On December 19th, we celebrated Emily’s 6th birthday! Yep, she’s our Christmas baby. We try really hard to not let her birthday become a Christmas/Birthday. We let her open our gifts on her birthday and I made her a cookie cake. Unfortunately, (and oddly) Emily doesn’t really like cake. She obviously didn’t get that from me! [photopress:100_5532.jpg,thumb,centered]Then, on Saturday, we had her birthday party at Build-A-Bear Workshop. The kids really enjoyed it, and Emmy had a blast! Emily and her new friend, Zelda. Oh, no, Robbie’s rubbing off on her![photopress:Emmy__s_Birthday_Build_a_Bear_011.jpg,thumb,alignright][photopress:Emmy__s_Birthday_Build_a_Bear_012.jpg,thumb,alignleft][photopress:Emmy__s_Birthday_Build_a_Bear_020.jpg,thumb,alignright][photopress:Emmy__s_Birthday_Build_a_Bear_024.jpg,thumb,alignleft][photopress:Emmy__s_Birthday_Build_a_Bear_033.jpg,thumb,alignright]Robbie with his cousin, Braden.[photopress:Emmy__s_Birthday_Build_a_Bear_021.jpg,thumb,alignright][photopress:Emmy__s_Birthday_Build_a_Bear_031.jpg,thumb,alignleft][photopress:Emmy__s_Birthday_Build_a_Bear_032.jpg,thumb,alignright]Emily’s cousin, Carter and his bear in a car! He almost fits![photopress:Emmy__s_Birthday_Build_a_Bear_041.jpg,thumb,alignright][photopress:Emmy__s_Birthday_Build_a_Bear_044.jpg,thumb,alignleft][photopress:Emmy__s_Birthday_Build_a_Bear_049.jpg,thumb,alignright][photopress:Emmy__s_Birthday_Build_a_Bear_061.jpg,thumb,centered]Happy Birthday Emmybug! We love you!
Did you miss me? Between parties, presents, wrapping, planning, cooking, shopping and the sleeping in between, I had no time left for blogland. So, even though I love Christmas and am sad when it’s over, it’s also a little bit of a relief. Now, I actually have time again! So, be prepared. You are about to see an entire months worth of blog posts in the next few days. And lots of pictures! First up, Santa! We saw Santa 3 times. The REAL Santa comes to Jon’s work. The others are just elves dressed up like Santa because Santa can’t be everywhere during Christmas. (Thanks Mom for the excuse from my childhood!) Jon’s work does a really nice job. They’ve had the same Santa all 3 years that he’s been there. The kids see Santa, they have a professional photographer to take pictures (which they give you), the kids get a cookie, a juice, and a goody bag, and there’s a puppet show to watch. It’s a lot of fun. All the kids were actually pretty good. For the first time, Adam actually sat on Santa’s lap without crying and told him what he wanted. Santa even got Kelsey to be calm for a moment or two to get a picture. Anyway, enjoy! [photopress:Adam_talking_Santa.jpg,full,centered][photopress:Adam_Santa.jpg,full,centered][photopress:Emily_talking_Santa.jpg,full,centered][photopress:Emily_Santa.jpg,full,centered][photopress:Robbie_talking_Santa.jpg,full,centered][photopress:Robbie_Santa.jpg,full,centered][photopress:Kelsey_Santa1.jpg,full,centered][photopress:Kelsey_Santa2.jpg,full,centered][photopress:Kids_Santa_1.jpg,full,centered]
Okay, so Kelsey turned 1-year old a couple of weeks ago. I finally have a few minutes to dig though the four million pictures Randi took (thanks Rand!), and post. First, here’s a quick update on Kelsey. She is now walking, and has been for over a month. What a slacker mom I am. With the first kid I write down the exact date and take pictures and video. Kelsey gets a brief mention a month later. But she loves walking around. In the last two days she has figured out how to stand up without crawling to a wall, so that’s fun. She also babbles up a storm. Her favorite word is “tickle”. Okay, that may not be what she means, but it’s what she says. She points to things and nods when we ask her questions. She’s getting so old. At her 1-year check up, she weighed 17 lbs. 12 oz. and was 29 inches tall. She’s actually smaller than Emily was at a year, which is saying something. She’s super cute too! Anyway, on to her birthday. We just had the family over for a little party. Always fun. Kelsey didn’t really get the cake for a while, but eventually got into it. So, here’s some pictures![photopress:100_5457.jpg,full,centered][photopress:100_5460.jpg,full,centered][photopress:100_5473.jpg,full,centered][photopress:100_5484.jpg,full,centered][photopress:100_5487.jpg,full,centered] My niece, Mary, on the other hand, had no problem with the cake.[photopress:100_5465.jpg,full,centered][photopress:100_5467.jpg,full,centered]And then, there were the presents. [photopress:100_5496.jpg,full,centered][photopress:100_5500.jpg,full,centered][photopress:100_5502.jpg,full,centered]Happy Birthday Kelsey Liz! We love you!
Part of the reason I haven’t blogged very much lately is that I ended up in charge of our ward Christmas party. Okay, I volunteered because there was no one else to do it. But it was last minute, and I only had two weeks to pull everything together. I love organizing things, so I was really fine. Plus, I had the most amazing people in my ward offer to help. I don’t know that I had to call anyone to do anything. Everyone signed up to bring food. A wonderful lady volunteered to do the decorations (and they looked fabulous!). Another sister took care of the entire Santa room and goody bags. But, I’ve been a little busy, and at times, a little stressed out. So, I’ve spent two weeks planning the party (and talking about the party – which Jon just loves!). Yesterday we spent several hours setting up, and then I went up an hour early to make sure everything was fine. I made huge lists of things to do and things to bring. Do you want to know the one thing I forgot? I forgot Baby Jesus for our nativity. How ironic is that? As I rushed home 20 minutes before the party to grab a doll, I realized that too often that symbolizes our lives. We are so busy this time of year with the decorations and presents and Santa, that we forget why we have this wonderful season. After all, no matter how wonderful the food was, or how pretty the decorations were, or how entertaining the program was, without the Savior it just doesn’t mean anything. It’s just another party. So, I’ve resolved to remember the Savior a little bit more, and TRY to get my kids to remember Him too. Because that’s why this time of year is so amazing. I am so grateful for that reminder.
Dear Santa, I have been a really good girl this year. I clean my room every day. I eat all my vegetables. I try REALLY hard not to yell at my kids. I’m happy most of the time. So, all I want for Christmas this year is one extra hour in the day. Or, if that doesn’t work, could you make it so I don’t need to sleep? Then, I will have time to do all the things that I want to do. Like post on our blog. Or finally sew Kelsey’s Christmas stocking. Or fix that button on Jon’s shirt that fell off about 3 months ago. That would be great! Thanks Santa!Love,AubreyP.S. When I get my extra hour, or can sleep less, I promise to post an update on Kelsey, pictures of her birthday, pictures of Santa Visit #1 (of 3), and our trip to the Arlington Nativity!