Dec 28, 2013

Babe in Toyland

Good grief!  I've never seen so many toys in my life.  There are stacks upon stacks of boxes, bags, and Lord knows what else in their bedroom.  Aaron and I are definitely going to have to find a way to organize and store these goodies.  Don't get me wrong, the kids couldn't be happier with their gifts and I am overjoyed to see how excited they are.  They had a terrific Christmas!

Landon and Liam have been enjoying their Christmas break from school.  That was always a fun time for me when I was a kid, too.  I looked forward to it every year.  It gives me some time to play games and build various things with them.  However, the messes that school breaks bring is for the birds.  That's my least favorite part about them being home for a long period of time.  I try to keep Landon busy by helping me around the house so I'm not overloaded with house duties, which is super nice.  Not sure if he's a big fan, though.  :)

This is a mixture of Christmas morning and post Christmas.  So far, Landon's favorite toy is his plush Mario doll and Liam's is a little metal school bus.  I'm sure this will go back and forth since every toy has the potential of "getting old" after some time passes.  As of now, they both sleep with their favorite toys every night.  The train and giant bowling set seem to be a big hit as well.

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Dec 27, 2013

Merry Stressless Christmas To Us!

I was so excited about Christmas this year, for more than one reason.  First, it has always been my favorite holiday.  Second, my ten-year-old still believes in Santa (bonus!).  Third, my four-year-old was SUPER excited, more so this year than any other year and definitely more excited than I was.  I didn't think that was possible.

I thought for sure this Christmas was going to be a bust.  Aaron's parents agreed not to have Christmas at their house this year and my Grandma was in a lot of pain from an injury that occurred not too long ago and decided to stay home.  I didn't want to miss another holiday with her (we cancelled our Thanksgiving) and I knew I would regret not seeing her again.  I figured those two setbacks were just a couple of hiccups and something we could easily work around.

We did!  Aaron's parents came to our annual PJ Christmas get-together and my little family went to my Grandma's house to visit with her after the party came to a close.  I think what scared me the most is when my oldest sister whispered, "This could be Grandma's last Christmas so I stopped over before coming to your house."  It's devastating to think about or even talk about, but she was right.  I had already planned to go over there since she couldn't make it but once my sister mentioned the obvious (or at least the possibility) it became a huge priority.  So I packed up her gifts and some food and spent a little time with her for the holiday.  I'm so happy she was able to see the boys.  I felt a sense of peace come over me.  At that point, I knew I did the right thing.

Oh, and I found a way I can post my watermark-free photos without worrying about someone using my kids or pictures as their own (yes, people steal kids on the internet too).  Internapping or netnapping, perhaps?  Eh, whatever.  Regardless, I feel better about saving some time on photos and spending more of my valuable time doing something else.  Hey, works for me!

First, Christmas morning.

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Second, our PJ Christmas Party.

Third, visiting Grandma.