Thursday, December 18, 2014

Making memories

MJ had a Christmas party at school today. We celebrated by making gingerbread houses and sharing snacks with friends. What a great morning hanging out with my oldest!

I've been practicing my headstands and hand stand pushups, can you tell?!?

Each of the 25 days leading up to Christmas we have 1 little open a present in the evening. Tonight was MJs turn and she even read the book to us! We also got to watch some special movies from Santa and his elves. I have to say this...I was never raised believing in Santa, but Bradley was. We had never really pushed the topic of what the kids would believe or not. I told him that whatever I bought would be from us and if he chose to buy a gift then he could decide who it was from. I wouldn't actively squash the idea of Santa, but I wouldn't encourage it either. BUT, all of a sudden BLee grabbed onto this idea of Santa and he fell in love! His eyes light up with joy when we talk about Santa. There's literally a sparkle in his eyes he can barely contain his excitement. So I've been sucked into the 'Santa' of Christmas. I don't feel that either myself or Bradley were ruined for believing different things and I certainly have many fond memories of Christmas without a belief in Santa, but I can't get over the excitement my kids have in this mythical man. Do I get it, no. But there's no way I'm going to take that away from them either.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bumps and bruises

MA had her finger closed in a door a couple of weeks ago. Her nail is growing in like this... anyone know if it'll eventually start growing in normal again?

I've been practicing my hand stand push-ups whenever I get a chance. ...something tells me my kids are paying attention even when they act like they're oblivious. B.Lee scored a nice scratch on his forehead when he ran his truck into the ground! He bounced back quickly after a short stream of tears though!

On Monday we took a walk to the mail box. MJ was having a tough time keeping up and her breathing sounded pretty course. We took a trip to the doctor...she had x-rays, a breathing treatment, and they gave her a script for nasal spray to help the drainage, and we're increasing albuterol to every 4 hours until we can get her all cleared up. She's been doing good, still sounds wet at night but praying it'll start clearing up now that we've been keeping with the regime for a few days now.

Christmas Trees!

We set up shop in the dining room this afternoon with ice cream cones, green frosting, and enough candy to make you not want to sleep for a week...then we let 7 littles have at it. What a great afternoon playing with friends, making messes, and memories

Monday, December 15, 2014

Volunteering

At our last school I volunteered all the time at MJ's school. I was on the school committee meeting, organized fundraisers, and did what I could to support the classroom prepping projects. This year I haven't done much of anything. I'd love to be more involved here, but I feel like we are all getting settled in our new home so I'm trying to create balance. The morning went really great. MJ wanted me to sit with her during story time.

It was fun they had a trip around the world today. The kids traveled from class to class with little suit cases and passports. Passports were stamped upon arrival and their suit cases were filled with crafts that they made at each country. The crafts completed were specific to the country they were visiting. It was a blast seeing MJ interact with the other kids and vice versa. This kid loves people for sure! My social little butterfly!

And while big sis works hard at schhol, the littlest of the littles was trying to master her driving skills...she could, clearly, use some work. ;0)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Rainbows and ornaments

We see rainbows all the time here. Their beauty never ceases to amaze me!

Hanging ornaments in the front yard, ninja style!

Our little dare devil. She picked up her bike and carried it to the wall on her own. All just so she could climb up and ride like the boys. Pretty sure she's gonna make me go gray sooner rather than later!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Kindergarten Assembly

Bradley watched the kids last night while I did Zumba. This was the result! yikes!

MJ had a Kindergarten assembly today! It was a lot fo fun watching her sing with her friends and seeing what kind of great things she's learning in school. They sang 1 song that they counted to 100 by 10s. MJ held her own...proud mama moment for sure!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hiking with Keiki and Zumba!

We treked out to Likeke Falls this morning with some friends and a keiki hiking group. Great experience, great hike for all abilities, and a gorgeous waterfall at the end. Loved it!

Finished the night with Zumba and bedtime!