Loaf always wants to be near her sisters. They are so good to her and let her join in whatever they are doing, even if it's checking their mail.
Loaf loves it when her sisters help her get ready for school because they let her wear lip stick and add bows to her hair. When she looks cutest you will know that I had help getting her ready.
Cutest little elf all ready for preschool. It's okay to wear pajamas to school right? I can't get over the photo on the right? That smile!
Riding in the outside corral in the middle of December. The girls let the horses run and it was beautiful to watch, but I kept wanting to tell them to slow down and be careful. Always a mother.
A quick 24 hour stomach flu has been running through the house. The red and green almost make it festive.
I adore listening to Dash and Brick read. It makes my heart happy.
Arnold and Loaf both had surgery on the same day. Nose, tonsil, adenoid kind of stuff. Loaf was very silly and brave. The doctor was great to schedule them together and it was sweet to catch moments like this, holding hands while we waited.
We were able to take Loaf's tonsils home to show the boys and Rock was sure everyone would want to see them so I am adding them here per his request. Apparently they are quite big for one so small. She really struggled coming out of the anesthesia and was quite sick. It was hard to watch and give comfort.
Whitney had some minor surgery the day before so she was also home recovering. It was a party. Tank purchased the headband and glasses from his school shop using play money he had earned for Loaf, hoping it would help her feel better. Everyone had a little fun with the huge glasses.
Even Ellie was subjected to a little headband play. She is such a good dog and does look pretty cute.
A week was spent like this, snuggled into bed, trying to keep Loaf from doing too much. For the first few days it was easy because she was so nauseated. She couldn't keep anything down, thankfully her doctor and my cousin who is an ENT kept close tabs on us and helped get her hydrated and feeling a little better.
Arnold was very self conscious about all the packing and bruising, her deviated septum repair. Poor thing. Thankfully she wasn't as sick as Loaf and was able to keep things down, but the pain was hard.
Grandma made Christmas tamales and it was heavenly. Fred and Gus inhaled one before anyone knew what was happening. Tamales are a labor of love and we felt every loved. Thanks Mom!
We have tried a number of Christmas card display ideas, but taping them to the chalkboard was has proven to be the best. I love catching the children looking over the faces of people we love, asking questions about people they don't recognize and checking each day to see what new cards arrived. It is such a happy spot in our home at Christmas time.
A little crafting happened all month long. Fred helped create an ugly sweater for party and contest Whitney was attending. She had a great time embellishing a horse sweater.
I would work on putting together a star or two everyday for some cherished neighbors and friends. I even learned how to use the self-timer on my camera.
Fred and Gus helped me load them into the car and deliver them. They grabbed a pool stick and pushed it through the center of the line of stars. One on each end and they put them in the car with quite efficiency. It was a fun project to complete, thanks for Margie Aslett for the idea.
Grandma and Grandpa put together a daily scripture study book for us. The little guys loved keeping track and leading the family in the verses and song of the Savior's birth. I love walking into a room and seeing moments like this, quietly snuggling together.
We participated in a little card war for my cousin. Ellie was not sure about getting her paws in the ink, but considering she like to roll in horse manure I was going to feel bad for her.
Fred strung lights around our two front windows and it was so pretty to drive past. I love Christmas lights, but I don't love hanging them outside in the snow. I'm afraid of heights so this was the perfect compromise.
My sister and I snuck away for a quick lunch one day to our favorite sushi place towards the end of the week after the girls started feeling better.
Loaf loved to torture Dash with the nativity calendars. She would lift Mary and Joseph or move them to a new spot. She would also take all the ornaments off the tree advent or pull out more than was necessary. I would hear an exasperated groan every day Dash came home from school.
Arnold has done a little work for a local furniture store. It was fun to walk in and see her pillows on display.
"Why not goggles? It's almost Christmas." That is Loaf's excuse for everything these days. Little people are the best.