The backyard was completely iced over for a week, giving Everett inspiration for his gingerbread house.

E's first recital! Back row, third from the left, red plaid shirt. For a few weeks at home he was randomly yelling out something we couldn't quite decipher.

Finally Daddy figured it out : "like a lightbulb"! And that was our only hint of what to expect at the school recital. But when the day finally came, and all the kids walked out on stage, E took one look at us, and did a 180-degree turn. He spent the entire repertoire turned around, focused on the giant Santa. I think our little ostrich got nervous.

But he did sing all three songs: Rudolph, Snowflake, and Jingle Bells in Greek… even if no one saw it.