Hard to believe that this year we are celebrating with Josh and Bethany. This is the first New Years Eve we have celebrated with Josh and Bethany in six years. Because six year ago on New Years Eve we were at their wedding. Over Thanksgiving I quickly snatched Grandma and Grandpa's commitments to watch the kids with a possibility that it might be four instead of two. They didn't seem to hesitate.
Before we went to our "kidless" party with our friends the four of us went out to dinner.
James and I are looking forward to more opportunities like this. They now live only 2.5 hours away as opposed to 9 hours.
Sadly our time was coming to an end. All of the kids were bathed and dressed and I thought that I would try one more shot at getting a picture of the four of them together. I like the bottom one the best.
We checked out Kung Fu Panda 2 for the ride back. Before I pulled out of the drive I took this shot.
Such happy kids who really enjoyed spending time together. It was wonderful and I am already looking forward to when we can do it again for a little longer next time.
I just thought this was so funny and needed to grab the camera. We say "toot" here if someone passes gas. I think what made it so hilarious to me was hearing such a tiny little girl say "I farted". She totally owns it too.
Andrew had to add his two cents in too letting us know that he stinks.
Andrew had taken a super long nap and Adeline just didn't want to stop making crafts. But Michael and Aliyah were all about making their own pizza's. They were both really excited and did such a good job listening.
Michael wanted to make sure that his pepperoni was under the cheese.
Another thumbs up from Michael and he looks ready to eat.
Really? Can you get any cuter? I just love this girl.
Our final project...it fed our whole family. Good job guys.
Adeline and Michael went crazy with all the craft stuff downstairs while Andrew and Aliyah were sleeping. What I love is that out of all that they made their favorite things were a beard Michael had made and a crown Adeline had made from computer paper.
After Michael had made his beard he came upstairs and said "pull my beard", so I did. And then he screamed so loud and high pitched that I am surprised no glasses cracked. He thought he was so funny. I thought it was funny too but then asked him not scream every time he asked someone to pull. it.
I was so looking forward to this time with Michael and Aliyah. This is my first time taking the two for a couple of days. And it was way too short. I picked the kids up Wednesday afternoon and they stayed until Friday afternoon.
When we got home from picking up Michael and Aliyah both Adeline and Andrew were excited about giving them their gifts. Aliyah LOVES Dora and Michael LOVES beyblades so when it came to picking out their gifts it was pretty easy.
The kids played great the entire time. We didn't do anything that cost money and the weather wasn't nice but the kids didn't mind. They played upstairs, downstairs, and on the main floor and didn't seem to get bored.
Bedtime was a lot of fun each night. We read stories, said prayer's, gave kisses and hugs and then went to sleep. All of the kids slept great and that allowed me to have energy each day.
So hard to believe that it is the day after Christmas. After enjoying a nice run outside we took the kids to the park to play. Actually while I was showering James and some others took the kids and I eventually walked down to join them.
I remember these little diggers when I was little. I love how Andrew was so into it.
Must be a man thing.
The most fun the kids had though was walking across this rope.
Brooklynn could even do it with her eyes closed.
Grandma took her turn and I heard that Aunt Bethany did it with a sleeping Gabby.
Even though I must admit that I do enjoy being able to wake up Christmas morning, stay in my pj's, eat coffee cake, and spend time with the family around the Christmas tree. It was very fitting to go to church and celebrate Jesus' birth, the true meaning of Christmas. And also it was such a great example for our kids.
After church we headed back to the Olivet Bean house, had lunch and then gathered around the Christmas tree opening presents.
Adeline's Tangled collection is complete now. Rapunzel and Eugene can ride away on their horse Maximus and start their new life together.
Andrew now has his very own apron so he doesn't have to wear Adeline's gardening apron anymore.
Adeline and Andrew got super fun hats from Aunt Erin.
Andrew is all about his hats. He hangs them on his bed post and as soon as he wakes up he puts one on. It is a part of his everyday outfit.
Adeline had been wanting her own hat....and now she has it. I think she could be a hat girl. She looks pretty good.
Aunt Betsey handled it really well. She knows how much Adeline loves her.
Andrew's favorite shirt. I don't think and explanation is needed.
Whenever Andrew goes to the Morse family house he immediately goes to Matthias' room and gets his Car's legos. Now Andrew has his very own Mater lego to play with. It was totally fitting with his new Mater hat.
Erin had been talking about getting and iPhone for a long time. She has had her old phone for maybe five years. Well Grandpa (Erin's Dad) decided to surprise her with an early purchase. She was not expecting this...and was very grateful.