|Leah, Maddie and your favorite editr waiting for "Junie B. Jones" to start.|
|Maddie poses with Junie B. Jones, post-production.|
|Maddie with actress Stevie Holcomb.|
|Us, looking gorgeous.|
|A touch of glamor in the afternoon.|
|Glamor girls at the Hotel Roanoke.|
|Leah reads 'Maddie the Marvelous'.|
|Pampa's turn to read from the book he wrote Mads for Christmas. Two books for one kid. Lucky girl.|
Leah and I dressed to the nines took Mads in her pretty new dress to see the delightful Roanoke Children's Theater production of "Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells," then brought her to my house for dinner of her choosing and Leah's preparation (chicken noodle soup and chocolate mousse) and a few presents we made or otherwise had some direct involvement in.
Leah and I each put together books. Leah wrote the wonderful "Madeline the Magnificent," about a little girl who conquers a dragon by being kind. I threw together a picture book of Mads' adventures with the Roanoke Vikings. We took the time to read both to her. She loved them.
We went through a few trinkets and wound up the evening giving her a baby doll she immediately named Lucille (I have no idea where that came from). This was a doll made by a group of poor women and sold through Charity Cottage in Vinton, which was founded by Maddie's swimming coach and my much-admired friend Annette Patterson. All this meant something to Madeline and she had time to absorb it, which means it will stick with all of us.
I love Christmas like this.