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Monday, December 31, 2012

2012....The Year of Janie!

Our family welcomed 2012 with the great anticipation of meeting Janie. She has given us way more than we ever imagined and then some. This year has been full of highs and lows, accomplishments and set backs, fear and courage, love and forgiveness...........most of all it has been a year of learning to trust God in all things. I always have to remind myself that He is never surprised by outcomes.......that would only be us. I am surprised just as much by the good as I am by the bad........

I have to say His best gift to us late in the year has been Janie's ability to potty train for urine. When I went out of town in early December she let her control guard down and I came home to a potty trained child. She has accidents here and there but not much. This is such a huge answer to prayer!!! She will have her kidney ultrasound in February which I'm confident will be good since she has not had any infections. Next she will have urodynamic testing which we are very hopeful will show that her bladder is functioning correctly now. As far as bowel control we will have to wait until she is a little more mature to handle eating patterns ect. All in all we are so very thankful for her health and how well she is doing. She is such a little firecracker!! She makes us laugh all the time!

We are ending our year with lots of doctors appointments for some of us and er visits for others so life is normal:), flu, ovarian cyst are a few on the list....all fixable. I'm a little over this school break and ready to get back on some sort of schedule, but who am I fooling.....I think that would be me.

I have not even thought about goals for the year other than trying to survive young kids as I turn 50 haha!! Everyone says it keeps you younger and I say, it better, cause I'm not getting any younger! I am thankful to start this year with all the adjustments of a new child behind us. Janie and Madeline are doing so great together now. Last summer I feared I would never say that. They are very protective of each other and can about kill each other all the time:). Hank and I can see clearly now how each of them needed the other for different reasons, they are both better for having the other. For that I am most thankful. Two years ago on New Years Eve God moved my heart towards this special child. My first thought was "yeah right, don't you know how old I am" , the next thought was" this is not about you, it is about Madeline"........now I can understand and see some of what God has been up to.....I look forward to seeing the rest even if I am a tired old Mom!

I leave you with this picture on New Years Eve because this is just who we are......we are a family that LOVES a good laugh despite anything that may be going on in our lives....


you can tell how exciting our lives are
by the fact that I am doing this on New Years Eve
girls in bed
John David banned to the playroom with the flu
(of which he has not complained once!)
and missing in Allie's birthday tomorrow:(
Happy Birthday my sweet Allie...
it will be made up to you with a dinner at your favorite place:)

wishing you a Happy New Year
full of discovering God's blessings!



Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas 2012.....

Warning! Way too many pictures to come!!! It's my blog......just sayin.....
How is it that Christmas comes and goes so quickly as we age??? prepare prepare prepare, rush rush rush, cook cook cook, now clean clean clean......well apparently I'm not in the cleaning mode yet since I'm on the computer but it can wait.....I know for a fact it is not going anywhere or getting cleaned by anyone else:)

I don't have one super special picture of my Janie on her first Christmas......too much going on. I'll save that for next year when she understands all that is about to happen. She was disappointed to find out that Santa was not waiting for her in the den that morning. Um...... guess we should have explained more clearly that he was just bringing her gifts and would be super busy that night. In my defense she did not pay one bit of attention to the "Twas the Night Before Christmas". My vow for next year is to be more diligent in getting one good picture of her, not just watching her take it all in........I needed to do that this year. She had that 'huh" look on her face all morning.......precious!! On Christmas Eve she preformed a mini concert singing "Tingle Bells"......
Merry Christmas Eve!
The Wells family joined us for the evening...

Just got one picture before the games began....

Caden was our organizer...

Allie helped...


and Eric helped...


the competition was fierce....


until Hank got involved and then it became more fierce....

haha

Tyler just chilled...

as did Jacob...

another game was played 
and then another of which I did not get any pics
I was Duck Commander while Courtney was  Betty Boop
enough said...

just a little reality to show....

life around here is just like yours......:)

Pajamas were opened
which obviously Madeline did not like...
as shown in the previous pic...
I have not idea what Janie was upset about
probably about being with all of us:)

Janie recovered nicely
as did Madeline
they performed....
Janie singing "Tingle Bells"
as Madeline danced....

morning came oh so early.....

presents were discovered
"where oh where is that Santa I was promised this morning??"

the animals were visited by Santa as well...
Madeline was very excited by this fact:)
notice she never recovered from Mom's choice of pj's this year...
she revolted and wore her own style....
do we think this is a premonition to the teenage years?????
Oh but she is so cute!!!!


ahhhhhh



just cause......

and the moment we were waiting for all morning .....
"Where has that ringing been coming from?"
John David's first inkling that it may be for him....

This just makes me smile....
when he realized the ringing was for him...

this was the most fun moment...
he had no idea...
the first words out of his mouth were
"Julianne deserves this not me"
Well, my sweet John David,
that is why you got an iphone before your 11th birthday:)

crafts were made

castles put together
Eric was the "chosen" one all day long..
to be called upon by all things Janie:)
he did not disappoint her once!!
I'm sure he slept well that night:)

Goldbug trying to sleep through all the festivities with her new stuffed animal...

Janie pulling Eric along for more playtime.....


Another Christmas come and gone.....
all for which I am thankful...
for our family....
our craziness....
and above all else...
for Christ....
who gives these moments to us freely
with love and abandon....
I am thankful for all His many blessings...
most of all His blessing of Janie given to us this year....
my prayer is that we lead lives that show our thankfulness to Him...

Sunday, December 23, 2012

It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas......

We celebrated Christmas with the Mounce side of the family today. We were missing Austin, Brooke, Wes and Amy:(

This year we did a little something different.....dirty Santa with "as seen on TV gifts". It was fun and funny, the little kids really got into it and everyone was afraid to steal from Madeline.....wonder why haha!!

we started off the dinner reading the about Christ's birth from Luke
requested by Mimi and read by Andie, Julianne and Emily



I know, I forgot to change my settings on the camera but I love this picture!
and I love that Mimi got this tradition started again
We read the story together on Christmas Eve
but we always did with Jeff's side of the family when the bigs were small and ALL of Mimi's family got together
It is nice to start this again and so special

Playing with our nativity scene while the story is being read

LOVE Janie's big ole smile....
it's really hard to believe she was a little demanding diva just minutes before:)

a few examples of our gifts



some gifts were stolen...

and received....

Mimi loved her Lady Gaga toothbrush!

No one stole Eric's genie bra :)

Julianne looks like she is guarding her massaging pillow...



Madeline now has 7 shimmer glitter tattoos on her arms
I'm so proud...

The day is not over without some serious horsing around.....
Ainsley, do you want to come for Christmas next year too???:)

another great time with our family!!

beautiful Lilly


and lastly because I love Janie's expression in the background
she is so worried that she is not going to get her turn!:)