Seriously, life with a newborn is chaos. Routine goes out the window, schedules get changed, and even on the days that I think I have nothing really important to get done I still feel buried in chores. Dishes and laundry never end...then there's spending quality time with each child...and being a good wife...and feeding the baby every 3-4 hours or so...and we won't even go into church callings. Chaos.
But I really am not complaining. Just stating the facts of motherhood. And really, it's not so bad anymore. We've kinda found a groove that works for everyone, even though Jonathan and I are still sleep deprived 92% of the time.
So now my goal is to get all caught up on this old blog...in like the next three days! Expect lots of long posts.
Let's start with December. I didn't blog a single thing about December because well, we had ourselves a brand new baby to take care of and although we did a TON- I did not feel up to writing about each little excursion (and they WERE little...they have to be when Penelope eats, poops, or cries every hour or sometimes all three of those in an hour...)
But to sum it up:
1. We started our "25 Days of Christ" tradition. I bought the set, we painted the ornaments for FHE, and got a nice white tree to put them on each night in December. Each ornament comes with a scripture, video, and spiritual thought about one aspect of Christ's life. We all loved it!
The "Christ Tree" went in Talmage's room. He thought that was super cool.
We also put some lights in Charlotte's room.
2. This wasn't in Dec. but right after Thanksgiving when J's parents were here. We cut down a tree at this cute tree farm and the kids got to meet Santa (for the first time this year). There were also some neat playground toys. It was the perfect overall experience!
Oh yeah, and I chopped off all my hair. Three times. I'm picky...
We had ourselves such a lovely little Christmas at home. Our first Christmas ever in our own house without traveling anywhere! My parents and sister Dana came all the way from Louisiana and that was the very best part.
Some of the highlights:
*nail wrap party with mom, sister, and Charlotte.
*neighborhood walk through the woods, llamas & horses, and Trader Joe's.
*Driving around Salem and giving a tour of sorts to my mom and sister.
*Watching movies with the family like The Grinch, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Yes, that's my mom (their Mimi) snuggled on the floor with the kids. :)
*live nativity on Christmas Eve (in which every person participated!) Talmage chose roles. It was awesome.
*Spending all of Christmas day tinkering with toys and relaxing.