I can’t believe Christmas has come and gone. It has been a blast watching the excitement of Alayna since she was fully aware of what was going on. She asked for a tree in her room this year, so we decorated the most girly tree which was a lot of fun. We also found a fun advent calendar that teaches the true Christmas story and had been doing our elf. Every morning, Alayna woke up and immediately searched for Nora (our elf). Then she would try to drag us out of bed to see what the elf did… mind you, she is up at 6:30 every morning! Jaxon just laughed every time he saw her. One morning he decided it would be fun to drag poor Nora by her legs down the hall. Needless to say, Alayna was very upset so we had to write a letter to Santa explaining that Jax is still a baby and doesn’t really understand that we can’t touch her. She also asked that Santa bring her “two big things” a trampoline and a car.
We did decided
to get them a trampoline for Christmas. It was something we had already decided on before she started asking for it so I knew they would love it… well Alayna would love it and Jaxon would be terrified!!
We spent Christmas morning opening presents at our house where my mom and Gpa joined us, then spent the afternoon at my moms, playing pie face and Uno moo, then we headed to Geoffs family’s for dinner.
The next day, we decided to head up to the snow for a couple hours. The kids absolutely LOVED it!! We had a sled that we all took turns taking the kids on. The weather was beautiful and the snow was so fluffy and powdery! It was a great time!
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and will have an amazing new year!! I am truly blessed to have this amazing family!
With our amazing holiday season being over, I am looking forward to what this new year has to bring! There are so many things that will be happening this year!!!
One BIG milestone is that this is the year I FINALLY graduate in! I know it will be the most challenging year as I have to study hard for my big test, but I’m so happy to be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel and finally be a speech pathologist!! Not an intern, not a speech specialist, not a student…. A SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST! I am so blessed to have such amazing family and friends who have helped me through this process!
My sister will have my first nephew! Cannot wait to spoil that little boy! Jaxon will be happy to have a boy cousin to play with, as he is surrounded by all girls right now.
Jaxons first birthday is right around the corner!!! Plan plan plan Jess. Still trying to come up with a fun boy theme! And now that I have my Cricut, I feel like there is so much I can do!
Alayna will begin ballet! This girl has danced since day one. She twirls around the house pretending to be a ballerina and sings all day long. I can’t wait, she will absolutely love it!
I dont really have any new years resolutions except to enjoy my family more and continue to grow as a Christ follower. I am excited to begin my new devotional – Inspired Evidence.
As for now, I’m just enjoying the calmness of life, until crazy begins to hit here in a few months! Happy new year everyone! May it be the most blessed.
Yay for December!! The most exciting, chaotic, fun, stressful, and joyous time of the year! Especially when you still have so much shopping to do! Not only is it jaxons first Christmas, but I am so looking forward to this Christmas since Alayna understands what’s going on! We started our elf on the shelf (Nora) this year and we are all enjoying it. Alayna cracks up every morning when she sees what silly thing Nora has done and then tells her what she wants from Santa. Every. Single. Morning.
Seeing the world through her eyes makes this time of year incredibly special! We are watching Christmas movies, reading Christmas stories, and dancing to fun Christmas music! My favorite thing is the fact that she is starting to understand that Christmas is Jesus’ birthday (maybe we will have to sing happy birthday to him on Christmas morning). It is so important to me that she understands the true meaning of Christmas. I’m putting together my Christmas list for the kiddos and will post it soon!
I’m super excited that Fall is here (even though I live in the desert and it’s still a million degrees – it’s the thought that counts right?). I always look forward to the leaves, cooler weather (any day now), costume planning, hot Chai’s, jeans & sweatshirts, boots, pumpkins, football, fires, and soooo much more! Here are a few of my fall favorites.
To kick off fall, we’ve all had a never ending cold! I swear it goes away and comes back! But that won’t stop us from having fun this month. Looking forward to going to the pumpkin patch and watching Alayna really enjoy it now that she’s older. Stay tuned for Halloween costumes!
I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas and New Years. We had so much fun watching Alayna open gifts and her actually get excited for them this time. It took a while to get through them bc we had to stop and open each one. Lol. One of her biggest gifts was a playroom. We have a huge awkward space that we used for storage and decided to convert it into a play area for her. I love that all the toys are neatly organized and out of the living room… Although I know it won’t stay that way for too much longer, unless I obsess over it every evening after she goes to bed (anyone who knows me, knows that this will probably happen lol).
P.S. Don’t mind Alayna’s mismatched PJ’s. I failed at putting on one of her million Christmas pajamas that she has and somehow managed to put together several different pieces 😉
We didnt do much for New Year’s Eve. Just stayed home and had dinner with some friends and joked about how old we are getting bc we can’t even stay up till midnight anymore. We were all in bed by 1030!!! Lol. The next day we headed to Santa Barbara and spent some quality time with our god kids. The kids all played so well together which makes my heart so happy! I love watching Alayna interact with other kids. She is seriously growing up too too fast.
Although I love the holidays, I’m glad they are over and we can get back to some sort of normal….at least for a few months until baby gets here! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year. Now to relax while Alayna stays the night at grandmas… How do u do that?
I’m absolutely loving the Christmas season! It’s so much more fun with a little one around and its so fun to see the magic through her eyes! My sister in law and grandma took her to see Santa last weekend. I expected her to scream her head off, but instead she just stared into the camera with her finger in her mouth lol. So cute tho 🙂 I can’t wait to take her to look at Christmas lights. She is absolutely loving all the lights and decorations.
As for me, I’m just beginning my third trimester (as far as one of my apps say). I am experiencing the lovely heartburn and swelling of my feet and know that it’s just going to get worse! But on the flip side, I’m feeling him more and more which is my absolute favorite part!!
How far along? 26 weeks
Weight gain? 11-12 lbs
Belly button in or out? In for now 🙂
Maternity clothes? Maternity shirts yes. I’m a little desperate for the rest of the clothes which I will be getting over New Years from my perfect friend 🙂
Movement? More and more everyday
Sleep? Pretty good
Best moment this week? Starting the 3rd trimester. Yikes! It’s getting closer!
Things I miss? I think we all know…beer!
Looking forward to? Two weeks off for the holidays.
We had such a nice relaxing Fourth of July! I always love this holiday because it always includes a BBQ and some sort of swimming. We had family over for dinner, let her and her cousin swim, and then braved our way to the fairgrounds for fireworks. Surprisingly, Alayna did awesome. She wasnt afraid and even seemed to be bored with them because she wanted to be passed from mommy to daddy to grandma to auntie to mommy …. what a busy body. Afterwards we hung out in the parking lot and played with sparklers. She liked them until daddy had her hold one and she quickly realized that the flame was getting closer to her hand.
Needless to say, she was one tired baby when we got home. I hope everyone had a fun fourth!
Happy new year from my family to yours! 2013 was the year we were blessed with this little pumpkin! We spent New Year’s Day with family. Ended it with dinner and games. Excited to see what’s to come this year 🙂
Please excuse the Christmas pjs 😉 I figured it was the last time she could wear them.