I was thinking the other day that I haven't posted much this month because we just haven't had too much going on. But then I downloaded the pictures off of my camera and to my surprise I realized...we had a great time this month....AT HOME! Who knew?!
We snuggled and hung out watching TV
We held fashion shows, complete with music and blanket runway
We tried to get Taylee to do her latest tricks
We did each other's hair
We did a little jig
We made crazy faces on the couch We dressed the baby up in ear-muffs when she was minding her business reading
We made more silly faces
We Screeched out of pure glee...
While big brother pushed dangerously through the house
We are certainly adventurous in our own little way!
I despise the word inversion; it means I haven't seen the sun in over a week and I need it! I don't care if it's cold, I just need some rays..the cruise can't come fast enough! I might need to fake bake for a few minutes...do you think that would really help?
The other day Treygan woke up with a pretty nasty rash covering his torso, probably from the bubble bath I un-wisely let him use the day before (my kids all have VERY sensitive skin). So, like any good mom would do, I gave him Benadryl and sent him off to school (after calling the office and asking if it was fine). When he got home, more Benadryl of course. By that evening, the poor little guy was itching like crazy and the rash started spreading to his face. It didn't look like any kind of virus, just a plain ol' too much bubble bath rash, but I decided to call Nurse Mom (mine) anyway and we decided if it didn't go away soon we might need a trip to the doctor. The next morning, he came running out of his room to tell me, "the rash is all gone! I prayed to Heavenly Father!" Treygan is the perfect example of why Christ instructs us to become as little little children*; full of faith, he prayed a simple prayer asking Heavenly Father to take away his rash and I have no doubt he knew his prayer would be answered.
* Matthew 18:3-4: "...Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. " "Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
* 3 Nephi 11:38 in The Book of Mormon: "...ye must repent and be baptized in my name, and become as a little child. or ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God."
This is a sweet moment with my girls watching a movie together. Taylee is starting to play with Brooklyn more now; you can often find them in the playroom together at the table reading books or playing with dolls. There's nothing like a bond between sisters, as I know from first-hand experience with my own sister and it warms my heart to see my daughters quickly forming this special bond.
We had a wonderful Christmas this year! We had a Christmas Eve party with 4 other families on our block, none of which have family near. It was a night filled with lots of food, games and really great people. The kids acted out the Nativity which was adorable as always. We felt very blessed to be surrounded by such good friends. Christmas day was wonderfully relaxing...words that are not often in my vocabulary. I couldn't sleep the night before in anticipation of how excited I knew the kids would be. The joy on their faces is absolutely priceless and is one of the greatest rewards of parenthood! Trey and Brooklyn had stools set up with cookies, carrots and pictures for Santa and his reindeer. They were thrilled to awake to empty stools and very full stockings! Taylee could feel the excitement and she buzzed around digging at the presents and all the pretty paper. Normally, the first things my kids want to do in the morning is eat, but no one, not even Taylee asked to eat until all the presents were opened. The rest of the day was spent playing with toys and hanging out until later in the day when some friends and Aunt Emily came over to dig into all the leftovers. What a great ending to 2008, a Christmas I will never forget!