Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Christmas 2012

I will finish uploading & blogging about Christmas 2012 today.  I was going to be done sooner... of course... but the whole sickness/ party planning thing took over.  Anyways, here we go.....
Sunday before Christmas- after worship.

We decided to have Christmas with my family on Christmas Eve.  Heather & Ellis were going to spend Christmas day with his family, so we just did the festivities a day early.  Here are some pictures from presents at my parents:

Cinderella.... a HUGE hit!

My mom made these super cute wreaths for us!

She was super exciting about her new "running shoes."

After the morning festivities & after saying bye to Aunt Feather & Uncle Alice we had to continue our family tradition of decorating sugar cookies.  This year Cowboy & Bee got to join in on the fun! 

After cookie decorating we went to Ooh-Daddy & Baba's house for some hot chocolate... & guess who made a special appearance?  Santa dropped by!

We then had to head home to get our cookies out for Santa:

And then Santa brought gifts..... 

Check out this incredible gift that Santa and his elves made for the girls:

I know... I know... Santa is pretty awesome! 

Here's what it looked like under the tree:

Did you see those cute little matching outfits that Santa brought too?  Mint skinny jeans have to be the most adorable thing on little people!

Here is a picture testing the kitchen out on Christmas morning:

Christmas morning was also a treat because the sweet Scott family from church brought over warm homemade cinnamon rolls.... yes, you read that right.  Ah... the sweet bliss in my mouth was awesome! We then got dressed for the day & headed back to Baba's house for breakfast and a few presents.  Here are a few pictures:

Finally on Christmas day we headed over to Momma Jean & Poppa's house for the last round of "Christmas" with my family.  It was a special day because it ended up being a white Christmas!  How fun to end the day with a blanket of snow!  We quickly braved the cold for just a few minutes to grab one picture (the girls had been sick & I didn't want them to get worse).  It was sad that they didn't get to play in in, but we were lucky with another snow in January that they played in.

A few days after Christmas, we got to continue on the festivities.  Lantz's family joined us at our house & we did Christmas with his sister's family & mom.  Here are a few pictures from our present fun:

We had a really fun time with everyone... and the girls especially enjoyed thrifting!  Brenda, Kristal, & I went to the local thrift store and had a blast & we all walked away with some pretty awesome finds!

Then over the weekend after Christmas we had our final celebration at Lantz's dad's house.  We had a super fun time!  Here are a few pictures:

And there you have it.... our 2012 Christmas!  Whew... finally.  If you stuck with me, then bravo to you!  Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to you & yours! 


We have been hit hard this season with illness.  I can honestly say that I'm not sure our household has ever seen the likes of this much common cold/flu sickness.  The girls pretty much yo-yoed back and forth being sick from like Thanksgiving through the new year.  Lantz got hit with a pretty bad cold somewhere in the middle & I dodged out almost unscathed.
We finally all got well, and then bam!  It all came back, but worse.  Kennedie has been hit the least so far.  She had a low grade fever two weeks and has been plagued with a runny nose and random cough.  Sawyer had it pretty bad two weeks ago.... she got the flu.  Probably our fault.  We waited on the flu shot until she was all better from the Thanksgiving to New Year cold {Kennedie got it in November when she was perfectly well}.  We finally took her in for the shot 3 weeks ago when she was completely healthy.... pretty sure she contracted the flu when we took her into the doctors office {with a bunch of flu-sick kids} to get the shot.  So yup.... she has been battled it like a champ for a week.  Side note..... all that cost us $111 for the doctor visit to tell us she has the flue & $54 for the Tama-flu medicine... YIKES!  Are you kidding me?  $165!!!  (Probably way too much information, but that is SO much money!)
Anyways... so two weekends ago was Winterfest for our teens.  (Winterfest is a huge youth rally weekend with like 3,000 teens- awesome worship and speakers.)  I was supposed to go with Lantz... which I was so looking forward too.  I love me some teenagers & spiritual growth!  The girls were supposed to stay with my parents, but with Sawyer getting so bad I needed to stay back with her.  {Insert sad face.} Lantz got a bit down health wise on Saturday, but seemed to recover on Sunday with plenty of rest.  Poor Sawyer..... Friday night was just A.W.F.U.L. for her.... aka, super rough night for Momma too! We survived Saturday (super huge thanks to Baba for coming over for a few hours to help on Saturday since she had already had the flu).  One of those weekends that I could break my arm trying to pat myself on the back.... didn't loose my patience and was calm even through me waking up to my dog pooping all.over.the place.... yep---- it got that bad.  Luckily Lantz was back on Sunday and we thought we were on the road to recovery.
Enter last Monday morning.... I wake up feeling like a bus hit me.  Lantz was a rock star all last week.... taking care of the girls {and his sick, needy wife}, grocery shopping, and dinner.  I rested, medicated, and "pinned" my life away (sorry if you follow me on Pinterest... I probably took up all your board space).
I thought I was getting better at the end of the day Monday, but I ended up just feeling worse by the time last Thursday rolled around.  I eventually went to the doctor to discover I had the flu & that my body then contracted a second infection.  I ended up having sinusitis and pharengitus (basically a sinus infection and a throat infection).  I am still trying to get over all of it.  I seem to be getting better every day, but I'm having a difficult time "kicking" this last little bit.

I'm ready to feel 100% & get back into the full swing of things...... because I've got a party to plan :) ... but more on that later!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

3rd Hair Cut

Kennedie had her hair cut for the third time by Aunt Feather a few days before Christmas.  It was her biggest cut yet.

Here is a before:  {You wouldn't really know it is that long bc it's super thin... but it was pretty long.}

Here are some of the during pics:

Kennedie did such a great job of sitting still for Aunt Feather.  Below are the "after" pics:

Thanks again Aunt Feather!