Things To Remember

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Things I don't want to forget about the kids:

*How she says "all aboard the Hannah express!" and bends down and Lucas climbs on her back and she runs around the living room with him. He loves it. I love it.

*How she's always coming up with ideas and plans on how to catch a fairy. She woke up the other morning all excited because, "today is the day I am going to catch a fairy!"

*How she has turned into such a little tomboy. She played in a soccer game with a bunch of boys last weekend.  She was mixing it up with the best of them. She scored two goals and was so proud of herself. Afterwards, she came up said, "I won, I won!" I told her, "well, your team won." 
"But I scored the goals, so I won."
"Okay, I see where you're coming from, but we still say your team won."
She looked at me like I was crazy. She is my mini-me.  

*How she loves Math flashcards right now.

*How she always says words like "laughed-ded" and "eat-ed." I never want to correct her grammar because I know these little idiosyncrasies won't be around forever. 

*How much she dotes on Olivia. She is always kissing her and saying, "hello there wussy, pussy." I have no idea where that came from, but she says it all the time. 

*How much she loves drawing pictures. How much I love her drawings. They always make me laugh. 

* How precocious she is when it comes to her schoolwork. I have yet to sit down and teach her how to write all the letters from the alphabet, but somewhere along the way, she learned them.

*How hard she can be on herself. If she doesn't get something just perfect, she can sometimes have a mini-breakdown. 

How much she loves it when we pray for her at the dinner table. Afterwards she'll always say, "thanks guys."

*How he says, "thank you" in a very high-pitched voice anytime we give him anything. 

*How he carries around his little ABC book with him everywhere.

*How he says "mmm, that's good," to any food he likes. Except when he says it, it sounds like he has a German accent, so it sounds more like, "mmm, das gut."

*How much he loves roughhousing with his sisters. 

*How sweet he is to Olivia. He's always bringing her his toys and giving her kisses. 

*How he beginning to love spending more time with Matthew. He wants to be with his Daddy more than his Mama sometimes.

*How when he sees older boys at the park, he runs around with them like he's part of their gang. He swears he's 12 years old.

*How ticklish she is. Anytime I zip up her pajamas she giggles as if I'm tickling her.

*How she is constantly chomping on her fingers. 

*How easygoing she is. She will sit in her bouncy chair just bouncing away. It's as if she knows Mom and Dad are busy right now, they'll get to me when they're ready. 

*How much everyone in the family just adores her. 

Trying to catch a fairy. She had her plans all written out on the paper. If you can make out the jar, that was going to be where she trapped the fairy.

"That's me and Hannah and a cross because we love each other."

Sledding. Notice how one of the sleds has the speed behind it? I just love Abby's artwork.

Mom, a lot of these pictures are on Instagram too. I try to update it daily, so you should check it out!

A Few Household Items I'm Loving Right Now

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
1) Target Threshold White Plates. I am loving white table items right now. They look clean and timeless. 

2) Cloth Napkins from Green Little Nest on Etsy. Although a bit smaller than your typical cloth napkins, these are only a dollar apiece. Plus, they go beautifully with the white plates.

3)  Ana White ToyStorage. Ana White offers free designs and how-to instructions for building your own furniture. I may be slightly ambitious and incredibly naive, but I intend to build this toy box myself.

4) Wal-Mart Rolled Top Club Chair. Demi at House for Six tipped me off to this lovely little item. For $249 it's a pretty good deal. 

5. Ana White Farmhouse Table. Another Ana White design. I love this table and think it would be both sturdy and large enough for our little, not-so-little, family. I also plan to build this myself! Am I a carpenter, you might ask? No. Am I completely deluded as to my woodworking abilities? Yes.

6. Rugs USA Moroccan Trellis Rug. I've been in love with this rug for a while. I think it's beautiful and will be perfect for the kids' playroom.

A Few Pictures from Christmas

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
It was our last Christmas in our little apartment. Most of our Christmas decorations were already packed away, but we dug them out and enjoyed a simple family Christmas. Each of the kids received one "big" gift and a couple of smaller gifts. Hannah received what she had wanted her "whole life," a Woody doll. Abby received The Little Mermaid Roller Skates. Lucas got a little ramp for his cars and Livy received Sophie the giraffe. We also gave the kids some group gifts, a basketball hoop, a few audiobooks (Winnie-the-Pooh and Frog and Toad) and some sleds. 

Every year I tell Matthew that we do not really have to get the kids anything because they are completely spoiled by their grandparents, aunts, uncles, godparents and friends. Our children are so blessed! 

I felt like we did a really good job this year in terms of maintaining a peaceful December and Advent. In past years, it's been hard for me not to get caught up in the hustle and bustle. This year I really wanted to keep our focus on the Nativity and the Holy Family. We celebrated the feasts of St. Nicholas and St. Lucia. We baked cookies and mailed Christmas cards. We watched lots and lots of Christmas movies and listened to endless instrumental Christmas music on Pandora. We were eager for Santa's arrival, but also, and more importantly, for Jesus's birthday. It was the right balance between excitement and peace. I am hoping we can manage to do it again next year

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