Sunday, January 5, 2014

December 2013

December is one of my favorite months of the year.  Its filled with love, joy, and lots of family time.  It was such a wonderful month spent with Pete, the kids and our families.  

Here are some pictures from our month of December:

 Claire and 2 of her favorite aunts playing cards

 I gave the Claire and Grace a little pedicure....they wanted their toes to be yellow!

 We drove the kids around to look at Christmas lights...a tradition my parents did with me as a child.

 Jake just finishing up his swim lesson while Grace waits for hers to start.

 As previously stated, Grace does not usually shine in uncomfortable situations.  Group gymnastics, talking with new adults, etc.  We went to Grace's Christmas Program fully expected her to stand up on stage nicely, but not really participate.  Boy were we wrong!  Grace did such a WONDERFUL job!  She did all of the motions and sang and smiled and waved at us a couple of times.  It is probably my proudest moment with her to date!

The doctor determined that Claire needed glasses.  These are the ones she picked :)

The kids did a great job sitting nicely with Santa and telling him what they wanted for Christmas.  They had compromised because Claire and Grace wanted two gifts that were exactly the same.  I told them that they could only ask for one so they decided that Grace would ask for one and Claire would ask for the other.  They sat on Santa's lap and HE told them that they could most definitely ask for 2 presents EACH! to Toys R Us I went....

Pictures below are from baking Christmas cookies:

In Mid-December, I took all three kids to the dentist.  It went really well and all kids came out with an A+

We were able to make it to Indianapolis for a short visit around Christmas time.  It was SO wonderful to see my family and I think it was the longest I had gone in between visits.  We celebrated Christmas and had a fabulous time simply spending time together.

 Jake loves balls.  So my mom got him a HUGE box filled with balls!  He was in ball heaven!

 Our kids with their cousins, Allison & Sarah

 LOVE my family SO much!

 While we were in Indy, poor little Claire got an ear infection.  So very thankful the my sister is a pediatrician and was able to look inside her ear and call in some antibiotics.
 Grandma, Jake, and Allison 

When we got back to Ohio, we hosted Christmas Eve and our house.  We have a tradition of baking and decorating Santa's cookies that day.  We also make homemade pizza for dinner before church.

 Before Christmas Eve service

 Santa came!!  Grace came into our room Christmas morning and was so upset because she was sure that Santa did NOT come because she didn't hear him at all throughout the night.  I assured her that he came but we would have to wait for the others before we went downstairs.  In the meantime, I offered for her to play some games on my phone.  She picked up my phone, immediately went to the camera, and found this picture of the tree after Santa had come (I had taken it the night before).  She got SO excited and said that "Santa came!"  Oops!

Christmas morning at our house:

After Christmas morning at our house, we went over to Pete's parents house and had a wonderful day.  

The last Friday in December, Pete and his older siblings and spouses (minus Tim unfortunately) went out ffor a night on the town.  Pete and I had to laugh because we felt so old.  We were sitting in one of the bars and found ourselves complaining about how loud it was and it was too dark to read the menu!  Ha!

We buy a few of these cardboard castles/houses every winter.  The kids LOVE to decorate them, pretend play and watch movies inside of them.  

2013 was such a blessed year with these 3 and we can't wait to see what 2014 has in store!

Happy New Year!

November 2013

On November 6th, I had gastric sleeve surgery.  The surgery basically entails removing 75% of your stomach.  This made my November focus on walking every day, eating extremely slow portions at an extremely slow rate.  I had a couple of weeks off of work, but life just kept on moving and I had to fight some fatigue and pain.

Our little Grace turned 4 on November 10th and we had a party for her at our house.  She had such a great time with friends and family and opened some new favorite dolls!  I can't believe our beautiful Grace is already 4 years old!

Grace was VIP at school during a week in November.  Some of the perks include a bulletin board that talks about your favorite things, being the line leader, show and tell and bringing in your favorite book for story time.  

Claire continues to love school.  A note got sent home from the school nurse that said she didn't do so great on her eye exam and that we should go see an optometrist so that was on the list for December.  

We had our 3rd Annual "Friendsgiving" this year and it was a lot of fun.  We had a smaller crowd than years past, but we had a great time hanging out and getting excited for the upcoming holidays together.

With tradition, we decorated for Christmas the Friday before Thanksgiving.  I know it is early, but its a tradition we have started and I love it!  Unfortunately, it also means that by December 26th, I am ready for the Christmas stuff to be put away!

Here are some pictures from our month of November...

The following are pictures from Grace's birthday party: 

  Sophia the 1st cake!

Great Grandpa came and made Grace a Barbie bench and picnic table

Here I am 6 days out from surgery and (with the help of Miss Jessica) taking Grace to gymnastics

For Grace's birthday, Aunt Beth bought her a gymnastics class.  She was nervous during the class warm-up and dancing, but had a great time when they broke off into individual exercises.

Grace and Jake waiting for Claire to come off the bus

I can't say enough about Pete.  During November, I was absolutely worthless.  I didn't feel good.  I wasn't allowed to clean.  I couldn't do laundry.  Bending over to shower the kids hurt my stomach and back.  Pete picked up for my shortcomings TEN FOLD.  I am so lucky to have him as my better half!

The kids wanted to join me on one of my evening walks

This is an example of the portion difference.  Regular meal size tupperware on the left and then my 2oz tupperware containers on the right

Below are pictures from our family decorating for Christmas:

This year, it was Grace's turn to put the star on the tree and with a little help from dad, she did great!

Jake kept wanted to hang his ornaments on the very edge of each limb.  The ornaments would then promptly fall on the floor.  Pete or I would go back around and just re-hang them  :)

This is one of my favorite pictures of all three kids decorating the tree.

A nice Sunday brunch at Panera with these three cuties!