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Showing posts with label Clyde. Show all posts

Clyde At One Year Old! (Plus One Year Photos)

I got a treat for you today guys - in honor of Clyde's first birthday this past weekend, I thought I'd share some one year old pictures on my main blog!  I usually post all my pictures of the kids on my photo blog, but this is a special occasion.  We are going to get some professional one year old pictures taken with my friend Danae (she always does such a fantastic job), but I decided to use Clyde's birthday as an excuse to practice my own photography skills, and I like how they turned out.  So I am sharing a few of my favorites of my adorable boy - prepare yourselves for the cuteness!

You can still see the rest of the photos on my photo blog (I'll send out links in my next newsletter, so sign up if you haven't already)!




Clyde is officially one year old!

The last month has been so fun, and Clyde has changed so much.  He now crawls on his hands and knees everywhere, instead of his belly crawl, and I'm kicking myself because I don't think I ever got a video of the belly crawl.  He still pulls himself up on the furniture all the time, but no standing or walking by himself yet!




He has been talking so much more this month - he tries to copy the words we say, and he calls me all the time by saying "Ma-MA!" (emphasis on the second "ma").  His other favorite words are still "dada", "dog", "hi", and "yeah".



We started giving Clyde more table foods this month, and we introduced some of the foods you are supposed to avoid until a year, like dairy.  He loves eating "real" food!  He has started eating so much more this month.  It's so funny to watch him, because when he eats he just stuffs things in his mouth as fast as he can.  I'm just amazed at how quickly he jumped into eating table food.



He is really developing a little sense of humor, and he likes to play games with me - like peek-a-boo.  Sometimes he'll shake his head back and forth while I'm talking to him because he thinks it's funny!  When he starts laughing hard it is so cute - it's kind of like a shout-laugh, the kind that comes from your throat and that place behind your ears, if that makes sense.  It sounds just like every baby laugh sound effect you might have heard, and it's adorable!




I think one of the cutest and funnest things that he started doing this month was that he started singing.  I wasn't there the first time he did it, but Derek was, and Clyde started trying to sing along to "Jesus Loves Me" in his little baby language - but he was kind of carrying the tune!  I couldn't believe he could start singing that young, but we sing "Jesus Loves Me" every night, so it shouldn't surprise me that he figured it out.  It warms my heart to think that is the first song he ever tried to sing!




He also started giving kisses this month - he blows kisses pretty well, and the other day I picked him up and he just leaned over and kissed my shoulder (the closest part of me to him) three times!  Three little open-mouth kisses with the "mah!" sound!  It was the sweetest moment.  He is generous with his little kisses, and I love every single one!




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Baby Clyde,

My boy, you are almost not a baby anymore!  I can't believe you are one year old!  This last year has been such a blessing with you in it, Sweet Boy.  You are such a sweetheart, and you make me smile every time I see your happy little face.  It is amazing how quickly you are learning new things, and it is so fun for me to watch you learn.  It makes me look forward to this next year with you even more - all the things you will learn, like walking, talking, and singing (more).  Most of all I'm looking forward to watching you learn more about Jesus, Clyde-Boy.  My deepest wish is that you and your siblings will come to know Him too.  I am so grateful He gave you to us, that He chose me to be your mama.  I'm the luckiest lady in the world.

Love you always, Sweet Boy, and I can't wait for all the future birthdays I get to spend with you!

Love,
Mama




A Year And Two Days

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A year and two days ago, I was worried.  Your labor and birthday was the most highly anticipated of all the kids, Sweet Clyde, mainly because I was so worried your daddy wouldn't be there.  I so badly wanted us to both meet you at the same time.

You had given me a false alarm several days before, and I was so hoping that you would come over the weekend.

Thursday night I spent mostly leaning over the toilet, emptying my stomach, and I felt awful Friday morning.  I managed to keep down some water and a granola bar.  Even though I was anxiously watching for signs of labor, amidst all the nausea I almost missed the steadily increasing cramps that started at 11:00 AM.

But the instant I realized I was having contractions I forgot all about the queasiness in my stomach.  Instead there were butterflies.  I was going to meet you today!

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I met your daddy at the hospital, and we walked around, and my contractions started slowing down.  My heart dropped, and I thought maybe this wasn't the day after all.  But you were just a trickster, Sweet Boy.  Soon I knew without a doubt that this was it.

Fast-forward a few hours later, and the happy-go-lucky attitude that I had maintained throughout labor had faded into a serious anticipation. They rolled in the warmer, and I just started to cry.  Even in the midst of my pain, I knew what that warmer meant.  You were coming.  I was about to meet my son.

