Christmas 2016

I'm way late in posting Christmas pictures but you are just going to have to bear with me. 2017 has gotten off to a bit of a rough start; we've had rashes, pink eye, ear infections, stomach bugs, etc. My 2017 resolution was to not get caught up in to do lists and agendas but to focus on relaxing and enjoy the humdrum of everyday life. Maybe, all this sickness has been a good thing because less than three weeks in and I've already had lots of practice. I've had to coach myself several times that it's ok to just just continue to sit still and cuddle.

We really enjoyed the Christmas season. Jeremy was able to take 11 days straight off of work! In past years we've traveled a lot but this year we made it a point to spend some restful days at home. It was going to be just our little family but then we found out my baby sister Angel could come visit and we quickly jumped at the chance. She has less than two years of college left and we realize that pretty soon it will be a lot harder to steal her away for a couple days. 

We included Angel in our yearly Christmas traditions: having the kids pick out their favorite light displays, singing at a nursing home on Christmas Eve, serving Jesus's birthday cake for breakfast, jammed packed stockings, etc.

This year Jeremy surprised me with a new tradition. Usually, we just fill up stockings with random little things but this year I had twelve days of gifts - spoiled, I know! He came up with twelve things that he enjoys about me and gave me a gift to represent each one. I lucked out with that man - he has my heart bursting with love. 

Even with making an effort to spend some quiet days at home we were still able to visit both Jeremy's and my family during the Christmas season. It was a blessing to be able to celebrate with them. There are cousins on both sides...and I don't know what it is but there is something extra special about cousin love. 

Mini Man saw me going through these pictures and said he wished would could have a couple Christmases a year. Trying to teach contentment I told him we should be thankful for the sweet time that we had and that the memories are something we can forever cherish. I do, however, agree with him...I wouldn't mind more days/weeks like these.

What I've Been Wearing

Just a quick post, we are headed out for another family Christmas celebration. I wanted to share some of the Christmas themed outfits I've been wearing these past couple weeks though. I think it so much fun putting together festive looks. I posted some other outfits this month with a little bit of Christmas flair, you can see them here and here.

I also had to include a picture of my handsome hubby. I love his style and when he's holding one of our still my heart. 

Baby Z is One.

Earlier in the month Baby Z turned one. To celebrate we had a couple close friends over for lunch and birthday cake. It was a simple fare but special because we were surrounded by people who also love our little baby boy. 

I've always heard that motherhood get easier with each baby; you know what to expect and thus you are more relaxed. It been the opposite with Baby Z. Even though he is my fourth, it's with him, that I have been the most anxious. He keeps throwing me curve balls and seems to have me constantly on my toes. During my pregnancy he wasn't as active as my first three and I was continually praying for his safety and for peace of mind. All my deliveries were different but his was the most unique. During his first month he had trouble gaining weight and words cannot describe the helplessness and anguish I felt. Even now he's throwing something new my way. He's got a bacterial infection and his poor little body is covered in a rash that keeps disappearing and reappearing. Ten plus years in childcare and three other babies and this little man has me feeling like a beginner. 

Maybe it's because we are pretty sure he's our last and therefore, 'my baby' but I can't seem to help fretting over him. I KNOW that children are resilient but he just seems too fragile...too precious. 

He seems to know he's 'my baby' too and is the most mommy centered of all my kiddos. He loves his Daddy and his siblings but other than that he seems to have only eyes for me. My arms are his happy place and it's where he prefers to spend most of his day.

He has great balance but refuses to even try to walk. Thankfully, he sleeps through the night in his room but hates naps. If I get more than an hour nap out of him a day it's a cause for celebration. He's determined and after two-plus-hours we decided 'crying-it-out' just wasn't going to work. He's also persistent and despite being moved to another room and given a new toy he'll head straight back to whatever 'hands-off' item caught his interest. He loves to cuddle and gives the best hugs. It melts my heart when he gently twirls my hair or pats my back. He makes the funniest faces and his smile lights up a room. His laugh is contagious and he enjoys being funny. When he does something that makes you chuckle he'll do it over and over again. He has lots and lots to say. I'm starting to understand some of his babbles and can't wait until I can make sense out of all of them. 

He makes our home a brighter place. It's only been a year and he has already stretched me and taught me so much. It's such a blessing to be his momma. 

What I've Been Wearing

Only one outfit this week; we've been crazy busy getting ready for Christmas. We just celebrated with my family in Iowa this weekend. We brought my "baby" sister Angel back home with us and we are all super excited that we get to keep her for ten days!

Last week, I told you about some $.25 skirts I picked up at a rummage sale this is another one. It's hard to tell in this pictures but there is some red outlines around some the squares - I felt very festive! 

If you are looking for more outfit inspiration please check out these link parties: Watch What I'm WearingMonday MingleStyle SessionsTrend SpinPleated Poppy and A Labour of Life
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