Thursday, December 27, 2012

Good-Bye 2012, you did us proud

Well, Christmas was a complete sucess in all senses.. We have so many family members who love us, we had plenty of figgy pudding, parties and good food to last a month..

Everything was as amazing as I knew it would be, cousins who never see each other gathered around and played

And at home when we were all done fo the night, my kids played for hours with one another. Austin is so good with his baby sister, he knows just how to keep her occupied.

And they both loved their new toys from gandparents, while mommy and daddy sat back and watched. Banking the memory. Because it is amazing. I often caught Keith with a huge smile on his face. Because this is what parenting is all about, the joy we see in our childrens eye, the communion of family, even when babies are poopy and toddlers are cranky.. its STILL amazing

And our own family continued our traditions,
Christmas Eve pjs

Our milk, cookies and fruit for santa

On Christmas Eve we all went to bed waiting for Santa to come visit. We didnt even open our eyes a sliver because he would know.. When the morning came, Austin said " can we open our eyes mom?"
The excitment in his voice when the cookies were gone, when he saw his stocking, and the letter Santa wrote him.. A-MAZING

We were lucky to spend all day Christmas with family. Whom we love and love us.
It was a truly amazing year, and the best Christmas thus far in my twenty-four years

Now we are in vacation mode, lounding around in our pjs, watching movies, drinking coffee all day, eatin icecream, playing candyland and pretty much enjoying doing nothing.. The way life should be

We are saying good-bye to 2012 in style, that is if bedhead and sweats are stlyish.. potatoe potatato

I will be back next year, ready and rerring to go!
Happy New Year Y'all

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Christmas Cheer

Well hello, it's been awhile.. Which soon will not be the case, not to mention it's one of my New Years Resolutions to blog twice a week.. Anyhoo since Turkeyday the big bad flu battled his way through the entire family, including Addy.. So needless to say I was not at my full blogging potential, what with puke, and rashes and fevers to contend with..

But I am happy to announce we kicked Mr Flus big butt outta here, and are all doing really well.

And also, in large part to cyber monday we now have a new family camera, one with a flash..

I am loving it, getting back into my groove thing, really finding my inspiration indeed.

It doesn't hurt that ITS CHRISTMASTIME.. seriously, the most wonderful time of year.. And having kids really gives me an excuse to live it up man. I'm talking twinkling lights, nutcrackers, christmas cookies, movies, late bedtimes.. seriously, I am one cool mom.

For our advent calendar this year ( thank dad)

I decided to DO something every day, instead of recieve something.. Because recieving is very fun, and awesome yeah, but really not the point, right?

To me, and my family ( because HEY, Im the matriacrch and am totally riding in the front seat.. oh yeah I almost forgot I have a handsome copilot, his names Daddy) Christmas is about being together, celebrating our love, GIVING to others, praying for others, eating great food, and doing fun things..

We've made a great selection of ornaments thus far, and baked some kick-butt cookies too. Austin is a master "egg cracker" and totally is gonna rock it out in the kitchen.
Another something his future wife will be greatful for.. My boy will be a great cook, AND he actually enjoys helpng do dishes.. something his daddy missed out on.. wink wink (Im assuming once puberty hits, maybe not so much? who knows )

I've been in such great spirits.. On days like today, when I woke up and made the whole day all about my kids. We got dressed up we went out to breakfast in Bethel at the school, there were craft tables, and carolers, and HEY, he got to meet THE santa clause. I had such a proud momma moment, he was so nervous it was palable to me. My heart was racing, praying he could muster the courage to meet the big guy. He walked up to him, all by himself, and asked him for a dinasour. He was so proud. I was so proud, and I may or may not have shed a little tear.

Hes really growing up so fast, and it means so much knowing that his brain is holding these memroies, and he may actually remember this day with his mom. Where he met the REAL snata, who knew his name, and rode on a sleigh with a big horse named Jingle.

His imaginiation will make this memory so big, and it will be something he'll never forget.. or at least thats what I hope for.

Today was also one of those days where you get the opportuinty to teach you child an enexpected lesson. Today a little girl rang the fire alarm, the entire building had to be evacuated, and it was quite the orrdeal. But it was wonderful to teach my son about it, and okay.. Maybe I'm just high on Christmas cheer fumes.. But I had such a great day..

It was one for the books.. For sure

Somethings we'e been up to

the tree at  my mother's house