Just sharing a few pictures of our week aka “iPhone Goodness”
Christmas break has been so refreshing. Slow paced. Intentionally laid back days filled with lots of quality fun with our little family. It’s been amazing and we have almost 2 weeks to go!
We went to see “Chipwrecked” and Reagan got to bring along one of her best friends who our family seriously adores! Reagan, up until this year always preferred to play with the boys. Totally fine by me because the boys that she likes to play with also happen to have awesome mamas that I adore and like to spend time with but it is nice to hear her ask for a girl to come play on occasion. : ) This year she has been all about the girlfriends! I LOVE it! It makes me want another girl in the house. The sweet giggles, the dress up, the dance parties and fashion shows! It couldn’t make me happier!
This was taken the night of the blanket drama. After Dawson was sound asleep I switched out Reagan’s “macy” for his fresh, clean “night night” . Before I went to bed I checked in to find this. “Macy” in hand and one peacefully sleeping princess.
I did get a little chuckle when I glanced over to see this. Reagan has tucked her sweet (beautifully styled hair) doll in with a mini version of “macy”. LOVE!
One thing about being home several days over the last two weeks is my kids suffer from “I’m hungry syndrome”. Apparently this condition causes extreme hunger to occur every 10-15 minutes along with fall out on the floor tantrums where the 3 year old in a very shrill voice exclaims, “I hungry! SO, so very hungry.” It’s incredibly dramatic and induces great big internal eye rolls from the parent in charge. So, I decided to set up a snack buffet after nap time. This way they could help themselves to my choice of snacks, in limited quantity whenever they feel one of these attacks coming on. It worked splendidly. Whenever the snack is gone there is no more until dinner. They ate it all…every crumb and despite my reservations still had a hearty dinner. Problem solved.
They also had an exciting two night stay at my parents house. I use to complain about growing up in the country. 15 minutes from “town” which consisted of a grocery store and a caution light and almost an hour from a larger town that had an actual mall. It was just terrible…at least at the time. Now looking back I think about how incredibly lucky I was to grow up there. It is like a little kids wonderland. There is never a moment where there isn’t something to see, do, or explore and my kids LOVE it there. Tractors, ponds, a tire swing…a little slice of heaven. My parents (and David’s parents also) are INCREDIBLE grandparents and we are so blessed that they want to spend time with our children.
This is the pre sleepover photo that David text my dad. Gotta keep the kid hydrated for all that fun in the country, right? Of course, this wasn’t actually for Dawson but we like to keep my dad on his toes! ; )
Don’t you love Pinterest? They have all kind of fun “learning” activity ideas that you can pull together on a whim. This day I REALLY needed to conquer laundry so we set up the table with some “new” things for the kids to do. This is Dawson with pipe cleaners and a colander. Who comes up with this stuff? He loved it though.
And of course the colander can then be used as a helmet.
Reagan’s big Christmas break activity has been writing letters. She started with this one all on her own. All of our initials (at least the first ones) and we progressed on to learning how to write an address on an envelope. She mailed out a few letters this week including one to her kindergarten teacher which she was particularly proud of. I like nothing more than getting “real” mail and I hope to instill in her the desire to continue writing letters and cards to friends and family. Who doesn’t like to get mail and know that they were thought of enough to have someone put actual PEN to PAPER in this world of email and Facebook? It’s FUN! She learned where to put the stamp and return address. It was a great practical lesson.
Finally, our stocking for Maddox came in the mail. We had to upgrade to a new set of stocking hangers. Our Joy lost a J and I jokingly set it up to say “Yo” but once M’s came in the mail we purchased a new set. David said I should have gotten one more hanger “just in case”. Haha…love that man! It finally felt like the Christmas decorating was complete once all 5 of them were hanging from the mantle.
Just a few more days until Christmas! Our family is excited to celebrate the birth of our Saviour. One of my favorite days of the year!