Monday, December 22, 2014

Random December Happenings

And now here's a conglomeration of the rest of the month so that I'm all caught up before my Christmas posts!

So many pictures of Whitt in this post, but he's the one who demands almost all my attention these days.  He was quite cranky one morning as we waited for Annabel's school to open.  Sitting in my lap in the parking lot, pretending to drive was the only thing that kept him happy.

He's discovered the kitchen toys and they keep him entertained for quite a while.

One morning before school it seemed like every single thing that could go wrong, did.  I was looking around for the hidden camera because I was convinced I was being punked.  Then the next morning they were little angels.  Kids definitely keep things interesting!

A typical after school scene: Adeline vegging in front of the tv, Annabel pretending to watch, but mostly just parading around in front, trying to drive Adeline crazy, and Whitt on the move.

Whitt has started pulling up to stand this month, and does it ALL THE TIME!  That's why I have to be near him at every waking moment, because he pulls up on anything!  I love this moment that I captured.

Jon took the girls to the new trampoline park one Saturday morning while Whitt and I stayed home and got some stuff done.

And within a few days of pulling up, he decided to start cruising between furniture.  I mean seriously.  This kid keeps me on my toes.  When the girls started doing stuff like this, they would do each skill for weeks, gaining strength and confidence before they'd attempt the next thing.  Not him.  He just goes into it full force, hence all the bruises he's gotten this month.

He also likes to wrestle his sisters.

One of my friends went to have lunch with her son one day and sent me this picture of Adeline and Parker being silly.

We got to spend some time together searching in a look & find book while Whitt napped one afternoon.  Thankful for these rare moments with my girls.

And Whitt has also finally, for real, gotten a tooth this month, so we've seen this face a lot.

I styled his precious strawberry blonde hair in a faux hawk one night after bath.

And Annabel decided to share her markers with him one day and of course, it went right to his mouth.

Soaking up these baby moments every chance I get!

"Helping" me unload the dishwasher.

And he pulled up on the fireplace, found a pen, removed the lid, and tried to eat it.  He's fast!

He likes to do this a lot.  A couple of times he's pushed with his feet and done a somersault.  He's out of control, I tell you.

Standing up and letting go....

Often leads to a bloody chin, when you're only seven months old!

I'm glad I have these two live-in babysitters to entertain him while I prepare dinner.

Who needs to sit inside the exersaucer?

He made his way over to his sisters' coloring table, found some stickers, and commenced eating them.

I'm guessing nothing is safe anymore.

But he sure makes me happy.

My man whipping me up some homemade chicken and dumplings one cold Saturday evening.

And this shopping cart is extremely flimsy.  It is not supposed to be a push toy for beginner walkers.  However, Whitt thought he'd give it a try anyway.  I'm telling you, bruises every day.

Sometimes these girls can be just as wild as a boy.  They were running and slamming into the front door, which is mostly glass.  Jon told them to stop because if they broke the door then mean men could come in while we're sleeping.  Did that scare them?  No.  Adeline responded, "let's go get our knives and practice fighting those mean men for when we break the door!"  Wow!

These kids.  So much work, so much fun, so much noise, so much happiness!

Christmastime Activities

Christmas through a child's eyes is more magical than anything.  That's why I like to fill the whole month of December with Christmas activities!

First of all, our elf, Dee arrived back from the North Pole when we got back home from Thanksgiving in Texas.  Adeline is so into it this year.  She even started asking when the elf was coming back before Thanksgiving.  I was surprised she even remembered.  

Then, we went to see Santa.  I was so excited about this perfect photo we got!  Annabel was slightly scared at first, but quickly warmed up.  She was yelling at Santa as we were waiting in line, "Hey Santa!  Where are your reindeer?  I want a baby doll!" and on and on.  She had everyone within ear shot cracking up.

They did so great with Santa, that I took them to MiMi's for the best hot chocolate I've ever had.  The last one I drank was when I was pregnant with Adeline.

Our next Christmas activity was sending out Christmas cards.  I address them all, and Jon and Adeline stamped them.

Our church had a live nativity one Sunday morning.  They call it "Breakfast in Bethlehem" because they also serve donuts and orange juice.  So fun!

Our friends Shannon, Cody, and their new baby, Grady played Mary, Joseph, and Jesus!

We also decided that since Adeline is now five, she can go in to big church with us.  She's been doing so great!

After big church, they had an interactive Christmas story time for families.  We walked from room to room to hear different actors tell a portion of the Christmas story.  We loved it!

One day, Dee brought Barbie Christmas movies, and we caught her watching them and eating popcorn with Elsa & Anna.

Our small group adopted a family with four kiddos to buy gifts for this Christmas.  I picked a kid the same age as each of my children.  Adeline and Annabel really got into it.  They went to the store with me, spent their own money, and bought the child their age a gift.  Adeline even helped me wrap the gift she chose.

And one of my favorite Christmas activities is our small group Christmas party.  We all get sitters for the kids and just enjoy adult company for the evening.  We play a dirty Santa game and always laugh until we cry.  I just love doing life with these people!

Our friends, the Blounts, invited us over for dinner one night and Rebecca had prepared sugar cookies for the kiddos to decorate.  So much fun!

Another one of our favorite traditions is seeing the lights on the square in downtown Fayetteville.  We met Shane, Juliet, and Murry for dinner one Monday  night, then walked around the square to see all the beautiful lights.  Aunt Juliet even bought the girls a ticket to ride in the Cinderella coach.

Our group also went to visit our friends in the nursing home one morning.

Adeline's school had themed dress-up days the last week of school.  One day was a crazy Christmas shirt day.  Some of us decided to get together to let our girls decorate shirts to wear for it.  We destroyed Hilary's house, but the kids had a blast.  ( you notice a theme of the kids being in dress-up clothes when we are at a friend's house?  I think all little girls must check out their friends' dress-up closet upon entering their houses.)

The next day, both girls got to wear Christmas pajamas to school.  Adeline was a bit leery of it and said the night before, "How about I just sleep in regular clothes, then wear those to school in the morning?"  The way she thinks is hilarious!  Annabel was fine with it as long as she could wear the red tutu with it.

Annabel's teacher sent me this from her class party.

Then it was time for Adeline's class party.  She got to wear whatever Christmas outfit she wanted, so she chose this dress.

We played a game where you toss a bean bag at the "Christmas tree" to knock it down.

We played a game like hot potato where you passed around a wrapped book.  When the music stopped, if you were holding the present, you got to open it.  Adeline ended up with a Fancy Nancy book.  She was thrilled!

I left Annabel and Whitt with friends so I could focus on my big girl at her first big girl school party.  We had so much fun!

Another church day...

And our elf brought us a ginger bread house to decorate.  Jon got into the holiday attire spirit and put on a red tie with his green t-shirt.  I love that man!

December is busy and exhausting, but oh so much fun!