Thursday, December 31, 2015

Sweaty December days (2015)

Trying to slow down this time of year is no small task!  But it was important to me and I wanted to fully embrace Advent, the waiting on our Savior, so I let a lot of other things go.
I did enjoy some dates with my girls....one with my princess and her crown at the art museum. 
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Another with a lunch date with her friends at school!
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I had good intentions of daily advent activities with the littles.  However, I didn't want to be rushed and stressed, so we only ended up making a couple, which they all greatly enjoyed.
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Zoe had her big girl performance with SCCDT!
I'm not going to lie.....I was beyond nervous on how Shiloh would take sitting still for over 2 hours.  She did amazing (overall).  I knew Ez would never make it, at his age, so Poppy sacrificed and stayed home with him.
Some before pictures showing Shiloh's personality!
It's wonderful that they don't have to buy their costumes but sad that I don't actually get to take a picture of her wearing it.  She posed none the less with her beloved flowers!  Cutest little mouse!
She was blessed to have her Grammy there an aunt come to town for the show! 
Daddy was glad to see his little princess too!
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Christmas at Chick-fil-a....and a picture of Zoe making a funny face when he came to hug her.
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The loving boy slowed down a minute to play "night night" with his cousin. She could play for over an hour...him less than 60 seconds but momma was fast in capturing a picture of this one!
He, also, adores his Poppy, and in case you couldn't tell, the felling is mutual.  My dad always wanted to have a boy, too, at least he got one grandboy out of the deal!
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How crazy warm has this month been at times.  Soaking up the sun!
And when momma brought a raisin snack to eat outside, apparently this is the best position to take part.
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I can't say how excited I am that the littles are old enough to help out with things!  They made this fruit salad pretty much on their own before guests arrived! 
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Beach seems to be working non-stop this season.  BUT so thankful when we can squeeze in brief moments with him!  
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A Maximized Living Christmas party complete with chili and healthy desserts!
We love this place!
So we don't "do" Santa but couldn't pass up this cute picture opportunity!
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Library cousin date, candy cane reindeer style.
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One of my favorite things is to be in Zoe's class.  There is a big part of me that misses being around her all the time, so to get small glimpses of how she spends her day and who is around her is a treat!
For their holiday celebration I got to help make reindeer treats.  Bonus treat that daddy was able to come in and help, too!  This littles face just lite up to see that!
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I have never seen a little boy love cars as much as Ezra does.  Almost always has one in hand and has been studying how they work for months!
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Breakfast in Bethlehem at a near by church with friends!
They had a great time decorating cookies and making crafts.
I love that they tell the story of Christ's birth.  Ezra amazed me and sat down with the big kids!  It was brief but thankful his attention span is growing!
Pappy came to support, as little man is not into making crafts and more into running around, and momma can't handle all that in such a space herself.
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Later that evening we headed to the country to another church drive-in event.
The girls were excited to get their concession tickets. 
And of course attack some bounce houses. 
Much coaching to overcome the fear for out cautious one, but she was able to finally make the big jump and enjoyed the slide!
The drive in part was a disappointment, as we couldn't see anything where they had us park.  It was an act of amazing backing up skills that Beach apparently possesses that we were even able to get out of that place.  Great idea but we ended up watching our movie at home.
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One weekend some type of nasty cold wiped daddy out.  I wanted to decorate the Frozen cookie palace together but thought I would give it a go without him. 
Some of the parts were doable for them.
Others parts not so much....but they enjoyed attempting.
However, when I looked away while Zoe was icing from a bag, she managed to squeeze a big pile onto her head from the top.  I snapped this pic after I stopped laughing and scraped most of it off (and put it back in the bag - I mean we only had so much to use and I was afraid I would run out.   A mommas gotta do what a mommas got to do)!
The completed masterpiece. 
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Ahhhh date night, how I have missed you!  Thankful for a groupon that was about to expire for an excuse to get out!
So apparently I was confused and ordered this as an appetizer.  It gave us some good laughs and it was fun bringing one home for the kids to examine!
Then we got to see a movie!  It's been a couple of years and Stars Wars was a great choice!  
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I'm not sure how I was able to do advent activities each day with the kids in the past.  One night, we talked about the gifts the magi brought and I got out the oils for the kiddos to smell.  Apparently Ez really liked the myrrh, as he kept trying to eat it!
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While we waited for daddy to come home on Christmas Eve we made dough ornaments.  Ezra loves getting in on the action with his sisters!
Later we survived a candlelight service at sister's church (anything with the littles can be a challenge).
Then we warmed up with soup at mom's house....excited about the next morning to come....and reflecting on all our blessings!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Oh How I Love you nap time!

