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Monday, December 29, 2008

Happy Birthday Jesus!

We have enjoyed celebrating Baby Jesus' Birthday! At every meal the kids requested to sing Happy Birthday to Jesus as our prayer. Sunday night we celebrated with my extended family, and I always enjoy hearing my dad tell the Christmas story, with Bible reading, songs, and the nativity. Monday we celebrated Christmas with my parents and siblings. . .we all got a box to put our loot in. . . GooF's favorite saying at Christmas is "PUT IT ON!" So Jen and Jed thought it fitting to bring him back some put it on presents from their honeymoon in Australia. Some nice boxer shorts that came wrapped up tight and "grew" when he got them wet (I USED to collect penguins :)). Did I mention everyone was smelling them while he wore them?! Along with a college t-shirt to add to his collection :) Thanks Grammy and Grampa for all the gifts and food and for making it a special evening for our family!

Tuesday morning we had a delicious breakfast out with my siblings while Grammy and Grampa watched the kids. . .lots of laughs and better than any present we could've exchanged among us!
We spent that evening taking care of Maddie and Cohen, since we owed their parents a date night. . .love the "mixed up jammies." When I went to check on the boys, they closed the door and told me they were having "boy time."On Christmas Eve each year, our kids each get to open one gift from us (new pajamas), and then one gift that is related to the real meaning of Christmas. . .this year they got a new Bible. We enjoyed spending Christmas Eve with GooF's family. We did NOT have to stop on our way out of town at the dentist, because there is NO way my crown could've come off my tooth while having a tea party with the little girls the night before! Ainsley enjoyed getting to play some games, and of course they all liked opening gifts. . .PUT IT ON!!! Professor attire. . .
Christmas morning the kids were excited to check and see if Santa had eaten his cookies and drank his milk. . .
Can you spy the pic of crying Trey? As the kids would say, "Cheer up dude! It's Christmas!"We wish Uncle Jake and Auntie Julie lived closer. . .thank you so much for taking the time to play with our kids! Julie listened/helped Ainsley read a whole Helly Kitty book. . .

And for GooF's other brothers, the kids call Uncle Mark's house the John Deere house and Uncle Chris's house the kitty house :)

Our Christmas Break has involved moving Ainsley into her own room and moving the boys into a room together. It's involved moving Trey out of his crib and completely weaning him. It's involved staying up late painting pink and pokadots for Ainsley and racecar stripes for the boys (which I LOVE doing). It's involved transitioning the kids from nap time to "rest time." My best present has been that after all this time spent promoting sibling love, Ainsley and Porter have become best buds! Her first night in her "big girl room," was spent missing Porter and going in to sleep by him. The next night he camped out on her trundle bed. Porter wants her to get him dressed and she loves doing it. And, he wants her to read his bedtime stories, which she also loves doing. Thank you God for their friendship!

As for pictures of the new rooms. . .they're still in the works. . .I love how Trey gets into his bed :)What to do with baby items that aren't currently being used?!All in all, we've done a lot of spending time together as a family over this Christmas vacation, and a lot of trading spaces. . .I just love my little penguinos :)

not to mention, my "Lightening THE QUEEN" as the kids say. . .I just love how Trey lays/falls asleep with his hands behing his head :) Oh, and Trey is repeating everything we say. . so cute. Tonight I stopped singing his lullaby and he said, "sing." Also, as I was giving him a plane ride on my legs, he said, "plane," and went and got an airplane. . .even though he sometimes is messy. . .mmm. . .there's nothing like a bowl full of spaghetti followed by a warm "bubbley tubbley" to make a baby sleep through the night :)One of our favorite Christmas movies is the Christmas on Sesame Street one where Oscar flies down the stairs and through a wall in his trashcan :) after being swung around ice skating. We had our own fun ice-skating today!
We also got out bottles filled with food coloring and water to decorate the snow!!

My husband really is the best daddy ever. . .check out that tunnel he built in our huge snow pile! And he's even planning a 2nd sleepover with the kids :)

Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Jesus! Oh how I remember Christmas morning as a child. . .I am not a morning person, except on Christmas morning. I would be the first one up and wake up my sisters, but we were not allowed to come out of the hallway into the living room til everyone was ready! And it took my sisters forever to put in their contacts, etc :) And then there was the Christmas Eve service in which I got my candle too close to the hairspray in my hair :)


JulieM said...

It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas!! The kids rooms look darling! Happy New Year!

Hollie said...

Merry Christmas to you too! I think Gabe was jealous of the gator too(it was our nephews, whose name is Clark) He got a battery powered tractor a few years ago, I kind of wish we had the two seater though. I did get Pottery Barn stockings, I got Gabe's when he was a baby and Ty's last year, they are just so cute. It looks like you guys had a busy, fun Christmas as well. Can't believe Trey is in a big boy bed I am not brave enough to try it with Ty yet:) Have a Happy New Year!!