Sunday, January 31, 2010

Thankful.

As I am sitting here, finishing up for the night, I can hear Lydia occasionally crying. She does this sometimes. She usually falls back to sleep though. But tonight, I hope she doesn't. I really need to get to bed, but I don't want to. I want her to wake up and need a bottle. I want to hold and rock her and love her up with some mommy time. Sometimes I can get so mad when my sleep is disturbed. I do so need my sleep. But not tonight. Tonight I am so thankful for everything. I am thankful for a husband who is at work right now, in the freezing cold, working to support us. I am thankful for my house full of girls that God has given me to raise. I am so thankful for a little baby girl that still needs her mommy. There she is again, this time I am off to warm that bottle....

Grace's Girl

Isn't this precious? Grace was feeding Lydia one morning and she fell asleep in her arms. This is a rarity for Lydia. She likes to be put in her crib for her naps. Grace has been my big helper with Lydia this last couple of weeks. She has the lightest school load right now so she has been keeping an eye on Lydia while I run on the treadmill and get showered. It has been such a blessing for me! Now Grace is Lydia's favorite and many times she doesn't want me, but just her Grace. It is adorable, and of course Grace just soaks up all the love! I thought this was pretty sweet, too. I came out one morning after my shower to find Grace and Lydia snuggled up watching TV. Not that I'm crazy about TV watching, but if it buys me some time to myself once in a while, I'll take it! Especially when it is this cute!

The Haircut

Why is it that every little girl has to, atleast once, cut their own hair? Today was Sophia's day to try it. Now at her last haircut, we cut it pretty short because we had finally grown her bangs out enough that we could bob it and it would all be one length. So today I noticed she was emptying the bathroom garbage into the big kitchen garbage. This is her daily chore, but it is done in the morning, not mid-afternoon. So I smiled at her thinking oh how sweet that she is emptying the garbage. But as I looked closer I noticed hair in the garbage can. What?? And then a look at her hair and I could tell there was a little cutting done. So I asked her if she cut her hair and she immediately said yes and looked ready to cry. She knew she was in trouble! So I knelt down to get a closer look and asked her why she cut her hair and she told me she wanted her bangs cut because they were in her face. Ha! Now they were really in her face! So we had a little talk about not doing this ever again and she seemed pretty convinced that it was a bad idea! I don't think this will be a problem with her again...so now just two more girls to get through. I am just thankful that she didn't take too much off. Actually she did a pretty good job on it, I think!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

A Christmas Letter

If I were to actually write a Christmas letter, I suppose this is what it would say:

Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year! My apologies that I have not done a Christmas letter in so many years. Time seems to go to fast in our busy household. So here is an update on our family.

We had an exciting 2009 beginning on Valentines Day when Lydia Kay decided to join the family. Weighing in at 5 lbs 15 oz, she was the smallest little girl we have had. She is already almost 11 months old. She is crawling and starting to pull herself up to things and walk along them. She is a great joy and her favorite time is after everyone is in bed and she gets to stay up and play with all the toys all by herself!

In March, Sophia turned 4. I like to call her sweet Sophia because that is exactly what she is. She is enjoying her preschool work at home this year. We are working on letters and numbers, the very basics, but she really enjoys that time.

It is hard to believe that Brooke turned 14 in April and started her freshman year last fall. WOW, how did that happen? She is still taking fiddle lessons and is involved in Speech and Drama at the public school. She is taking classes this year from Alpha Omega Academy online. She is also driving! She has her permit and is waiting impatiently for us to have time to get her ready for her drivers test. Yikes!

We had another birthday celebration in May for Grace. She turned nine and has managed to grow taller than her older sister, Emily! She is in the third grade this year and enjoys swimming, acting(drama, drama, drama!), and softball. She is also a little mother, if Allison is in trouble, you will most likely hear her crying for Grace!

July brought mine and Josh's birthdays, but I don't think anyone really cares how old we are! Josh is still working for Ensign Drilling. He is a driller and thankfully through this rough patch in the oil field he has managed to keep working consistently. I am still at home with the girls. Between school, meals, and laundry, I manage to stay pretty busy!

Emily had her 11th birthday in November. She is in the fifth grade now and is also taking fiddle lessons. She enjoys her swimming and softball in the summer and of course making up plays with Grace. We missed the basketball season this year(oops), but she is looking forward to playing next year!

We ended the year with Allison turning three on Christmas Day. I absolutely cannot believe she is three already! She has grown up so much this last year and is such a little girl now and not a baby. She loves to imitate her sisters and do her school work on her little toy laptop. Now, she is one we are going to have to keep our eye on! Busy and full of mischief!

I guess that about sums things up! We have had a busy year full of blessings. So much to be thankful for. Looking forward to the excitement that 2010 has to offer!

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and we wish you the best in the New Year!