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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas 2014

This has been the sweetest little Christmas for us. It definitely crept up on us, and we were pretty unprepared for the most part, but it has been special nonetheless. It is the first year D has gotten into the Santa and Elf (ours is Lola) bit, and she seems to somewhat understand that it is Jesus's birthday, too.  Some of these pictures might be repeats from the last post.

Miss bossy pants advising me that this ornament is "vewy bweakable".
 My sweet girl.
My first free night of the break was so peaceful and perfect for working on our family yearbook. A lot of what is fun about D's age is being able to start traditions like baking Christmas cookies together.

We made it to the Christmas Eve children's Mass this year, and it was really sweet. All of the children were asked to bring a bell, a canned good for a gift to the Baby Jesus, and a flashlight. They used the bells and flashlights while singing Christmas songs in the Mass. Very, very sweet. 

We also read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" with the book my mom recorded for D on her first Christmas.
And then left a few of our homemade cookies out for Santa. We thought Santa would prefer coffee instead of milk. You know- late night and all. B earned his stripes by putting together D's "big" Christmas gift this year. I am usually tasked with that job, but I was very willing to let him take over. 

No doubt there were visions of sugarplums floating in this sweet little head.
Last year I made a french toast casserole which was so nice to have ready to go for Christmas morning. This year I tried changing it up a bit with a blackberry cream cheese variety, and it was a good call. We also had a savory breakfast casserole.
Jessie and Travis came by to bring gifts for the kiddos, and they really excited D with the pink ukelele they brought her.
But the biggest surprise by far..was Elmo.

By about 4 p.m., D was so exhausted having not had a nap and just mindlessly watched videos on the ipad (in her helmet) until it was bed time. 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Baby brother 5 and 6 months

I am not exaggerating when I say it has been the fastest six months of my life. In some ways, h is taking it easy on me by not growing out of his precious clothes too terribly quickly and by still preferring to be held over moving and shaking on his own. Nonetheless, I feel like time is positively escaping my grasp, and it makes me sad. There are just not enough hours in the day for sweetness like this 

I used the baby carrier a lot with d out of convenience, but I use it with him just simply because I don't get a lot of time to hold and cuddle him, and I'd rather tote him while doing my errands than leave him in a seat. 

6 months
-two bottom teeth
-14 pounds. 
-spends a lot of time on all fours and seems to be getting very close to crawling 
- loves sweet potatoes the most, parsnips, carrots and bananas. Sometimes avocados. 
-"talks" a lot, but his conversations are notably more "boy" than d's used to be. 
-blows bubbles with lips
- loves playing in the jumper and manipulating the toys
-LOVES sister and wishes she would pay more attention to him. 
-also loves to be held. Definitely a snuggle bunny.
-listens to "Comfortably Numb" or "Don't Cry" nearly every morning on repeat before it's time to get up. 
5 months 
Also 5 months
Just a regular ol' Hercules. 

Trying to walk baby Amelia out. It didn't work. 

It's finally starting to vaguely resemble something along the lines of Christmas

In an effort not to "forget about Thanksgiving" and all that pc mumbo jumbo, I held off on decorating for Christmas. The fundamental problem with that plan is is called children and a job. Going forward, I vow to give Thanksgiving all due respect beside the soft glow of my Christmas tree. With days left before Christmas, our house finally has adequate Christmas cheer. 

Brother has a cute little rosemary tree, too, that has been living in the bathroom.