Let them be little

Let them be little

12.04.2013

December.





WHAT?  December?  November left as quickly as it came.  I knew it would. November was a very busy month.  Busy and awesome.  But, where is 2013?  It has flown by.  Maybe faster than any other year I have lived.  It has been a sweet year.

Here are some November highlights...

Our little family took a road trip to see family and friends.  A very long road trip.  Craig and I have been wanting to take this trip for such a long time.  I am so super thankful that this trip finally happened.  It only makes me wish it could happen again.  

Here are the kiddos.  This was the first five minutes in the car.  They did great on our first stretch of the trip.  We drove through the night to allow the kiddos to sleep a bunch, and they did.  Of course it wasn't perfect.  There was a little crying, but nothing bad at all.  I was so proud of them.  

FIRST destination!  MADE IT to Grandma's!
We were blessed with a GORGEOUS day and the kids played outside most of the day.
A long awaited hug from Uncle Chad.  Such a sweet picture...
Snuggles with grandma...


Annabelle was enjoying vacation!  :)
Got to see an old friend from Bible School.  It was super awesome to see her and catch up.  

Love this pic.  Minnesota is full of a lot of people we care about. I was lucky to join this group of buds by marrying Craig.  ;)
Annabelle was not feeling well one morning, and layed around wherever she could.  Bop Bop decided to join her, and it was so cute. 

One thing I loved about this trip was being able to sleep close to my kiddos.  That may sound crazy to some parents, but it was one thing I was actually looking forward to about this trip.  When we stayed at Nana and Grandpa's, Annabelle and I actually got to share a bed.  I loved coming in at night and seeing her like this...
The kiddos enjoying the North woods...
And "sledding" with Nana in the dirt.  We missed the Minnesota snow by only a couple weeks.  
Sweet family time with Grandpa and cousins...
Coloring with Aunt Heidi and cousins...
Headed HOME. We drove during the day this stretch.  The third and last long part of this trip.  It was a very good idea this time around.  They did pretty good for the most part.  Of course, not perfect, but really did better than I expected.  

This 10 day trip had it's ups and downs.   There were a couple of days that Annabelle wasn't feeling well, things didn't go as planned or expected, but it was still an amazing time.  Traveling with two kids is a lot different than just one and a WHOLE lot different than none.  I wouldn't trade the memories of those days for anything.  We loved seeing family and friends and visiting familiar places.  I can't wait till we do it again.  

The day after we got back, I got SO sick and was pretty much down for like 5 days.  It was awful.  I prayed and prayed that neither of the kids or Craig would get what I had, and God so far has answered that prayer.  Thankful!  

Thanksgiving week was a good time to kind of relax and get back in to the swing of things around here.  We hosted my family this year at our house.  I love love love having Holidays at our house.  I love setting the table and making delicious food.  Craig also loves to entertain and have guests, so it's a good thing we both love it.  
a little place card for my little niece...

The day after Thanksgiving, we went to see some of my family to celebrate my grandma's 90th birthday (my dad's mom).  It was another sweet time this month of amazing time spent with people I love.  It was only for the day, so it left me wanting more.  Growing up, we always had Christmas with my dad's side of the family at my Aunt's house.  That house holds SO many memories from my childhood.  It is a place of peace and comfort, and always has been.  Being there again this year, with the house filled with at least 3-5 times more people, was just as special.  It was so neat that everyone came out to celebrate "NANNY".  



And now, it's December.  And I am sure it will fly just as quickly.  Looking forward to the rest of 2013, and to whatever 2014 holds.... 

These pictures were just taken this week.  Sunshine and fall leaves!  It's been so nice outside, and according the weather news, this weekend is supposed to get crazy cold.  Crazy cold for Texas anyways.  So far December has been pretty nice and warm, so We will see.