Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Eve / Christmas Day

 Christmas Eve we started out the day with breakfast at Crackle Barrel and then some last minute shopping, which I think is kinda fun on Christmas eve.
 We made Jesus' birthday cake before naps. Everyone added a candy heart and said something about that God has done for them. It is hard at this age to make them realize that Christmas is much much more than the gifts, but doing lots of little things helps remind them that Jesus was the greatest gift.
Christmas eve service
Christmas at Oma's House
 This is Taylynn after getting a Justin Bieber toothbrush that sings as she brushes.

Reindeer Food and Santa's cookies
 Preston so badly wanted the girls in his room and they actually 
did go to sleep and they didn't wake up until 7am
 He came!!!!!
 Happy Birthday Jesus!!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

It's the little things we do all for a BIG reason

This was a hard, but special Christmas. I usually don't ever say anything negative about the amount of children I have, but I will say holidays just got a lot harder.  I just spread myself thin and really try to do EVERYTHING. I just got worn out, but I still managed to make this Christmas fabulous in their eyes. We did the little things, lights, dancing all around the house, singing, cookies, hot chocolate, shopping, presents, books, carols, movies, gingerbread houses, reindeer food, a walk through the birth of Jesus with their Little People nativity, tree, playing in the snow, birthday cake for Jesus, the list goes on and on.
To top it all off we have all been sick since Thursday, I kinda skipped it, but every night I have felt sick....I think I would have rather just got sick and got it over with. Like I said it's been a hard Christmas, do you agree?
But today, Christmas day, was a blessing, we didn't have to be anywhere or do anything but be together. We played, cleaned, cooked, played, and just loved on each other. We made a memory and my prayer is that it will stay in their hearts. I also pray that even though they loved the toys and gifts, their big take away is that Christmas day represents a birth that leads us to a forever place with God. The birth of Christ not only brings us closer to God, but it brings hope to a forever with my family.
The only thing I really wanted was to hear from the children we celebrate Christmas because of Jesus. And even Alayna told me today that it was Jesus' Birthday, mission accomplished!
So although spreading the cheer might not be easy, I have to realize with four kids it's not about me, it's about them. And one day I am going to miss this so much. So much!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas cards 2012

 I have been making my christmas cards and then printing them through vistaprint, they turned out great! This year I also designed my mom and dad's cards as well.

I send mine as postcards, this is much cheaper for me because I send out 100 cards and wish I could even send more than that. Next year I will probably order more.