Sunday, December 26, 2010

christmas day

Unfortunately, Aron got sick on Christmas morning and was pretty much out of commission most of the day. He was able to stay engaged for gift opening, but otherwise, he rested and thankfully, today he is better. This Christmas was a first in our family--doing our morning entirely alone with just our family and I really loved it. We did Aron's side of the family's Christmas last week and my sister and her family were in town for a week leading up to Christmas and we enjoyed time with them. Alas, my folks were not able to make it out this year and we missed them terribly (although we enjoyed a Skype chat with everyone).

We made cinnamon rolls, read and talked about the Christmas story over breakfast, opened the last square on our Advent calendar, then opened gifts. It was a very low-key day, but truly wonderful to be together and enjoy our day as a family. And it was one of those days where I sensed God's rich presence more deeply. And I felt like I was really able to take it in and not let it pass me by.
Earlier in the week, M playing with cousin Jacob under our tree

Best gift we could get C--a "Home Depot" tool set

Yes, she was pretty much ecstatic about getting Silly Putty!
Kate's 1st Christmas--what a little CUTIE!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas baking

We made our gingerbread house earlier this month and Mags and daddy had a blast building it. Then, thanks to Trader Joe's, we made their sugar cookies last week and both C and M had a blast cutting out shapes and decorating them.

This time of year is my favorite. And I just LOVE creating memories with my family.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Kate: Month-by-Month

Kate turned 4 months old on the 3rd and she continues to delight our family. Mellow, happy, good sleeper, and a joy-filled, face-lighter-up when her brother or sister are around. I'm so very grateful this holiday season for the gift of this sweet girl. She has given me new perspective on motherhood and helped me slow down and enjoy my time with all 3 of my children. I feel the least busy, the least stressed, and the most relaxed I've felt in motherhood so far.

Stats at 4 months:

Height: 25 inches--75th percentile
Weight: 16 pounds, 2 ounces--95th percentile
Head circ.: 16 3/4 inches--90th percentile

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

22 months

Really, how is my sweet, energetic, talking-up-a-storm, boy almost 2 years old?!

I LOVE this little man. Our sweet C. Our Munch.

He does everything with great passion, it's already so very obvious. He is incredibly gentle and loving with both of his sisters. To a fault. He plays fairly well alone, but for sure loves, loves, loves to be outdoors, running off excess energy.

What a gift! What a joy he is in our life! Just wanted to take a moment to share.