Christmas Part II (In Pictures)

Here are some fabulous cookies that will most likely become an annual tradition! They were so cute that Z decided he wanted to make one, too. See bottom right:)

 A close-up of the buttery goodness:)

 Christmas Eve Christmas with Ben’s mom.

 Christmas Day at Muggas. Lots of presents!

 My beautiful sister and her hubby!

 Z was actually quiet for at least a half an hour while playing with his new engine toy from mommy and daddy. My future mechanic!

 Samuel putting together his new Toy Story legos with his favorite Uncle Tim!

 Mugga grabbing some snuggle time with Miss E.

 Mugga, what did you do to my hair?!

 Mommy, I need a bow or something!

 The boys loving their new robes made by Mugga!

 Some of the games and puzzles the boys recieved for Christmas!

And do you think the boys have been happily playing with all of their new toys since we’ve been home?
No. They have only been interested in playing wii and playing with old random toys that they’ve never really cared about before!
Boys.
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Christmas 2010

It was with some guilt that I totally ignored my blog for the past week! But, hey, who has time to blog when they are traveling 7 hours, spending their first day of vaca sick, going to FIVE Christmas parties/events and going back home again? Not me!

Our Christmas break in a nutshell:

~Had a hard time shaking the leftovers of my flu and spent last Thursday feeling really crummy:( But thankfully felt great the rest of the trip!

~Thankful that no one else in my family got the flu esp after being exposed a second time by my sister’s family (who, very sadly, ALL came down with the flu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)

~Had Christmas parties on Friday, 2 on Saturday, 1 on Sunday and 1 on Monday! Whew!

~Eliana started sleeping FANTASTICALLY after a crappy day on Thursday. She slept between 6-7 hours a night the last 4 nights! Andmayormaynothavedonethatinhercarseat3times….ahem. I’m hoping she’ll keep going with this!

~Ate lots of yummy food. Lots. Yummy.

~Made snowman cookies with my mom that were not only cute but very good!

~Had a girls’ day out on Monday that consisted of a trip to my very favorite accessories store, Charming Charlie’s, and lunch at the Cheesecake Factory (minus the cheesecake) and a quick run to Auntie Ann’s with my sis. It was Eliana’s first girl’s day:)

~Enjoyed 2 days meeting my mom’s new Basset Hound Puppy, Winston Oliver Stanley DeLeon I:) Almost makes me want a puppy! (until I remember that I have 3 puppies of my very own…)

~Was blessed with 4 brand new tires for our van, plus a car wash and a full tank of gas!! Many, many heartfelt thank you’s to my MIL and Ben’s grandma!! Our van is very happy.

~Did not take nearly as many pictures as I wanted to because I was too busy to remember to pull out my camera!

~I am now the proud new owner of a very pink and very girly wii controller:) haha. Ben surprised me with the remote and a new wii game for Christmas!

~Left yesterday and had a very uneventful trip home (yea!) and am now surrounded by tons and tons of stuff to unpack and organize. Better get busy!! Pictures to come soon!

O-H

I-O!

It only took 7 hours of traveling this time but we are here in Ohio for Christmas safely! The boys are SOOOO excited to be here and are already begging to open presents. How they are going to make it 2 more days seeing all the presents piled under the tree, I’ll never know.

To be a child and experience that excitement again….:)

2 Months

Our sweet girl was 2 months yesterday but since I was sick, I couldn’t celebrate. I am feeling SOOO much better, by the way. Except for a bum hip from being in bed all day? Or getting old? Which Samuel told me I was the other day. We were playing a game and he said, “Zakkai goes first, then me, then you because you are old.” I said, “Old?!! You think I’m old?!” To which he replied, “Well… just a little old.” So there you have it.
Ahem.
Ms Eliana has wrapped her sweet, chubby self around each and every one of our fingers in her 2 months here!
(See, Emily? She and Alaina can match! One of my very favorite outfits!)
 She wasn’t feelin’ me taking her picture today as we tortured her with shots and she wasn’t feeling so hot. As in, all of the sudden this afternoon, several hours after shots, she woke up and cried inconsolably for 45 minutes before tylenol kicked in and she fell asleep on my chest 😦

 Anyways, Ms Chub-chub weighs 10lbs 15.5oz and grew an inch and a half in the past month and is now 22 1/2 inches long! The boys weight over 11 lbs at their ONE month check-ups:)

How she is changing:

 She is starting to hold onto our hands and her own hands a lot!