Your daddy thought the tears meant I was scared or hurting, but that wasn't it at all.  I was crying because I was excited!  I just couldn't wait to see your sweet face.

And before I knew it, the rush of late labor slowed down, and I peeked open my eyes, and there you were.  The doctor was holding you up underneath your arms, and your face was scrunched up in an incredibly adorable scream.

It was one of the most beautiful sights I had ever seen.  6:33 PM.  You were here.

And you were mine.

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This last year has been such a huge blessing, Clyde-Boy.  I have loved every minute of it.  I love your little snuggles.  I love your adorable smile that you are so quick to share.  I love your throaty giggle, and I can't help laughing myself every time I hear it.  I even love the times when you won't stop crying because you just want me to hold you. What a blessing you are to your daddy, your siblings, and me.

You are my sweetheart, and when I think back to the day that I was so surprised to find out that I was pregnant, I am so thankful that the Lord gave you to us.  He had a better plan than I even knew then, and I can't imagine life without you, Precious Boy.  You are a gift.

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I am so deeply thankful that you are mine.

Handmade First Birthday Invitations: DIY

You know how at baseball games, they play a song for each baseball player as they go up to bat?  The songs the players pick for themselves?  Usually they are some intense song that is supposed to say something about who the player is.

When Derek and I went to our first baseball game together, he told me that if he was a baseball player, his song would be "The Rubber Ducky Song".

You know, "Rubber Ducky, you're the one!  You make bath time, so much fun!"

He'd rather make people laugh than try to be some big, tough guy.  I kind of love that about him.
But what were we talking about?  Rubber duckies.  Somehow, when I thought of Clyde's first birthday, rubber duckies kept coming to mind.  And when I was working on Clyde's first birthday invitations, the rubber ducky song was playing through my head.

Excuse the long intro, but if you don't know Derek, or don't know the "Rubber Ducky" song, you wouldn't get these invitations.





I've made almost all of our party invitations myself, and today I wanted to share a simple little tutorial for these first birthday invitations.




Materials:

Blank notecards
Coordinating scrapbook paper (about 1 sheet per 15 invitations)
Word processing program and printer
Washi tape
Modge Podge



1. To start, I created a document with all of our party information on it.  I created mine in Photoshop Elements, so I could add the stripe border, but you could also do this in a regular word processor program.  For this invite I used the fonts Return To Sender, KG Somebody That I Used To Know, and Notera.

2. Print the party invite papers, and also a paper with the number "1" in a large font (I used Allstar font in  244 pt).

3. Cut out the number "1", and trace it onto your scrapbook paper.  Cut it out, and repeat for your number of invitations.  Cut out the party invitation information into rectangles that will fit inside your notecards.





4. Tape the information to the inside of each card with wash tape.




5. Use the Modge Podge to glue the numbers onto the outside of your cards. Cover with a thin layer of Modge Podge to seal (it will dry clear, but use matte Modge Podge so there isn't an obvious shine).





And you're done!  I have a terrible time finding party invitations that go with the themes that I pick, and if I do, they are often expensive.   I love making my own invitations because it is easy to really personalize them to my own party theme!



Ideas for making invitations that will match your theme seamlessly?

1.  Think about the colors you will be using for the party, and incorporate them into your invitations.

2.  Add wording to go with your party theme.  If you are using a specific theme, it's nice to give your guests a heads up of what to expect!

3. Add cutouts or confetti to the inside of your invitations that will match your colors or theme.  I was thinking of adding little rubber ducky cutouts to the inside of these invites, but I ran out of time.

4. Finish them off well - add a strip of washi tape, a sticker or envelope seal, or a little hand-drawing to the back of your invitations before you drop them in the mail!




Have you ever made your own party invitations?  I'd love to hear how you went about it!

Check back soon to see how Clyde's rubber ducky first birthday party turns out!

Clyde At Eleven Months

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Well, my itty bitty boy is less than a month away from being one year old!  How did this happen?


Clyde is just so much fun lately.  He has definitely been trying to communicate more, and he has tried to say several words.  His favorites are "dah" (dog), "dada", "hi", "bah" (bottle), and "mama"!  Yes, he now says "mama".  You have no idea how happy that makes me.  I do not know why, but my both my boys' first word was "dog"!  Clyde also babbles in the cutest little way right now, and I love it.


