christmas 2013

per usual, we were able to make all seven christmas gatherings.  well six so far, but i know we will make #7 since it is at our house.  believe it or not we still have one more christmas gathering to go.  while the rest of you have already packed up your christmas decorations and are planning your spring cleaning, i'm debating if i should put out a few more decorations i got on sale after christmas.

i love the ages my girls are at.  kelby, who typically wants to act way older than she is, was completely taken back the morning our elf returned.  i caught her just staring a grinning at sparkles rainbow (yep, that's the name they chose) as if she were thinking "you remembered us."  our elf however was a little lazy this year.  and there were a few mornings that she didn't even move.  or she moved but decided to pick the same spot to perch the next morning.  the jury is still out.  after a few days of her not moving, kelby pointed the finger at kevyn and said she had touched sparkles rainbow.  gasp.  if you touch the elf, they will lose their magic.  i quickly intervened and said i'm sure that was not the case, but kelby was relentless.  kevyn, sweet innocent kevyn, stated "i don't think i touched her.  i got real close, but i don't think i touched her."  geez...  sparkles must have gotten reprimanded by santa for being lazy because she quickly got her act together.

and kevyn is straight-up giddy when it comes to santa.  or elves.  or the reindeer.  she knows all the songs, the all the details, and all the rules that need to be followed in order for the magic of christmas morning to happen.  she is, in her humble opinion, an expert.  how does santa make it to all the children's houses?  ask kevyn.  how do reindeer fly?  ask kevyn.  she's got the answers.

here's a few pics of the festivities...

yep.  this is the best family photo i got.  me and my three kids.  

and these were taken on christmas eve.  after we put out the cookies and milk, i had the girls stand in front of the tree for our annual picture.  they really do love each other, they just don't seem to show it much.  the bottom right picture is when i told them to stop, look at me, and smile.  they looked at me but couldn't smile through the pain of squeezing each other as hard as they could.  good times.  i know i'll look back at these and smile at their behavior.  and the fact that kevyn has her top on backwards, knows it, and insists on wearing it this way.

~ becky


2014 : Be Present

Being totally real here…  I’ve started this post a few times.  My first draft pretty much said how bad 2013 sucked.  The second draft stated that although 2013 sucked, there were a few good moments.  And the more I thought about 2013 the better it became in my head. 

I’m a pretty positive person.  It’s hard for me not to be happy.  Losing your sister does indeed suck, but going through an experience like that has made me such a better person.  At least in my opinion.  I see life so differently now.  And I’m not just saying I do.  I truly have a new outlook on life.

Looking in to 2014 I can’t help but be excited.  I have so much to look forward to!  We have birthday parties to plan and vacations to go on.  This house that I’ve been in for just over a year will finally get the attention that it deserves.  I have rooms to decorate and a long list of items to complete.  I will be able to focus more on growing our business versus just trying to keep caught up.  I might even have time to blog more! ;)

2013 wasn’t all bad.  It’s just that the bad kinda trumped all the good when I looked at the year as a whole.  We did so many fun things and while I did enjoy myself, my sister’s health was constantly on my mind. 

My goal for 2014 is to be present.  Whether I am giving the girls a bath or having dinner at the table at night, I want to be all there.  I want my girls to know just how important they are to me not by what I am buying them or the trips we take them on, but by how I listen to them.  Or the time we spend together doing our crafts or reading books.  I want to be all there for them so when they look back at their childhood they remember the mom that played with them and not the mom who’s mind was always elsewhere and couldn’t finish a conversation with them.

So here’s to 2014!  I hope you will read many posts about birthday parties, vacations, home renovations, and weekend reviews filled with fun things I’ve done with the girls.  Cheers!

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