S I X

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

 photo IMG_2374_zpsdrosuoji.jpg
 photo IMG_2364_zpsvqmj78a0.jpg
 photo IMG_3497EDIT_zpsbquiqtqb.jpg
 photo IMG_3501EDIT_zps7fml3vcn.jpg
 photo IMG_2349_zpsum6wrbql.jpg
 photo IMG_2386_zps1moscquf.jpg
 photo IMG_2406_zpsnggfba7a.jpg
 photo IMG_2407_zpspxkjmb3w.jpg

SIX!

Our girl turned six this evening and we celebrated by giving her reign over the entire day. She chose Build A Bear and mac & cheese for dinner!

I feel like 6 is one of the last ages where she's really a little girl. Already she loves listening to Bruno Mars and wearing my red lipstick. She's smarter than what's good for her. She knows when I say a bad word under my breath. And she never fails to point it out.

But, she's also sensitive and quiet. She wears her heart on her sleeve. She talks nonstop, but not always about the things that are bothering her. Unless she's scraped her leg and then you'll never hear the end of it.

She's funny and quirky. She's recently loving on Legos. She acts like a mom to her little brother and loves him more than anything. She takes her vitamins seriously. She loves books. She loves cellphone games too.

And no matter how many times a day I feel like I am parenting her wrong, or that I am failing, or that I really can't take another tantrum or attitude from her, she's perfect. My sweet baby who took her sweet time coming into this world is absolutely perfect.

Happy Birthday baby cakes. I am so excited for everything that's waiting for you!

THE NUTCRACKER 2015

Sunday, December 27, 2015

 photo IMG_3141EDIT_zpsqllxryzc.jpg
 photo IMG_2009_zpsdqnh1krg.jpg
 photo IMG_2136_zpsz5tccgsc.jpg
 photo IMG_3153EDIT_zpsxmtwfkpe.jpg
 photo IMG_3163EDIT_zpspoynaajk.jpg
 photo IMG_3165EDIT_zpswzdemjdc.jpg
 photo IMG_3171EDIT_zpsz06pa5cy.jpg
 photo IMG_3174EDIT_zpstsyvzwdf.jpg
 photo IMG_2137_zpsrws3rn8x.jpg
 photo IMG_3245EDIT_zpszm4xwsge.jpg

Another year, another performance. I have to say, my girl still amazes me. She loves dancing and she takes it seriously and she puts everything she has out on that stage.

This year the music came on and the girls started dancing and Lia ran off stage. My heart sank! I froze for a second, unsure if I should run backstage after her or let her work it out. It turns out, I wasn't needed. Her ballet teacher whisked her back on stage and she picked up where she left off like nothing had happened. The piece of tape that marks her place on the stage had been accidentally picked up by the curtains and she didn't know where to stand.

She couldn't wait to tell us all about it but otherwise, it didn't affect her. She wasn't embarrassed or shy. She didn't forget her steps. She was brave and beautiful!

Afterwards, we went out for pizza which was the complete opposite of a relaxing, fun family dinner but still, we celebrated!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOU AND YOU

Saturday, December 26, 2015

 photo IMG_2272-2_zpsbdhqbecz.jpg
 photo IMG_3436EDIT_zpsalvuo3xg.jpg
 photo IMG_3444EDIT_zps4c3jz4pt.jpg
 photo IMG_2311_zps0apsxhyn.jpg
 photo IMG_3453EDIT_zps8lwnu7v1.jpg
 photo IMG_3449EDIT_zpsgohju1y7.jpg
 photo IMG_2312_zpsse4fghrn.jpg
 photo IMG_2313_zpslctp7pys.jpg
 photo IMG_2315_zpsix9gtn4s.jpg photo IMG_2285_zpscjz6ybeg.jpg
 photo IMG_3483EDIT_zpscmu07fl7.jpg
 photo IMG_2317_zpso0kg5nf1.jpg
 photo IMG_3478EDIT_zpsridwmzql.jpg
 photo IMG_2316_zpsyob4s1jw.jpg
 photo IMG_2314_zpsbpv9ciew.jpg

Christmas went by too fast, of course. It was Nico's first Christmas and if you combine the fact that he's the second child and my intense exhaustion and general "haven't been myself in oh, months and months", then that will explain why the poor kid's christmas jammies were in the laundry pile, the lack of quality pictures and the fact that despite how happy we all really were, at the end of the day I felt like I could have done more, celebrated more, enjoyed more, documented more.

Nico liked eating cardboard and playing with wrapping paper more than he enjoyed his toys. Lia said the legos were her favorite! I think there's still a present or two under the tree that we didn't get around to.

We feasted with good company and somehow managed to keep the kitchen clean all day. We face-timed family and listened to A Christmas Story in the background all day.

All in all, it was a very good Christmas. We were blessed and happy. Until the next one, xo.

THE GREAT CHRISTMAS TREE ADVENTURE

Thursday, December 24, 2015

 photo IMG_2215-2_zps2s4mn604.jpg
 photo IMG_3031EDIT_zpstrnfyqv7.jpg
 photo IMG_1796-2_zpsfpmc8rjb.jpg
 photo IMG_2216-2_zps2gcp2jvs.jpg
 photo IMG_3110EDIT_zpslkvkbr11.jpg
 photo IMG_3092EDIT_zpsoudn6x6k.jpg
 photo IMG_3077EDIT_zpsyrda9y67.jpg

I think we picked out our tree this year in less than 30 minutes. That must be a record for our family. We (which probably means mostly me) take our Christmas trees seriously. I think I've let go of the idea of a perfect Christmas this year. I'm more like "hey, Christmas is getting done and that's good enough" right about now.

But, we got a tree. L was big enough this year to pull it to the guys up front to pay for it. Nico didn't really care about this particular shin-dig but he did act cool through the hundred photos I snapped before peeing through his clothes. Then, I spent a good half hour picking out dead tree pieces from my favorite blanket about two weeks later.

Our perfect tree is gorgeous and twinkly and sporting a new skirt this year. I'm happy!

CHRISTMAS AROUND HERE

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

 photo IMG_3406EDIT_zpsn950faz1.jpg
 photo IMG_2211-2_zpsqeqkirh4.jpg
 photo IMG_2213-2_zps46oygep3.jpg
 photo IMG_2140-2_zps2efm2yit.jpg
 photo IMG_2197_zpsetqky0tl.jpg
 photo IMG_2147-2_zpssdpttung.jpg
 photo IMG_2214-2_zpsamonoag4.jpg
 photo IMG_3410EDIT_zpslllsmdug.jpg
 photo IMG_2176-2_zpsvpqy3i0g.jpg 
 photo IMG_2131-2_zpsw2yhti74.jpg

Happy eve of Christmas eve, friends! 

We're all a little under the weather from something or another around here but still really loving this break from school! All of the holiday shopping is done and there's just a couple items from the grocery store that I've forgotten in my past four trips. 

Presents are wrapped, the lost present was repurchased, stockings are hung with care. Cookies have been decorated and the table is still covered in icing. 

In the midst of slight chaos and evenings full of cranky and tired kids, I'm trying to remember to breathe and take it all in and savor these last few days of this holiday. The chaos will pick back up soon with birthdays and the new year. But tonight, I want to savor it.

May your days be merry & bright.... xo.