Birthdays never go by without a cake & candles (blown out & re-lit over & over) in our house. This year for his big day Joey chose to celebrate with Spongebob. After blowing out his candles he then decided he wanted his mama's chocolate cupcake instead of his cake. It's a nice way to end the year every year. Watching our boy celebrate his day & thinking about what the next year has in store for us.
Joey's five. It's hard to believe because even though his older brother is already 6, Joey just seems so much younger to me. He is such a smart boy but he is by far our most challenging child. Defiant, hard-headed, not influenced by peer pressure or intimidation, funny & he still has a smile that melts our hearts. He can now write the letters of the alphabet & numbers. He's learning to read & color in preschool. During his well check he passed his hearing test & vision test. He's 42" tall & 38lbs. 30% for both. He's an outstanding athlete when he wants to be & he will be playing baseball in the spring again. He loves to make faces & here are just a few of them.
Johnnie started asking for a skateboard sometime right after his birthday but we told him that he would have to ask Santa for that because his parents are just not that cool. So he began writing letters to Santa weekly & drawing photos of himself on a skateboard that we would find all over the house. After months of this he was very excited on Christmas morning when the last gift opened under the Christmas tree was a board for him to learn to ride on along with elbow & knee pads. So right after breakfast we headed outside to learn how to ride. Before he really tried to ride he had me take a photo of him standing on the board to show me what he would look like once he learned to ride. And then he stepped on to really try. After a few minutes he got the hang of it & didn't look half bad. I'm sure there will be bumps & bruises along the way but watching him learn to do something he really wants is worth it.
Christmas morning is always exciting but now that I have children it means so much more to me. Seeing their faces when they come down the stairs to find the tree lit up with presents all around is something that I will never forget.
And this year was the first year that Holly was able to join in on the fun. Santa Claus brought all the gifts the kids asked for. We follow the same tradition for Santa that a lot of our friends do. Something you WANT, NEED, WEAR & READ. Johnnie was very specific for his WANT request. He had to have Patriots gear so he was given a
Joey stuck with his love for Spiderman when requesting his WANT. Sheets so as he put it he could be with Spidey even while sleeping. Jimmy also WANTED Spiderman stuff so he received a tee shirt & some Uggs since he is constantly wearing his mama's. And well Holly got a little help with her requests but the one thing she does ask for all day are books, books, books so Santa didn't disappoint. And just as expected she wanted to read them as soon as she unwrapped them. There were family gifts, family hugs & of course family photos. It was a wonderful Christmas morning & I feel very lucky that we are able to be so generous with our kids & hope they truly appreciate how lucky we are to be together with family on this special day.
Just like every year we made Christmas cookies for Santa Claus. But over the last few months my boys have decided that they are tired of my camera so on this night I let them enjoy the cookie decorating & eating & focused my camera on Holly since it was her 1st time participating. She enjoyed decorating them but she loved eating her goodies even more. First she tasted the icing & once she did that the excitement on her face showed how much she loved the cookie.
Every Thanksgiving my family comes over to celebrate the day at our house. So I always take the opportunity to try & capture photos of the family. Easier said than done when it comes to getting 4 kids to look forward. Whether or not I capture them smiling I'm always happy to have new photos of the kids & the adults. Here are some of the photos. This year there are lots of photos of me instead of Rick because my dad gave us a scare & had to visit the hospital (all was fine) but Rick took him so he wasn't around for the photos. Don't want to share too many since they are in our Christmas card. As always it was a wonderful day & the pictures will be a nice way to remind me of the day. Even the one of them ignoring my attempts at taking their picture.