The Easter bunny left us some fun baskets in Arkansas. Sam didn't quite understand the whole find a basket thing. Justin and I tried to demonstrate, but Sam still didn't look very long before giving up. We eventually helped him find it.
Dad and Sam tested out all the fun things in his basket!
Sam was fascinated with the Easter bunny this year. He would have just followed them around if we would have let him. :)
Magical because all our kiddos believe in Santa and because they felt the wonder and excitement that comes when you give a gift. Where Sam is already questioning and pretty good at figuring things out, we're afraid he might not make it to next year still believing -- oh how I sure hope he still believes.
The night before Christmas Eve (Sunday) we ran to Dollar General for our family exchange gifts. I helped Sam shop for Dad and Justin helped Nora shop for me. It was so fun. I loved that due to our great procrastination it was kept real simple.
Christmas Eve started with church and what a great way to begin the Christmas celebration focusing on the reason for the season.
We did take time to make some sugar cookies for Santa. Not a real great picture of the kiddos but it was fun. I love the notes Sam leaves for Santa. He drew a map for Santa this year.
We had naps and dinner and then settled down for our Christmas Eve together. We turned off all the lights except the Christmas light…
She has brought so much love to our home.
She's easy going, lovey, and full of squeals (happy and sad). Lenora is full of emotion. She squeals with joy when I come in after nap time, get her out of the high chair, or big brother or dad come into the room. She lets out squeals of sadness when I put her in the high chair, set her down, or in the car seat when she's tired. Which she is tired more than I like, but what I can I say? She's kid number 2 and we're traveling Europe. Lenora snuggles with us and her Cutie Pie (stuffed puppy, named by Sam). She sheepishly dodges kisses from dad. Kicks her legs and reaches her arms out for any of the family . She is caught yawning and rubbing her eyes when she's tired. She gives wide open mouth slobbery kisses to all family members but is a bit of a mama's girl. Whines are common especially when her toys keep getting farther away because of her backwards sliding. Or when she…
Sam got to go on his first field trip to a pumpkin patch! His school put on a Veteran's and Thanksgiving assembly which he performed at and we enjoyed attending. He made a great Corn on the Cob, "Pop, pop, pop"
Sam loves kindergarten and is doing well. Every time we go visit Nora wants to stay. We did have lunch with Sam several times. It's fun to see him in the school setting. Mrs. Harris has been a wonderful teacher and Sam has thoroughly enjoyed kindergarten.