*Under construction. Please excuse our mess. (Or, knwoing me, poor grammar, typos, and bad spelling. Any proofreaders out there?)
For those of you receiving a card in 2015 (as I mailed them out on December 31st) I am not late. Christmas is from the 25th till Epiphany on January 6th. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.(That and we were sick and then it was actually Christmas Day and stuff like that.)
Let’s take you back to last Christmas. Well, Christmas Eve to be exact. It was cold. Really cold! (Don’t worry, the whole post is not going to go into enough detail to make it take till next Christmas to read.:) )
I drove all over creation dropping the hubby off, dropping stuff off at a new favorite charity, to our “new house”-don’t get me started) and ended up back at church to sing with the choir before the 7pm Mass. Then, then, we made the mistake of going in the choir loft with daddy. And kids behaved badly. So we returned the next day for 10am Mass and parked ourselves IN THE VERY FRONT ROW! This routine for a while helped with much better behavior from the “older” children so they can stay un-mommy assisted in the choir loft if need be which, you will soon see, I needed for sanity’s sake.
Which moves us on to New Year’s Day. (I know. You’re saying “Gee. Only 365 more to go!”) We had to break the news to Pappy that the trip he wanted to take around a certain persons birthday in the fall was gonna have to happen sooner-because there was no way we were going to be traveling with a newborn!
Six days later (“At least she skipped a few…”) I went to FINISH moving the majority of our belongings into the house I gave you all the address of in our card last year. HA! I stepped in water from the pipe that froze, when the electricity went out, during the Polar Vortex. Ugh! Big messes and lots of confusion later….well, we still haven’t officially moved. But that story is WAY to long for here. (“Oh thank goodness she isn’t going to tell us every last detail.”)
Aside from all that, a “huge” snowstorm in February on someones birthday and some Easter excitement I can’t remember too much of what happened the rest of winter and early spring.
So moving onto May (“Oh thank goodness. She might finish this before THIS New Year’s after all!”)
Everyone under the age of seven went on their first plane ride. (Except I think this pic is from the bus but the eldest wanted me to include it.)
A trip to Disney (sponsored by Pappy who has always wanted a Princess)
wore them out.
(Or was it too much “Small World”? I know, I’m evil cause it is in your head now, isn’t it?)
So they watched Disney cartoons.
But the excitement of the two extroverts can never be completely contained!
I suppose we can count it as a field trip, if for no other reason, than learning the all important “real school” skill of waiting!
for the bus….
and waiting in line EVERYWHERE, and of course the ever “popular” (unless you’re the three-year old right before pretty, pretty princess time) forced group potty breaks.
We had lots of fun but also found irony that some of their favorite activities could have been done at home.
“Hey kids! You too can fly all the way to Florida and play with Lego’s!”
And wear “goofy” hats….
(“Mine wasn’t goofy, it was a princess hat.”)
Don’t get me wrong though. There are definitely things you can’t do at home. For example, our little animal lover thoroughly enjoyed the safari ride. (Mommy and baby not so much. Bumpity, bump, bump.)
And we also took Sunday off as a day of rest and one child got his picture taken with his name sake. (If that is the actual size of David, I would hate to see Goliath!)
But then it was back to home and the reality of (a still very relaxed) homeschool. (I can’t recall if this was posed, natural, or because the elder was in time out and the younger follows him.)
We enjoyed one of mommy’s favorites, an Independence Day concert.
(Which these two were too tired to go to, so I took their picture for posterity sake cause they looked so darn cute in the color coördinated outfits.)
Moving on to the end of summer, the big moment finally arrived. Baby girl was born. This wore everyone out too!
Since then we have just been hangin’ out doing normal kid stuff like….
snow man (or bear?) building
and train building (till the “station master” said we were doing too good a job and we needed to leave something else for other volunteers to do).
And a little man just had a birthday and proudly showed off his favorite present-a bag of peaunut butter M & M’s (Can he stay this cute and easy to please forever?)
We saw Santa when we weren’t expecting him. (BEFORE Thanksgiving. Does this mean next year Macy’s will have to do an Independence Day parade and put him at the end of that instead?)
(Just purely for comic relief at this time of year.)
Keep it all in perspective people! It’s about Jesus, and friends, and family. Presents are nice but we would much rather be in your presence. But since we can’t be everywhere at once we will just wish you Merry Christmas from here!
*Please do return sometime after the 25th (if I even get these out by then (*fixing @ 11:18 pm Dec. 24th-didn’t happen, did it!) since it is already december 17th when I started this post and the Christmas card 2014 bonanza) for another holiday outfit coördinated picture after this years 7pm Mass. We WON’T however be sticking around with daddy for the newly added Midnight Mass! I would be about ready to run around silly in the choir loft by that point and will be dancing with the sugar plums.)
(I think this first one is my new favorite! Don’t forget to rejoice.)