Bye bye toddler bed

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Was Christmas really three days ago? I spent the following day with Budah before bringing him to the airport that afternoon to go on a hunting trip with his dad. Less than 24 hours later he shot his first doe. I’m a sissy when it comes to hunting. I can’t quite get past the “poor Bambi” feeling of it all and have never been willing to even try game. In fact when I was Budah’s age I went on a hunting trip with his dad and while shining for rabbits I didn’t hesitate to stomp my foot and scream “run thumper run!” before it got shot. I never went hunting with his dad again, and I think we were both good with that. Knowing what an exciting experience this is for Budah to go hunting and how stoked he was to get that first kill makes me smile. Even when he texted me pictures.

That evening I made it home just in time for a surprise visit for our little ladies from Santa! Buggie’s expression was priceless. She even asked “Santa is here to see me? IN MY HOUSE?” Buggie & Bunny were eager to take pictures and chat with him, Bitty not so much! She is just not a Santa fan this year and that’s okay!

It only took me two days to get this house back in order. I cleaned out the girls closet, their bedroom, and the game room. Out with the old & in with the new. We have boxes to donate and lots to hit the curb on trash day. These monsters are awfully loved and ended up with a whole slew of new things. But they didn’t hesitate to donate a whole slew of things either and that makes this mama proud.

We took Paw-Paw for his first trip to IKEA. Buggie had recently decided she was too big for her toddler bed any longer and wanted a big bed like her sister. So daddy got the fun task of taking the girls two old beds out and putting two new big girl beds in. One with hello kitty & one with Spider-Man. She would normally roam the house and decide where she was going to sleep each night to avoid that toddler bed, she hasn’t left her “big girl/boy bed” (as she calls it) for the last two nights. While she looks itty bitty in it, she sure did have the biggest smile when she climbed in!

This afternoon we finally slowed down and took some time to watch a family movie, “Wizard of Oz”. Funny how you can watch a movie countless times growing up and then watch it as an adult and catch all of the different little things and puns that you were oblivious to as a child.20131228-222252.jpg

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Jesus is the reason…

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Our monsters apparently enjoyed their fun filled day, because they were so tuckered out they (with the exception of Budah) were all sound asleep by 8pm tonight. I must admit, this has been the most peaceful Christmas we have had in years surrounded by nothing but happiness and loved ones.

Bunny attempted to wake us up at 1:45am to tell us Santa had already been here. This was about 30 minutes after I had fell asleep. She ended up going back to sleep for a few more hours with us until the rest of our monsters woke up too. Everyone seemed pretty happy with their variety of presents. Bitty loves her new house. Buggie was rather stoked about her Spider-man that is almost as tall as she is. Bunny just about jumped out of her skin when she opened her American girl doll. Budah seemed happiest about his dickies overalls. My love was happy to get a new latte maker. And while I loved & appreciated every single gift I received today I have to say my absolute favorite gift was the one that didn’t cost a penny. It was the super mushy and loving letter my husband wrote me. God I love this man.

After opening gifts instead of me cooking them our traditional fun Christmas breakfast, we ended up going out to eat. Then coming back in time for my MIL’s arrival to spend the day with us. Even Phil & Leilani came over for a visit today. Jillskie helped me cook a big traditional Christmas dinner while the fellas prepared our monsters last big surprise for Christmas…a trampoline! Watching our four lil monsters playing on it was nothing short of priceless.

While we all enjoyed our new special things, we haven’t lost sight of what Christmas is truly about. Teaching our monsters the true reason for Christmas is important to us. Having our parents here to spend this day with us and be able to share their excitement and laughter, I have no words for how much that meant to Matt & I.

