Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas 2008

This is what it looks like now!!!!!!!!!!!!
Big girl on her new bike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jackson with hi Noni!!!!!!!!


The Nativity my in-laws build every year!!!!!!

Christmas 2008

Christmas Angels!!!!!!!!!
My angels and a King!!!!!!

The house all lit up for Santa!

Words fail me right now! It was perfect and magical and emotional and everything Christmas should be! We started with mass and my girls were angels in the nativity and Jackson was one of the 3 kings, and I cried. I cried at the sight of those kids re creating the story of his birth, I cried when they sang " Oh Holy Night" and again when they sang "Silent Night" and again when we went up to receive communion, and again, and again all night! Then we came home to leave out the cookies and Milk for Santa, and the girls sprinkled reindeer food on the grass. Then we were off to Jack's parents house for a loud, food filled, kids running and screaming party complete w/ a visit from Santa! That was late, then we drove home and watched for Rudolph and laughed when the kids sprinted in the house to get in bed before Santa saw them!!!!! They slept in until 8:30!!!!!! I was up and excited and waiting like a little kid to see their faces. They tore open gifts and we ate a huge breakfast and sipped mimosas and put together a basketball hoop, and rode new bikes and all of that fun Christmas stuff. Then off to the Family again for beef wellington and pasta and home made wine and lots of laughs, and cousins and Aunts and Uncles and Grandparents!!!!!!! Now it is quiet and the house is a mess and kids are sleeping and I..... am so full of love and gratitude and peace! Merry Christmas to all and to all a good-night!!!!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Best Christmas gift ever!!!!!!

I wanted to post this yesterday on her birthday, but we had too much fun! Today is better anyway, I am able to slow down and reflect. I can not beleive it was 8 years ago, I can't beleive she is growing up so fast. I can't beleive that this sweet little Christmas delivery has become such a sweet little girl! She is everything a little girl should be. I remember holding her in those first few hours after she was born, and Jack saying "look at her fingers... they are little girl fingers" and they were, long and slender and dainty. We brought her home 8 years ago today! Jackson was so little it took him about a week to figure out she was gonna stay with us forever! I think he kept thinking, one of these visitors would take her home with them. We dressed her up in this Christmas dress and put these little black shoes on her like she was our doll. Well this year she is dressing up in her Limited Too clothes, complete with her Jonas Brothers hat and a sparkly scarf, and the shoes... well lets just say the girl may have a little problem! I love these pictures, I love the one where she is in a little stocking in her hospital bassinet, I love the one where Jackson is checking her out for the first time, I love that Dr. McLean grows his beard and dresses like Santa at Christmas! She loves that Santa brought her to us! (hehehe) I love the picture with my dad... had I known then it would be our last Christmas with him I would have probably taken a gazillion more pictures! I love my little Christmas angel, as that is what we call her and she gets this crinkly little grin because she knows how special she is!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Cheer

I love this time of year! I truly love the spirit of the season and all of the fun that goes with it! The house is starting to look like a Christmas village, I am sure the neighbors houses power surge every time we plug in our outdoor lights! (Jack seems to think he is Clark Griswold this time of year) A few of the presents are wrapped and look great under our tree, and one of my FAVORITE things of all... the Christmas card are beginning to flow in! I love getting pictures, and updates and beautiful cards from friends far away and friends right here in town! For most of you who read this you have already received my card, so I am not done yet! I love to take pictures so I will continually keep posting pictures of these gorgeous kids! Some fun things we have been doing so far, 3:30 a.m. shopping with Andrea the day after Thanksgiving, Nyseems fun ornament exchange party, Olivia's Christmas show at school decorating 5 trees throughout our house, our "elf" "buddy" and all of the fun he brings to our home, "Santa Claus" the book! If you don't have it... get it! I got mine at Sam's, it has a little diamond on the front and is THE BEST Christmas book yet! This weekend is full of fun w/ a birthday party,(for Olivia) a fancy dress up brunch at the yacht club ( for Abby) Jackson's hockey play off game, Fun music, cold beer and pizza Friday night at our Restaurant, and my office Christmas party on Saturday night! I watch them, and they truly understand the spirit of this season! They are not real caught up on the toys, they are more interested in all of the fun and magic of it all! I will keep you posted, and don't worry, lots of pictures! I just hope you don't pass out or have heart problems from looking at all of them!! I am biased... yes, but they are so dang cute!!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Love, just Love!!!!

And then there are those days.... I had one today! You know the one that NEVER seems to end!! I worked! For those of you who don't know me, I work in a dental office two days a week! A great office w/ great people, but today was a busy one ( which is good) but it never was gonna end(which is not good) I came home... LATE to a home that was a mess, nothing to cook for dinner, 4 people needing me all at once, and a neighbor kid to boot! Then Jack's sister came by and then a friend called w/ a minor emergency(which I won't talk about because they already make fun of my blog) in a good way! I scrounged up dinner. Ra men noodle soup and hot dogs... uhhgggg! What have I become? then we finished home work, had a 10 minute family clean-up time( I swear they think I am the effing maid) a few tears along the way... then the magic words! Yep that's right "BED TIME" Ahhhhhhhh! Then I went to put on my jammies and finally take off my scrubs from work, and when I came out, this is what I saw.......

Yep my little sweet, perfect, loving children bonding! Jackson reading a book to his sisters! They were all under a blanket(except Abby, she wanted to go read her own book, but couldn't tear herself away) He read 3 books before they were done! Every once in a while I would hear him say " do you know this word Olivia?" "say this Olivia" and sound it out! Then all of the day went away! (I know I am on the cheesy side here Fro) but come on this is good stuff!!! Little reminders that they are here to fill my house w/ love and laughter and fighting and screaming and all of the stuff that goes with having kids! They can erase a bad day in one swift move, they fill my "love bucket" I am so glad they love each other, I am so glad they are them!!!! This is the stuff I can't get enough of!