Christmas time!

December was filled with family, parties, food & fun.  As Christmas approached, I started having more good days than bad days.  I'm so tired of morning sickness.  It's really a drag.  We started off December with our annual Guerrero Family Christmas.  The little cousins played, the big cousins, aunts and uncles ate and caught up with each other.  It's always so much fun. 
 our family
 here's most of the little cousins (missing Allie, Brook & Sarah)
 The Guys (my dad, brothers, cousins & uncles) all went to a Charger game together.  They had a blast.  On the way down Joey bought a "new" car.  We decided it was time to sell the Saturn and get another car that is safe and can seat 7.  It gets better gas mileage than my Yukon XL.  Now the kids just need to name it...my car is Rocket, the Saturn is Shark, my mom's car is Dolphin.  : )
 First day of Christmas Vacation!  
 Christmas Eve Dinner at our house...my mom prepared everything and then we hosted.  It made it so much more simple.  The kids exchanged gifts with Allie & Brooklyn since we wouldn't see them Christmas Day.  They also opened their PJ's from my parents.
 presents!
 Apparently "Dwayne Wayne" glasses are popular again (remember those?  Adam & I had a pair, but they had a wire rim).  My 13 old niece wanted some for Christmas.  Hilarious!
 Christmas morning.  Started with Reading from Luke chapter 2, stockings and gifts.  The kids each got a pair of shoes, an outfit, socks underwear and a toy.  Beau got Legos, Chloe got a beauty supply kit - fake blow dryer, flat iron, apron that holds the brush, clips & make-up.  The girls gave me a make-over this morning.  Isabelle got a guitar!  We also got a PS3. I've been wanting a Wii for a long time now.  Nana & Papa have one and we all love to play.  Joey said no Wii...he wanted the PS3 since it's Blu-Ray and it can stream Netflix (not that we have Netflix).  We did get the Move, so it's like the Wii.  Beau and I did archery this morning together.  It was fun.  Then we played the Gladiator one with sword fighting and Beau kicked my booty.  I love that it's something we can all play together....and the kids love it.  
 stockings!
 Beau reading Chloe's book to her
 She's totally meant for a guitar!  She can't wait to get lessons from our neighbor.  
 Beau's gift to us
 It just wouldn't be Christmas without Legos.
 Isabelle got a wardrobe, doll & a bunch of clothes and accessories for her dolls.  I think she needs an American Girl doll.  She seems to take care of her fake ones (Our Generation Dolls from Target).  The hair is just sooo terrible.  It gets tangled so fast.  I'm wondering if the AG ones are better? Maybe for her birthday or next Christmas. She loved her gift from my parents though...so perfect and it's really cute in her room.
 Chloe napped while we played.  It was a much needed nap and we were able to stay in Fresno til late without any tantrums!
 Kids table.  Nana set it up with tons of candy and activities for the kiddos.  It was perfect.
 Pretty girl!
 eating some candy before dinner
 in the playroom
 the girls
 I know that Santa is at the front door, but she doesn't...
 that face....not happy!
 Presents!
 Waving from afar to Santa.
 Getting her pillow pet from Santa.
 Everyone has to sit on Santa's lap to get their gift.  You are never too old.  
 Yes, we even torture the little ones...afraid or not, you have to sit on his lap at least once.
 I'm a terrible mom..laughing at my baby girl's fear!
 BeauBeau
 Isabelle got the unicorn, Chloe got the "horse" zebra and Beau got the T-rex.  They were so happy!
 Approaching Santa for another gift...she decided it was worth it.
 mommy's turn!  Baby A and Baby B even got their first gifts...Nana had blankets made.  They are too cute. 
 Family shot!
 Time to dance!  My girls LOVED it!  The boys laughed us.
And then they started wrestling instead of dancing.  : )

It was a great day.  We are truly blessed beyond measure!  

Awards

Both the kids got an Award at school for Character & Attendance this month. We were so proud and found out their assemblies were not at the same time. We were there for an hour and a half. Chloe did pretty well sitting and being quiet for most of that time.
So beautiful!

Posing for the camera. I missed getting to see her afterwards, because Chloe had to go potty and Isabelle didn't want to miss recess. At least I got to see her get her award!


She's so happy!
Hiding behind his award...

I love this boy!
Even Coo-Coo came to watch the kiddos!

Decking the Halls

The Christmas decor is out and the tree is trimmed. Now if we just had a fireplace to hang out stockings on....
Three cuties

It was Isabelle's turn to put the Angel on top

She's getting so big!

Mountains

Joey recently took the big kids to the mountains to see General Sherman. I opted out of the trip thinking pregnant & sick + windy roads = bad combination.



Thankful

There's so much to be thankful for in my life! We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family this year. I took a 4 hour nap before we went to my parents for dinner and let me tell you...it was so nice! I didn't take a single picture this year. I brought the camera, but it never made it out of my purse. The kids had a good time playing horse shoes, running around outside and eating.
As we sat down to dinner we all had to say what we are thankful for...when it got to Chloe I asked her what she was thankful for and she shrugged her shoulders, threw her hands up in the air and said, "I don't know!" We all laughed and she probably had no idea what we were talking about. I could have gone on and on, but mostly I am thankful for Joey, because he is such a wonderful husband and is taking on a lot more of my household duties since I feel so terrible. And my family, the fact that we had such a large table with family to share Thanksgiving with this year.
Late at home when the kids went to bed I told them individually how thankful I am to be there mom and that I am thankful for them all year round. Beau asked me why I didn't say that at dinner in front of everyone. I told him that I said I was thankful for my family. He asked me if I could say it in front of everyone next year. It's so cute how much a small amount of praise means so much to kids. I am so thankful for the kids God has given to us and the two growing inside me! I hope everyone else had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Now let the Christmas Festivities begin! : )

x2

If you've talked to me then you know we are still in shock, but very excited about our news...we never thought we'd have twins! We went into our ultrasound thinking we were going to see the baby's heart beat....not the babies heartbeats. Plural. Plural. Seriously, it's still sinking in. I am truly excited, but nervous. It's going to get even crazier around here. I can only imagine, but I don't think my imagination is really preparing me for what lies ahead. : ) I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! That is what will get me through, I believe God's plans for me are better than my own plans.
Isabelle and Beau are very excited. Beau said, "Yes!!! I knew it! I knew we were having twins!" Thanks for telling me, buddy! Isabelle was happy and saying she wants girls and then she realized there was going to be 5 kids in the family and started laughing like crazy! That's pretty much how Joey & and I reacted, too. We laughed hysterically (and I cried a little, too). Now we are just praying for healthy, happy babies. : )

Halloween

A horse, a cowgirl and a clone trooper is what the kids wanted to be this year for Halloween. Okay, so Chloe didn't ask to be a horse, but I thought it would be cute since Isabelle did want to be a cowgirl. Warning: Don't call Beau a storm trooper. He will correct you. He was a clone trooper. Isabelle's "costume" wasn't very costume-y this year. I was just too tired to go get more accessories. I do love it, because she can wear everything again. She loves her boots!
Yee-haw!
The back of Chloe's costume.

The cowgirl and her horse.
Chloe wasn't loving the costume.

She can't decide if she's happy or sad.
rummaging through Coo-Coo & Papa's Halloween candy.