The afternoon was spent relishing in our new toys and taking good quality naps. And eating. Lots of eating.And wine. Lots of wine, too. :)
Before we knew it, it was time to head to church. Evalee told us all afternoon that she didn't want to get on-stage, and if she did she was going to sing "Jingle Bells" and not "Away in the Manger", so our hopes were not high going in. With the help of Amy, super-mom/babysitter and Sunday School teacher extraordinaire, we convinced her to go to her classroom before the program. We got seats in the front row, hoping that if she was sitting in front of us she wouldn't abandon ship. We waited for the storm, watching Isabel go from preschool chair to preschool chair in front of us in excitement.
Not only did Evalee decide to go onstage, but she also decided she would, in fact, sing "Away in the Manger." Sort of. Because she would freak out and refuse to sing the minute I suggest we sing the song a time or two, she wasn't quite sure of the words anymore. But that didn't stop her from slowly inching closer and closer to the microphone, making sure her big booming voice was all the audience could hear. Our five seats were shaking as we all held in our laughter in the audience. After the first song, Amy came on stage and moved her back where she belonged, which resulted in the world's biggest pouting face throughout the entire next song. It was a memorable performance, for sure.