It really is the most wonderful time of the year. And the most chaotic. With two birthdays in December, at times the whole month's calendar feels a bit overwhelming. We plan too much. Eat too much. Receive too much. But we also laugh more, hug more and hang out with friends/family more. Today as I undecorated the house from all things Christmas and Eric went back to work after a week off (which was so fun), I found myself thankful that the old routine was being set back in place. Yes, Malakai still has off school a few more days, but things are returning to normal. Funny how us human beings crave that. After 6 parties (either birthday celebrations or holiday family get togethers) over the last 10 days, this momma is spent. I did have my camera out quite a bit and am thankful that we could capture some very special moments in the life of our family.
Three years ago our Christmas Day looked a little different. Me on the coach, beginning to contract. About 4am on the 26th things starting picking up and Isaac Ray knew it was time for his birthday! At 7:55 that evening, we were holding our baby boy, crying tears of joy and excited beyond measure. Three years have passed and Isaac is still giving us so much joy and laughter. He is a passionate, determined little boy with a gentle side that loves to haul around his "babies" and take care of his little sister. We are looking forward to celebrating with him today. Gotta go get his cake started...
All ten of us gathered for breakfast and enjoyed a day together exchanging gifts, stories, and laughter. I always love watching the cousins farming and playing and look forward to mom's amazing food. Lacey, my parents' new puppy added some extra fun too. We all love her dearly. Isaac and Hadassah are warming up to her even though she jumps on them and licks them. She's a wonderful addition to the family this Christmas. Even though we're usually exhausted by the end of the day, we leave feeling blessed to have spent time together. The memories our kids are making together are ones they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Pretty incredible to think about.