Sick kids made for a very calm and quiet break. Luckily little miss GiGi hasn't gotten sick. We weren't able to do all of our traditions, but we got a few in and still had fun. We did the traditional Eve festivities...
Christmas was exciting, but what Annie said when I woke her up made my day.
Me: "Happy Christmas Annie!"
Annie: Gets a huge smile on her face and sits on my lap. "It's Jesus' birthday!"
Love me some Annie!!!!
One of the things that the girls really wanted for Christmas was a chapter book. So that is what they got and they loved them. They spent most of the day reading. I loved watching them.
What a wonderful Christmas! The best part was just being with my family. I love them so very very much and they make me so happy!
For our ward party this year each family decorated their own Christmas tree that was used as the "Festival of Trees" decor. The girls had fun making the snowmen for our tree...
It was also fun to walk around and see all the other trees. People are creative!
(A bad pic of the gym)
(our displayed tree)
I was in charge of the kids crafts, so things were a little bit hectic with four crazies and no hubby (Dan had to work and so I was on my own). Thankfully I have some great kids and they were awesome. I only lost GiGi once.
There was dinner, singing,
and of course
It was a wonderful night and we got home far too late!
It is such a sad day today.
There was a shooting in a Connecticut elementary school. 8 adults and 20 children were killed.
My heart aches for everyone.
I hurt for those who lost loved ones, I can't imagine their pain. But I feel extremely bad for those little ones who witnessed this. How traumatizing.
We don't know much about the suspect yet, but I don't think that I'll be surprised to find out who he is and what his life was like. I do know that 20 years old is too young to do something like this and then kill yourself. Sad.
People keep saying that we need to have strict gun controls, but I am far from that "answer". I really believe that the only way that stuff like this will stop is by attention (good attention), quality time with parents, and love. With the way that bullying is on a rampage, I believe that this kind of thing just may get worse.
Things are crazy now, and it is awful to think that things can and will get worse.
Tell people you love them.
We went with some friends, the Lee's, to the Gardens at the Bellagio and then to see the water show. First we met at their house and had some hot chocolate and then went on our way. It has actually been a year since we have been down to the strip. It's always crazy! But fun.
These kids are crazy when they get together.
My AWESOME family!
The water show was a hit with the twins, but GiGi and Ty weren't the biggest fans.
Such a fun night and so glad that we could get out of the house!
Dan had to work Thanksgiving night and so we ate a very yummy lunch.
We got everyone looking.
Which is a miracle, because it is usually something like this...
I am so very thankful for my family. We have so much fun together and I couldn't imagine my life without them. They push me to the end of my wits, but they also push me to be better than I was yesterday. I am truly blessed!!!