Our neighbors shared some Santa cookies with the kids...needless to say, they were a hit!
|Drew missing his 2 front teeth this year for Christmas :)|
Kate got to come along with Mommy to Noah's Christmas party at school...she naturally joined in as if she belonged there! I love Noah's laughter at Kate being part of his class. And I love that Kate thinks she's a big girl and can do whatever anyone else is doing!
Ms. Kate is something else. Boy, she LOVES the Christmas season! Between the lights and decorations and the singing toys, she is in heaven! It took her less than a week to say and learn her second word, "ites" (lights) once the trees were up. And the whole month, nothing else was done in the morning until she had directed us around to the 5 different spots in the house that had Christmas lights. (yes, 5!) She just absolutely loved it! She did pretty well not pulling everything off the tree, but she would get into it every now and then. We didn't put any presents out cuz we don't think we would have been as lucky with those. But all in all, she had a fun month with it all.
She was on the fussy/clingy side with Mommy alot this month. But she wasn't really sick but twice, and not for long and no new teeth, so who knows. But Mommy is exhausted from it. It's nice to be loved and needed, and I do love the concept of being the favorite, but other times, I'm just completely spent and at my last ounce of energy and patience with it all. She goes to her school teacher without any complaints, happily waving goodbye to me at dropoff. But with anyone else, it's a crying fit and disaster - ugh! It's just exhausting. I keep telling myself, this too shall pass...and I feel bad for Matthew, who dearly loves his daughter and while she eventually calms down, it's gotta get old for him too! She does well as long and Mommy isn't in sight or in the vicinity, so she's doing well being picked up from school by Grandma and has really warmed up to Papa - hooray! Over Christmas, she warmed up to Nana, and Andrea some, but was wary of Grandpa and even more so of Kevin!
We got to visit Santa at Drew's school, which was such a blessing! This was the first year they have done it apparently, but it was fantastic! We get to hang out in the cafeteria, so the kids can play around and color some while we wait instead of a long line in the mall ("Stand still, come here, etc!") and it's super close and cheap and still supports the school - win all around! Kate hated it as expected, and as you can see! Drew wanted to ask for a drone (of course he would, why not?!) but we talked him down to 6 year old toys and asked for a red light saber. Noah, the most content kid ever, asked for Pokemon cards. I love the huge monetary discrepency these boys have in their desires/wishes. Noah has always asked for the simplest of items for any gift ideas and Drew's are always huge, a mile long list, and expects to get everything he asks for. Kate just wanted to get as far away from Santa as possible!
At the beginning of the month, we got alot of toys down from the attic that the boys had grown out of, but were now appropriate for Kate. Well, it was as if Christmas had already come...for all 3 of them. The boys spent the entire weekend playing with the 'baby' toys and Kate just ran around all the chaos have a grand old time! :)
So, the boys had 2 whole weeks off from school, and no day care options, so I was off too. And to be honest, I wasn't really looking forward to it. I thought it was going to be crazy with them fighting and them getting on my nerves without getting a break. But all in all, it was pretty good. The first day was a little rough, with my attitude and expectations not helping. But also Kate was home too and was SUPER clingy, so all my energy went to her and I had none left for the boys. The next 2 days Kate went to school (and was super fine and happy with them of course!) and the boys and I had a really good time. We played some different games and were able to relax and have more flexibility since we didn't have to worry about Kate destroying Legos or messing up the game, or whatever - it's just what toddlers do.
Matthew had Christmas Eve until after New Year's off, so then I wasn't quite so outnumbered and the big fun times were just around the corner! We were able to drive around our neighborhood as well as go to the YMCA Christmas display for the kids to enjoy the lights...Kate just exclaiming "ites!" the whole time! :)