Saturday, December 13, 2014

Gingerbread House & The Polar Express

 Something about evenings in your house with all the lights off except the Christmas tree.  It just makes you feel good.
 Reading the directions before we get started on making the gingerbread house.  It cracks me up that this lil guy loves to pretend to read the instructions.  I wonder if he will be that way when he is older.
 Lil girl was walking around with her baby while we got to work on the gingerbread house.
 How sweet is this?!?!
 Pouring out the candy for the gingerbread house.
 Doing a great job icing the roof.
 Applying the candy.
 The best part of this gingerbread house was that the house was pre-assembled so I didn't have to worry about that part.
 And this sweet girl was our candy catcher.  Whenever a piece of candy would fall on the floor she would chase it down and get it back to us.
 And then she even helped put some of the candy on herself.  Big girl.
 Decorating our Christmas tree.
 This lil guy was loving every minute of this.  I can't tell you how many times he would say, "I love you, Mama." or "Thanks for doing this with me."  But honestly, I enjoyed it just as much as he did. 
 After a while Sissy got bored and headed into the playroom to watch some tv.  She couldn't sit much closer.
 Finished product.  He was nervous about holding it because he didn't want it to fall.
 He was very proud of his gingerbread house.
 I was able to get lots of smiles.
 One last one. 
 And a big hug from Sissy to finish it off.
 Random picture of silly Sissy.
 All ready for church with her big girl purse in hand.
 Helping Gampa at church.
 Playing on the Ipad with Nana.
 Last night we got to take part in a pizza party/Polar Express party. 
 The kids got to dress up in their jammies...
 They enjoyed coloring all the Christmas pictures.
 There's Grandma and my nephew making a Christmas ornament together.
 A cute picture of the two of them in front of the Christmas tree.
 Our lil Doc McStuffins.
 We got our workout in because Sissy was all over the place.  Daddy had just grabbed her from running down the school hallway.
 Bubby enjoyed running around and chasing his cousin.
 We finally sat down and started watching the Polar Express.
 All the kids sitting with  Papa watching the movie.  They were so excited.
 After a bit Sissy felt like she needed a closer seat.
Here was the whole gang of kids that were there.  It was a fun evening and lots of memories were made.  Gotta love December and all the wonderful Christmas festivities that it entails.  Each year it gets more and more fun because the kiddos are getting older and are more excited about everything. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Putting Up the Christmas Tree and Bacterial Conjuntivitis

Three days ago this lil girl woke up happy but....
As you can see....one eye was matted almost completely shut.  It seriously broke my heart to see it....but it only got worse from there.
Lots of bright green gunk started to form and I knew that we needed to get her into the doctor.  Of course, this happened over the weekend so this meant we were headed to the walk-in clinic.
The kiddos having fun in the doctors office waiting for the doctor. 
They both kept wanting to sit and take pictures.
I'm glad they were having fun with it.  It's always an adventure getting out to do these types of things with two young kiddos and a huge pregnant belly....but they were good sports.
The doctor walked in and took one look at her eye and said, "Yep...that's the real deal there.  She has bacterial conjunctivitis."  He then started handing out hand sanitizer and explained that we were all probably gonna get it and that it is very contagious. 
We had issues with the insurance paying for her medicine so we couldn't get her on her antibiotic until the next day and her eye definitely got worse in the mean time.  It was breaking my heart.
And then she woke up in the morning with both eyes infected.  But praise God....we were able to get her on strong antibiotics and she is now doing much better.
That was Sunday and because we were all contagious we didn't get to go to church but we spent the time together at home and getting our house ready for Christmas.
The kids were very excited to bring out all the Christmas d├ęcor.
(Notice the hand sanitizer bottle in the background....we were using a bunch of it)
Bubby loved the snow globe...
But I was a bit nervous with him playing with it....many a snow globe has been dropped and busted at the hands of this lil guy.
Lil girl was dressed in her Santa clothes for the decorating but she honestly wasn't feeling real good.
Bubby was so excited about putting up the tree.  See for yourself in the following video.

Excited About Putting Up The Tree Video

Bubby helping his Daddy.
Sissy wasn't sure what to think of it at first.
Tree is up....now its time for the lights.
Unfortunately....like most years...we plugged in our lights for our tree and only half of them worked.  Daddy said he would go buy some more real quick and asked Bubby to throw the old lights in the trash.  This broke Bubby's heart.  He held those lights and just bawled.  We were able to convince him later that the new lights we bought were the old ones and I don't think he ever noticed that we threw the old ones away away.  It was a very traumatic experience for awhile.
Bubby watching Mickey Mouse's Christmas on TV while we waited for dad.
Sissy was having fun showing me her belly button.
Goofball.
It was finally time to start putting on the ornaments.
Sissy would take an ornament and just put it inside the tree somewhere but she had a lot of fun with it.
Very proud of herself.
Bubby showing me his ornament from last year that had his picture in it.
It was precious watching these two decorate the tree.
My big girl.
The tree is almost complete.
Bubby is one of those people that wants to put every last ornament on the tree....He was loving it.
One more of a cheesin' lil girl next to the tree.
A tree isn't complete without the star on top.
It took a few tries but we finally got the star on top.  This was by far Bubby's favorite part.
She was happy to watch from her chair.
A picture of Bubby next to the finished tree.  He was so proud of it and he kept saying how happy Santa is gonna be when he sees his tree.
The only thing that would've made the day better was if this lil girl was feeling better.  You can just tell that she didn't feel good and those poor eyes looked awful.  We are praying that the holiday season will come and go and we will be healthy through it all.
Thankful for my amazing family and these wonderful memories that we are making together.  God is so good.