|Ho, ho, ho!|
Santa's Visit 12/15/12
|What a BIG girl! :)|
|"Seriously, mom?! Really?" Ryan's|
catch-phrases of the year!
|Who is Patrick without a bird|
by his side?! LOL... this has been
the year of the bird... bringing
obsession to a whole other level
And, Patrick? He is no longer a little guy! He truly is a big boy and it is bittersweet to watch him make his way in this world. As a 2nd grader, he really is well under way. At the end of this school year, he will already be halfway through elementary school! He is rapidly learning... is not too interested in reading BOOKS for fun, but is QUICK to read signs around as he plays that leadership role to his younger siblings. He is becoming driven by big kid tests (makes me proud... NOT!) and takes them seriously, often reminding me that we have to sit down and study for them. Looking at him in the classroom now, you would NEVER in a million years guess the struggles he had in preschool. He is about as straight and narrow as they come, doing the right thing in the classroom as a model student! He remains incredibly creative and he loves to make videos and direct productions (of all types) in his free time.
|LOOOOOK! There he is!|
|Santa's elf waves!!|
|Yes, that is Patrick running into the|
street to get the candy... there's no
looking both ways at a time like this!
|Ryan hops right to the candy...|
Katy has no conception, otherwise
she'd be RIGHT there! Katy <3s candy!
That should do it for this year! We have a busy Christmas on tap for this year (John's family PLUS mine... ALL of our siblings, our parents, my nephews are ALL spending the day with us... plus my grandfather and one of my uncles...I can't WAIT for the full house... and, yes, I'm going to make a meal for all of them... and, yes, that SHALL be interesting, LOL... might need to be one of my first blog posts of the new year, assuming I survive!), so I know the next two weeks will FLY by...
As I sign off for the year, I want to give a shout out to my biggest fans out there... my young mommy friends at work who have actually told me, separately, that they strive to be just like ME (to which I always get a big CHUCKLE since I feel like I spend my life in the constant turbulence of a wind tunnel, but I LOVE to hear it... there truly is no bigger compliment and it makes me feel SO good!), I always like to remind them that what's written on paper and captured by picture is often WAAAAAYYYYYY quieter and far calmer than the chaos that goes into ANY family event... and by "event," I am even including just getting us all dressed and out of the house in the morning. Writing this the day after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I am today, as I am everyday, incredibly thankful and feel TRULY blessed to have my beautiful little family. My life is a flurry of activity and it is rarely TOTALLY calm, but I wouldn't change an absolute thing. And, we as a family are lucky to be surrounded by so many people who love and support us... that is, after all, what life is all about!! :)
Much love to all!!
<3 Kimberly (John, Patrick, Ryan, and our Sweet Little Rose)
P.P.S. Here are some other pictures from today:
|Only Katy could get away with|
playing in J's leaf piles! ;)
|Patrick, thinking he'd have a|
little alone time!
|Let me help, Patrick!|
|We interrupt this game to visit|
the puppies who came out to play!
No, we will NOT be getting a
|I got it!!!|
|Don't let the look fool you,|
I am the NAUGHTIEST
little thing! ;)