Dec 25th….

After a wonderful Christmas eve service at our AMAZING church.. we came home and Joel read the christmas story to our family..(LOVE this!) then we did opened our 2nd present….

matching pj's

matching pj’s

Then family annual picture:)

LOVE my growing family!

LOVE my growing family!

The kids woke up at about 7:30 and were ready to JUMP into action… so we DID:) We open presents in a around.. youngest to oldest.. one present at a time (so everyone gets to see what the other family member gets -plus we only give 2 gifts from us and it would be over in like -5 mins:)

lydia opening the first present of the morning

lydia opening the first present of the morning – she got little people aura & fairies, and an adventure book

Selah got a monogramed umbrella (from aunt stack), lego castle, & rapunzsel the doll,

Selah got a monogramed umbrella (from aunt stack), lego castle, & rapunzsel the doll,

Judah got an airplane (aunt staci,) A treehouse lego set, and a razor scooter

Judah got an airplane (aunt staci,) A treehouse lego set, and a razor scooter

Levi got a lego set (aunt staci), a razor scooter, and a fish tank:)

Levi got a lego set (aunt staci), a razor scooter, and a fish tank:)

Daddy got lots of goodies from the kids and a watch and a Digital frame for his office

Daddy got lots of goodies from the kids and a watch and a Digital frame for his office & a Jacket (from heather)

I got a USF hoodie, a beautiful scarf & necklace, a gift certificate for a message, rain boots,

I got a USF hoodie, a beautiful scarf & necklace, a gift certificate for a message, rain boots,

Aunt Heather got her long desired rice cooker:) hoping for some yummy meals in the future:)

Aunt Heather got her long desired rice cooker:) hoping for some yummy meals in the future:)

The boys testing out their new wheels!

The boys testing out their new wheels!

After presents we eat breakfast and enjoy some time taking about our favorite gifts:)

Levi: Fish tank

Judah: his treehouse lego set

selah: ‘her new baby brother:)

Then we clean up and do stockings

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poor lydia is still not 100% so she has napped a bunch today! here are a few pics of our sweet girl!

poor lydia is still not 100% so she has napped a bunch today! here are a few pics of our sweet girl!

snuggles with daddy

snuggles with daddy

lego building time...

lego building time…

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Lunch and a fun Christmas movie:)

Merry Christmas everyone.. hope your day is wonderful and full of JOY!

Love –

jessica

North Pole Breakfast

Today was our annual North Pole breakfast..(we are on year 3!!) I was kinda afraid it would not happen with a slight scare of my water breaking last night (with #5) but lucky for it is was just a scare:)

Joel and I prepped the table last night and got everything ready for this morning… 10885351_10152968167454626_7742897964824412650_n 10885453_10152968167639626_546575882552603270_n

North Pole breakfast means different things to different families.. for us it is all things ‘christmasy’ santa, reindeers, snowman, those sort of things. We do it on Christmas eve and it is a great start to a day full of fun!! This year it wasn’t decorated like i wanted it to be.. but the kids loved it non the same!

A few days ago Levi and I went on a date and through chatting with him, he mentioned his favorite christmas memory is this the North Pole Breakfast!:)

The family!

The family! Lydia didn’t understand why we were all looking this way.. it was kinda funny!

Breakfast includes, pancakes, bacon, orange juice, hot chocolate with a candy cane stirrer, snowman donuts, and a banana/strawberry candy cane:)

The boys anxious to start!

The kids anxious to start!

The kids get one gift, its the one in the boxes.. I look throughout the year trying to find the perfect ornament that describes them that year… and then before we eat they get to open it and put it on the tree.. its neat to see them SOO excited!

we always do girls first

we always do girls first

I LOOKED AND LOOKED for a Mary Poppins ornament. NON To be found (and my mom finally found one so YES she will get one for this year!!) So Selah ended up with a princess Balleria! She loves all things dance and princess!!

