Sunday, January 27, 2013
...is where Jared and I were blessed to spend last week. We planned this trip to Mexico (South of Cancun) for our 10 year anniversary....it has also become my Christmas and birthday present, likely Valentine's Day and probably Mother's Day as well :) Jared likes to stick to themes...it was an all-inclusive trip so it will be an all-inclusive gift. I'm NOT complaining. I imagine heaven is a bit like this but only better...I can't imagine. I felt like we were in Paradise. We were able to get a massage, work-out, lay on the beach and read for a week while soaking up the sun. Our biggest decision was which restaurant to eat at. A whole lot different than life at home with 4 kids....
Emma & Ellie completed their first race in October...the KC Kids Marathon. They started training over the summer, running a few miles a week. They kept track of every mile they ran (up to 25 miles) and on race day, they ran their last 1.2 miles. At the end, they got their very own medal, "just like mommy". We were so proud of them and hope they continue to love the joy of running.
....as in Justin Bieber. He came to Kansas City in October and our neighbor Tina gave the older 3 girls and I tickets for our Christmas and birthday presents...and it was the best gift ever. The girls were SO excited and it was so fun to see their faces when he came out! Our friends were able to get seats next to us so that made it super fun as well...thanks again Tina for such a wonderful night out!
After church, we made our annual trip to Crown Center, ate at Fritz's and went ice skating. The girls did great...I took turns skating them around the rink for several hours...it was quite the work-out. My arms were so sore the next day! They were determined to "keep going until I get it good". We started a new tradition this year and although Eva is still a bit young and ran around the majority of the time we were doing devotions, the girls really began to grasp the Christmas story on a deeper level...not just the birth of Jesus but the events leading up to WHY Jesus had to be born. We did a Jesse tree...we made ornaments (24 of them), each a symbol of the theme of the scipture passage we were reading. And of course, we had an advent calendar filled with chocolates that they got to open AFTER the scripture. Why yes, we used a little
bribery positive reinforcement to help them sit quietly through our nightly devotions...
...is what we have been making around our house so the girls' American Girl dolls can have an unlimited number of accessories. There are numerous videos
which make me want to beat my head against a wall on you tube on how to make everything from mini umbrellas to lamps to food. Ellie is constantly watching them and wanting to create something. So, in a weak moment, I agreed to make food for their kitchen. We used ingredients around the house including flour, salt, water, molds from our Playdough sets, as well as eyeshadow and nail polish to decorate the food. It ended up being a very inexpensive and fun craft...now their dolls have the staples for their kitchen....kolaches, doughnuts, strawberries, pears, cinnamon rolls, crescents, pretzels and bread.
How in the world do all of those go together...that is the question that bogged my mind for the last few years. The girls have wanted an elf. EVERYONE has an elf on the shelf after all. I was a scrooge about this one. Honestly, I was totally against the whole idea for several reasons....I viewed it as a distraction from the true meaning of Christmas. I felt as if the whole concept (ie book) did not reflect the type of grace-based parenting we strive for (If you are not good....then you will not get...) Not to mention...that elf is CREEPY!! So...with the help of other Christian moms (gosh I love the internet),our family compromised. I bought the elf and book and did away the book. Instead, our "naughty" elf came neatly packaged in a box with a letter, explaining that her name was Gracie and she was sent by Santa for the girls to teach Gracie how to be good and to show her grace by cleaning up her messes, JUST like Jesus does for us EVERY day. And Gracie DID make messes....EVERY morning there was so much excitement and anticipation looking for Gracie. And we had a whole lot of laughs! I'm not sure who had more fun with our elf...Jared & I or the girls?!