Thursday, December 25, 2008

Five is the Loneliest Number. . .

Wow. . .once again a long time since a post, but as most of you know, I've been busy with other things. My dad has been very good about updating their blog with pics, so hopefully you've seen the pics of the kids while I've been "busy." My parents have been here (with a week or so off in the middle) since the day after Thanksgiving, and they just left yesterday morning (Christmas Eve) to head back south (just in time for us to have 60 degree weather this weekend!). So, the house is now down to five members, but it seems empty. :) We're SOOOOOOO thankful for all their help while they were here and they will be greatly missed! Not only for their help, but just cuz we'll miss them (especially the kids!).
So, since it's been so long, here are a ton of pictures to enjoy!
This is how the kids like to watch cartoons in the morning.
When they aren't fighting for space in mommy and daddy's bed at least.
Gee, isn't he cute? He takes after his father. . .

Our little musician. She also LOVES to sing and will just break into song wherever she is.

They both like to play with the Nativity set (or 'tivity as Abby calls it). Here, Abby had all the angels and wise men lined up. I guess they had to wait in line to get in to see baby Jesus.

Abby and new baby brother Aiden. She and Caleb both think he's kinda cool.

My mom unpacked all my old bridesmaid dresses. They are now for Abby to play dress up. This was actually the dress Mom wore for the "Culver's Prom" but she kept it with my stuff for future use. Abby sure liked it!

Caleb playing his game on Pappy's computer. He really liked his puzzle games. Of course he only wanted to play whenever Pappy would sit down to do something on the computer (which really was quite often).

Pappy asked Caleb if he wanted to help put this TV stand together. I was in the other room and this is what I kept hearing. . .Pappy: "Caleb hand me [insert part name]. Abby, you're in the way." I think Caleb was a good helper. . .Abby, not so much.

In the theme of dress up, Grammy made the kids costumes to be Mary and Joseph with Aiden as baby Jesus. It was ADORABLE!! She even taught them to sing "Away in a Manger" and they sat in their costumes and sang for us. The first picture was the dress rehearsal for Pappy and Mommy, but when it came time for the actual performance (in front of Daddy, Uncle Chris and Auntie Em) they didn't do as well. They sang the first line, then Caleb said, "my song has spots" (which means there are skips like on his DVD's). Nice.

As they were getting ready, Abby was dressed as Mary and said, "I'm Mary and you're Joseph," but Caleb said, "No, Abby, I don't have my costume on yet." After the "performance" Grammy was getting them into their clothes again, and little Caleb announced, "I'm a boy again!" Guess he knows the difference between being in character and being yourself. . .

The three kiddos together. Like I said. . .Caleb and Abby think he's kinda cool. Oh, and by the way, I promise we do comb Abby's hair everyday.

Christmas Time!!!

The first Christmas gifts were from Gran-Pappy, G-G (Great-Grammy), Uncle Rich, Miss Kerry, and Miss Marissa, Uncle Chris and Auntie Em, and Grammy and Pappy.

Miss Marissa got Caleb a sticky hand. He kept flinging it around the room and getting it stuck to packages. He thought it was pretty cool and we all got a kick out of watching him use it!And if there was ever any doubt that Abby is a princess. . .well, now those doubts will be taken care of. I present to you, Princess Abigail.And of course, every princess needs super cool sunglasses and a matching purse. Yes, this is definitely my child (at least in the way of purses. . .not the princess thing!). She received no less than four purses this year. . .and I may be missing some. :)And here they are with Auntie Em and Uncle Chris. Grammy made them matching Elmo jammies. Too cute!Grammy also made them both a pair of Michigan pants. Abby of course had to try on everything as she opened it. Here she is modeling her new Michigan pants, the purse Grammy made her (which matches Mommy's!) and the wings and headband that came with her fairy costume. She is one stylin' chic! (You can't see it, but Daddy french rolled her pants too. Tres '80's!)And here, Abby is modeling her new "jingle bell" hair thingys. These are actually perfect for her because when she sings "Jingle Bells" she shakes her whole body back and forth! Thanks Grammy for these, she loves 'em! (And see? I told you we comb her hair. . .) There were MANY more gifts from everyone listed above, but this post is long enough already without going into more!! Thank you sooooo very much to all for the fabulous gifts! The kids had a great Christmas!Three weeks and two days old. . .already found his fingers. The other two moved from finger to finger before settling on their specifics (Caleb's first two and Abby's thumb) so we're not sure if this is where he'll end up or if he'll move to other fingers/thumb. And for those that recall pictures of Caleb when he was born. . .yes, this is almost an exact replica.
Christmas Part 2: Mommy and Daddy gifts. Since Grammy, Pappy, Uncle Chris and Auntie Em left Christmas Eve morning, we were actually alone as a family for Christmas Day!!! So, we woke up (slowly) this morning and came downstairs for the kids to open their gifts from us.
Abby got this doll house, which Caleb also likes to play with. Here's another set of matching jammies made by Grammy. (And yes, I know Abby looks like a homeless street urchin.)Daddy's caption for this one. . ."Bah Humbug."Caleb got this basketball hoop that will grow with him. He's no Michael Jordan, but he's only three. . .at one point he thought he should try kicking the ball instead. Maybe sports won't be his thing. We'll see. He really likes the hoop. He especially liked it when Daddy put it up to six feet tall and lifted him up to "dunk" the ball. After they opened their gifts and played for awhile, they came in to watch "Milo and Otis" (or the cat and dog movie as Caleb calls it). Of course, Abby can be seen in yet another new outfit that she had to try on right away. Yes, it's another Michigan outfit.And last but not least, the littlest munchkin. I need to get better at labeling "Caleb" and "Aiden" in their pictures. 10 years from now it will be difficult to remember which one is which because they really do look identical at this age. The only difference, Aiden has the chicken legs while Caleb had a few more rolls. :)
We still have one more Christmas to go with the Worgess family up in Illinois (hopefully in the next week or two. . .depending on when we go up there). Phew! Christmas celebrations everywhere!!
I always say that I will post more often, but it doesn't happen. Since my parents won't be back in the area for a few months, I'm sure I'll be hearing from Dad to post sooner. . .and I will try! I'm off work for another few weeks so maybe during this time I'll have a few extra minutes. :)
We hope everyone has a VERY Merry Christmas!!!


The Kings said...

Looks like you had a fabulous Christmas. I'm sure your folks enjoyed the kids immensely...they're all darling. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Kings!

The Nordgren Family said...

How fun! I couldn't help but laugh out loud when reading some of your narratives. Life certainly doesn't sound boring! :) Glad you had a good Christmas.