It's been such a busy past few months! I'm going to recap just a bit of our crazy, fun filled life. I think I have way too many kids! They keep things interesting, crazy and hectic! But I have so much I want to blog about that I'm just going to keep trying to get back here, no matter how much time gets away from me between posts!
The end of September and beginning of October brought the birthdays of these beautiful girls. What a blessing they are in my life! Ambria turned 15, and then 6 days later, my spunky Brielle turned 9 (posted a litte about that last time).
Halloween came and (thankfully) went! And although I loathe the "holiday", I actually enjoy helping my kids get all dressed up.
As always we had a plentiful Thanksgiving, followed by a bit of Black Friday deal snatching. I know a lot of people are disgruntled about the commercialism of it all, but I've got to say I was able to get something really nice that was the only thing my daughter wanted for Christmas, and were it not for Black Friday, it would not have been in our Christmas budget. So I'm a fan.
Then...the most wonderful time of the year....CHRISTMAS! And we were graced with a beautiful, WHITE Christmas. It's been a couple years since the fluffy white stuff visited for Christmas Day, so it was quite heavenly. Santa was good to us, and the season was filled with warmth, family, and celebrating the birth of our Savior. Oh how I love Christmas. I miss it already.
December and January were also filled with a crazy musical rehearsal schedule. Ambria and MaiLee both performed in the school's production of Once On This Island, Jr. They did a fantastic job and I was so, so proud.
The musical opened the first weekend in February. Coincidentally, MaiLee and Hollyn both have birthdays the first week in February! We celebrated MaiLee's 13th Birthday on Wednesday. I attended Charter Day on the Hill at the State Capitol with her (to advocate for charter schools, and charter-friendly legislation). She is a member of the student council and was representing our awesome school. We celebrated with family that night, then the musical opened on Friday night - which also happened to be Hollyn's 3rd birthday - so we had a late evening birthday party at the McDonald's near the theater as soon as the musical was over. It was a crazy, fun time!
You'd think after all that, life might settle down a little. But nope. It's time to start looking ahead to Kaden's tour schedule for both Orchestra, and choir, as well as graduation preparation. He's also getting ready to start working on his paperwork for his mission. he could be gone in 5 months from now! It's so crazy.
My little family is growing up so quickly. I feel like I blinked and all of a sudden I'm this mom with kids who are nearly grown, and I don't know what happened! But I could not feel more blessed, grateful for the children I have, and proud of the people they are becoming. My Heavenly Father has been so good to me. I don't deserve this life, but boy am I thankful that I get to have it anyway.