Saturday, December 31, 2016

Play dough

Drew got his first taste (literally and figuratively) of play dough recently. He did really well playing with it and was only tempted to put it to his mouth a few times. We will definitely have to do it again soon.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Crafty Naomi

Naomi spent a lot of December at our craft table making all sorts of gifts (most of them for me!) It was fun to watch her be focused for hours as she created.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Davey's Recital

Davey had her first recital for her music class this month. She did great. She definitely has a gift for music and a discipline for practicing that I greatly appreciate.

The three sisters in their primary colors.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Disney on Ice

The girls and I got to see Disney on Ice earlier this month thanks to cheap tickets through Naomi's preschool. Malia and Davey each got to bring a friend as a birthday treat. We all really enjoyed it.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

40 nuggets

Earlier this month, Andrew was out of town for a couple of days which meant we went through the McDonald's drive through for dinner. I got 40 nuggets and the 6 of us (5 kids plus me) almost were able to finish them. I can only imagine what our grocery bill will look like in 5-10 years as they all continue to eat more.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Chrissy Bear and Otis the dog

Naomi didn't have enough Bible bucks for the big gift certificate at church, so she enjoyed spending her money at the church's store. She came home with several things including "Chrissy Bear" and "Otis the dog". Every time she says "Chrissy Bear" it makes me smile.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

No nap...

Since early November, Naomi has not been napping much. This has not been the smoothest of transitions... she often falls asleep around 4:30 or 5 in random places and we have to push her to stay awake until bedtime. On this particular night, she went downstairs to grab baba and fell asleep at the bottom of the stairs!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Lego Hotel

Malia and Davey have had their eye on the Lego Friends Hotel for months. I told them they were welcome to save up and get it. Thanks to a generous program at church that rewards them with Amazon gift cards if they learn verses and complete activities, they were able to reach their goal last week and got the hotel (Malia had to cram in memorizing the entire Beatitudes in 2 days to accomplish this).

It provided a lot of giddiness in our house, including me because they bought themselves their top Christmas item!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas Jammies

Earlier this month, all of the cousins gathered at Emmie and Pop's house to receive their Christmas pajamas.

This year, they also received drums in addition to their pajamas and ornaments.

And of course we had to recreate one of our favorite pictures from last year... Drew and Abe on Ro's lap. Lots of hair changes in the last year!

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Valentine's in November

The week of Thanksgiving, Naomi spent a lot of times making Valentine's for family and friends. We kept trying to tell her that Valentine's was not until February but she was determined and so she made quite a few!

Monday, December 05, 2016

First Snow Outting

Last winter, Drew was not walking so going out in the snow was a cold and unpleasant thing for him. A couple of weeks ago, we had a couple inches and Drew got to go out and play in it. It was windy and cold but he still loved it!

Friday, December 02, 2016

Twin Party

Since Davey and her cousin Abe share a birthday, we call them the birthday twins. This year we celebrated with the family by twinning with someone else.

Can you pick out the twins?

And all nine great-grandkids (mostly) cooperated to get their picture with Gege!

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Operation Christmas Child Party 2016

Malia and Davey combined their birthdays again this year and hosted a packing party for Operation Christmas Child. We hosted 21 girls (including my 3) and transformed our family room into a store. Each girl shopped and packed a box and then several went back and were able to pack a second box. In the end, we packed 40 boxes!