Clyde wants so badly to be able to keep up with Wyatt and Gwen - I can just see him watching them run around with longing in his eyes.  But he is well on his way!  This month he started pulling up on things, and now he pulls up to his feet!  This also leads to issues, like when he tries to pull up on an unstable chair, or when he somehow climbs out of his crib!  None of my kids have ever managed to climb out of their crib, until now.  But eleven months seems a bit early (ha!) to move him to a toddler bed, so I'm just hoping it doesn't happen again.


Clyde has been developing his sense of humor, and it is just hilarious when he really gets to laughing!  I love it.  He has also been paying games back at me, and "patty cake" was a big hit the other day.

He has officially become another blanket kid!  Wyatt and Gwen both have their favorite blankets, and now Clyde has his.  Thankfully he picked a blanket for which we have an almost duplicate, so I can wash one while he is using the other!  It is so cute how all my kids have their favorite blankets, but I am a little flabbergasted that none of them seem to be very into stuffed animals.  I was a teddy bear girl myself.

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Even though his doctor has repeatedly told me that he is in the 8% for weight, I didn't really believe it until this month.  I thought he seems to be the same size as Wyatt and Gwen were. But the child is eleven months old, and he still fits in some of his 3-6 month jeans!  I am curious to take him in for his 12 month appointment soon, so I can really compare his size with the other two at this age, because now I am not sure!

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Sleep has been so much better over the last month or so - usually he just wakes up at 4:00 AM, and then he'll go back to sleep until 7:00 or 8:00.  I can deal with that!  I actually don't mind the 4:00 feeding, because it gives us good early-morning snuggle time.

His hair is getting a bit long, but it curls around his ears, and I just can't bear to cut it!  I want to wait until after we take some one-year-old pictures, because I just love the way it curls.

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I am busy trying to figure out what to do for his first birthday party - I think I have finally picked a theme, and as you read this I am probably at Hobby Lobby picking up some supplies!  First birthdays are fun, but this whole year seemed to go by too fast.

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My Sweet Clyde,

I can't believe how big you are getting!  I can see more and more of your personality developing every day, and it is so much fun.  You are such a happy baby, and we get comments from the church nursery workers all the time about how smiley you are.  You love when people talk to you or play with you - and you are most unhappy when you think you have been left alone or ignored.  You are getting so much more playful, and the other day you leaned forward into my face with your little eyebrows raised, trying to make me laugh (and you succeeded).  I just love watching you grow, sweet boy.

Love Always,

Mama

Clyde At Ten Months

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My sweet Clyde is 10 months old!


I just had a weird moment where I forgot how we got here.  Didn't he just turn six months?  There is no way he is 10 months, right?  Maybe I should recount.


Mr. Clyde is just so much fun!  He has the cutest little personality, and I can't believe how much his looks have changed over the last couple months.  He has four teeth now, and I suspect he is working on more!  He has the cutest little gap between his upper two front teeth, just like Gwen's, and it is adorable.  His hair is growing longer, and even though I should probably cut it, I can't bear to yet because I love the little curls above his ears.

His favorite "word" is "a-dat".  He says it for everything that he doesn't know the name for.  I still cannot get him to say "mama"!  Which is ironic, since I know he loves me.   I am convinced that sometimes he wakes up in the night just because he misses me.


He has become an expert scooter, and he wiggles his way all over the house.  He gets around really well, and even though I'm not sure what day it actually happened, he has figured out how to pull up onto his knees.  He is perfectly content crawling around, as long as he sees other people around him - he hates being alone.  If he can't see me or the kids, he gets upset.  He was happy as a clam crawling around on the floor at Wyatt's birthday gathering a couple weeks ago, just because there were people everywhere.


He still scrunches his nose when he is especially happy, and he loves his bottle.  If he sees it and he can't reach it, he will cry until you give it to him.  Sometimes he doesn't even drink out of it, he just chews on it.

He is shaping up to be a blanky kid too, just like his brother and sister.  He loves his soft blanket, and he has started to want it before he goes to sleep.  He was upset before bed the other night, until I gave him his blanket - then he grabbed it, snuggled it up to his face, closed his eyes, and grinned.


He has the cutest little face when he is scared or nervous - it is like a cross between a smile and a grimace, with his little neck muscles tensed, and you can see that he can't decide whether to laugh or cry.  Usually we coax him to laugh, because that little face is so cute that Derek and I can't help but laugh!  That sounds so mean, but you just have to see his face - it is so cute.

