Christmas 2014!

I am so behind on posting! Needless to say things have been busy here.

It was so special spending our first Christmas in our very own home. This was also Levi’s first Christmas, so that made it even more special!

We started the day off checking out our stockings and opening presents. After that we had breakfast, played with our new toys, and got ready to go to Nonna and Papa’s house.

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It is hard to believe that not even two months ago on Christmas Day the temperatures reached the low 50’s. Right now in Lowell it is a balmy 7 degrees! I’m getting off track here. Like always, Christmas at Nonna and Papa’s house was a crazy messy blast. We had a great day spent with family.

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Christmas Concert

A friend of ours from church let us know of a great learning opportunity for Abigail. She told me about it a good year ahead of time and I’m so glad we didn’t forget about it because it was so great!

Every Saturday for 10 weeks or so in the fall/winter Abigail joined a few other children her age to learn Christmas carols. The end result was a beautiful performance along with an older youth choir and adult choir. Abigail LOVED going to music practice. I went with Levi every Saturday and enjoyed it too. It was fun getting to see husband and wife team Eric and Robin work together to create a really special performance.

Here is a video of Abigail singing with her Kid’s choir and then also with the Youth choir.

This performance was part of Not Your Typical Silent Night and happens every year. Check out http://nytsn.net/ for more info! We can’t wait for next year!

Christmas Preparations

We were all very excited to celebrate our first Christmas in our new home. We went as all out as we could given our budget and having four little ones. The first task we tackled was the outdoor Christmas lights. I guess I should really say that Jonathan tackled this task. Though I helped by watching the kids! We invested in LED lights. What I like about these is that you can choose white lights or multicolored lights with the push of a button! Jonathan probably both loved and hated doing this job. Of course it was fun to put lights up, but it was a very cold and tedious job as well. This weekend (mid-January) he will finally take them down, to be stowed away until this coming December.

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Jonathan installed our Christmas lights with a lovely coating of snow as a backdrop. During the afternoon we gave the kids a chance to play in it for a bit. This was Levi’s first experience with snow. He didn’t quite know what to make of it at first. But then I think he decided he didn’t like it. Lily and Sarah spent most of their time harvesting the snow for a little snack.

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We ventured north to New Hampshire this year to pick out and cut down our own Christmas tree. Decorating the tree was a bit chaotic, but a memorable experience. As Christmas drew nearer and nearer the ornaments climbed higher and higher up the tree. The funny thing is though, Levi was not the primary offender. Lily was the one who just couldn’t keep from grabbing at the ornaments.

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Thanksgiving

We celebrated our first Thanksgiving in our new home. We had my parents, my sister and her two kids, and my brother and his wife over for a day of food and fun.

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Because we were all together we decided to exchange a few gifts. We’ve had the same tradition since my brother was in Kindergarten: we pick names and give a homemade gift rather than a purchased one.

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My sister Laura picked my sister-in-law Dawn’s name and made her these cute trays with chalkboard paint.

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Jonathan picked my sister and made her a hand sewn photo book.
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I picked my Dad’s name and made him this cute photo holder (thanks to Pinterest!)

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My Mom made Jonathan fruitcake

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My sister made shirts for my Mom with some of her favorite quotes on them.

Lily is Three!

About a month before Lily’s birthday she was easily able to tell everyone how old she was. Now she can easily tell you (and show you) that she is three.
We celebrated on her actual birthday with fudgy brownies and a few presents.
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The Saturday following we celebrated with family and an Ariel cake.
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Now, about this cake. Lily was very pleased with it while I thought it could be much better. I found the technique on Pinterest which basically involves coloring with frosting. I’d like to try it again with a less detailed picture and I would also think about the texture of the frosting I used to color in.
Lily, you are out little firecracker! You are funny, adventurous, strong-willed and independent. You are a force to be reckoned with 😉 Mommy and Daddy love you so much and continue to look forward to the beautiful young lady you will become.

Sarah is Five!

Well, it happened. Our sweet Sarah turned five! We celebrated on the actual day with apple pie and presents. Her Grandma made her a cute dress that matches Sarah’s style to a T.

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Levi was a little cranky, so I treated him to some whipped cream.

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That same weekend we celebrated at my parent’s with an Elsa cake. Sarah was excited to get plenty of Frozen gifts and a few art and craft items.

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Sarah, where has the time gone? You are growing up too fast! We love watching you grow up and are blessed with the opportunity to have a hand in it. You are a sweetheart who loves to help out her younger sister and brother. You love dancing, being silly, and still make the best facial expressions. We love you so much!

Jonathan’s Birthday

Way back in mid-September Jonathan celebrated his thirty-somethingth birthday. I am finally getting around to telling you about it!

We celebrated with just our little family on his actual birthday. Let me tell you, it was such a hard, stressful, and crazy day.

 

 

After dinner we sang Happy Birthday and dug into the yummy German Chocolate cake (made with extra coconut and no nuts in the frosting). Turns out the girls didn’t like the frosting, so that meant more for me and Jonathan!

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We celebrated again with family a few weeks later.