i just can't help myself. I love elf-ing my family every year!
enjoy these spectacular moves!
“For you will not much remember the days of your life, because God has kept you occupied with joy in your heart." Ecclesiastes 5:20
It's a good thing I don't have high expectations for a great picture with Santa, huh?
She's just not down with being in close proximity with ole Kris Kringle.
Maybe next year...
And this guy...he saw this on the way to see santa and decided to ask for one....WHAT???
She was much happier after we walked away from santa and she got her ear "muffins"!
Thanksgiving was a wonderful time spent with family and close friends. we ate too much and the kids cried when it was time to leave. now, it is time to get jolly!
time to get on the roof and string some lights!
oh boy! we are getting a little bit griswold around here...
the lights look great, don't you think?
roman is starting to play reindeer games...
the kids enjoyed trimming the tree.
and all the Christmas books are making their way to the kids' laps and bedrooms each night.
i LOVE this time of year.
i took the kids for their annual checkups last friday. it was nice to be able to knock them both out at the same time and lucky us, no one needed any shots! since i love to hear how much they have grown and am always interested in their stats, i thought i would share. but first, here are some pictures from our "adventure".
maybe i have a sick sense of humor, but roman sitting there in his full dress uniform (complete with necktie), looking so seriously glum, getting his blood pressure taken was hilarious to me. he looks like an old man who has been busting his butt at the office, after a long week. maybe his wife made him go because he's been stressed out...i was cracking up!
somebody didn't want their picture taken. i'll give you one guess who.
i think the gown was making him feel really silly, so pig faces happened.
and gianna wanted a piggy nose too!
so here's the stats for roman:
here's the stats for gianna:
so, i guess you could say that she's a peanut.
these are not at all related, but are too good not to share...
yes, he is wearing a winter hat and a play horse. in a size 2T.
this is her "i'm so happy to have pizza for dinner" face.
One afternoon, roman and I were excited to surprise gianna with some new bedding. her response was underwhelming.
but, it's super cute, though! she's been sleeping on a flat sheet with a blankie for quite some time now. it was part of her birthday present, but overdue for sure.
i'm not sure that is how it is supposed to fit, but hey, i don't think the minions have rules like that.
toby noticed that they were holding hands while watching a movie, all snuggled up. too cute.
christmas jammies already! and silly faces always!
mom, you are embarassing me!
painting party for emma's birthday!
look at my baby all the way down there all by herself. such a sweet smile.
i'm happiest when my babies pile on me to have some sunday morning snuggles.
our friend, baby Adeline, came to visit. isn't she sweet?
roman LOVED holding her. he kept saying how cute and sweet she is.
i have always struggled to see any sort of resemblence, to either mom or dad, or to each other in my own kids. i don't know what it is, but i just can't see them as anyone but their very unique selves. but, sometimes, if i look at "same age" pictures, it helps me see it. therefore, i LOVE a good comparison picture. so, for comparison's sake, let's see a 3 year old roman next to a 3 year old gianna!
do you see it? i guess i do, a little...they still look so much like themselves that it is hard for me! to be honest, when i hear gianna say certain words, THAT is when i think about how similar they are.
another thing i love to do is see a timeline of ages. here's one of our sweet g.