Sunday, January 25, 2015

Life with a Brother...

These pictures really need no words...
If you have a little boy in your life,
you get it!
These two are actually the best of friends...
if you find one,
the other is always close by!
If James isn't right by Angelina's side,
she runs through the house yelling,
"Jame, Jame, Jame!"
And if Angelina simply runs up town with daddy,
James will get all teary eyed and say he
just misses her so much!
That said,
they also annoy the bajeebers out of each other...
They fight like they might truly strangle the other...
I guess that's just the life of

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Bell Ringing 2014

Every year we take a few hours shortly before Christmas and ring the Red Kettle bells for the Salvation Army...
Bell Ringing is something the kids always 
look forward to...
we all dress up as festive as possible!
I am pretty sure James was the very best 
Bell Ringer ever!
James was dancing around yelling out to people
"Step right up and get your candy cane!"
He would also hold doors open for people 
and boldly hand out candy canes and ask people 
to put money in the kettle!
The girls were good volunteers, they were 
just a little bit quieter!
Bell ringing is hard work though...
good thing we brought snacks of grapes and jelly sandwiches!
We were hoping the sound of the ringing bells and 
the festive reindeer ears would make baby Dex want to be born...
but he was pretty cozy in his mama's belly!
Just a little side note...
I just learned that all the money raised from the 
Red kettle drive,
is what sets the funding the the entire year for the Salvation Army...
And the list of everything they do with that money is 
very long...
food and clothing for families, emergency shelter, 
job training...
all in our local community and beyond.
So, next time you have an opportunity to donate to 
Salvation Army,
make sure you do!

Monday, January 12, 2015

St Lucia Day

St Lucia day is a huge highlight at our house...
it ranks right up there with Christmas morning!
We celebrate with a big breakfast in bed...
we have been doing this since Elsie was little tiny!
The girls each wore their Lucia crowns and 
James was supposed to wear his Star Boy hat...
but instead he wanted to just 
lay on the floor and eat his 
breakfast like a dog...
not sure why, but it made him happy!
We always decorate the room with plenty of candles...
and the St Lucia statue...

such fun and special memories being created...

We also decorate gingerbread houses every year on
St. Lucia day...
Usually this is a Daddy project...
but this year daddy was away at work.
We also turned sugar cones upside down and 
decorated a whole forest of trees for our 
gingerbread house...
the kids had SO much fun and 
created a huge sticky mess in the process!

By the time we got done with all the 
bath time was in order!
Love all the special little things are involved in 
the Christmas season...
so many memories...
and so fun now that the kids are old enough
to talk about all the Christmas memories from past years...
All these cozy feelings are priceless.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

a Little Santa Magic

Santa...the magical man...
I hope Santa never looses his magic in my 
children's eyes!
Even Elsie is still truly mesmerized my Santa...
They know that Santa has many helpers
who pretend to be him...
but they also know that the 
True Santa and Mrs Claus
comes to the local bank a few days before 
Christmas every year.
This Santa is clearly the real deal...
The kids always get dressed in their 
fancy Christmas eve clothes and 
fix their hair all pretty and are on their 
very best behavior before going to the bank...
When we left the house, all three of the kids 
announced that were too scared to go sit on his lap...
Angelina was dramatically telling us that she would cry!
However, when we got to the bank,
all three of the kids marched right over to 
Santa and sat on his lap and 
told him what they wished for!
I was a little surprised...first year ever with no tears!
James stood in front of Santa and Mrs Claus talking their ear off for quite some time...
and clearly this is the real Santa because look at how 
intently they are listening to him!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

B/W of our life

Hopefully I'm really truly back in the 
blogging groove this time!
Turns out the computer we bought on the Black Friday sale,
didn't let me edit pictures like I wanted to do...
but, because Jon spoils me,
he gave me another computer for a Christmas/Birthday gift!
A fancy computer...I'm almost scared to use it!
I am so excited to be able to edit pictures and blog again!
I feel a little sad about all our 
Summer adventures that I didn't get a chance 
to blog about...
so I might be skipping around a bit and 
posting summer pictures 
along with our Christmas pictures...
this is our Life Journal,
so I have to document it all!
Happy 2015

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