Month: December 2018
Nothing like clean babies.
Bookworm. Just like his Mama.
I truly love building lego sets. I hope my kids never stop asking me to help.
This has been the best Christmas gift I have ever gotten. Not only does it make clean up super simple. I personally have not had to pick it up once. Everyone else volunteers to vacuum and even fights over who gets to clean up a mess.
Keep them busy.
This is a favorite activity in our house.
Where does he learn these things?
Wade was out running errands when my computer started flickering in green stripes. I have had a Mac for years and years and never seen this. I got quite worried – especially since I haven’t backed up my computer in a good 6 months. I didn’t even wait for Wade to get home before calling him in a panic. He calmly told me it sounded like my video card and that we could bake it in the oven. With Wade I’m not always 100 percent sure when he is telling the truth but he came home, took my computer apart, and popped it in the oven. By the time I was going to bed, I had a working computer again. Crazy!
Thank you Uncle John for the slime. It is my favorite thing ever…
Wade gave the boys the coolest build kits from Bose. Alex is building his own speaker.
I blew up this baby bath duck to make sure it still held air before I gifted/sold it. Then these two decided it made the best play space. We’ll see if it lasts the day.
I’m trying to sort things for goodwill and Ben’s doing his best to make that impossible.
When’s nap time?
I’d like to say this is just post holiday craziness – but this is kind of a typical day at our house. You’ll notice that Ben isn’t phased at all by Pepper jumping over him multiple times as she makes laps around the couch.
Morning meeting to schedule the day’s activities. This is the first Christmas we haven’t traveled at all and we kind of like it!
The little genius is learning his shapes already…. Or he just likes to dump out all the things.
These pictures were actually taken before Christmas but got a little lost in the shuffle. Pepper was a much smaller dog when we first got her. Even at Thanksgiving she was smaller. My Mom bought her a cute Christmas sweater, but by the time we got it on her – she had outgrown it. We did try to take a picture but Pepper was not excited to be wearing her sweater at all!
Snuggling up on this chilly morning.
Cooking with Ben in the kitchen is always a challenge of one kind or another.
I don’t think Kaitlyn has ever finished a glass of milk in her 4 years.
Still loves yogurt. Still learning to eat it neatly.
The big kids managed to wait in their beds for us all to gather at the top of the stairs. I tried to get a picture of them going down the stairs, but they were much too fast for me. Christmas morning was a rush of craziness, but so much little kid joy! (And face paint. Did I mention there was face paint? That ended up being one of Kaitlyn’s number one requests from Santa.)
Judy, Jerry, and Emily joined us later in the morning for Christmas breakfast and then later that day we had gifts and stockings. I was so impressed that Judy brought her stockings (but when you have hand-made every single family member stockings they must be used!!). Jerry put his amazing woodworking skills to practice and made the neatest trees this year. Teague ended up with the “poop” last year and was so excited to give it to Wade this year. (I’m more impressed it made it has made it through all our crazy moves.) That is a wrap on Christmas. Granny and Pop read books to the kids and it was lights out on some tired kiddos.
Cookies for Santa.
Ben and his Pop.
We started our day with the last of the basket presents and spent he rest of the day full of activities – opening presents, baking, reading, playing, Lego building, napping, making cookies for Santa, church attending, and finally a few last Christmas books before bed.
Kaitlyn got one of her Christmas presents a little early. Aunt Emmy’s gift was tickets to Disney on Ice. Kaitlyn opened the gift this afternoon and then Wade and I took her tonight. She has been asking to go since this summer and was so excited. She had a blast and Wade thought the popcorn wasn’t too bad.
Christmas clothes – one of my favorites.
Teague decided to teach both Pop and Kaitlyn the Basic 10 moves in Taekwondo. He did a pretty good job!
Kaitlyn tired herself out playing with Granny, Pop, and Aunt Emmy.
Brothers playing in front of the tree – perfection.
Kaitlyn had some friends over for a little cookie decorating. I love watching kids with icing and sprinkles – what a mess!
3 days to go. They are ready Santa.
I mentioned a month or so ago that we gave my mom professional pictures for Christmas. They turned out fantastic! We got the pictures recently and we all love them. Who knew we would get five adults and six kids to all coordinate and cooperate at the same time. This feat may never be repeated but at least it was documented!
Counting down – four days to go!
We only live a few houses down from the boys’ school. Whenever there is an event at their school, we always walk. Parking is a nightmare and we can easily avoid the trouble. Today was Teague’s Christmas concert so we bundled up Ben and took a short walk to the school.
Ben thinks Kaitlyn’s basket gift is much more interesting than unwrapping his.
Kaitlyn has ballet class every Tuesday. This year they hand out stickers at the end of class instead of stamping her hand (thank goodness!) We quickly realized it was a much smarter idea to create a book for her stickers instead of just bringing them home. Now all of the girls have sticker books and the sticker collecting is a big deal!
Christmas basket countdown!
Ben is definitely a 4th child. I was determined to get some pictures made in a studio, but the best I could manage was a local department store. I wanted a few in his Baptism outfit and a few in an outfit Judy had made Wade when he was little. I did manage to get some pictures, but my standards are just too high. Here they are – after I tweaked them some.
Christmas concert night – singing and trumpet for Alex.
He loves baby and it’s also one of the few words he can say!