We certainly had a lot to be grateful for this year. The fact that our house worked out is a small miracle in itself. We have felt so good about our decision to settle here, and everything just worked itself out.
Because of Steve's work schedule we stayed home all Christmas weekend. It was nice for the kids (and all of us) to have some down time and just enjoy Christmas at home. They've been going through a lot these past few weeks as we've been working on the house, moving out of our rental and taking more trips to Home Depot than they ever wanted to make in their little lives.
This was the first year we've been able to put up the big tree since the year Ivy was born. Neither of the girls remember it from that year so they were thrilled to pieces when we got to decorate it.
Then the next day they took all of the ornaments off (within their reach) because they wanted to "start over". All of the ornaments stayed on the floor for several hours because they got "too tired" to put them back on. *Sigh*
I'm especially grateful for this guy. He's been working so hard this year and loves his job so much. They love him, too, and he plans on staying with the group for a while. Hopefully in a few years he'll have his own office :)
Here we are after church on Christmas Sunday. Even though church was only an hour the hairbows (so cute Hillie, thanks!!) still didn't make it through the meeting.
Somewhat normal smiles. Finally!