Every year for the past 5ish years, I make a video of us getting/putting up our Christmas tree! The tradition started in Virginia, when we used to go and cut down our Christmas tree every year and has continued here in Texas. This year while out Black Friday shopping, we ended up just getting a fake one from Walmart and it’s actually a great little tree! I also recorded the kiddos helping put up some of our Christmas lights outside – in t-shirts. Gotta love that warm Texas weather!
Christmas is such a magical time! We watch Christmas movies nightly, I try and pretend like I’m a baker and make holiday treats, we drive around often looking at Christmas lights – love, love this time of year!
It took her a while to lose her first tooth and now they won’t stop falling out! The bottom two went first and now she’s lost the two front teeth back to back. Kids always look hilarious to me when they have no front teeth!! Eating food now requires her to use her side teeth so her face is always messy – I love it!
Cutest little girl around!
On Monday I truly thought that we’d have to cancel Halloween! Last Friday, Cal came down with the stomach flu, then on Monday three more of us got it and then Tuesday the last two got it. A house full of sick people is the worst! We’ve had lots of missed days at school and even work for Brian (which never happens!) The three little kids started to feel much better on Halloween but Quinn still wasn’t up to walking around trick or treating. So we took the little kids out around the neighborhood and had a great time!
Our little witch, Marine and a Star Wars character (no clue which one lol)
And yes, I know he’s wearing an army costume haha. But when you’re a family of 6 and you happen to find an army costume at once upon a child you buy it! Cal didn’t care lol.
Our neighborhood was awesome this year! So many houses decorated and passing out candy! The kids brought home all sorts of candy and even shared with their big brother since he didn’t go out with us – aren’t they sweet!
Since we found out we had orders (read here!) things have been busy, busy, busy around here with all sorts of researching! Researching which housing area to apply for – San Diego has a TON of on base and off base options, researching what schools the big kids would go to and since San Diego has the Choice program researching where we’d like to choice them to if we take that route, calling the Miramar School Liaison, calling around about preschools and preK for Cal, seeing what sports are offered on base and out in town and the list goes on and on. While I really do LOVE moving to new areas, this part is stressful! Trying to figure out all the options and then figuring out which option is the best to take is filled with so many what ifs. When you’ve never seen the housing area you’re requesting to live in, how are you supposed to know if it’s safe for your family or not? If it has the best school options for your kids?! Thankfully we used to live near San Diego when we were stationed at Camp Pendleton, so I know that we are going to LOVE the area and all that it has to offer. And I also know, that as always, things have a way of working out just how they’re supposed to. Soon enough, this move will be behind us and we’ll be enjoying the beautiful weather, beaches, delicious food, being just a couple hours away from my brother and his family! – and everything else that makes San Diego such an awesome city to live in!
Picture of La Jolla from Brian, Addy and my visit out to CA in 2016