Wednesday, December 11, 2013

...and the days are flying by...

Christmas is a mere two weeks away and I'm finally getting some Halloween and Mexico pictures up. Keeping it real, this blog has really taken a back seat since Regan was born. Now that my little guy is sleeping better at night, I'm not quite the walking zombie I was a month ago, but, let's just say I still feel like I'm barely treading water. I have friends I haven't called in months, projects I've been meaning to start for over a year now, and our house is in desperate need of an overall deep clean. But the kids are happy and healthy...I have a lot to be thankful for!
Lindsay, Tim, and my new nephew Levi came to spend Halloween with us. As always, downtown Bainbridge did a fantastic trick or treating afternoon for the kiddos. Gemma was an adorable Rainbow Brite (another fantastic masterpiece sewn by Grandma Nikki!), Regan and I rocked our clown costumes, and Jim & Timmy won the contest for the most badass box robot costumes ever. Our home office may have looked like a bomb went off in it for the month that they worked on them, but the end result was totally worth it! The battery operated LED lights were beyond awesome.
Nuevo Vallarta! Two weeks of beach (yeah, the water was a warm 84 degrees), pools, and SUN. I am so thankful for these fantastic trips Jim's family does. The only thing missing was some magic potion to get a certain 7 month old to sleep. Regan averaged a 4/night wake up to nurse. I left Mexico with a fantastic tan, much to Jim's dismay as I wore SPF 50 the entire time. Poor guy, his freckles just get bigger when he's out in the sun.  Timmy loved the ocean waves, the water slide, lazy river, and goofing off with his cousin, Matty. Gemma (who is shockingly cautious in the water) enjoyed the private dipping pool off our deck, and splashing around in the kiddie water park. Regan seriously could not get enough of the water. He was game for just about anything, and thankfully didn't protest about the frequent sunscreen baths I gave him. What a happy little dude he is!
 The view from our room. Yeah, it was pretty awesome...
We got back from our trip and all of a sudden it's Thanksgiving. I cooked my first turkey ever and (if I do say so myself) it was delicious! After being gone for two weeks, a nice quiet holiday at home was exactly what our family needed. Jim's mom came up from Portland, bringing Jim his favorite sweet potato pie...YUM. Early Friday morning we woke up and headed out to Seabeck for one of my favorite annual family traditions. The Christmas tree hunt! Not quite the all day event I remember as a kid at our cabin, tromping around the forest, but still fun. Timmy and Gemma even helped cut down the tree this year! I'll have to upload a picture at some point. This year's tree is my best yet!
The kids are obviously still too young to help out with the lights but they love getting to help mommy hang the ornaments.  We talk about which ones are our favorites and I share some of the stories or memories I have behind certain ornaments. I love that they get the same thrill I still do about decorating our house for Christmas.
Yay for Zoo Lights! Our 3rd year going with the Whitlock's and Drugge's. A bit chillier this year (I think the temps dropped into the high teens...brrrrr) not that the kids seemed to notice. Jim and I just dressed them up in their ski clothes and they stayed nice and toasty. Thankfully no screaming from Gemma when her turn riding the carousel was over!
Gemma loves to ride on her Daddy's shoulders!

Time to baby proof the house again...Regan is MOBILE! And oh is he proud of himself. So far his favorite destinations are the fish tank, shoes, and the Christmas tree. Those lights and ornaments are like a beacon for the dude. He's not a crawling speed demon or anything yet but if he's anything like his sister, he'll ditch the crawling after just a month. Before I know it, I'll be hearing "Timmy/Gemma, wait for meeeeee".
And, lastly, talk about a major breakthrough moment for Timmy with his swim lessons! One of those moments where all the skills he had been practicing, finally clicked. I'm thrilled for him! Whether or not he chooses to join a swim or water polo team, he has a genuine love of the water. Gemma cannot wait until it's her turn to take lessons next fall with "Ms, Marilyn"!
I love the weeks leading up to Christmas. Zoo Lights, gingerbread house decorating, dance parties with the kiddos to the Christmas music playing (yes, 24/7) on Pandora, and Timmy and Gemma's first Nutcracker in Seattle. They are SO excited! All we need now is some snow!
Merry Christmas:)

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