Lately if he sees Derek or me, or gets excited, he does this heavy, excited breathing, like a pant.  It is so cute and hilarious!  It makes us chuckle every time.


The other day he gave me a real, honest-to-goodness, on-purpose kiss!  I was sitting with him on the couch and I gave him a kiss - then he smiled, pressed his mouth against my cheek, and said "MMMAA"!  He has given me baby "kisses" before, but this was the first one that he made the noise, and I had no doubt that it was an intentional kiss.  He has done it a couple times since then, and I love it so much!

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Mr. Clyde,

If I had to describe the last month with you, I would just say it has been so fun!  You have always been a happy baby, but now that you can move around more on your own, you are more content.  You love exploring, and I love watching you develop your curiosity.  Your two front teeth have really come in, and I just love that little gap-tooth baby grin!  Your little belly laugh is one of my favorite sounds.  I feel so blessed to be your mama, sweet boy, and it is so fun watching you grow and even learn to communicate things more.  I can't wait for the day when I hear you say "mama"!

I love you more than all the pine needles on all the evergreen trees in the world.

-Your Mama

Clyde At Nine Months

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Clyde is now nine months old!


This month Clyde weighed in at about 17 lbs at his office visit.  He is in 6-9 month clothes, but probably not for much longer.  H e is a size 3 shoe and a size 3 diaper now.

This last month has just been so fun - Clyde got both of his lower teeth in right around Thanksgiving, and his two upper teeth came in right at Christmas!  I think his little tooth grin is the cutest thing.  He isn't crawling on all fours yet, but he is starting to scoot crawl.  He has been sleeping through the night much more often, so I think we are finally past the eight month growth spurt!


His big thing this month is looking at people's teeth.  Anytime I pick him up he just grins at me and tries to touch my teeth.  I can't talk without him sticking his fingers in my mouth.  There have been times when he gets both his little pointer fingers hooked in my mouth, and he has such a serious look on his face that he reminds me of a little dentist!  You never know.

His laugh has become even more cute, if that's possible.  He has such a cute little belly laugh, and then he ends on a hiccup laugh, and I love it.  He laughs most when someone "surprises" him (he likes it best if he knows the "surprise" is coming.


Clyde has always hated being alone, and it is still that way - if he thinks everyone left the room, he gets upset.  He likes to see where everyone is.  He is thrilled when Gwen and Wyatt come over to play with him, and they are so good with him.  Clyde is really into his toys, and he loved all the new ones he got for his first Christmas!

He defnitely loves his Daddy, and we think he has already said his first words Daddy and dog.  They both sound like "dah", but with Derek he'll say "Dah, dah" or "Dah, dee".  He is always looking at either Derek or the dogs when he makes those noises, so I think it is intentional!  No "mama" yet, though I've been working overtime on it.  *sigh*

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I am still his favorite person though - if he has a choice, he'll choose me to hold him, though he okay with other people too.  But if he can see me, he would rather have me holding him.  If I am gone during the day at work and he doesn't get some quality time with me before bed, he doesn't sleep well.  I think he fusses at night sometimes just because he wants me to come hang out with him.

I remember Wyatt and Gwen having stages where they wanted to be with me most, but Clyde's has definitely lasted the longest.  I have to say, I love it!  I love that he knows I'm his mama and wants to be with me.  It melts all those little places in my heart.  If he is my last baby, I am so glad that likes to hang out with me best, and I am going to enjoy every second of it - even the midnight seconds.


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Baby Clyde,

What a cutie you are!  It's hard to even describe how adorable you are, and your little grins and giggles make my heart jump.  I love that you like to hang out with me, and I love what a cheerful little guy you are.  Lately when you are happy to see me, you give me your classic, four-toothed grin, and then you scrunch your nose.  Sometimes you smile and give me a little eyebrow raise, like we have some fun little secret between us.  And I get that little leap of joy somewhere inside.  I love you sweet boy.  I am so glad you are mine.

Love you always,

Mama

A Crazy Year

The year is coming to a close, and 2014 has been a big, crazy year for us!  When I think about where we were a year ago, it's hard to believe how much has changed since then.  This year we have gone from expecting a baby, to having a newborn, from employment, to unemployment, to better employment, from a sporadic, uncertain schedule to a fixed, predictable schedule.  Every year since we've been married has felt like a big year to me, but I'm not sure we've had this level of change in the span of one year before.

January


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We celebrated Gwen's first birthday party!  She turned one year old in December, but we had her party in January - you can read about Gwen at one year old, her winter first birthday party, her birthday punch recipe, and a fun birthday decoration project I did with Wyatt for Gwen.

