This year our oldest Quinn, joined his middle school orchestra and has been learning how to play the viola. (I played the viola for a few years in middle and high school, so it made my heart swell that he chose that instrument!) He’s had a couple concerts so far and it’s been really great watching him learn. Christmas eve, he asked if I wanted him to play some Christmas songs that he’d been learning for everyone. So after we went over to my mother in laws and before everyone got ready for bed, he played a little concert for us!
The kids loved it and we all sang along, such a sweet way to end Christmas eve!
All the shopping is done, most all of the Christmas presents are wrapped and we’re enjoying a lazy day before all the festivities begin!
A couple weeks ago I was trying to get our annual – in front of the Christmas tree photo – and let me tell you! The things we do to get that little one to smile lol. But I love this photo we got!
Here are a couple more of the kids through the years!
They’re so little!!
Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and spend it surrounded by loved ones!
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!
This was a tough week. After the horrific shooting in Las Vegas earlier this week, my heart has been extremely heavy. So many people just experienced the worst day of their life and it left me feeling helpless. Wishing that things in our society would change but not knowing what needs to change, how to do it or even how one person could help make a change. It almost felt silly to me, to blog cute pictures of our kids or talk about any struggles we may be facing, when I’m still trying to wrap my head around how something like this could happen in our country. But I want to end this week on a lighthearted note, with something that makes me smile and reminds me of what’s most important in my life. These 4 kiddos. These four people, who I’m trying with everything in to me, to rise as good human beings. So this weekend I will put down my phone a bit more, say yes when they ask me to play with them and remind them of how much I love them.
Today we went to the Dallas Arboretum (it’s a teacher workday for our district!) I paid a whole heck of a lot more than I did the last time we went (pictures here) and the whole reason I paid an arm and a leg was to get a cute picture of my kids in front of the pumpkin. But life with 4 kids and more specifically our youngest Cal, just doesn’t make that easy. Here are a couple of the outtakes I got of the sweet rambunctious 3 year old….
Here he is being the rebellious younger brother that doesn’t want to stand by anymore…
Sticking his tongue out at me….
And intentionally turning his head away from me lol!
But regardless I’m glad I ended up with that one cute smiling picture up there and it made the outing worth it. Those 4 smiling faces are my WORLD (plus their awesome Daddy) and I’m so glad I get to do life with them. Off to enjoy our 4 day weekend!