Yes, I am just getting to my blog about this past Christmas.It is time to catch-up! I know compared to other people, I am not THAT busy but it sure feels like it here. The laundry, dishes, and dog hair needing to be vacuumed never ends! I never, ever seem to get caught up and at moments I get frustrated. A friend of mine at church gave me some great advice. She tells herself that these are just going to be her "messy years" and to remember to enjoy her children while they are still young. Great advice! I have to keep reminding myself that in 15 years from now the kids will not remember the piles of laundry in multiple rooms in the house. My mom helps me, especially with dishes, every time she comes over and that is such a blessing. Thanks Mom!!! Despite all her help, I will not be winning the clean/organized house of the year award.....if there even is such a thing....HA!
Now, on to the family update.............Christmas 2011 was a great Christmas. We got each kid one big gift and a few small ones. I have noticed that when the kids get older, gifts are much more expensive! Liesel had asked for a fish tank. We have never had fish before. We are dog people. I grew up with cats so I love both. So we decided to get Liesel a fish tank. For Caedmon we gave him a train table that my mom snagged for a great price at a yard sale. We gave him some new trains to go along with it. Family also bought him some new trains as well. Craig set up the train table in the living room and had the fish tank box out as well. Liesel was excited to see her fish tank. The first thing she asked was "Are there fish in there?" Ha!
I love these pictures of Jensen napping. They are so sweet when they are sleeping.
One raining morning recently, Caedmon had a great idea to make a "snuggly spot" for him and Jensen. Before I knew what was going on, Caedmon had gathered many stuffed animals and pillows and was so excited to show me what he called their "snuggly spot." I just love these pictures. Caedmon is such a good brother. Jensen was not so cooperative at being as still and snuggly as Caedmon wanted.
One funny thing.........we had a good friend of the family Caitlin over for dinner one night. Caitlin is in charge of the preschool ministry at our church. Liesel just loves her and admires her a lot. Liesel apparently wanted to know how old Caitlin was but did not want to just ask her so she says this instead: "How long have you lived in America?" LOLOLOL! We all laughed about that for a while. Liesel told me she was trying to be polite without asking her age. OR....maybe Liesel thought Caitlin was from another country. HeHe! Now everytime Caitlin sees Liesel at church she says "WELCOME TO AMERICA!"
Liesel is also playing school a lot. Caedmon is her student most of the time. That is very fun to watch. She reminds me of myself as a kid. I found this in her pile of stuff:
I think that updates our family for the most part. Many more wonderful things happen daily in the Berry household. It is a fun place to be!