Every time I hear this Louis Armstrong song, What a Wonderful World... (which I just happen to have on the Christmas CD playing in my car right now, ) I see this photo of Meritt and Matt in my head... I just can't help it. I don't know why but I get really sentimental when I think of them as daddies girls. The line in the song that says; I hear babies cry, I watch them grow, they'll learn much more than I'll ever know... Gets me every time! There is not a day that goes by that I am not conscience of the fact that my kids are precious gifts from God. I also realize that the time goes by way too fast. This picture of daddies little girl, will soon change to a daddies girl all grown up, and heading off in her own direction. I cherish this picture. You can feel the love straight through the image!
Friday when Bella got off school for her winter break, I told her that every day that she was off of school that we would do something "fun" for Christmas. Friday night we started off by going to the craft store to collect some supplies for our Christmas crafts we will be working on this week. Then, we picked up daddy from work and went out for Chinese food for dinner.
Saturday, while Meritt was napping and Matt was working on the door to the bathroom that Meritt decided to run through, Bella and I went and did some Christmas shopping. Just her and I... we talked, shared a treat at Starbucks, got groceries for our week, and special Christmas dinner. It was nice. It's not very often her and I get to hang out any more. I miss her. She and I used to be together all the time... it's a little weird when school comes into play and that all changes! After shopping we made dinner, and had a big family meal of baked penne, garlic bread, and salad. Later, we bundled up (not too much it was pretty warm) and walked downtown to catch our horse drawn wagon, so we could go caroling through old down, and enjoy the lights. It was a great night!
Sunday, we woke up and got dressed and went to church to see the childrens program. (neither of my kiddos were in it... Bella's too shy, and Meritt's too little - but I hold out hope that some day one of my kids will be in a children's program!) The kids were so cute, and it was so fun to see the kids really get into, and understand what CHRISTmas is really about! Came home that afternoon and just spent some family time... I love those kind of days!
Last but not least... yesterday, was our annual baking day. It was so fun this year!!! Both girls could participate, and we had a great time making and eating lots of sweet things! Childhood memories are being made. I hope they look back on these memories fondly!
Now, onto today... now I'll I have to do is come up with something "fun"... no problem, fun's my middle name!
I just have to share this blog that I love to read called "whatever". She's a mother of 5, a photographer, a christian, totally creative, funny, and a lot of fun. I enjoy reading her blog, seeing her photography, and seeing her creativity bloom. This morning when I checked in, she had a great post on crafts that she did with her kiddos for Christmas. She had some great ideas for things to do at home with school out, rain, and cold days. I think we are off to the craft store soon to find some supplies for some Christmas crafts of our own. I'll try to show you what we come up with! Go check Meg out, I bet you'll love her as much as I do!
is it just me or does this time of year go from "oh I have plenty of time"... to "whoa where did all the time go?" It's like one minute you've got it all under control - and the next, you're totally out of control. I made a to-do list yesterday which has definitely pushed me into getting some stuff done, which does feel good, but there is still a lot left on the list let me tell you! Anyone else??? Oh well, what doesn't get done just doesn't!I just want to enjoy this Christmas. My girls are at the perfect ages, and I know the magic isn't going to last forever in their eyes! I love listening to Meritt sing "Bingle Bells, Bingle Bells..." as we push the cart through Target. I love that Bella wants to make cards and gifts for everyone she loves. I love that Meritt squeals with delight when she sees "Hanta"... even though she says she's too scared to talk to "Hanta". It's just fun. These funny little things, the being together that's what it's about. Not the to-do's, the wrapping, and the baking. So, join me in taking a cleansing breath............. Ahhhhhhhh now doesn't that feel better? It does to me!
These two little cuties are our families Christmas miracles! For those of you who have been following my blog you know that it took a whole lot to get these babies into the world. But, alas there is the most wonderful news! We woke up to these pictures in our emails and couldn't help but share the great news!!! Liam and Logan (Willie and Wonka) are both up to 5lbs 8oz each. They are both doing great... and just got the best news ever - they may be going home as soon as early next week! Can't even put into words how happy this makes me. These two precious little ones are absolute miracles from God, and we are so thankful for them!
What a total waste of a day. Woke up to below 50 degrees in our house. Finally got a call from the heater people, almost 12 hours after the original call. Grrr. Said that they would be to our house by 11 didn't show till 12:30..... and now at 5:30 it's just reaching 60 degrees inside. Too cold to do ANYTHING. Went and ran a few errands just to be out in the heated car and stores, but most of my to-do's were things I needed to be at home for. SO, now I'm another day behind. I hate wasted days it frustrates me to no end! I hope that by bedtime we can be toasty and warm, and that tomorrow will be a better day!
We're off for our annual Christmas tree hunt... to find the perfect Christmas tree or two! What a perfect day for it! The sun is shining, it's nice and cool and crisp, and it hasn't rained in days, so we won't get stuck in the mud! I'll post pictures soon of our outing & the tree!
I'm Mandy. Mama, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Friend, Lover of God... Each day is a journey. Life is an adventure. At this point in my life, I try to go one day at a time, enjoying the moment I'm in, because today is a gift that will be gone tomorrow. I hope this can be a place to share the joy that can be found in everyday simpleness, watching kids grow, enjoying those you love, and this crazy little thing called life!