Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas Fun

We stayed in Fayetteville this Christmas to celebrate with Matt's family. 
My grandmother and Maddie
My parents went to North Carolina to visit the other half, so we convinced my grandmother to come stay with us for the holiday. 

Aunt Margaret and Kate
On Christmas Eve we always have gumbo at Matt's aunt and uncle's house. The table seems to keep expanding year after year! Kate and Maddie did great skipping nap, and were happily entertained by cousins, aunts, and uncles. We ran home for a quick nap, then to church for the Christmas Eve service. 

Christmas morning was SO much fun with Kate and Maddie. I know as they grow older, it will only become more fun! Santa brought big floor pillows and stocking stuffers. Pretty sure they would have been more than content with their toothpaste, bath toys, crown, etc. in their stocking! They also opened clothes and one toy each. Kate got a Little People Bus, and our animal lover got a veterinarian kit. 

After breakfast and a quick nap, we headed over to Matt's parents to join the fun there!
Maddie and Amps 
Maddie is a little attached to Aunt Carolyn!

Kate and Matt's dad

Matt's brother bought Kate and Maddie and all-terrain wagon for the "farm." Maddie's expression shows exactly how much they love it! 

Finally convinced my grandmother to sneak in a picture! She is 92, and unfortunately I don't think I have any of her amazing genetics! ;) 

Matt and I have said over and over how enjoyable Christmas was this year. Kate and Maddie's age made things much easier, and we enjoyed quality time with family. I'm in awe every year as I look at the girls, that our Savior came just like them into this world. As a baby, toddler, child, and adult to make the ultimate sacrifice for us. What else do we need?! 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

What we've been up to!

We had an appointment for weight checks and flu booster shots mid-November. Kate has yet to break the 17lbs mark! :( She has grown in length quite a bit. At this point Matt and I have decided to just take it for what it is, and not worry too much. She eats well, drinks well, and is growing. We tried Pediasure with her...but to our assumption she hated it! Kate won't eat sweets...not cookies, not chocolate, definitely not Pediasure! Maddie weighed in at 18lbs, and made the growth chart! Woohoo! :)

Drawers, cabinets, boxes, closets...nothing is out of their reach! I'm almost certain they will enjoy the paper and boxes at Christmas far more than the presents!

(Yes, the girls' walls are still lime green...January is the goal of painting!) My good friend Jordan gave Kate and Maddie these cute hats for their birthday. They are obsessed with them, especially Maddie! If they see them, they want them on. I'd say they are pretty cute myself! :)

We traveled to Jonesboro for Thanksgiving to visit my family. We broke up the trip in Little Rock to pick up my grandmother, and say hello to some friends. It made for a much happier trip! We had a wonderful time in Jonesboro, and the girls really did great...until the last night! Kate decided she wanted to scream at midnight and would NOT go back to sleep...finally I just laid with her in the guest bed, so that my family could sleep. (Cutting molars is the worst thing ever! I would scream too!)  Neither Matt or I slept any that night, but we are thankful those types of nights are few! 

One of our dogs, Lily, had to go with us to Jonesboro. She has heart worms...long story, but on our second round of treatment. She can't exert herself any. Instead of getting to stay with the big dogs at the farm, she was stuck with us! 

Kate woke up the other day with crazy hair! Matt said she looked like Kramer! With her crazy personality, it was very fitting!