Monday, December 31, 2012


...into our December. Life with four kids under six, gearing up for the holidays, homeschooling, enjoying each other. All is not calm, but all is bright.

Mason is one month old!

Tree-trimming party. We made popcorn and set out chex mix. "Popcorn AND chex mix?!?" said the amazed children. We must deprive them of snack food or something.

It's been hard to figure out grocery stores with four. Because Laina can't be trusted to stay with me yet, she needs to be in the cart. I had thought I'd put Mason in the ergo, but honestly it's so much faster to just carry him in his car seat, and he's usually asleep when we get there anyway (blessed car ride!). But with Laina in the front seat and Mason in his car seat in the back of the cart, there's nowhere to put the groceries. So I've started letting the boys push a second cart. How on earth did they get so big? They do great (with constant coaching from me: "Watch out for that lady. Turn here. Stay in a line so we don't clog the aisle. Etc."), and I've only suffered one skinned heel.

Iain loves holding his baby brother.

Our church threw Mason a baby shower. So much fun to celebrate his life with my friends! We had a Mexican dinner, too. Yum.

(look how generous they are! All this, diapers, a stroller, and a baby swing!)

Typical school day. We have a dress code at our school: costumes only.

A Happy Birthday Baby Jesus party with our dear friends and homeschool comrades:

Sibling love:

Mason's drink, and Mama's drink:

"Make a sad face, Laina!"

 "Now make a happy face!"

I wanted to make these for an adoption fundraiser, but never pulled it together. This one is now happily outdated!

Six stockings. So thankful.

Cory: Look Mom! I'm Louis! (from The Trumpet of the Swan. We love some nerdy literary humor here.)

Jeremy reading our Advent story from The Jesus Storybook Bible.

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