Once again, it’s been months since I have done a catch up. This year was a bit busy with the three kiddos I guess!!
Sooooo. Claire started preschool! And is LOVING IT. I was a little nervous because I know she sometimes likes to have her own space to do her own thing, but she is so happy to be there and is thriving and such a sweet friend to everyone. Makes my heart happy!! Bailey is doing amazing in Kindergarten, and everyone around her talks about how kind she is. She was highlighted at her school for being such a great friend and sweet to others. Im such a proud momma of my school loving, smart, sweet girls!!!
We had a great Halloween in October. It was actually a really nice night. We weren’t freezing and it wasn’t raining! The cousins all had such a good time being together and enjoying the tradition of trick or treating. This was my first year that I was able to sit back and watch all of my kiddos be so adorable and trick or treat; Sophie got right in the thick of things too! (There was candy involved, of course she was! lol). I was thankful that Claire was feeling better to be able to trick or treat. She had caught the flu the week before and she was down for the count. 6 Days of yucky, poor thing. She missed her school trick or treating and the ward trunk or treat. (Her school was so sweet and collected her candy for her and gave it to her when she got back.) So I was so thankful she was able to enjoy Halloween! All three of them did! It was great.
Then my sister Celine came to visit! That was so fun and much needed! I hadn’t seen her in over a year and we definitely needed some sister time. The girls loved having Aunt Bean in town to play with them and read to them and teach them really fun games like red light green light. It was a jam packed week of quality time. I think Celine and I really needed that 🙂 Specially since she is about to embark on her internship in January, and then she is getting married next year!! She is engaged and I couldn’t be happier for her and Sam. It makes me so happy to see her happy!!!! I am thankful we will be driving up to Utah in July, because boy were the girls so sad when she left. Bailey sobbed the whole way home from the airport, and moped for 2 days! Broke my heart! But it makes me happy they love eachother so much 🙂
After Celine left, we had Thanksgiving! It was so fun getting together with the cousins and Stacey and everyone, and playing in the cul de sac and bringing family traditions together. I am so thankful to live near family and that all of our love buckets and our tummies were filled 🙂
After Thanksgiving, my mom visited!!! The first week of December! Which is the first time she has ever visited my neck of the woods in Houston during the Christmas season. We jam packed it with all sorts of holiday fun! We went to see the Houston Zoo Lights, which was magical and crazy and busy and fun all at the same time haha. They had a couple fire pits, and they sold smores packs, to make your own smores! The girls loved the roasting marshmallow part, but hated eating it haha. It was a fun night though, full of beautiful lights and dancing in the moonlight. We also went down to Galveston and rode the Polar Express! It was so fun! This is our 3rd Polar Express experience, but each time we have done it in a different city, so each experience was unique. This one focused more on the inside story of the train and had actors acting out the movie and they were so animated and wonderful, it felt like we were really on the polar express! The girls were in heaven. It was so awesome having my mom down here to see us. We sure love Nana so much! She spoiled us rotten! And we appreciated all of her love. The girls were also devastated when she left, but luckily she will be back in March for spring break and to celebrate the girls combined birthday! It’s always easier when you know the next time you’ll see eachother before you say goodbye 🙂
The last night my mom was in town, Bailey came down with the flu. A pretty rough one. She was down for about 6 days of high fevers and not leaving the couch. She was pretty sad to miss so much school, but thankfully she is feeling back to her happy, bouncing self and miraculously, the younger two came out unscathed! Hallelujah! I know the Lord was watching out for us, because I was so worried we would stagger the flu through Christmas. Bailey was able to go school the last week before Christmas break, and Stacey and I were able to go to her cute little Kindergarten Christmas party!! She was so happy to have momma and grandma there in her own little world.
I love my children so much. I don’t know how I got so lucky, but I am so thankful for their sweet spirits, and kind hearts, and strong testimonies. They are examples to me everyday of how to be more Christlike. I feel like the days are long but the years are short. I am trying to soak life in as much as I can. I am excited to experience each stage of life with them 🙂
I feel so very blessed with my family. All of my family. My own family unit, my family in Utah, and my family here in Texas (And Washington! And my extended family in Florida!). I am so lucky to be able to feel so much love all around. Not to mention my wonderful church family and amazing neighbors. Next door hosted the most adorable Christmas party yesterday for all the kiddos! So many fun crafts and fun time playing together! I know that the Lord is mindful of me and my family, and knows exactly what we need. I am so thankful!!!
I am excited to celebrate Christmas this week and ponder about my Savior-the greatest gift of all. 🙂
P.S. Here are over 400 pictures from the last few months! In whatever order the blog decides to show it haha. Enjoy!