I was 7 months pregnant with Clyde!  Check out my 26 Week and 28 Week updates.

I was working on a ton of baby projects, like stuff Clyde's quilt and nursery.

I fell on some ice and had to take an unexpected trip to the hospital.  Baby Clyde was fine!

On the blog - I continued my "From One To Two" series on going from one baby to two - maybe it's time for me to write about going from two to three?

February


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We celebrated Wyatt's birthday!  He turned three years old.  I wrote about Wyatt at three, and his simple Thomas the Train party.

I hit 8 months pregnant with Clyde - I wrote my 30 Week and 32 Week updates.

I finished putting together Clyde's quilt and dropped it off to be quilted.

We had a disaster of a Valentine's Day, but it was okay.

My friend, Ashley, threw me a gorgeous nautical baby shower!

On the blog - I shared a glimpse into our mornings which I love looking back on now, and I shared a Valentine's Day printable.



March


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 I hit 34 Weeks and 36 Weeks in my pregnancy.


We had our maternity pictures taken.

Gwen turned 15 months old.

On the blog - I started my series on building a unique maternity wardrobe.


April


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I hit 38 weeks pregnant!  The countdown was on.

We were worried Derek would be gone when I went into labor, and we were praying the Lord would work everything out so he could be there!

I had some false labor, which did not help my anxiety.

Clyde was born on April 11th!  It was a great natural hospital birth experience (birth story part one and two).

We celebrated Easter with a one week old baby.

Clyde turned two weeks old.

On the blog - I posted ideas for a toddler's Easter basket.


May


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I kept busy trying to get used to having three kids!  I worked out and read a lot of books.

Clyde turned one month old.  I celebrated my first Mother's Day with Clyde!

We ventured out to the park for the first time with three.

On the blog - I shared our maternity pictures and Clyde's handmade by me baby quilt!


June 


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We all came down with a nasty cold.  Colds in the summer are the worst.

Clyde turned two months old.

We celebrated my birthday!  I got a new phone.

We celebrated Father's Day!

We started planning for a staycation.

I had one of those weeks.  We survived.



July


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Clyde turned three months, Gwen turned 18 months.

We had a "staycation", and it was lovely.

I was in my cousin's wedding as a bridesmaid.

We celebrated our six year anniversary.

I started redecorating my house and creating a gallery wall (I'll share it on here eventually).


I started writing for Tommy Nelson and wrote an article about managing the chaos of life with young children.



August


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I made some striped curtains and posted about it!

Clyde turned four months old.


The crisis of Christians being persecuted in Iraq was on the news more, and I wrote about three ways to help Christians in Iraq (which is still mostly applicable, so check it out).

I had a post featured on Tommy Nelson and FaithGateway about fighting selfishness in little ones.

On the blog - I posted about my June Cleaver moment.

September


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Clyde turned five months old, and Gwen turned 21 months old.

We threw a fall-themed party, just for fun!

I wrote on Tommy Nelson about reading aloud to your kids.

I think my loneliness with having Derek gone so much hit an all-time high this month.  It was just hard not having him here.

I started feeling overwhelmed and cut back on the blog a bit.

I started playing with watercolors (and it's till something I wish I had more time for, because it's fun!).
I went on a trip to Nashville to meet up with the other Top Tommy Nelson Mommies!  It was a wonderful trip!

On the blog - I wrote about that time I got off Facebook for nine months, and then got back on Facebook.


October

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Clyde turned six months, and after a struggle with my supply we finally stopped nursing.  We also started feeding him solids, and he loved it!

We went to a costume birthday party and had a fun time.

I had a girl's night out with some friends for the first time in a while!  We made burlap wreaths (if you follow me on Instagram, you know all this.)

I wrote about studying and memorizing the book of Hebrews! (I am still working on it - I'm finally getting into Chapter five, with the memorizing and the studying.  I'll do another verse recitation video soon!)


On the blog - The story of a dear blog friend, Natalie, inspired me to write a post about ways to support adoption without adopting.


November

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Clyde turned seven months old.

 We went to my friend Heather's wedding!

I started Christmas shopping.

Derek went elk hunting, but didn't get anything this year.

I came up with a solid plan for updating my house (it needs it - the decor and furniture basically hasn't been touched in 3-6 years, depending on which room we are talking about). I made a home wish list of inspiration.  I love this post about why it's okay to want your home to be pretty - it captures my recent feelings exactly!

I wrote about our bedtime routine, which I know will be fun to look back on.

