Monday, December 2, 2013

Ellie returns

I know that there are a lot of people that think that Elf on the Shelf is creepy but we love it here. Aubrey has been asking about our elf for a while. 

Yesterday Santa dropped off a package for the kids. 

look at the excitement in Aubrey's face. I wish I would have taped it. She was crazy excited. Allyson was excited but she wasn't too sure why. 

We don't do the whole naughty/nice list thing here. Ellie doesn't report back to Santa each night. There was a note from Santa explaining the rumor of the naughty / nice list. Santa does care if you are good, obey your parents and are kind to everyone because those are the right things to do. But Santa knows that kids make mistakes and loves them anyway, just like Jesus loves us unconditionally. The kids need to show Ellie love if/when she does something naughty. 

Ellie also brought us some stuff to make Christmas trees for dessert. What a nice little elf she is! 

Ally really just wanted  to eat the M&Ms. 




Allyson got more into once I let her frost the tree.
Aubrey was in the zone. Frosting her tree, sprinkling sprinkles, and placing the M&M's in just the right places.
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Austin just ate the M&M's.
and they were good!!
Aubrey went and talked to the Ellie so many times tonight. Telling her what she hoped to get from Santa. Asking Ellie not to do anything bad. We watched Doc McStuffin's Christmas episode and Aubrey came running into the dining and told Ellie all about, it was just so special to see.

 It's so fun to be a parent and see holidays, magic and excitement  through your child's eyes. It's like reliving it all over again but even more special. I don't know how that's possible, but I love it. I'm excited to see what our Ellie does. And how crazy is it that it's December?!?!? 

Are you doing Elf on the Shelf? Anything fun planned for your elf? 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

Happy Thanksgiving friends! I hope you had a great time with family. 

We spent Thanksgiving at Conrad's Mom's house, like we do every year. My mom and my sisters come over too. I am seriously so lucky that my kids and I get to spend the holiday with both grandmas. I had every intention of taking pictures of the kids and grandmas but ... yea, didn't happen. Time got away from us. 

The kids all sat at a little kids table this year. How cute are they? They all actually sat there for the most part, it was amazing. Allyson and Austin only ate their roll, that's it. Didn't even touch anything else. Yay, for two picky eaters. The food was delicious, there was tons of it. Desserts. Lots of yummy treats. 

Austin loved the chocolate pie! He sat their long after the girls finished up, just taking his time, and enjoying his pie. 
It was a nice day surrounded by family and counting our blessings. The kids were crazy, they had fun. We enjoyed everyone's company. This is the first Thanksgiving that I didn't have to be feeding or worrying about feeding a baby. All the kids were able to feed themselves, it was just crazy to make their plates and mine and then sit down. I did get up 50 times to fill up punch, just more potatoes, or help pull someone's chair closer. But they are becoming so grown up and independent. 

This has been a tough year for me but I have just so much to be thankful for. 

I'm so thankful for my husband. He's amazing. 
I'm thankful for my kids. They keep me on my feet. and they are pretty amazing too. 
Thankful for our health. Conrad has his back problems but he's healthy.  We have 3 healthy children. 
I have great friends that are there for me through everything. 
I am truly blessed.