'crazy hair soccer player'

‘crazy hair soccer player’

Thank you etsy!! Judah’s was a pewter ornament with a boy playing soccer. I loved it cause of the boys hair.. and the first things he mentioned was ‘i love his spiky-crazy hair:)

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This boy LOVEs all things Christmas.. he kinda reminds me of me!

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Levi’s ornament! He has really grasp the art of reading this year and will read EVERYTHING. SO this ornament depicts his new skill and his love for lego’s! Again THANK YOU ETSY!

Gotta put them on the tree!!

Gotta put them on the tree!!

After Breakfast we play a few games.. Christmas bingo and ‘jack frost not lost’. Its nice to seat around the table at the end of a busy season  and just laugh and have down time!!! I LOVE LOVE this time of year and all that it involves!!

~sooo do you do any fun activities?!?!

~jessica

 

Our Chickadee turned 1!

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ON Dec 4th our youngest (for the moment) turned 1. As I reflect and realize that 1 year ago I went to the doctor as normal only 37 weeks along.. sent to the hospital.. 9 hours later give birth to this precious baby girl. MY first 100% natural birth and my smallest baby..:)

Now I see a girl who is full of personality, desperately wants to talk, walks around like a champ, eats puffs and green beans like a pro and is ONE!

Unlike the others parties it was easy to plan and prepare.. Sweet Lydias was a bit harder.. its is Christmas time and all that it entails.. friends are busy, family is far away.. and i didn’t want a winter, frozen, Christmas theme..

SO first we did our Kent family tradition .. donuts (at the local donut shop…) then publics for her choice of cereal..(yes older siblings MAY have helped;)

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Then it was time to plan her party.. we always do party bigs.. but this year with me very pregnant and it being christmas time.. it ended up being sweet and simple! Our theme was ‘Cute as a Button our Lydia Grace is turning 1″

simple button decor

simple button decor

a few of her favorite things

a few of her favorite things

favorite things!

favorite things!

we went with a non traditional cookie cake:) it was given to us as a blessing!

we went with a non traditional cookie cake:) it was given to us as a blessing!

poor girl wasn't a fan:)

poor girl wasn’t a fan:)

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she ended up throwing it on the ground:) haha!

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picky picky

present time

present time

just mommy and daddy and our sweet girl!

just mommy and daddy and our sweet girl!

all the children who were 3 and under that came (there were a bunch of older siblings too!)

all the children who were 3 and under that came (there were a bunch of older siblings too!)

So very blessed to have friends who we can have our children grow up with.. most of these little girls have siblings my kids age.. being able to do life and parties with them is so much fun!

there you have it.. our Sweet Lydia Grace’s 1st party.. not my best but special non the less!!
We love you sweet Liddy!!
Love mommy!

 

 

Deck the Hall’s @the Kent castle!

This weekend we cleaned the house took down all things fall/thanksgiving and began gearing up for Christmas.. As with everyone I know pulling out the totes and totes of christmas stuff is a bit of joy all in itself! So we began…

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After all the totes were pulled out and the santa hats were found.. we headed off for our annual tradition of ‘going on a tree hunt’ – (this is year 8!!)

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Lydias first trip!

going on a tree hunt!

going on a tree hunt!

Aunt Heathers first time cutting down the tree.. she picked hers out RIGHT away!

Aunt Heathers first time cutting down the tree.. she picked hers out RIGHT away!

WE found it!

WE found it!

our babies

our babies

#5's trip!

#5’s trip!

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love this shot…

big brothers cut

big brothers cut

2nd brothers turn

2nd brothers turn

you know sis has got to try!

you know sis has got to try!

The tree lot we go to has santa .. :)

The tree lot we go to has santa .. 🙂

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tradition.. Each child has a box.. and in it goes their ornaments.. (they get one a year that describes them that year) They were sooo thrilled to open and explore.. then they each put theirs on the tree. IT was so cute to see Selah’s all in one spot on the bottom of the tree:)

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lights first!

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

 

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cherished moments

all finished and so very beautiful!

all finished and so very beautiful!

So that is just a peek into our weekend!! Now to begin our count down to Christmas and #5’s arrival! Love this season and all the joy it brings!!
~Jessica