It’s that time of year again! I love the holidays and I love this project. It is my fifth year doing it and the more albums I have, the more awesome it is.
We are 5 days into the month. I am staying on top of it everyday so far.
dec 3 & 4:
We celebrated Cora and Grey’s birthday party with lots of friends this weekend. It was a Tangled theme, per Cora’s request. She even wore her Rapunzel dress.
And Grey took advantage of all the adults around who wanted to feed him pizza and sweets!
The kids decorated paper crowns and shields and just ran around, playing with toys. Then we sang Happy Birthday. And that was that.
It was a pretty eventful weekend here. First, on Friday, Bryan’s sister, Ali, gave birth to twin boys! They were a little bit early, but they are big and everyone is healthy and doing well. The little guys, Grant & Max, will be in the NICU for a few weeks while they get fat and chubby. And Ali is in really good spirits. I was especially grateful for her husband, Greg, during the day. We was really amazing at keeping me updated on what was happening.
It has been harder for me to experience this from across the country than I kind of anticipated. I figured that since I had been on the other end of it, giving birth three times while far from immediate family, my emotions would be a little less intense. Much to my surprise, it is kind of killing me not being able to be there, to grab food, run errands or provide comfort to their family. I am also sad I won’t get to hold the boys in their super cute, oh-my-god-they’re-so-tiny days.
This is the just the beginning for us, I know. As our family members start creating families of their own, I am going to be sad and revisiting these feeling over and over again. So perhaps I will be better prepared next time.
We are in full party prep mode around here. Cora & Grey are having a combined, Tangled themed, birthday party this weekend! I put up streamer, bunting and pictures from Baby Grey’s first year to decorate. This is going to be the first real party for both of them and I can’t wait! What are you up to this weekend?
Here are some things I’m enjoying this week:
1/ I downloaded Amy Poehler’s new book, Yes Please, this week. I am only a few pages in, but I am seriously enjoying it. This is my favorite excerpt so far:
“Decide what your currency is early. Let go of what you will never have. People who do this are happier and sexier.”
If you want to read more of these seriously valuable gems, I recommend this article.
2/ I am a fan of the show Parenthood and really enjoyed reading this article about Joy Bryant.
3/ I am still pulling together my Week in the Life Album. I decided to put a separate album together for it this year. I also took the plunge and pre-ordered Ali Edward’s December Daily Kit for this year. I’ll let you know when it arrives!
4/ Baby Grey took his first “real” steps Tuesday! Just a few before he fell on his bum but we clapped and cheered regardless! And he tried to clap with us, too! So adorable.
5/ I thought that this was a really great post about daily interactions with others. I often add “are you so excited?” to the end of inquiring about other people’s good news. I am going to make an active effort to quit that.
For me, Christmas is literally the most wonderful time of the year. I love it. I love gifts and holiday music and shopping and decorating and peppermint mochas. And while so many people hate that Christmas season starts the day after Halloween, I just feel like it gives me more time to fill up with the spirit of the season.
But as we are getting older and having more and more kids and doing all the things I am trying to really hone in on the things that matter most. How do we celebrate the holidays? What do we say yes to and what to we turn down?
I am putting a lot of thought into being intentional about how we spend the nest few weeks. This is the beginning of establishing our family traditions and the kids are old enough to have input and really participate. I am thinking about gift exchanges, cookie decorating, and of course, matching Christmas Eve pajamas! I really loved this quote above though, because I think it really paints how I am feel about Christmas this year.
Our littlest baby celebrated his first birthday last week. We started with cake for breakfast (well, after breakfast really) and a few gifts before continuing the day basically as normal.
I spent part of the day looking at photos from the day he was born and the short period afterwards. I have such difficulty believing he is one year old already! Bryan and I are really enjoying him these days, seeing his little personality emerge, seeing how he navigates the landscape of relationships and interactions with all his other family members.
Having many kids is interesting in so many ways, because adding just one more doesn’t add just one more person of work. Bringing Grey into our family meant exposing him and his siblings to the work of relationships. They have to interact with each other every day. They share toys and food and rooms. They have to make it work. One of the great gifts of parenting is watching your kids love each other, care for each other, consider each other and want to spend time together. These days, no one can make Henry laugh the way that Cora does. Henry and Cora are the center of Grey’s little world. And we get to just sit in awe and watch these things develop.
I am so glad that if nothing else, these kids have each other. Watching Grey be part of it is one of the most amazing things I have ever witnessed. Watching his siblings care for and love him is the best. I am so lucky I get to be a part of this.
P.S. We are having a joint party for Cora and Grey this weekend! I cannot wait to celebrate these two!
We ordered our bed frame last week and visited some store to purchase bedding this weekend.
We settled on the Ainsley Paisley Duvet Cover in gray:
And this quilt, in flagstone. Now I am looking for sheets and deciding how many king size pillows we need to buy. Also, throw pillows? My husband will never put them on the bed, so purchasing them is committing to the responsibility of making the bed every morning. Decisions, decisions.