Christmas!

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!


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The New Year

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.

 

Christmas! 

Christmas was an absolute blast with the kids! We left store bought cookies out for Santa and the elf (Nora), then After we put her to bed, Geoff and I spent hours trying to finish wrapping and setting up things up for the morning. 

For the first time since she was born born (it feels that way) we were awake and ready BEFORE her. This was awesome because we were able to see her face when she saw what Santa had brought. It was seriously priceless! She RAN downstairs and immediately got on her new bike. She kept telling us that the bike is so pretty!  Jaxon had fun ripping paper with the help of his sister who insisted “he can’t do it bc he is too little.”

We had a great Christmas spent with family and ended it playing monopoly with my siblings!  

             

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  

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!

   

Halloween!! 

I wrote this and totally forgot to post it! This was one the best Halloweens and I’m kind of sad that it’s over!! We started at a festival hosted by one of the churches in town. This was the first year that they had several Disney characters for the kids to meet and take pictures with! Of course, Alayna was blown away and we spent most of our time there taking pictures. Her and her cousin had the funniest cheesy smiles and were so overwhelmed by the chaos that they seriously didn’t know what was going on. All they knew was that each princess gave them candy and they had to smile for us mommies trying to capture each moment! We ate and played a few Games before heading to my mom’s neighborhood to trick-or-treat. I think Alayna’s favorite part was ringing the doorbell! After each house, she would give daddy her bag of candy and make me carry her. Poor girl was probably exhausted but wouldn’t let us stop. We made a few more stops and ended the night at about 10:30! Both babies were so good but beyond tired!  

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

Fall season!

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!  

Our Christmas and New Years

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 😉
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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.

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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?

The Christmas spirit

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.

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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

Gender? BOY!

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.

4th of July

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! 

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