This was Natalie's first year with the honor.
November 27, 2011
November 26, 2011
Later I remember searching a Christmas tree lot. And I even have one memory of not liking the tree we got, so my Dad went and found a NEW tree a couple days before Christmas. He and I were so happy to replace the ugly tree we were glad to take all the ornaments and lights off and then switch them out. Right now that makes me tired to even think about! He definitely had the energy when he was determined. That was our first year getting a Noble Fir... I've gotten one almost every year since then.
November 23, 2011
November 21, 2011
For the second year in a row we've been able to have the Lloyd family stay with us as they visit Washington. Yay for a new house... Yay for them being on the West Coast again!! I hope we can make this an annual tradition.
Did I mention there are 4 boys??? Nathan is lovin' this!
November 19, 2011
We have a quiet house, I want to remember that it's important to also turn the music up loud and let loose with them. Dance parties are good for the soul!
I pray each day that I am able to see what their individual needs are, what their individual strengths are, and work to take care of them and help them grow. I pray that I am constantly learning about them and growing with them.
I want to remember to focus on each of them independently as often as possible. I think it's wonderful to have that quiet time together, and I always feel like the child in front of me is my "favorite" at that moment. I feel a bit guilty until I realize that I feel the same way about each of them. They are each my favorite! They are so endearing for who they are, again... We are SO blessed!!!
I love that this girl is willing to work hard. It's okay for her to make mistakes, she just wants to be involved. She looks up to her big brother and wants to do what he does. Trying to do his school work. Love that! And she loves puzzles, something Trever and I cherish doing with her. She's really good at working out a puzzle, it's so fun to see her strengths emerging.
Our hearts overflow with love for this girl.
This last picture is one of my favorites. It shows his sweetness, cuteness and loving side all rolled together. I am so blessed to be his Mama, and so excited to watch him grow up to become an amazing man someday. Of course I will miss all the moments that I currently cherish, but I am SO excited and hopeful to be a part of his adult life someday. I have so many hopes for him, but only one need... that he learns what life means to him, and he fills his life with the things/people/activities that bring him meaning. That is a small goal, right?
November 16, 2011
Trever and his little Mini-Me. They look almost identical in baby pictures and from what we can tell their personalities are pretty darn similar also! (It might be the end for me to have TWO of them running around this house... or out of it more likely.)
Since Trever is still laid up in bed most of the time doing PT or recovery from PT the kids always know where to find him. He gets LOTS of cuddles. I'm sure Andrew crawled up there all on his own after a bath, I wouldn't just hand the kids off to someone at a disadvantage!! ;)
November 15, 2011
Natalie purchased the camera that Nathan wants... so he's motivated to earn some money. He's getting some quarters for setting the table and clearing the table if we don't have to remind him. Of course I give him a bit of a heads up that "if he wanted to set the table dinner is almost ready."
Little does he know Nana and Papa have already purchased his camera for him as a Christmas gift. We're actually hoping to stall him from getting it for himself. But very subtly, because it's actually a lot more important to us to encourage this desire to work hard.
Heading into Costco. She is SO proud, SO excited to be a big girl with her own money.