Thanksgiving & Christmas and Everything in Between to end 2018!

So a ton has happened since my last blog! It’s hard to remember all the details, so luckily I have a bagillion pictures at the end of this to help with anything I miss!

So we were surprised with tickets to go up and see my family in Utah! It was sooo fun! I hadn’t been in 2 years! In fact, it was funny because Claire and Sophie were exactly the ages that Bailey and Claire were the last time we were there. We jam packed it full of fun: Tree House Museum, crafts, train rides, Christmas lights, gingerbread houses, dancing parties, Legge Festivus games (AJ won of course haha), bowling, aquariums, seeing Santa,  early Christmas with Nana and Pop pop, rides up the mountain to see snow…and then enjoying the snow in the backyard a few days later lol. So tons of things and tons of fun! Everyone was home so it was nice to get together with my siblings like old times. Plus my girls fell in love with my parents golden retriever Zoey…sorry girls! No dogs for us! haha. But they were so cute playing with her and playing with everyone there. My girls came back and were bored because I couldn’t keep up with the same level of excitement haha. They still ask at least every couple days or so when we are going back to Utah. Haha.

And then we had a wonderfully fun Christmas season! We saw a ton of Christmas lights (one in particular had a tree synced to a radio station and it would sing the songs. SO cool! We parked and the girls got out and danced in the cul de sac. That was a fun memory i’ll always remember). We made cool christmas candy cane cookies! The girls loved rolling them out and twisting the red and white dough together, along with decorating sugar cookies for Santa of course. We did the Christmas train with family down in Alvin and it was awesome. Cold and windy! But awesome. We went caroling with some friends of ours and delivered goodies! Bailey in particular loved this one. She is my little singer. We went to Kingwood and saw hundreds of nativities from other countries. That was special. They had one similar in Lubbock and we loved it. I really fell in love with the nativity this year. It is becoming my new yearly collection haha.
This season the girls are older and it is so magical. They anticipate santa coming and understand more of the story of Christ’s birth. One day we were reading the book about the little lamb of Bethlehem, and in the book, the lamb watches over the baby Jesus, and we have a little stuffed animal lamb, so Claire runs out of the room, goes and grabs the baby Jesus from the Nativity on the piano, and lays baby Jesus next to the lamb, and then cuddles up with both. My heart couldn’t take it! And then one day I came out and saw Bailey had lined everyone up in the nativity to wait their turn to see Baby Jesus! The girls are all just so loving and tender hearted and kind and I couldn’t be any happier to have the pleasure of being their Momma.

One thing this season that I loved was the fact that I reread the Book of Mormon. I just finished this last Saturday before the end of the year. It was such a profound experience, and one that I will always cherish. Reading it in a short amount of time allowed me to read more everyday, and my testimony has grown ten fold. I have felt the spirit in my life more and have felt a love for my Savior more. The Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ (along with the bible. It is an additional testament) and it is just impossible to read it without wanting to become a better person and do all that I can to live with Him again. I plan to restart it again very soon, because I just cant get enough. If you are looking for more guidance this year as you navigate through life…I invite you to check out The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and particularly get your hands on a Book of Mormon. You can get one free from the local missionaries in your area, who are always so awesome. I promise you won’t regret it. To learn more: www.lds.org 

The girls are all growing up so fast and I am trying to keep up! I sometimes get in the hustle and bustle of taking care of the 3 kiddos that I can forget to sit back and enjoy the moment. That is one of my goals for 2019. To enjoy the moments more 🙂 Remind me of that as I tackle potty training Claire starting tomorrow….. 😉

Now here are the tons of pics I promised that fills in between the lines haha (and the photos are not in order btw….so have fun with memory whiplashes! lol)

These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

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