun. Connor had a great time being on stage, being with his friends, and especially belting out a few songs. I look forward to the many school programs to come!
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