Clyde celebrated his first Thanksgiving outside the womb!  He had sweet potatoes for the first time and loved it.

I wrote on Tommy Nelson about making Black Friday a blessing.


On the blog - I wrote a post for Thanksgiving about five things I want to teach my kids to be thankful for.


December

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We started the month unemployed.  I worked a few extra days at work to help with the finances.

Clyde turned eight months old.

I started a blog newsletter (which you should sign up for if you haven't - I'm giving away free printables!).

We had a fun day of Christmas surprises with the kids - crafts and cookies and books!  I tried to slow down in December, despite all the extra working, to enjoy Christmas with my littles.

Derek got a new job!  He starts right after the New Year, and we are treating these few weeks together like a vacation (except without going anywhere, and without spending money - it's still fun).

We celebrated Christmas, Clyde's first on the outside!  Unfortunately, all four of my people got sick between Christmas Eve and the Day after Christmas, so that was kind of sad.  I seemed to have escaped it.

We celebrated Gwen's 2nd birthday and Derek's birthday (same day).  I decorated, we ate cake and opened presents, then rented a movie for Derek and me to watch after the kids went to bed.  Everyone was still sick, so we kept it low-key.

Spent New Year's Eve together!

On the blog - I posted lots of recipes!  Including Holly Jolly Coffee, Pecan Coconut Orange Fudge, and Snowdrop Cookies.

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Looking back at 2014, I can't believe what a crazy year it was!  A lot happened, some things I was planning, some things that I wasn't planning.  Looking at 2015, I just feel - unsure.  For the last several years I had some idea of how the year was going to go, or how I wanted it to go, but in 2015 - I don't have any specific plans, which is kind of a first.  I guess we'll just see what the Lord has planned!  His plans are always better than mine anyway.

Happy New Year, Friends!

Stay tuned about a post about my word for the New Year.

A Day Of Christmas Surprises

I have a feeling Christmas time is just going to get more and more fun as the kids get older.  This year Wyatt especially is really aware of what is going on, and he is so excited about his presents.
I want Wyatt and Gwen to appreciate other things beside presents at Christmas time, so I decided to plan a fun "surprise" day for us.  Both Wyatt and Gwen are so into "surprises" lately, and I thought it would be fun to do something special for them as Christmas approaches.

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First up, we made Snowdrop cookies!  These are some of my favorite Christmas cookies, and I thought they went with the wintery theme I was going for.  I shared the Snowdrop Cookies recipe last week, in case you want to try them yourself!

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After our cookies, I had a plan to make "snow dough" for the kids.  I had a mix for homemade play doh that I got from MOPS last year, so I used that - then I realized it was actually pink, not white, and it seemed a little sticky.  I was ready to call the recipe a bust, so I broke out some white Play Doh and added some glitter to it for our "snow dough".  Then I realized that I could thicken up our homemade attempt with some flour, so we used that too!  I have to ay that it smelled good, and it was nice knowing that if Gwen ate any it wouldn't be bad for her.

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At first we made snowmen, and I used a toothpick to make a smiley face on them.  Then Wyatt commandeered my toothpicks and made his own creation - he is so artsy.  Gwen got in on the action too!

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To top off our fun day, I pulled out one of our new books from Tommy Nelson, "A Star For Me".  In this book, a young camel named Ollie sees a new star in the sky, and he is just sure that God has a surprise planned for him!  He and his family take off across the desert to see what gift God has for them.

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This book is so sweet.  I new Wyatt and Gwen would appreciate it, since they love their own "surprises".  One thing I really liked was that Ollie counts his own blessings as he is traveling to find his new surprise.  It's been my goal this year to try to impress upon the kids the blessings that we already have, instead of just focusing on presents, so I like that this was incorporated into the book.

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And of course, the best Christmas present in the world is Jesus himself.  More than anything, I have been trying to teach the kids about Jesus's birthday, and the gift that Jesus gave us by being born so he could save us from our sins.  This book ended with the message of Jesus as the greatest gift of all, and I love it for that.

Overall, I think the kids enjoyed our day of fun, and I had fun thinking of little things they would enjoy!  I might have to do another "surprise day" for them again soon.

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(Gwen was feeding Clyde and reading him a "buh-bul stoh-wee".  She is so cute.)

For more cute pictures of our day of surprises, check out my Instagram or my photo blog!

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Note: I received a copy of "A Star For Me" from Tommy Nelson for free in exchange for this review.  This is my honest opinion.
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