Never be too busy to count your blessings! Merry Christmas from our family to yours.20131225-215432.jpg20131225-215446.jpg20131225-215517.jpg

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Oh Holy Night

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What a fabulous day! Buggie & I took on HEB this morning after delivering Christmas gifts to all of our neighbors and our son’s work. Baked a huge variety of cookies for our monsters, Santa, three of our friend’s families, and to bring to my MIL & FIL’s this evening. Our monsters all exchanged Christmas gifts with each other before they threw on their new jammies and headed out for our Christmas Eve tradition with at my in laws. It was an interesting evening that included Budah having a horrible bloody nose and my niece accidentally depantsing Buggie while chasing her! Such an enjoyable evening. Now to get our monsters in their beds after putting out cookies & milk and spreading the reindeer food. Then a few hours of work ahead of us, but it will all be worth it come tomorrow morning!20131224-221945.jpg20131225-202145.jpg

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Market days with our monsters

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This weekend we had our second booth at the Boerne Market days for our small family owned business. Last weekend it was so blistering cold that maw-maw stayed home with our monsters. Saturday Budah & Bunny came along. And today I just couldn’t bear being away from my monsters another day, so we took our 3 little ladies (Budah had to work) and their paw-paw to spend the day with us. They were so well behaved and had so much fun. We took turns taking them for walks and to watch the entertainment in front of the big gazebo on Main Street where we had our wedding reception once upon a time. Bunny & Buggie were especially excited to watch a group of tap dancers. All in all it was a fantastic weekend and I am looking forward to a day of baking with my lil monsters tomorrow!20131223-041737.jpg

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It came without packages…

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Bitty and I went to Bunny’s school for her 3rd grade Christmas class party today. Bunny beamed as all of the little girls and even one little boy gushed over her baby sister. Weeks ago we received a note from her teacher about their gift exchange they would be doing today. It clearly stated if your child doesn’t bring a gift they will not be included in the gift exchange. It absolutely broke my heart to see one little girl in their class of 23 students was not able to join in the festivities because her parents had forgot the present. She broke down crying as they all started opening their gifts and the teacher walked her outside to comfort her. While the rest of her class was distracted and excited about their new gifts, Bunny was visibly distraught over the situation. Then she realized that her new gift included three puzzles. Without an ounce of hesitation our 8 year old daughter put one of her puzzles in the gift bag and gave it to the little girl. We are so blessed to have such caring & giving children. It was all I could do to keep from crying right there in that classroom. At this time of year it is so easy to get caught up the the craziness this holiday can so easily bring. People forget the true meaning of Christmas. We always try to instill good values in our children, not just at Christmas time. Today I was thankfully able to witness just how much our eight year old girl understands.20131220-224017.jpg

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Buggie’s Pre-K Christmas Party

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This morning when I put Buggie on her bus I told her to have fun at her Christmas party. So the look on her face when I walked into her class this morning was nothing short of priceless! I got to help them make Rudolph the red nose reindeer hats and even painted the munchkins’ little noses red like Rudolph. Watched her decorate cookies. Built a little tower out of blocks with some of them along with my lil gal. And then helped them play a game sort of like hot potato, only they passed Christmas presents. At the end of her party I asked her if she wanted to ride home with me, fully expecting, just like her brother & sissy always have, she would want to. But to the beat of her own drum she always marches and how could she possibly ride home with me and not see her fabulous bus driver? Of course her bus driver got quite the kick our of this news, so sweet!20131219-222703.jpg

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First Christmas Dance Recital…

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The much awaited first Christmas dance recital for Buggie & Bunny!

All afternoon Buggie asked if it was time to get ready to go? She was beyond excited. Though I guess I am not overly surprised our little gal got complete stage fright when we got there and clung to me and sobbed at the idea of going to dance in front of all of those strangers. So she didn’t dance at her first recital, and that’s okay! What is important is how much she loves her class. Maybe she will want to dance for her next recital.

Miss Bunny, while nervous as could be that she would forget those steps she has practiced every single week for months now, got up there with her beaming smile and danced her little heart out! She even remembered all of the steps! I knew she would. Even her best friend is in the same class and they both were perfect little ballerinas!

Such a lovely evening cheering on our precious little ladies, even the one I got to snuggle with & comfort while her class danced. 20131218-214800.jpg

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3rd grade Christmas program

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Pretty sure I haven’t had time to blog in days now. Life has been insanely busy here lately.

Today was Bunny’s last dance class before her Christmas recital. And was also her 3rd grade Christmas program. They did a fantastic job! I’m one proud mama. I especially enjoyed following behind my husband & our daughter while we headed back to our car, as they walked hand in hand talking all about each song. She is such a lucky little girl. 20131216-220134.jpg

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