Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Thoughts and Pics

It's hard to believe that there are only 2 more days until Christmas. But I know this for sure because Emma has asked me every morning how many more days and I'm 100% certain that we are on the home stretch.
We have managed to have some type of crud bug at our house causing Emma to miss her Christmas party on Friday. She ran a fever of 102 during the night and had zero appetite, but thankfully it passed as quickly as it came and she has been fine since then. I on the other hand have been coughing my head off and managed to completely lose my voice for 2 days. I think I'm on the mend. I blame it on the fact that I was off work for 5 weeks after surgery and then had to enter back into the germ force during flu season. Hopefully my immunity will be back strong after this.
Emma is completely smitten with the Power Rangers and has asked for a silver ranger costume and mask for Christmas. The requirements for the mask is that it have no eye slits so that no one can see her eyes. This has proven hard to find but thanks to Mr. Amazon you too can own one and have it by Christmas for an extra $20 for shipping. I am almost done with my wrapping and at this moment am trying to get up my strength to go finish a little shopping. I just can't seem to get the energy.
Both of my boys are home right now. Brady had a few days off from his work and was glad to get away from his roommates and come home for a few days. I will say that having them both here has increased the work load a bit. More dishes, more food prep, more laundry. It has made Emma very happy to have them around. I'm not sure why exactly because they pick on her nonstop. I think she secretly likes it but if I have heard "Mom, he's pushing me" ....(or insert any other annoying big brother habit) once I have heard it a hundred times!!!

 Emma had her picture made at work with one of Santa's helpers. Thank you Mr. Darryl.

We celebrated Christmas at my mother's house on Saturday evening and I am pretty sure that we were surrounded by the most adorable kiddos.
                                                            Emma and Sophie

 If this girls eyes were any bluer I don't think we could stand it. Aubree has the prettiest eyes I have ever seen. And I think her Papa might agree.

Little Miss Ella and her baby doll. I have not seen her since June and she is still tiny! She managed to dance and put on a show for everyone. She is the mirror image of her father when he was little.

 I can't believe that I have two great nieces. My great aunts were OLD. I'm not old....right?

 Why yes, my girl is very happy about her Power Ranger cycle that she got. And she does have on her basketball uniform because she had a game that night. There is very little chance that you will see her in a pretty Christmas dress. And very little chance that I'm gonna push the issue!!

So maybe I am getting old because that man in the picture should still be little. Where did the time go?
                                                                Maddox and Ella

                                Nanny and Aubree are practically twins in their Christmas clothes.

 I made several attempts to get a decent picture of these little munchkins loving on each other. It just wasn't happening.

We celebrated Christmas last weekend with my mother's side of of the family and my Uncle Junior and Emma had lots of fun playing. He has always been the Uncle that kids loved playing with.

It has been a very stressful year for so many people. So many people are hurting right now. Physical problems, financial struggles, mental health and substance abuse problems. The list goes on and on. We have certainly found ourselves experiencing some things that we never expected this year. I've met people that I would never had met and learned things I never would have learned had it not been for some of those experiences. I don't particularly want a repeat in 2015 but we just never know. Our mantra this year has been that we are "CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC"  and I suppose that will be the same in 2015. We can't control other people's decisions and so therefore I can only hope and pray for the best.

Above my computer I have several things posted. The Serenity Prayer has become very important to me this year. We Do Not Know What to Do, BUT our EYES are upon YOU....2 Chronicles 20:126 has also been an important verse for me this year. It's not always easy to know what to do in life's situations. I have certainly struggled this year. And I have made numerous mistakes and will again. Everyday is journey. But I am thankful for the opportunity to continue on the journey and I hope that somewhere along the way I can help someone else.