52/52: Goodbye 2014!!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
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Happy New Years Eve everyone!!! I just have a sec to post the last of the 2014, 52 Week Project photos! I'll be back tomorrow (or maybe the next day?) with a little personal recap of 2014.

51/52: Christmas Morning

A new bike, new legos, and a bunch of wrapping paper were the favorite gifts among our kids this year. After we had a semi-peaceful Christmas morning in our home, we drove 3 hours south and joined my parents and sisters for another Christmas celebration and a delicious dinner. And a week later, I'm still trying to clean up the aftermath....all good problems to have! 

50/52: Merry Christmas Eve!!

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This was the first year in a long time we didn't go to Midnight Mass. I missed it a lot, and usually look forward to it all year long. The vigil Mass was still beautiful, and afterwards we spent Christmas Eve with some of our dearest friends. We have so much to be grateful for, especially our Loving God who meets us each Christmas as an infant, born in the humblest of circumstances.  

49/52: Advent Begins and Picture Books

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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 It's hard to celebrate all the wonderful feast days and traditions of Advent when you're sick, but for the most part, we did ok. There were a few traditions that I just didn't get to this year, and a few that started off strong, but I didn't end up following through on (example: Wisemen Adventures. I lasted 1 week). My favorite feast day during Advent is December 6th, the Feast of Saint Nicholas. The kids put out their shoes before bedtime, and in the morning, they're filled with chocolate gold coins, they each receive a new ornament, a book, and new Christmas Pajamas (book links and pic below). 

Well, as anyone with a toddler in the house understands, the ornaments on your tree aren't really safe. Such was the case this year, and poor Riley's new ornament was the victim of our toddlers curiosities. She received a porcelain piano this year, and unfortunately, despite our best efforts to put it high up on our tree, our little houdini shattered it. She was understandably devastated. To help make it up to her, we took what was left of the piano and put it at the top of the tree and told her this year, it would be the topper instead of the star (and you can see it in the middle photo above). I think it helped her feel better, and next year, we'll just try and stick to ornaments made of steel. 

(No affliate links because I have no idea how to do that)

1) The Miracle of Saint Nicholas
2.) Saint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend (ok, and while I really do like this book a lot, they refer to Saint Nicholas as a pastor, and I wish they would have referred to him as a Bishop since that is what's accurate....so I change the words when I read it). 

(Not pictured, but new to our collection this year)

3.) Lucia, Saint of Light
4.) Prayer for a Child
5.) The Little Fir Tree

Still my favorites from past years:

6.) The Legend of the Candy Cane
7.) The Legend of the Poinsettia (and all books by Tomie dePaola)
8.) Humphrey's First Christmas 

And next year I already want these book:
6.) The True Saint Nicholas: Why He Matters to Christmas (by, William J. Bennett)
7.) The Donkey's Dream (I tried to get this book this year, but it's been out of stock)

 And every other book on this list that I don't already have :)

48/52: Post Dentist Trip For Ice Cream

Monday, December 22, 2014

One of my biggest fears is going to the dentist. It's not because I'm nervous about possible procedures, or actually being in the dentist office, it's because I have trouble trusting that what they (specifically, the ones we've seen) say is honest. In the past few years, we started seeking second opinions, and I wasn't surprised to hear that the opinions of each dentist are different. We took our kids to a dentist who recommended a procedure for both of them that we did not think they needed. And so through one of Ryan's co-workers, we found a dentist who we love and trust. He disagreed with the original diagnosis my kids received, and has been encouraging and great to work with. 

One of the hardest things about moving to a new city, is finding all your people....a dr, a dentist, all of those people who help you to stay healthy. We've been in Sacramento 6 years, and although we've taken our kids to the dentist, it wasn't until this past year, we found someone we trust. That's a great feeling!! So after their first appointment with our new dentist, we celebrated with some ice cream! Because what better way is there to celebrate a good dental report than with some sugar? 

47/52: Orange County Part Deux

46/52: Orange County


We went to Orange County back in November, and the good news? It was a great time and we always love visiting the beach. The bad news? We all got a stomach bug.....and some of us have been sick, in one way or another, since this weekend.

45/52: Still here....barely

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Helllloooooo! Hmm, let's see, where to begin? One thing led to another and somehow 7 weeks later, I'm here! I don't have too much to say right now because it's midnight, but I promised myself I would get one post up before bedtime. Must-stop-the-cycle-of-procrastination! The year is almost over so I've got to get caught up.....this week!! I will do it! 
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