Life was getting all hectic and crazy and I was burned out and tired. I was feeling all sad and weird inside and that is when I decided I needed to slow it down a little bit and just enjoy being with my babes. Today I took the kids on a walk (first time in ages, ashamed to say) and to the park. Sawyer was obviously feeling pretty fly...
Seriously. Could she be anymore awesome? I think not. She even had to throw on an extra coat of lipgloss before leaving the house. Maybe it was because I mentioned we were going to invite her friend Zeke? Sawyer always likes to impress.
Our girls are the best things ever. Constantly making us laugh, for all kinds of reasons. We love them. Immensely. Although, getting a normal looking picture of the two of them is far more challenging than I ever would have expected.
Only 12 more days until Christmas...how is that even possible?!
Last weekend we took the girls to see Santa Claus at Fashion Island. We stopped by the giant Christmas tree first. Sawyer was impressed. "The Christmas tree goes all the way to the sky!"...she couldn't believe it. Sawyer gave Harper a little pep talk before meeting the big SC...
Harper often cries when strangers look at her...I was a little nervous how she was going to handle Santa Claus. Well, I wasn't actually nervous (I think kids that cry with Santa are pretty funny) but I was ready for some serious tears. No tears were shed...
But Sawyer refused to put her tongue back in her mouth...
Our house is ready for Christmas, our kids are ready for Christmas, and we are ready for Christmas. The only problem is, I don't want it to be over!!! I am so going to enjoy these last 12 days :)
I love this time of year, so many fun things happening. Christmas trees, Santa Claus, lights, presents, family, and lots and lots of love. Cheesy much? Perhaps. But I really do think that this is a magical time of year :)
Today my sister took her husband to Vegas for his 30th birthday to see Garth Brooks in concert, leaving us to watch Mazie for the night. We love having Mazie here...so fun having your favorite babes all in one place. We spent the day just hanging out at home. I attempted a failed photo shoot of the girls, and Marc and Sawyer successfully finished hanging our Christmas lights.
(I took the babies on a walk today...Sawyer walked through the neighborhood pushing her own baby doll stroller wearing this)
(I was struggling getting pictures of the three girls...so hard to do it without an extra set of hands...Marc was busy working on the lights.)
(So fun that they get to grow up together...just 5 weeks apart.)
(I am so obsessed with my littlest Little...she is such a mama's girl.)
(I thought moving the picture taking party inside would make things easier, it didn't really. In fact, Sawyer ditched us all together.)
(This could quite possibly be my favorite Christmas picture ever.)
(Oh wait, I think this one is my favorite :) )
(Marc's parents used this at their house forever...now we have inherited it and it is my favorite Christmas decoration. Honest.)
(Merry, Merry :) I love our festive house! We hired some guys to hang the lights on the house, and Marc wrapped the columns and the trees. Santa, please come visit us this year!)
(And this is the perfect end to a busy day...fire place going, USC game on, and lots of snoring.)
I don't know where the time goes, but it goes, and it goes fast.
I have had these pictures sitting on my desktop forever (to upload to the blog) and I never got around to it and now I feel like my kids are practically ready to get their driver's licenses and these pictures are so out dated. Well, when you take 1,893,465 pictures of your kids daily, they quickly become outdated. Whatever.
Anyways, the girls are growing like little bean sprouts and every single day I try to stop and take a breath and enjoy them and remember them exactly the way that they are, at that very moment. I try to remember the tender, sweet moments...not the crying, poopie ones, just my memory's personal preference.
Things are really good. Well, we got in a little car accident, that wasn't part of the "really good" part, but I keep thinking that if a mushed bumper on the back of our cute car is our biggest problem, we are doing alright. And it wasn't our fault either...so it is more of an inconvenience than anything - at least we don't have to pay the $5,000 to fix it. Well wait, I have the repair appraisal sitting right here so let me be more precise. At least we don't have to pay the $4,704.10 to fix it ;)
Marc has been busy working and feeding our family, and I have been busy working (OK people, my photog gig is sort of a job now. Not in a bad way, but seriously, it consumes a large quantity of time...so yes, I am a working mom)and making sure we have fun Christmas presents? Honestly, I don't know where the money I make goes...but it goes. Boo. Sawyer has been busy chatting up a storm and copying every single thing I do. I even stepped out on our front porch today to check the house number of one of our neighbor's (Christmas card time!) and Sawyer had to go outside and pretend she was doing the exact same thing I just did. I love her. Honest. She is so cute and so funny and she makes me laugh always...even when she is being a huge booger and being naughty. Harper is the sweetest little gem ever and she is now starting to eat real food, play in her bouncer , enjoy toys, laugh when I bounce her on my hip, cry when strangers look at her, she sits up on her own, and she is my bestest little pet...she likes being by her mama, and I like being by her :)Have I mentioned she is a total cutie too? I have such cute kids...they take after their dad. Really...they look just like him.
I hope to get to start blogging more soon and keeping up on journaling about my family and staying current with my photos. I also have a Shutterfly account (sorry, that bad boy is private...and not in a pervish way, just in a way meaning there is a good chance you don't get to see it) that I literally used to update daily with pics, now I am happy to get to it once every 3 weeks. Sad day. I am getting my ish sorted out in 2011. I swear I will get organized again.
Here are some things that have happened recently...
Marc grew a mustache (for "Movember"...apparently it is for charity? I still believe he did it just to annoy me ;)...it has since been removed) and we celebrated Thanksgiving with Marc's mom & dad (not sure why my kids look so angry?) And yes, our Thanksgiving garb is pretty much the same stuff we wore for our family holiday photos.
I turned 26 (barf).
We put up our Christmas trees (no promises, but hopefully I will put up more pictures later). Sawyer has a pink tree, Harper has a white one, and mom & dad (a.k.a Brynn & Marc) have a big green one. Sawyer likes to point these things out.
Harper turned 6 months old and to honor her 1/2 birthday, I had photos taken of me and my girls...and of course, the 1/2 birthday girl herself. I had planned on taking pictures of the girls too when I wasn't busy being in the pictures, but it didn't really work out and I only snapped a couple...so for the time being...this picture will have to do.
There you have it. Here are my scatter brained, overly tired thoughts that I felt like spewing out just for the heck of it. 4 hours of sleep a night is enough to sustain myself, right? :)
I am one of those people that really loves song lyrics - music totally affects my mood and I like listening to things that make me feel happy. If there is a upbeat, lovey dovey (sometimes cheesy, well, often cheesy) happy song, I probably know all of the words and listen to it on repeat, constantly. This is my new repeat song...I can't get enough. Oh ya, and not to mention...my family...I cannot get enough of them!!! I am still in awe of the fact that we are a family of four, not only is it fun, it is pretty much the best thing ever. Sawyer & Harper make our world turn, they could not be more loved. Even when I feel like pulling my hair out, somewhere in this brain of mine I can't help but be reminded of how lucky and blessed I am.