Hosting my family for 12 days over Thanksgiving.
10 adults and 5 children all staying with us. Crowded, noisy and FUN. It was the first time Tessa got to meet her cousins and all her Aunts and Uncles.
Neilan with his cousin Ethan
Spending a few of those 12 days at Disneyland.
Yep, Tessa's first trip to the 'Happiest Place on Earth'!
The Dumbo ride rocked!
Juliana contemplating the sheer Dumboness of it.
And while her cousin Eve loved the carousel....
Breakfast with Mini Mouse and Captain Hook was fun.
Especially since it involved Tessa's first ever juice box.
A deep love at first taste.
Spending a rainy day at the beach.
Not only Tessa's first day at the beach but also Juliana's and Eve's. I have to say, rainy days at the beach are my new favorite thing! No one but us on the beaches in Malibu. Amazing.
Ouch!! Tessa's first big boo-boo! I'm firmly out the running for the Parent of the Year award with that one.
Spending Thanksgiving morning at the aquarium.
Another of my new all time favorite things to do with the kids! Not crowded, everyone we met in a fun holiday mood and the kids had a great time.
(Yes, all the pictures I took that day involved nothing but the kid's backs)
Hey what can I say except boy am I good with a camera or what?!
Having professional photos of all the kids taken.
The day after Thanksgiving my sister arranged for a photographer (like we needed one with all the talent I so clearly posses with a lens!) to take pictures of the kids. It involved antique tables and toys, cupcakes and jars of candy. The kids could not have had a better more frosting covered time!
Celebrating Tessa and Juliana's baptism.
I was honored to be Juliana's godmother and my sister, Juliana's mother, was Tessa's. Our church very graciously allowed for a special baptism day and time so both girls could be christened at the same time while we were all together as a family. It was a beautiful day with family and friends and I think a very moving ceremony. I'm not completely sure however because Tessa screamed through the whole thing. And I do mean SCREAMED. I couldn't even hear the priest most of the time. It was, quite simply, a spectacular demonstration of lung power. Juliana never uttered a sound. I think she was in shock and awe by the display going on next to her.
The last few weeks have been busy with decking the halls and buying our Christmas tree....
trying to get a decent picture for the Christmas cards....
And riding the Polar Express train to the North Pole! Yep, another new favorite thing to do with the kids at Christmas!! Riding an antique train in your pjs with elves passing out chocolate milk and sugar cookies while Santa comes by to say hi - well, it just doesn't get any better then that!!
Add to all that our first post placement homestudy (Tessa was amazing - blowing kisses, waving hi) , participating in the kindergarten Christmas pagent, preparing for more family to come visit, playdates, holiday visits with good friends and there you go - a whole and complete month and a half flies by! Wow!! Hopefully I'll be keeping up better in 2009!