Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas Fun!

We had a great Christmas with the kids. They are starting to understand a little better and really enjoy Santa! Hopefully next year we can help them understand the meaning of giving rather than receiving. Sad to see it over but excited for next year. I am blessed to have our four angels and to make wonderful memories with them. Merry Christmas to all and Happy New Year!

 Cousin Brit reading a book while we wait for Santa!
 Here comes Santa!
 They were a bit nervous.
 JJ getting her present!
 Jace getting his present, he was so excited he went up even when it wasn't his name!
 Makenna getting her present!
 Poor Maysie was last and a little worried she wasn't getting one!
 This was after they opened their presents, they had a blast!
 Before we let them come out to see what Santa brought them!
 First time seeing their gifts!
 Opening presents!
 Miss JJ
 Mak liking her princess dress!
 Jace checking out his game!
 Maysie excited about her light up cup!
 Bikes! They need LOTS of practice before we go camping!
 Mak did the best, still needs a lot of learning though!
JJ was not too sure what to do!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Getting Ready For Christmas!

 Santa brought them an early present... just got to keep them out of the basement until Christmas.
 Maysie checking out the Snowmen!
 Mak visiting with Santa!
 Had a great visit with Santa, no one cried... they just wanted their present! The girls told him they wanted bikes and Jace said a car!
 Jace jumped on Santa's lap, and jumped right back off to get his gift!
 Maysie with Santa!
 Miss J with Santa!
 First snow of the year, getting ready to go outside!
 So much fun, snow angels, snowball fights and rolling down the hill!
 They were not happy when I made them go inside.
 JJ decorating Grandma's tree!
 Jace helping decorate Grandma's tree!
 Our very first attempt at making a snowman! He was not very big!
 All the grandkids and grandma J with Santa!
Opening their gifts from Santa!

Elf on the Shelf

 Jingles on the door!
 Jingles behind the picture frames!
Jingles on the curtain rod!

I am sure you have heard of Elf on the Shelf. Well ours is Jingles, she came to us a few days ago and the kids have had a lot of fun with her. I am hoping to be more creative next year with what she does... so many neat and creative ideas out there. Only a few more days left to REMEMBER to find a place for her!

Bye Bye Nora

Well we said goodbye to Miss Nora Thursday. She went back to her mommy. My aunt, who I am very close to, was in an accident a couple months ago and was not able to care for her new puppy Nora. We wanted to help her and with four kids, not much we can do... but we had been discussing a dog, well I had been and Josh has always turned me down. The kids have asked a few times too. So this was a good chance for us to see if it would work, if it was something we wanted to do.

I knew, having a puppy would be much more work than adopting a one or two year old dog... but it would give us a good idea. She had many puppy moments, that were expected... but we decided that right now it is just too much work having four kids. Temporarily it was great, gave the kids something to do, we got to know her better and help my aunt out.

We were sad to see her go, she is actually a very good dog - for a puppy! If we had to, we probably would have kept her, but we were happy to give her back! I plan on cleaning the carpets soon... she didn't do any worse than Jace... but between him and the dog having accidents on the floor, it is much needed!

Thanks for letting us take her for a couple months, we really enjoyed her but happy to see her home. Hope you and her both adjust well and can get back to normal!

Looking forward to another year!

 Mak being silly!
 JJ being silly!
 Look at Sofia on the tv, then look at JJ... so cute!
 Look at that cute face! Almost 3!
 Loving on Bailey!
 Yum, banana bread!
 Thirsty girl!
Maysie and her doll.

I am looking forward to what the next year will bring. Each year it seems to get a little easier dealing with less and less tantrums. The girls are listening much better and hoping Jace will be there soon. We have lots planned for this year, lots of camping - should be fun!

First Homework!

 The girls were asked to decorate a feather for homework. They had to get creative and use a variety of things.
 Jace joined in!
 We used wrapping paper, sweetarts, an old blanket, stickers and sunflower seeds.
 They all had fun doing it and were very proud of it!

These are feathers they got for doing good things. Makenna always has the most... she is such a big helper. JJ and MJ do try though!