Friday, January 18, 2019

Christmas in California!

The five of us traveled home for Christmas this year. We were so excited to see family, hang out with friends, and introduce our newest family member to everyone!

We spent Christmas Eve Eve with my side of the family- the kids played in the garage, where auntie sarah decorated with snowflakes and huge boxes for the kids to take cover in while throwing fake snowballs at each other. It was so good to be with my family- lots of laughter and catching up.

Christmas Eve morning and afternoon we spend with my sister's family and my mom. I know my mom really enjoyed spending time with her FIVE grandchildren. We all exchanged gifts and the kids ran around my mom's house looking for places to hide. My sister gave me the most wonderful gift, a framed photo of my daddy, circa 1970's. Sheesh. I cried.

Christmas Eve night we went to Tony's parent's. They always make a beautiful Christmas Eve dinner and they always have LOT'S of candy and cookies...let's just say, I was in heaven. Easton showed his fourteen year old cousin some tricks on the game Fortenight...I had no idea he knew how to play the game so well (forehead slap).

We woke up on Christmas morning at Nana and Grandpa's. The boys received some pretty amazing gifts from Santa (a polaroid camera for Easton and a cross necklace for Sailor). They were gifted with bean bag chairs and slippers from Nana & Grandpa, shoes from us, and a few other building sets, and crystals/rocks from our family on Christmas Eve Eve and Christmas Eve. Packing everything to take home was quite the challenge.

A couple days after Christmas my girlfriends surprised us with a Baby Shower for Poppy and I. I was in so much shock and joy...i cried. Again. Gosh, it was so wonderful to hang out with my friends- it's been two and a half years since we've moved to Washington and I still miss my girls more than anything.

Poppy and I went on four hikes while we were in the Bay. I got to spend time with Brandi on our first hike, Christine on our second hike, Nadine on our third, and Shayne & JJ on our fourth hike. Easton joined the hike with Christine and her kids- they did a solid four miles of the Santa Cruz mountians...I was impressed.

We also got to spend some real quality time with our best family friends. We spent an evening with the Weisgerber families- who melt my heart from joy every time we are all together. Megan's baby and Poppy are four weeks apart in age and it was so fun to introduce them! Lisa's kiddos and my boys are best of friends- they just pick up right where they leave off every time they see each other!

Our other family friends, JJ & Shayne and crew cooked us dinner and hung out until we always do. Plus we did a hike in Palo Alto and went straight to the Stanford Shopping Center for lunch...putting those calories right back in after we burned them off!

Gosh, we are so blessed with friends and family. All it takes is one trip home to realize just how lucky we are.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Poppy is TWO months old!

this month has flown by. poppy had a very busy month- she took her first plane flight, met her grandma in California, and all of her "friend-aunties" (AKA my childhood friends), and started wearing 0-3 month clothes!

poppy has begun looking more like herself and less like her brothers. she has beautiful lips and sweet little ears that stick out slightly at the top. smiles are happening more frequently these days, and not just because of gas (although she has a lot of that).

while we were in california, i took poppy on four hikes. she slept the whole time, she loves being carried on my chest in the carrier. thank goodness, she like the carrier, because it's now the only way i can get anything done in the house. she cries almost as soon as i put her down, so we do a lot of snuggling.

i love the weekends, because when tony's home, i get to take a long nap with poppy nestled in my arm. nap time is the best time, thank you very much. i will take any opportunity to snuggle with this baby girl...just like i did with her brothers before her. the sweetest thing she does these days is nestle, or burrow into whoever happens to be holding her. she likes to be held tight, then she turns her head to the side and begins to rub her face into the body of her carrier. i hope i never forget how that feels. she's making herself nice and comfy.

the two big boys are still enthralled with her. they kiss her constantly throughout the day. sailor wants to "see her face" all the time. he makes me actually turn her around so he can look upon her. Be still, my heart.

sailor started calling her Poppy-Pie, which has stuck. I refer to her as Pix or Pixie (because she looks so fairy like)...but everyone else in the house calls her Poppy-Pie.

*fun fact: easton was the one who started to call sailor, Sailor-Boy...which has stuck over these five years and EVERYONE calls him that. I think it's pretty cool that our two youngest kiddos received their nick names from their older brother.

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