Thursday, December 26, 2013
I missed it on this blog, obviously, and I missed it in person. I was actually gone for a conference so my Mom came and helped Jim do it without me. However, I didn't want to miss at least documenting this.
In this new season of life of a middle schooler (all except school because our 6th graders are still in the elementary school), 3rd grader and a preschooler has been a bit of an adjustment. Managing all the activities, the busyness of my work and Jim's work, along with more sports, and more activities with friends has kept me a little crazy. However, this season of life has been such a blessing for my children that I wouldn't trade it for the world.
I am just not getting it documented like I would like...
Mad Scientist - one of my coworkers made him a name badge with his name, picture and everything on it along with barcode. It was pretty cool!
And a group shot (with Sam..Kyle's buddy who we love having join us in the fun)..sorry its sideways, it isn't on the computer but oh well.
This was the first year that Kyle did not trick or treat with us. He went with friends. Bittersweet to have him grow up, but I am on my knees thankful that he has friends (and quality ones at that!).
On the Monday before Christmas Eve we made sugar cookies. I was feeling a little off due to some issues with my teeth (involving a few trips to see my father in law and more to come), but wanted the kids to enjoy this. My mom was here which was great for her since she wouldn't do this just for herself and gave me an extra hand.
The kids are getting older too which means they can do more on their own. These cookies weren't for anyone besides us so I didn't really care how they turned out It really turned out to be a fun memory for us.
Just love this picture of my Mom.
There was nothing extraordinarily different about this Christmas, but this one tops the top of my list of wonderful memories. (Although honestly I don't remember much of when the boys were super little so that might not be fair). I don't know if it was the age of my children, having my mom with us, the joy everyone had in their gifts, the lack of any conflict or stress or just my mindset going into it, but even now when I think of it, I just smile to myself with a content sigh.
Here are a few of my more favorite pictures (sorry some are sideways...)