I think that digital cameras were created for one reason, and one reason only. Holiday photo shoots. More specifically holiday photo shoots with children. Thankfully, April LaGarde has the patience of a saint and was able to capture some special moment for our family. Of course after all that work...did I ever send them out? Nope. Consider this your Christmas card.
Merry Christmas 2009! Love, Matt, Missy, Aubrey and Leah
Oh, the joy of having two birthdays... ONE DAY APART! Aubrey and Leah are exactly one year and 364 days apart. The things that we heard about having one in December must not have deterred us because, we did it again. Leah made her appearance the day before Aubrey's 2nd birthday. Last year we didn't really do much for their birthdays and the mom guilt had started to sink in. So we decided that this year that we would celebrate their birthdays together.
16 kids (most under the age of 5) and their folks helped us celebrate in style. We dressed up, we made cookies....we ate PIZZA! The girls had a blast and we did too. Although I'm thinking for future events. Separate parties... 3 kids each.... max. At least until their are like 12.
Thanks everyone who came and made our girls feel so special!
have you ever wondered how much time it takes to get kids into those snow suits? it's really quite ridiculous if you ask me. i don't remember how many times that i put leah's mittens on.... she kept taking them off again and again. finally after what felt like an hour of work we were all ready to go out. stomping around in the snow. making snow angels. throwing snow at the dog (that was fun). we even slid down the slide on our swing set. i'm not sure how long we were out. it was cold! when we had our fill we headed inside. dropped our wet clothes at the back door and warmed ourselves up with a cup of hot chocolate.
a day of cozy blankets, a warm fire, christmas movies and family. we had a wonderful day!
i never thought that christmas tree shopping would turn into a debate. i mean, i vaguely remember shopping for them with my family when i was younger. putting a mitten on this one to save it, a hat on that one...but i never remember it being an "argument" per say.
matt and i had to get our tree a little early, black friday to be exact. we were having my family for the girls birthdays and wanted a chance to decorate our tree together. we headed over to bethany farm, a dairy farm not to far from our house. it was freezing (and a little rainy) but we ventured out anyway.
the girls had a great time running between the trees, while mommy and daddy began their debate.
i like this one... no, i like this one...
Me - i like the soft tree with the long needles, i like them really bushy, when you can't see through them.
Matt - i like this one....the fraser fir, sturdy, doesn't drop needles as much, good for ornaments, blah, blah, blah (it's my story i get to tell it how i like).
standing in the freezing cold....poor Mr. Messner looking from Matt to me and back to Matt again. so, which one? the fraser fir. the one that will hold ornaments better, won't drop needles, is more likely NOT to catch on fire. (thank you Mr. Messner for siding with my husband).
we loaded it up, brought it home and guess what... i really like our tree.
the other night it was just aubrey and i. leah was asleep and matt was out. we were curled up by the fire and talking about when she grows up. we started to have a conversation about where she would live, who she would marry...
me: where are you going to live when you grow up aubrey? aubrey: in a different house. me: not here with me. aubrey: no me: can i come visit? aubrey: yeah
me: are you going to get married? aubrey: yeah me: who are you going to marry? aubrey: logan me: oh, are you going to have any babies? aubrey: yes me: how many? aubrey: four me: well, what are you going to name your babies? aubrey: um, logan....sally....RUDOLPH (obviously we are watching to many Christmas movies).... and grayson.
it took everything in me not to laugh out loud. RUDOLPH!
you hold a special place in your heart for your first little baby. as i looked back over my journals i found the prayer i wrote when aubrey was born. i wanted to share it with you.
you will never understand how much your God loves you... how amazing His grace is... how much you need His strength to get through the next moment until you look into the face of your child.
Aubrey is here.... and i am in love. i am overwhelmed with the desire to nurture & protect her. is this how God feels about us? so much love your heart could break. i wish i could give my daughter even just a portion of the love & grace that my God has given me.
Father God, i am overwhelmed. this is all so new to me & i am scared to death. i don't have a clue how to take care of this little girl. how to lead her to your throne... i want so much for her not just to be fed & loved... i want her to know & love you. to have a heart for this world... that she would have a desire to lead people to you.
Just two (wow, two?) short years ago this little precious girl was placed in my arms. She captured me then....and hasn't let go. Every morning I see her sweet face looking up at me from her bed...her big blue eyes, her wide smile...I feel so lucky that I get to be her mommy. She has such a sweet personality, loves to do anything her big sis is doing, loves to cuddle, likes to make herself heard. She fills our day with shrieks and giggles (oh the joys of being a mom to girls!).
Tonight we made cupcakes after dinner to celebrate her big day. She sang "Happy to YOU" over and over again. Shushing us if we tried to sing with her. Asking me to light her candle again and again. What a precious memory!
I thank God for blessing us with Leah each day....but especially today.