I get the privilege to rock and nurse this sweet boy into a nap almost everyday.  This is not lost on me, as previously when I was working I missed these treasured moments.  Shiloh gives us some space (before she gets her own special one on one time) so we can have some quiet together.
My little baby is not so little and I hope he will always be able to get some comforting from his momma!  I must kiss him at least 20 times before putting him in his crib, so very very thankful!  Sleep in peace my precious...now momma is off to grab a quick nap of her own!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Lots of PUMPKIN and THANKS (November 2015)

I was so looking forward to being able to go on the field trip to the pumpkin patch with Zoe's school. 
Especially after it was postponed due to the flood...and then the rains held off for us a second time (but rain boots just in case & mud)!
It was our first time there and they had so many fun activities for the littles!

Plus I got to go home with this cutie-pie.

Until next time Pumpkin patch!

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Many times now a days we must combine work and pleasure....got to help serve with this hottie one night!
 And we got these lovely pictures out of the deal!
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Daddy loved his date so much he went on one with both the girls (separately) later in the week...trying to invest in them!  They all had a great time!
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Art Museum fun with Shiloh and friends to create our own art!
She was all about not taking a picture....best one we could manage!
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However, I was able to get a cheer out of her when she wore her outfit for the Grands in Michigan!

Anytime Zoe sees Shiloh doing something, she doesn't waste any time doing it too!
"Take a picture of me mommy!"
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Lydia's birthday party was a great time to catch up with friends and celebrate!

So much so that I forgot to capture a picture of the birthday girl!
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Co-op time means watching all the littles have fun together!
The girls really entertain themselves and love playing happily together for hours!  So thankful they are such good friends!
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So taking the kids out is always a challenge.  So yes, at 1.5 years old, Ezra had his first trip to Target.  For a quick run in to get a TP deal that I ordered online.  They loved it!  I felt silly driving a semi truck cart, but oh so thankful for it!
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Yes!  Beautiful days call for a trip to the zoo with friends!
There was a lot of pep talk and encouragement for these pics with my big three year old!
We kept the boys in the strollers as long as possible.  Once released, there was no stopping him!
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Such a special time to see my Kindergartner perform in her class.  We were a few minutes early and Shiloh (wearing her "book bag" and all) was able to sit next to her sister on the carpet and listen to a story....holding hands...melt me!

They were adorable!  I want to put these moments in a bottle!

We snuck a picture with one of Zoe's good friends at lunch!
Sweet (and crazy) girls! Shiloh was beyond elated to eat at Zoe's school, packing her own lunch the morning before when she found out what was going to go down!
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Kid free time for some kid free craft fun!
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This swap was the mother load!  November swap how I love you!
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Saluda Stroll is so beautiful....
just really long with littles that may go crazy on ya!  And those that prefer to be held instead of pushed!
One day I will have a cooler camera phone, like Uncle Aaron, that will take better pictures. 
 I'm glad Daddy could join us this year!
 
 We missed Lauren but glad to have a lot of other helping hands! 
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"War Paint" in the Revive Wellness workout class I have been beyond blessed to go to!  Worship through workout....I would never had imagined.  I'm pretty sure it is a bit like heaven! Yes workouts can be worship.
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It's so good to have Beach home Thanksgiving morning, a rarity these days.  He spent it making deserts, a pumpkin pie and an amazing cheesecake.  The girls helped a bit before settling in to watch the Macy's day parade!
We double dipped for Thanksgiving!
 On the day itself we spent it with Beach side of the family, his second cousins and their newest addition.
The next day was my families' turn and we continued with some of our traditions, including Zoe helping to wrap our thanks in rolls to be read out loud together later.
Apparently it was a great meal, as Danielle caught the after affects later.
I forgot to gather up every one's thanks but found a few of them!  I love this tradition!
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The next morning we had a slow pace to decorate the Christmas tree.  The girls seemed even more excited to help this year, happily examining each ornament. 
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To cap off the month we had a really special sibling date, not sure if this has ever happened.  It was a sweet time to get to know William even better!
So much to be thankful for, especially my family!