We've been enjoying such a fabulous week together, I couldn't break the rhythm and get away to blog about it. No worries, though. Here we are in 2013, back and better than ever, especially after a blessed Christmas and New Year.
I has been a great week plus. Initially we were busy with holiday revelry, living up time with my parents in town. Busch Gardens Christmastown was a success and we didn't lose anyone--score! thanks to GG's wonderful leadership and more adults than children. Good thing we didn't lose any adults either--ha! ;) The weather was cooperative and though busy, we muscled through the crowds and were even able to enjoy a few rides. Mimi, Gramz, and Pappy all joined in the rides with the kids while Papa, M, and Baby G were happy campers to stay on the sidelines, enjoying hot cocoa. Perfect! To each, his own. I am learning that lesson more and more these days as a parent.
|Getting ready to watch the Sesame Street Christmas show|
|Even the smallest members were bundled tightly!|
|A rare photo of me and my main squeeze|
|You can sense the enthusiasm ;)|
|If I could bottle these two and sell them, I'd be a wealthy gal. They are exuberant!|
The evening was just about perfect until I had a mommy tantrum (due to children not listening) and had to apologize to everyone, including my sad child. It was a bummer, but thankfully all was forgiven and we moved on. Saved by grace, even on Christmas Eve. :) We finally wrangled all the kids into jammies, into the car, and into bed, but not before 10pm that night. It was late and we were all ready for sleep!!! Santa needed to come... and the elves still had some loose ends to tie up!!!
We did make it into bed... by 1:00am, with just enough rest to brave this scene:
|This year's family photo was an unreal phenomenon--we achieved relative perfection in one (yes, one) shot. It was a true Christmas miracle--thank you, Jesus! I think GG and I were in shock. ;)|
|Baby G "opening" her first ever Christmas gift!|
Since then we've been reveling in downtime and peace with no real agenda. We said farewell to my wonderful parents last Thursday and were so sad to see them go--it was a visit full of fun and togetherness. Our little nuclear family has had some sweet moments in the days since. We went to Kangaroo Jac's one day as a reward for filling our warm fuzzy jar. Another day we enjoyed a Red Robin lunch out with Mimi and Papa. Yesterday we headed to the children's museum and ran off our wiggles before heading to dinner at Chick-fil-A. Peace and togetherness. GG and I have also become hooked on Redbox and have had a movie night almost every night. This is such a treat for us and I can't believe his vacation time ends tomorrow. What wonderful memories we've created this holiday season.
There's no doubt in my mind--this time has been a gift from God; a blessing we'll cherish well into 2013 and for many years to come.
Blessings to you this new year,