December 29, 2015
This year was definitely the best Christmas we’ve had as a family. The girls are at such fun ages, Elly and Jordyn have been anticipating Christmas morning for weeks now and when it finally came they couldn’t contain their excitement.
On Chirstmas eve the girls sang with the kids during our Christmas eve service at church. My parents, Jud’s parents and Jud’s sisters family came, it was so nice having everyone for the special service. Once we got home it was time for the kiddos to get ready and head to bed, which was the easiest bedtime ever. I love when they want to get in bed and go to sleep as fast as they can. We finished our wrapping, cleaning and placing all the gifts under the tree once we knew they were asleep. Christmas morning Jud and I opened our stockings for each other. I know a lot of parents don’t do stockings but it’s one of our favorite things to do for each other, so we don’t care that we’re gown ups and don’t need to. We got the girls up and while Elly and Jordyn were up and ready to open presents, Harper was a little confused with what was going on. Once she drank her milk and watched the girls open some presents she figured it out and got pretty pumped to see what was in her stocking. Of course we all had some chocolate at 6 in the morning, thats one of the best parts about Christmas morning! The girls went downstairs and I followed as Jud videotaped us coming into the living room. The first thing I saw was my big gift from Jud, a beautiful makeup desk and chair. He painted it white and then hand painted the gold branches on it. I was so surprised! It was my favorite Christmas present ever!
And here’s what it looks like all set up….
We opened gifts for about 15 minutes before Harper was ready to go back to bed. She doesn’t handle mornings as well as the rest of us. So we set her presents aside and kept at it. Jud thought of a great idea while I was wrapping all the girls gifts last week, I labeled them from 1-3 according to the excitement level of the gift. Like Elly’s slippers were a 1, so she opened those first and her big gifts were 3’s that she opened after her smaller things. It worked perfectly!
The rest of the day was spent with my parents doing their tree and then just hanging out. We had a big ham dinner, opened new toys, I set up my makeup area, Jud hung Elly’s new shelf over her bed and we played some games. We ended our night at Jud’s parents exchanging gifts with everyone over there. It was a great day and now we’re enjoying school vacation. Here’s to ending the year on a great note! Hope you all had great Christmas’ as well.
December 23, 2015
Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve updated the blog. My phone is acting up and won’t let me transfer any photos from it to any of my computers or other devices. And obviously I only take photos with my phone cause it’s 2015 and who carries a camera around? So anytime I try and fail I get so frustrated and just say forget it I’m not going to do this right now, haha. Which has lead me to this point….so here I am…waiting until my new phone comes in the mail next week. I was eligible for my phone upgrade this month but when Jud ordered it online they said it would take extra long because I guess there’s some sort of Christmas rush thing going on…go figure 🙂
These past couple weeks leading up to Christmas have been kind of a whirlwind. Shopping, wrapping, taking care of a sick kid, baking, decorating, taking care of another sick kid, cleaning, organizing and then once again taking care of the last of the three sick amigos. Sunday we were all feeling healthy enough to make it to church where the girls got to practice their songs that they will be singing upfront at the Christmas Eve service, I cannot wait to see it!
Sunday afternoon we kicked off the week with our first Christmas party with my mom’s family. Harper thoroughly enjoyed opening gifts and playing with all the boxes and paper. Last year she was still to little to really open gifts and care what was going on. Last weekend we enjoyed a fun sleigh ride through the old port in Portland. We really lucked out with the weather. It’s been so unseasonably warm here in Maine, it’s nice because I think once it starts snowing and freezing, by the time we get to March,winter is going to seem short. But at the moment my heart is sort of sad to be getting ready for Christmas with no snow or even cold weather. I like wearing my cozy mittens and wrapping a chunky, warm scarf around my neck. I know the freezing temps will come soon though, so I’m trying to enjoy the warmth and rain while it lasts.
I wish I could say I have everything wrapped and I’m 100% ready for Christmas but I’m not quite there yet. All I have left to wrap is Elly’s stocking stuff and Jud has to finish one of Elly’s gifts that is hand made. So tonight we’ll be working to get those things done. I have also been trying to squeeze in workouts here and there. I know I’m not going to be able to fit them in for a few days around Christmas which I’m fine with but it means I don’t really want to skip any days leading up to my little break. I’m proud of myself for making it a priority though, then when I drink a glass of eggnog or devour that cookie I don’t have any guilt, it’s nice. I came across this picture the other day and thought it was perfect for me because about 5 years ago, I hated running. Fast forward to today and I’m putting in a few 6 miles runs a week! Well Elly had a half day of school today which means we’ve officially kicked off school vacation. I’m excited and scared at the same time, I haven’t had time to think about how I’m going to keep all the ladies busy for a week and a half. Here’s to new Christmas toys and long naps! I hope you all are having a wonderful Christmas season!
Catch ya Soon
December 7, 2015
Here we are, one week of December down, only 18 days until Christmas! Things have been quite busy and festive around here lately and I love it. Having kids at Christmas time is magical. As a child we think there’s nothing better then being a kid at Christmas but as a parent we realize that there truly is nothing better then seeing your own kids at Christmas time.
The girls are so excited to open presents on Christmas morning. We all know that Christmas means giving and receiving gifts but we try to make sure our girls know the true meaning of Christmas. We talk about Jesus’ birthday and tell them about that night in the stable over and over throughout the Christmas season. We also make sure they have a giving heart. I have taken each of the older girls to the store to shop for their sister. While we were there they were not allowed to ask for anything, it was all about the other sister and how we could make them happy on Christmas morning. Now They tease each other everyday about what they picked out, they love each other so much.
We had a lot of fun this year cutting down our tree for the first time. My mom lives on the edge of the woods so all my siblings plus my mom went hiking to find ourselves the perfect trees. Aside from Elly wearing the wrong boots (new white boots) into the woods and having to be piggy backed by Jud and then me with Harper in the front carrier and Elly on my back, everything went pretty smooth.
This past weekend the girls walked around town with our local library passing out cookies and singing carols to all the business’. My cousin and her two boys went with them and they had the greatest time together. There’s so many fun things to do and so little time to do it all!
Harper is loving all things Christmas, I was pleasantly surprised that she doesn’t have any interest in pulling the ornaments off the tree. I hope you all are getting into the holiday spirit and enjoying this season as much as we are. For now we’ll keep drinking from red cups and spreading a little Christmas cheer everywhere we go!