Santa has come and gone...

stockings (new robes for the big kids & new pj's for Chloe)
digging for more stuff
scattering reindeer food on Christmas Eve

What a whirlwind this Christmas was for our family. We had a PARTY at my parents house complete with appetizers, drinks, turkey, ham and even a little karaoke contest. We all got a prize....even the kids! It was a fun night. We also found out that my grandma decided to drive over Christmas morning!
Christmas morning the kids were up at the crack of dawn. We opened stockings, read Luke chapter 2, had donut holes and opened presents. Then we were off to my parents house for a sit down breakfast and some more presents. My grandma was bombarded by kids the moment she walked in the door. Every one was excited to see great-grandma. The boys played poker, the girls chatted while the baby slept and then we headed to Fresno for more festivities. We ate more food, Santa handed out presents to all the boys and girls! It's always a hoot! Chloe is not a fan of may take her a few years. The boys (and Isabelle) wrestled and played all night. It was a day full of family and fun. We were so tired when we came home to the mess we left, but so worth it! I love Christmas. Crazy & busy, but the best memories! : )

Family Silhouettes

My Family from

Christmas Eve

My house if filled with excitement!!! I have 3 kids running around like mad. They have been this way since Monday (the first day of vacation) and it's making me a little crazy. I have to remind myself that I used to be the one making my mom crazy. Needless to say, I am starting to feel their excitement. I love to see their excitement in the morning when they announce how many more days until Christmas. We've had parties, shopping, school performances, the seeing of the lights, baking, delivering Christmas goodies, Christmas music & movies, and last, but certainly not least - church! I try to remind my kids (and myself) that it's not about the gifts under the tree, but the gift of a newborn king, who came to this earth to live among us, teach us, love us and redeem us! That is our gift! Tomorrow is Jesus' birthday & I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating with your families! Happy Birthday Jesus!
Merry Christmas!

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15

18 months...

checking out the new chairs
her new reading spot
she's so cute that I might have to have another
The pantry is her all time favorite place to hang out.

Chloe is 18 months now and into everything. She is funny & cute as can be!!! She is still not saying much, but here's a few things:

belly button
ooohh bubba (ooohh baby) - which is by far the cutest thing I have ever heard!
all done
ho ho ho
oh yeah
all right

Those last 3 came from Isabelle - they learned "boom-chikca-boom" at school.

She says a lot of things in her throat...I think she's trying to say it, but she can't just yet. I think Beau used to do too. He didn't talk until he was 3. He said a few words here and there, but no phrases and no sentences until he was 3. Now he won't stop talking.

Chloe also sings the Star Wars Theme song. It's pretty funny. You think we watch enough Star Wars around here? Goodness Gracious!

Chloe such a good baby (except for the teething - teething and sleeping do not go hand-in-hand at our house). She is flexible with her schedule. She adores her siblings and even playing wild & crazy with them. She eats just about anything and she's a happy little thing!

I have just a short period of time alone in the day when the kids are at school at the same time & Chloe's napping. I try to get as much done around the house as I can...not today. Today, I am on the computer. The house is a mess. I haven't taken a shower and I have laundry to do.