Friday, December 31, 2010

christmas 2010

we had an interesting, memorable christmas. emery got pneumonia and we were in the emergency room twice the night of the 23rd and then again on christmas day. she was almost admitted to the hospital and so sick. you'll notice there are not many pictures of my sick baby girl. my dad (grampy) is trying to recover from hip surgery and has had many complications since the surgery and was having a really rough day on christmas. we made the best of it and celebrated together but it was hard with emery so sick. here are some highlights from christmas week! i love this first picture of kinkade taking lucia out to spread reindeer food on the lawn christmas eve. emery LOVES to pray i took this quick photo during prayer. she loves to say "amen" at the end and loves holding hands.
aaron led worship at christmas eve service. he has not done this in a while and it was wonderful to have him rehearsing the few days before and filling the house with chrismas worship songs.
we have an ornament tradition on christmas eve morning when we hide four ornaments and the kids find them and then open the matching gift.
this is how i spent most of the week snuggled on the couch with a sick baby girl cuddled up and lucia watching "frosty" you might notice my third girl always came over and snuggled on my lap.
daddy and lucia reading "the night before christmas." i just love her sweet face in this picture.
grammy always gives the kids super hero jammies on christmas eve. lucia loved getting spider man. emery was home in bed she was so sick this night.
janny and ryan came over to celebrate and exchange gifts on the 22rd and we had chocolate fondue. the girls dove in it literally! emery just started taking handfulls!
santa always comes and visits on christmas eve. lucia was so surprised and happy to see him!
the kids love doing the "player piano" at grammy's house and playing christmas music. it is always a highlight christmas eve.
love this sweet sassy smart little girl!
mrs. clause who always makes life so fun!
sweet faces christmas morning. . .
all ready for christmas!
we drove to oregon the morning of the 26th to celebrate with the mcmurrays! lucia got a radio flyer bike from papa and grandma that she can reach the pedals she was thrilled emery got one too but she was in bed still sick.
oregon shirts, zags fuzzy blankets, and new zags basketball balls these boys are set!
my sweet nieces in their new hats.
it started snowing in oregon and the girls ran out to see. emery was finally starting to feel a little bit better.
it was a memorable christmas and we have so much to be thankful for!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

christmas music

keagan played in his christmas recital! grammy took him . . .mom and dad were gone on date/business weekend. grammy and keagan!
all of keagan's fans came to listen to the recital! we are so blessed to have so many dear friends who love our kids. . it truly takes a village. . since mom and dad were nowhere to be found:)
grammy and keagan decorated animals for the reception afterwards to celebrate.
here are all four ready for the boys second grade concert "the incredible reindeer!" the girls were mesmerized watching and i love how the boys still wave the whole time! they knew every one's part and put on a private show for the girls the next morning.
excited to go!
lucia in her first big christmas preschool concert! we had no idea how it would go. . but she was pretty stinkin cute even though she didn't sing one word. just twirled a lot, smiled and giggled. oh, she did a few hand motions! i love all three of her siblings cheering for her and blowing her kisses from the balcony. the boys were so proud of her and emery was thrilled to see her sister down there. she kept yelling " hi lulu!!"
emery watching and trying to do the hand motions. .
my baby girl is getting to big!
there is lulu with her head down praying in the front row. . black and white dress!
hugging or tackling before we left. . . .lucia fell dead asleep in the car on the way down since 6:30 is her bedtime and the concert was at 7:00.
all pretty and ready to go!
the music of christmas it just puts you in the spirit!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


here it is the santa photo from 2010. . i love how kinkade is watching his sisters. . . .he is such a thoughtful protective brother! it is a family tradition to go see santa every year! in fact we have a collage up of all the santa pictures since the boys first month of life! i never imagined we would have four kids on santa's lap. . but i wouldn't change it for anything. we thought this would be the "scary santa year" for emery. . . from past experience 1-3 have been the crying years to go see santa. but. . . emery is not scared of ANYTHING! she is our bravest, toughest, messiest kid yet. yep she is more "boy" than twin boys were! she jumped on his lap with no problem and then proceeded to tell him she wanted a baby doll. lucia asked for a purple music wand since the one uncle bryan gave her broke. keagan wants a ipod shuffle. . . wasn't it just last year he asked for a 9.00$ webkin. . . oh keagan! kinkade asked for super mario Olympic sports wii game. kinkade never knows what he wants so keagan usually tells him what to ask for so they can share. kinkade cracks me up he is just happy with people, snow, leaves and the natural joys of life! we hit starbucks afterwards for polar bear cookies it was so cute with them all sitting at a table eating their cookies. . the magic of Christmas is alive and well here!