Aw these 2 tweens. They had so much fun doing random boy stuff at a sleepover. It really made me realize how little time I have left for this type of thing. They're growing up. And there is not much time left for this. Gosh, I wish I could make time slow down. I remember Jack at this age and it is already so different...
It was unseasonably warm this year. And Bella made us listen to Christmas music constantly. Even after New Years Day. She loves putting up the tree and decorations and was a huge help. The boys, not so much.
Our tradition begins on Christmas Eve with dinner with family. It's turkey, ham, stuffing, collards, sweet potatoes...all the good stuff.
Jack looks too big for the kids' table.
Since Bella was obsessed with our Elf this year, Mimi's gift wrapping including an Elf and a note for Bella. "Love you to the moon and back" is something they say to each other all the time.
One of my favorite gifts was from Aunt Kelly this year....
After dinner, we came home and prepared for Santa. Bella wrote him a letter (with a little help from Jack). We put out our cupcakes we had made earlier that morning and some carrots in the yard for the reindeer.
The boys each got a new pillow and hoodies (Jack Champion and Cam North Face) from Santa. Bella got an "American Girl" doll and accessories.
Jackson wanted all clothes & shoes this year. We took him shopping and let him pick out most of his stuff. He has found his style and has become quite the shoe horse. He currently owns 5 pairs of Vans and 2 pairs of Nikes.
Cam, too, wanted a lot of clothes. Like his brother, he likes American Eagle. He got new cleats and new basketball shoes. One of his favorite gifts was his electronic dart board. All the Drillers got new matching bat bags for Cooperstown.
He's still such a little guy at heart and enjoyed passing out the presents with Bella.
"Look at your nose, bro!" Don't ask.
She named her new doll Chloe.
My mom, Mike & Sandy came over for dinner on Christmas Day. I made another crockpot ham. It was quiet this year without my sister & the kids. I missed them, a lot.
My mom gave Cam 100 $1 bills that she taped in the shape of a pizza inside a pizza box that she wrapped.
Bella freaked out (literally) over her LOL Surprise kit. Girls these days.
He was super goofy and annoying on Christmas. But that's 14.
We ended the holidays with a game of Monopoly (Cam's favorite).
I'm sad that it's over and back to work/school we go. I sure do love having this time off with them. Even though it feels like it flies and there is always so much going on. It's loud and hectic. And my house is a perpetual mess. We missed John-Michael this Christmas. But on his birthday, his nephew, Noah John-Michael was born giving all of us a sense of peace and something to be thankful for despite the sadness.
And so it's here. The end of another year. New Years Eve was a little different this year. We spent it with close friends. Made some new memories and maybe even created new traditions. Either way, it was a great ending to a great year.
Tonight you had 2 boiled eggs (with lots of salt) and 2 apples for dinner.
And you sat in the recliner and ate while watching Henry Danger and YouTube videos. And I folded laundry. It was just the 2 of us (the boys were at basketball practice).
And then you had Flaming Hot Cheetos for snack...
Every day after school, you like to "check your points" to see if you got any rewards that day for behavior. And then you show me all your class work from the day. Today, you got your first "AP" on an assignment. And it was Math. You were so excited. We've been working really hard on Math, Reading, and Social Studies after school. I love for you to see that hard work pays off.
Recently, you got to have a friend over after school. We went to Michael's to get supplies to make slime because that was what you wanted to do. It went great (except somehow you ended up getting the slime stuck to my ceiling...).
These days, you will only wear your hair up in a ponytail. And you are very particular. There can be no stray hairs and I have to us hair spray. You tell me how pretty my hair is and you wish your hair looked like mine.
And you will only wear leggings, black leggings. This can be a battle in the mornings since sometimes they aren't clean. You have like 3 favorite outfits that you want to wear all the time. And the same old hand-me-down white Adidas. I guess you just like to be comfortable. I have to learn to let some things go.
You don't like going to dance anymore. It's been hard, lately, with the weather. You're stuck inside after school and most weekends when we're home. It's been too cold to play outside. You've started playing basketball in the driveway. Sometimes with the boys. Sometimes by yourself.
We spend a lot of time together. A lot. Traveling to and from games, dance, practice, school, the rec.....We are together from sun up til sun down, you and I. Most times we bump heads and it can be a struggle. But you always say the right things at the right times and know when I need a hug the most.
We did a thing today.
Another year, another Christmas tree. It was a little cold. And we possibly looked at Every.Tree.
They oblige me with a picture. But this is the only time I get a traditional photo of these 3 (literally since Bella was a baby).
It's far from perfect. But they give me what they give me. And each year, I see a piece of their personalities.
And they still love running, hiding and playing tag among the trees. Even though Jackson is too tall to fit in the tree tunnel, he still ran around and chased them both.
On the way to get the tree, Josh pointed out that we will only do this 4 more times before Jack will be in college. Gosh....
My name is Kaci. I am a working mom of 3. Wife to Josh. Mom to Jackson, Cameron & Isabella. My life is dinner, homework, baseball, basketball, grocery lists, laundry, middle school, wine, video games, and schedules. I started this blog because I love taking pictures, and I needed a place to document our life. I wanted a place to write it all down, to remember little details so easily forgotten in the mad rush that is the life of a family of 5. Through my photos and words, I endeavor to capture our story.