Archive for January, 2014

The Holidays

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

My name is Maggie Plaster, and it’s been two months since my last post. So let’s get to it.

Gabby is starting to like the violin more or maybe I should say she doesn’t hate it as much as she did last summer. When I told her the other day that it was time to practice, she said “I hate violin.” And I said in a whiny, sad voice, “Really?” And she said “Just kidding!” Now that’s progress.

Gabby demonstrates that violin can be fun!

Even though I’m a bit biased, I have to say that Gabby is a star in her ballet class. Or at the very least, she has a lot of personality! I think this was a great action shot.

Such strong stomach and back muscles!

I’m afraid the other little girl doesn’t find her that amusing.

Always a ham bone.

One of the kid highlights of my year is watching her do ballet.

This was the first year where Gabby and Coleman were true helpers when it came to setting the Thanksgiving table.

Gabby and Aunt Mari

Gabby, Aunt Jillian and Grandma Wendy

Gabby checks out the gingerbread house from Jaime Martin that arrived early. I say the earlier, the better!

We hiked off some Thanksgiving calories the next day at Lake Mead. Maybe 150 calories, about the number that was in one glass of wine. Ha!

My least favorite part of this hike was making sure Gabby stayed in the middle of the trail so she didn’t fall down the steep edge.

Later that afternoon, the kids tested for their gold belts with Matt Pynch. They do a Korean style of karate called Song Moo Kwan. Watch the video of Gabby doing her kata.

Gabby holds her hands out for her gold belt.


At the beginning of every lesson, Mr. Pynch asks the kids who they are allowed to practice karate on. The answer is always “big guys in my family.” Watch out for the ninjas Pop and Grandpa Richard!

Once they got their gold belts, they went wild.

We did the Santa Run for the first time this year. Gabby ran out of steam early on and was annoyed when Coleman and I ran off while she stayed with Brian. I hope one day that will be motivation for her to keep up! This picture was taken before the run even started.

Gabby performed in her first violin recital. Watch the video of her playing the taka taka ta ka rhythm on her E string. I was so proud of her because this was the best she’d ever played.

She followed along on the program until it was her turn. I couldn’t keep her in her seat after that. The next day I was chastised by their teacher for letting her play around in the back of the room. Guess I’m not getting the violin parent of the year award!

We went to the Binion party again this year, and Gabby had the best time running around and doing whatever she pleased. She pretended to be an ice princess on the sled ice sculpture.

Christmas Eve started off with a few presents. Gabby wanted a prince to go with her princesses. In this case, she got Prince Eric for Ariel.

Her fancy dress was courtesy of Grandma Wendy.

Gabby sat next to Aunt Jillian at Vintner Grill.

When we got to Grandma Wendy’s, it was party time. I’m not sure if it was the cake or the presents that made Gabby so happy.

She wasn’t thrilled about getting clothes at the time, but she loves this dress and wears it a lot.

I thought this shot turned out really well.

Grandma and Grandpa gave her a box of costumes. This particular dress is very glittery. I now have glitter all over my house.

The little princess.

Gabby and Grandpa

Gabby and Coleman were happy with their Santa loot. Check out the video.

Gabby checks out her stocking.

She really loved the keyboard that Pop and Madi bought her. We put it away from the Santa loot so that there was no question about who gave it to them.

Now we need to teach her a song.

Gabby loved the Mickey snow globe she got from Gigi.

Another costume from the costume chest. At least this one isn’t so glittery.

Aunt Mari and Gabby

The next day, Gabby and Coleman painted one of the cardboard houses that Mari and Roy gave them. I hope they never have to live in this one day.

We still have some work to do before I consider it finished.

Right before Paul left for Mississippi, Gabby fell into the couch and busted her lip for the first time.

We went to L.A. for a few days. Coleman and Gabby bonded at Tim’s house.

And on a walk around Brentwood.

The year ended at our house while we watched the Madison Square Garden Phish show on TV. Gabby made sure to get dressed up in the third costume from the costume chest.

2013 was a great year!