 She is cross-eyed less than last month but still makes some pretty cute cross-eyed baby faces!

Her hair is turning blonder all the time!

Her eyes are still a deep blue and I don’t expect them to change.

She is a VERY happy baby when she gets good sleep.

And speaking of sleep, she is so not consistent and it drives.me.nuts. She was in a great groove for a good week or so of sleeping 7:30pmish to 12:30amis after she got over her “crazy spell.” And I fully expected it to keep on going but she rebelled on Friday, waking up every 2 hours. Sigh. She has good days and bad days and we can’t figure out why. At least she puts herself to sleep much, much better after much hard work on our part! Maybe she’ll kick back into groove tonight…

She loves to smile and show off her gorgeous dimple (LOVE it!) and she almost laughed one day.

She is starting to talk more and more and tell us many stories.

Sometimes she smiles and then all of the sudden it turns into a little fuss and her bottom lip sticks out. It is totally endearing:)

She is definitely more of a fusser/whiner/squawker than a screamer. When she screams, which is rare, I know something is definitely up like overtiredness…or shots:(

She is beautified daily by her brothers who love to pick out hairbows and clothes:)

She is loved.

Sick

The Mama-Shop is closed for the day. Sick, sick and more sick! I was attacked by a random flu in the middle of the night while feeding the baby. All of the sudden the room started spinning around like crazy and before I knew it I was nauseous and throwing up. Ugh.  I suppose I should be glad it’s happening today and not on Christmas (which happened to me once as a little girl) but who wants to be sick ever? And when you have kids to care for?
E and I have spent pretty much the whole day in bed:( Here’s to hoping I feel better tomorrow!

My Spunkmeister

I can’t believe how much Zakkai has grown up lately. Not only does he look more and more like and older boy (skinny and taller) but he is maturing in his thinking, too. But there is just enough of my baby in there that still wants to sit in my lap and have me read him stories or cuddle. He still falls asleep in the car at nap time and still adores his “rays” and sucks his first finger:) He tucks his hand in mine when we walk.  He’s still my baby, even if he’s almost 4!
This spunky child of mine has enough spark to bring life to any household! He is currently very much enjoying all of the benefits of Christmas: presents, lights, Christmas trees, snow… He reminds us everyday to turn the tree lights on. I wonder where this 2+ year light obsession will take him in life. An electrician? Something mechanical since he loves to push buttons so much? A professional tree decorator? ha! 
This afternoon while the baby was sleeping and the boys were engrossed in a movie, I decided to sneak into their room to wrap presents. Zakkai got curious after awhile and just happened to pop into the bedroom just as I was finishing wrapping his present! And once he saw the great fun he was missing out on, he stuck to me like glue tape. He insisted on tearing off pieces of tape for me and “helping” me, talking non-stop all the while. Sometimes my head is full of his voice! I ended up giving him scraps of wrapping paper to practice wrapping on.

He decided to wrap up toys that he claims he doesn’t want anymore. After several minutes, Samuel, who must’ve sensed fun going on without him, burst through the door and Zakkai flipped out and started shrieking, “No, no, Samuel! You can’t look! I am wrapping up old toys that I don’t want anymore! You can’t see!” 🙂

And so Samuel had to get in on the action and now our tree skirt is “decorated” with boy-wrapped books and toys:) And I am minus much tape!
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The boys haven’t asked for much for Christmas, thankfully. They love presents like any other spoiled American child, but aren’t in the age of begging for every toy they’ve seen on tv or in the store. (Again: Thankfully!) We have tried to talk to them a lot about the meaning of Christmas and that is isn’t all about presents. But when Zakkai realized he was getting a present from us, he would not stop asking me about it. “Can I see it? Where is it? Can I just see it? Why not? But it IS Christmas now! But can I see it? Plleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaassssssssseeeeeeeeeee?” Until I thought I would go nuts! I gotta say this child is persistent!

And sweet.

And spunky.

And I wouldn’t have him any other way:)