Sunday, January 7, 2018

Epiphany Princess

Cecilia looked so precious dressed up for Epiphany mass that we started calling her our Epiphany princess.
 
She sure loves her Daddy!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Happy 10th birthday, Gloria!

Gloria is in double digits! She was up early and anxious to open gifts. She was secretly hoping to get a mini backpack like her sisters received for Christmas...
She is always so thankful and it definitely the best mannered of our children. Stephen got her a Calico critter set (very generous of him, as they usually get each other candy because it is cheap!).
Happy with her gifts from Lito and Lita
And last but not least...the backpack!
We are so thankful to celebrate our girl who is always so sweet and thankful! Gloria is the one who will usually say thank you for dinner...or anything else she receives from us. She is a good obedient student most of the time and absolutely loves helping with Cecilia! I pray she continues to grow in virtue this year!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Anastasia's Birthday Party

We were very blessed to celebrate Anastasia's birthday with friends today. We started out coloring...
 
 Then moved on to musical chairs
 Hot potato
 And finally cupcakes and gifts
 Cinderella wedding dress from Godmommy and Max. So pretty!
So happy to celebrate our Annie!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Gloria's Birthday Party

As mentioned before, I tried to avoid having it on Anastasia's birthday, but it couldn't be helped! (Manah generously took Anastasia out during the party, and she had a marvelous time.) Allia baked and decorated the cake almost single-handedly as her gift to Gloria. It was 4 layers - 2 Amaretto and 2 strawberry. It was quite a feat!

For their 10th birthdays, the kids get to pick places to go with just their friends. Gloria picked laser tag and bumper cars at Grand Station and ice cream at Farmhouse creamery afterward. They had so much fun that I couldn't help but smile and laugh watching them!
They got the bumper cars all to themselves
Sweet girls enjoying some sweet ice cream

All the girls took turns lighting a few candles each
 
"Happy Birthday"
 
She received some fun gifts too
We are so thankful for such sweet friends to celebrate with Gloria. They really are a precious bunch! She is quite blessed!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Happy 6th Birthday, Anastasia!

Our Anastasia turned 6 today and has lost 2 teeth in the week leading up to her birthday! She generously shared her big day...one of Gloria's friends was leaving town for a few weeks, and this was the only day we could have her party. But it didn't dampen Annie's spirit in the least...not much does, really!
She could hardly wait to open family gifts in the morning
 
Our Anastasia is so determined, talkative, tough, energetic...Austin thinks "The Greatest" by Sia is her theme song, and he may be right! We are happy to see what God has in store our Anne girl!

Monday, January 1, 2018

The most wonderful time of the year...

Along with all the beautiful decorations and treats, parties and celebrations, the Christmas Octave really is the most wonderful time of the year. Austin always gets the whole time off work, and most or all of our other activities and obligations disappear. We are able to just be together, enjoy, play board games, watch movies, talk and just generally enjoy each other. It is really wonderful!

This little one has really been enjoying her extra Daddy time.
She looked so beautiful as we got ready for mass Saturday evening.

Sweet ginger sisters
 

She loves eating off of Daddy's plate (Manah and Pawpaw treated us to Razzoos for the Dec/Jan birthdays)
She loves her big brother
Some mini fireworks in the backyard for New Year's Eve
We have played numerous games of Clue and Life, watched a season of the Great British Baking Show, played with new toys, drawn pictures and houses, baked, shopped and cooked together. It's been great!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Little trip

We took a quick trip to see Tia Nana, Julian and Benjamin. The kids had such fun with their cousins, and it was really nice to catch up a bit!

Cousins enjoying their pizza lunch together
The two littlest "cooking"
These guys really enjoyed each other