Dec 14, 2014

Christmas Season 2014

We have been full of activity this month in preparation of the Christmas season. And on top of all the activity, this girl decided NOW would be a good time to start getting up every hour to hour and a half during the night EVERY night. 


There was about a 3 week stretch when I got less than 3 hours of sleep a night. She was never like that, even as a newborn. We think we are getting back on track, but we've all been exhausted at our house. Exhausted, but still pretty, as you can see. 




We also ran into the Big Guy one afternoon while out doing a little shopping. 


When asked what she wanted for Christmas, the only thing she asked for was a Lalaloopsy Easy Baking Oven. Later, as she and I were talking about it, she said, "Momma, you know they come with brownies." 

For those not in the know, we don't allow SM a lot of chocolate. It causes her to lose her ever-loving mind. Which in turn, causes me to lose mine. So, basically, she doesn't want the oven so much as she wants the ability to bake her own cakes and brownies. 


We have a couple more parties this week, a family Christmas weekend, and a SUPER fun surprise planned for Christmas Eve. And hopefully, somewhere in there, a little sleep. 

First Grade Thanksgiving Feast

At Sara Madalin's school there are several traditions that the students look forward to in each grade. One thing that is tradition for First Graders is the Annual Thanksgiving Feast. The children and their teachers dress as native Americans or pilgrims for the day and they enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together. Each class has their own table set up in the courtyard and parents from each class decorate and bring food. It's a great time to share together and the kids look forward to it in the weeks leading up to the feast. Here are some of the pictures from that day a few weeks ago. 



This is Sara Madalin with with her First Grade teacher. We have loved her so much this year. She has helped Sara Madalin tremendously as she adjusts to being a big kid with big kid responsibilities. 


Here we are with our First Grader. 


Sara Madalin's class.


Here she is with two of her friends, Mia and Abby.


We had a wonderful time celebrating Thanksgiving with Sara Madalin and her classmates. I'm so grateful for all that her teachers and the administrators of her school do to make school so memorable for the students there. And I love seeing SM in her every day setting, with the people that she loves. 
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Nov 18, 2014

Fall Photos 2014

A few weeks ago we met a photographer friend of mine from church and she shot our Fall family photos. Earlier this week I downloaded a few of the edited images. I love this one of Reagan and SM. He loves that girl. 


Me and my girl, on a good day. Ha. 


We were laughing in the next photo because SM had just squeezed my neck really tight, so I told Reagan not to squeeze like her. 


I'm so thankful, through everything, for this family that God has given me. We are just praying for some wisdom as we raise this girl. She's one of a kind. No doubt. 

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