My, oh my! It's more than halfway through January and here's the Christmas post. Sigh. Can life just slow down?
This Christmas was really lovely, despite sickness hitting the little boys and me. Owen went down first with a 104 fever for the days leading up to Christmas, then I got it over Christmas, and then Ian went down after we returned home. Jim managed to survive unscathed.
But this holiday season was really sweet. Ian understand so much and really was a joy to observe during the season. He sang Christmas songs, wanted to read Christmas books, talked about and explained the Nativity to us, decorated the tree, turned on the Christmas lights, and looked forward to seeing and spending time with family.
All of the guys worked on setting up & bringing in the tree Ian chose.
Here we are on Christmas morning! The big kids (Phoebe & Willem) were awoken by an excited three year old and his mama. Santa came and ate the cookies Ian put out for him the night before and even left him a note!
|"Yep, I got this."|
It wouldn't be Christmas without a family sing-a-long to carols.
|Thanks for the great book, Aunt Erin & Uncle Russ & Seraphina!|
Owen was most fascinated by the wrapping, but he got some really great gifts this Christmas, too. ;)
And as long as he's got Mama, he's good ;)
Owen has really grown attached to Jim in the last couple of months. It's a really sweet bond they share. Owen just sinks into his shoulder and loses all cares in the world. He's got a great papa.
We were SO happy to be back with this lad. We saw him before he went to bed that night and then, in the morning, Jim made Ian's dreams come true by making him bear pancakes just like they have in the Berenstein bears. Talk about a happy boy!! Family's back together and bear pancakes. What could be better?!
And then there are just some pictures of life these days. Sweet baby toes and surprising us with new abilities, like singing, dancing, eating new solids, putting things in containers, dancing. You know, just growing up!
Sure enough, he is! Since that day, he's only worn diapers for naps and to sleep at night. He's a big boy! He had a few accidents those first two days, but since then he's gotten to the potty every time! It's incredible!! I am so, SO grateful that we heeded the advice to follow his lead and wait until he took the initiative.
So, sorry Ian, but here's a picture of him in his boxers.... that's the common look around here right now :)
And that was the fastest tour of our December through January (so far) that I can five.
Life with them is fast and lovely and ever-changing.
And we love it.