I am so far behind, I have no clue where to start! I’ll just dive right in…I left off with Olivia’ 3rd birthday party back in November. So now we have a three-year old and an almost one year old! How did that happen? Time goes so quickly – we are in the process of getting ready for Leigh’s first birthday party which we decided to do just family this time around. We are excited to celebrate her on the 24th with her actual birthday on the 26th. Not to mention celebrating being a parent of two kids for Jeff and I – it has been a busy year and rewarding year for us.
Lets jump back a ways to Thanksgiving. We had a nice Thanksgiving this year – we celebrated the holiday with family at Jeff’s parent’s house with his mom’s side of the family and my parents came too. It was nice getting the kids all together and Olivia got to sit at the “kid’s table” this year, such a big girl. She had a wonderful time playing with her older cousins and Leigh had a nice first Thanksgiving too. Both girls had matching outfits that went with their cousin Natalie – they all three looked adorable. I can’t get enough of dressing up the girls in coordinating outfits, it’s just so fun. I love having girls so much.
Jeff and I also went south to Palm Desert for four nights to celebrate our anniversary in mid-December. The girls split the time with both sets of grandparents. This was the longest I had been away from Leigh, but I think it was good for everyone. It sure made Jeff and I refreshed and very special to get to celebrate our 7 year anniversary in a unique way for us. We had the best time resting, getting sleep and just worrying about ourselves. It took a day to decompress and realize that it was okay to just sit and relax more than what we normally do at home with the kids. We enjoyed several hikes, some new happy hours, runs together, shopping, watching movies in the evenings…we loved where we stayed, the Westin Desert Willow Villas which were amazing. Their heavenly beds are out of this world and it was nice to have a condo with cleaning service. We could wash clothes and we even cooked-in one night for fun.
We missed the girls so much and were happy to be home. Leigh waited for us and ended up officially starting to walk (10 months old) the day we got back from our trip. We are now counting down the days until our next visit to Palm Desert in a few weeks to visit my parents with the girls. I can’t wait to be in the desert sun again and be able to explore with our little ladies.
After Thanksgiving and our trip we had a few weeks to get ready for Christmas. We did our annual visit to Santa and Olivia was so so excited it was awesome. She loved every minute of visiting with the big guy. Leigh on the other hand was a little skeptical…she sat on his lap for a minute or two before realizing that she was sitting on his lap and wanted no part of some big guy she didn’t know. The photographer was able to snap a quick pick before the tears started, but no smiles because she was terrified!
I had several weeks off for the holiday and enjoyed having some extra time with the girls. We did end up all being sick for a good two plus weeks with colds, but it allowed us time to rest, cuddle and watch movies, which was nice. It slowed us down from the normal running around during that time every year. We also had a situation with our cat Jax. He ended up falling from our loft bonus room which he has done many times and broke his leg. We ended up having to get it amputated, but it was a difficult process deciding what to do, but in the end we couldn’t say good-bye to our buddy Jax. He is healing well and gets the cone off this Sunday and can roam more freely. We hope he lives to 25 with what we have done for this little guy! Jinx on the other hand has been enjoying herself and her time – it will be interesting when Jax is fully back in action !
Christmas was busy, but good. We hosted Christmas Eve at our house for my parents – it was the first time I have ever hosted a family holiday and I loved it! I had a blast cooking, prepping and decorating for it. I loved having the extra time off to prep. We enjoyed Christmas Eve mass at our church, filet prime steak dinner, opening gifts together and getting ready for Santa’s visit with leaving out cookies and milk. This year Olivia was just so excited about Santa and understood everything so it made it really special.
Christmas morning was nice, we had to wait for Leigh to wake up and then we did gifts together and stockings. Olivia did pretty good with opening, but once she gets something she just want to play with it and doesn’t really want to keep opening so it took a while. We got through it, had breakfast together and rested for the rest of the day.
We celebrated Christmas day at Jeff’s parents with his immediate family. It was nice getting the cutie cousins together and spending time together. All the girls were spoiled with adorable gifts! We also enjoyed an amazing crab dinner together, yum! So nice getting that special time together and it makes it easy for us because we don’t have to travel far for the holiday.
New Years was spent on the couch relaxing since we were all pretty sick at that point and dealing with Mr. Jax’s broken leg.
Happy New Year to everyone! Now we are moving on to celebrating our beauty #2 turning one – a recap of Miss Leigh’s first birthday to come.
Enjoy the weekend & Go Seahawks!