Friday, December 30, 2011

Merry Christmas!

 You know it's been awhile since you blogged (or did anything with your pictures on your computer) when you go to download your pictures and there is well over 500 pictures! 
 So this blog is an ode to our wonderful Christmas, that we are of course still celebrating
 So stick with me as I make up something interesting to say as you scroll down a very random selection of pictures - please have mercy on my little tired soul, after a long car trip and realizing that I had so many pictures to go through I have not edited any of them.... one day I might :)
 So this Christmas we had an amazing opportunity to go up to Gatlinburg with Alan's family, we had a blast!  The kids loved seeing all their family members and their older cousins (they are well into their teens, and one is out)
 It was a wonderful trip, one that I hope at least Stephen will remember
 But this morning we got up and headed home :( after a long night of poor Jude the dude getting sick and mommy making sure he was ok to sleep before crawling in bed for a little bit, we got up and headed out before the sun rose (but not before Starbucks opened)
 So after a short discussion Alan and I decided that Jude was most likely just reacting to some mucus and all that fun stuff and he must not have a stomach bug..... so I gave him breakfast......I'll stop going into detail at this point
 So after an adventurous start to our trip we continued on our way
 Poor little Jude spent the most of the day sleeping off whatever is bugging him and I spent the trip wishing I could get to some more clothes.......(there was a nasty smelly bathroom involved in another stop on our way that added to that desire)
 But by the Grace of God we made it home with plenty of daylight left for Alan to clean out the van and the kids get the travel wiggles out! 
 Isn't that life, after a wonderful week in the mountains all I can come up with is the icky moments in the van...... let's see if I can end this post on a high note!
 There we go, these next pictures will do the trick for sure!  While we were there it SNOWED! (could someone please remind me next time my children see snow for the first time that if I sit them down for a scenic picture to make sure that someone is NOT standing behind them - b/c they will only sit still for one picture, even with a fast camera!)
 Up at the top of the mountain, there was enough snow for Stephen to make a snow ball - he has wanted to do that for as long as he's known about them (ok, that's not very long) He even got a chance to chunk a few right off the mountain!
And my sweet Abby was just so full of joy  - she just couldn't believe her little eyes!  What a great moment for everyone!!!

I promise I might post some for my favorite pictures from the week after I do some editing!!  Oh, I did get my new lens :)  Yippee for me!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Something's missing

 So as I was going through my pictures and looking over past blog entries I happened to notice a very sad pattern....
 Cecilia and Abby seem to be missing from the majority of these things
 So this morning, while big man Stephen is at his Mimi and Poppi's, I took a very quick photo session of the girls
 And of course I caught Abby trying so hard to be sweet and loving
 But Cecilia just doesn't agree with her approach
So happy Wednesday!!  I am very late on cards this year :( I ordered them and long story short I had to reorder them, so hold tight that one awesome family photo is almost on it's way to your house :)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

One proud mama!!

I would like to take a brief moment of your time to show off my littlest girl!  Though rolling over at 9 months is not much of a milestone "accomplishment" to the rest of the world, around here it is!!!  See Miss Cecilia has not been able to keep up with her brother very much, after we hit 6 months and they started to reach for things we realized that she was having trouble with her left side.  So I tried to do some things I knew to do and keep an eye on it until we went back to the Dr.  At her 9 month apt our pediatrician recommended we went to physical therapy for some more observations and all that comes with that. 

So after one visit, and tons of fun filled exercises Cecilia did it!!!  I am so proud of her!!  Though we still have a little road ahead of us to get her left side moving and grooving, her instant ability to strengthen her side is such a sigh of relief for me. 

Thank you Jesus!

Monday, December 5, 2011

A sneak peek

Here's a sneak peek at our lovely Christmas picture.....this would be one of 113 I took....most look like this :)  But One, oh yes one where NO ONE is crying, the light isn't completly blown out and we might even have a few smiles :)

So if you've moved in the last year, yes that's you I'm talking about, please email me or message me on facebook your new address!!!  You don't want to miss the final product!

Hello there

 I think on a few occasions I've mentioned "survival mode". Well, that's what we've jokingly called our life for the past 9 months.  Not b/c we are unhappy, or not making it - but b/c the maximum we could do around here is survive :) 
 Having four amazing gifts from God under the age of four for a bit was wonderful, but I'm glad that's over!!  So we've been finding our groove, trying to stay ahead of the laundry pile (not very good at that one) getting everyone fed, then again, and of course trying our hardest to keep the inside of this house decent b/c we are still trying to sell it :) - so that's survival mode
 But these little angels are growing and getting more and more independent (well, as much as a 9month old can be).  They are playing together, moving all around to get toys they want, reminding me to vacuum every 10 mins :)
This weekend might have officially marked the end of survival mode!!!  Why might you ask??  Well, one of the signs of our crazy, fun filled life has been our yard - it has been severely neglected over the past 9 months.  
So this weekend we did it!  The twins had an amazing nap while we tackled the weed infested front yard and got it looking like we actually want to sell this thing!! :)  So to me, I say we are official done just surviving!!  Thank you Jesus and all our friends and family who have helped us get here!!!