Monday, December 24, 2012

December Happenings..

I am going backwards here...but there are some December events that I didn't want to forget posting about..

First and foremost, we celebrated Biggest Sister's 6th birthday at the beginning of the month! Since we threw a party for Big Sister this year, we celebrated Biggest Sister's birthday as a family. On her actual birthday, Bryant took time off of work and took her boat riding and whale watching for the first time! She loved it! Especially because we purchased her a used digital camera (off of craigslist for $30!) for her birthday... so she was able to take any photos and videos she wanted!  We also went to Cheesecake factory that evening just to have dessert and (as you can see in the photo below) she ordered a gigantic cake (which she of course shared with her sisters). ;)

Birthday Breakfast! I just love her two missing front teeth. :)

We were also invited to go to "The Nutcracker for Kids" ballet performance with girls' favorite ballet teacher Miss. Kitt! They have been learning ballet since the beginning of Fall and we also learned the orchestra, instruments and all the goes into the ballet performance so the girls were very excited to see it in person!   It was especially neat for the girls to meet the cast members and learn to play some instruments before the show!  Santa was there, so they were able to take a picture with him too! :)

Our dear friend Ashley took our family/Christmas photos for us this year.  We knew her since before she launched her photography business and it has been neat to see how it has flourished and how God has blessed it in the last few years (she is also a hairstylist and makeup artist). She has watched the girls grow up and is so sweet and patience with them.  We love her and pray that God will continue to bless her and her endeavors!  I will be posting more photos later!

Also this month, their Poppa retired from work so we all went to the San Diego Safari Zoo to celebrate!   That was his choice and his 6 grandchildren obviously loved celebrating his retirement by going to the zoo!  Making fun memories with the cousins!

Watching the baby elephants!

Family ride!

Love this photo of Biggest Sister and Nana. 

Here are some other photos.. 
Girls painting Christmas ornaments...

Biggest sister performing in front of her audience.

Love the iPad... Love netflix...

I feel like we have done a lot this month...but at the same time, it has been a very relaxing month.  We are grateful for healthy kids... a warm home to live in....God has blessed us with more than we ever imagined.. Christmas is tomorrow and I can't believe the new year is around the corner.  This time of the year is always bittersweet to me, to leave the year behind but I also look forward to the new year and what is to come.  :)

Merry Christmas!! And Happy Birthday Jesus!!! 

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