10 months Month Day!

I cant believe two things that you are SO fun!! I mean, you are laughing all the time and talking all kinds of gibberish, you are much more talkative than your sissy ever was, which kind of scares me for when you are 3 and chattering as much as her :)  You arn't walking yet which is fine with us, but not to you, you get SO upset if you cant push the chairs all over the house with nothing slowing you down! 

Tonight we had a holiday scavenger hunt in the house and you were shaking your hands and bouncing on my hip as we ran from station to station lol. 

You love music, you cant help but move when you hear it

You love your bahbah, you say it but don't know what you are saying lol, you just act like you are grabbing air when you REALLY want you bottle, your food, your daddy when he comes home

Your little teeth that show so proudly are the CUTEST things we have ever seen!  They don't feel good when you dig them into my shoulder :) but they are precious!
Speaking of teeth, they keep you up a lot of nights! But we are used to sleepless nights!

Yesterday though I thought we were making strides that you woke from nap and were playing alone in your bed for a few minutes, and i could see you laughing and playing in your bed.... I went in to find to my HORROR you had pulled off your diaper, pooped all over the bed, and had shmeared it ALL over you, your clothes, the bed, the bumper pads, the wall... your hair, your face.... then me, then the tub... it was NOT the sight I was looking forward to lol

Sissy is learning how to be more careful with you, you are just such a little dare devil that she forgets you are a little baby!  You keep stealing her folding chair and STANDING in it when i turn to put the juice away!  Then when i tell you "no no baby girl" and come to get you down you bounce your knees slap the back of the chair and say "GAT!" and laugh... lol not sure what you are saying but i know you mean business! :)

You can clap and clap SO well!  You clap every time we say " yaayyy Sadie"  it's so sweet to see you make use of your new trick.  When we sing "ive got the joy joy joy joy down in my heart and clap, you join right in!"

I love to sit with you and you lay back on me and watch sissy be silly or watch baby Einstein and you let me brush your little hairs with my hand, your so precious to us my darling

Our trip to Bama meant you got to meet and see a lot of new faces.  You started being bashful and when someone new would come around or after your nap you saw a few faces you would lay your head under my chin and smile and be shy, its the CUTEST thing ever! 

I can already see that you love a good laugh and playing.  Your not as "go to anyone" as Kehnley was, but when you warm up to someone you are all smiles.  One thing is for sure when Pawpaw sings you have all eyes on him and you sat in his lap and ate your lunch while he ate his and you just cruised to him and put your hands up for him to hold you, it was a special moment for both of you!

You are closer and closer to walking and you will see something like, Lilly, me, a candy cane, a piece of plastic, a bean, something shinny, and just go for it and start walking and then realize you are on your own and drop to your knees lol. One of these days your just gonna walk all over the place!  I can't wait!  In the mean time I will enjoy your big open mouth smile as you walk towards me and fall on me so glad to be off your feet. 
You're changing me everyday Sadie Bug, I love you!


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25 days til Christmas!!!

Th. Day 2 Make a gingerbread house with Fancy and Read Mortimer's Christmas Manger

F. Day 3 Holiday craft with Fancy! Drink Apple cider, share with Sadie- talk about the "good news"  what's the good news about Christmas and what does sharing mean?  mem. verse: Luke 2:10 "But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people."

St. Day 4 Make Holiday treat with Granny and put together the manger at her house, teach Sadie the story!  mem. verse: Luke 2:12 "This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
Sn. Day 5 Take family pics for Christmas Card! Make something special to go inside, what is the dove-explain the Holy Spirit as best I can to a 3 yr old :)

M. Day 6 Drink Hot Choc. and watch holiday movies and cuddle on the couch!
Verse for the day:  Ps. 118:24 "This is the day the lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it"

T. Day 7 Make Christmas Tag stars and talk about the Star Of Bethlehem (kehnley: "bet-love-ham")

W. Day 8 Finger Puppet Choir and get instruments and be a holiday marching band! (shes only going to want to sing jingle bells)

Th.Day 9 Shrinky Dink Ornaments for family night! Christmas meal- only red and green things to eat!

F. Day 10 Make Rudolf Cup Cakes and watch Rudolf, talk about what special gifts God gave YOU!!

St. Day 11 Ice Skating with the Fam. at Discovery Green

Sn. Day 12 Make our own wrapping paper with found objects from MJP park for an angel tree family who needs presents under their tree

M. Day 13Make Crystal Ornaments and other fun crafty ornaments (mittens, wreaths, candy canes, folk art trees) for Friends and pray for SNOW!

T. Day 14 Watch Frosty make an extra snowman for Sadie on tree skirt and a winter wardrobe fashion show! (with this book to color and practice counting)

W. Day 15  Get some gifts that we don't need or use anymore to give to some kids in need!  Write a letter to Santa and gather things for him to give to ppl who don't have a home this year like blankets, boots, books etc. & Take some to a Local Donation Center! eat only red and green since we forgot to the other night!  mem verse: 'They give generously to those in need." Ps. 112:9

Th. Day 16  Holiday Baking day at Granny's!! 

F. Day 17 Put up a tent and read Room for a Little one to all our stuffed animals by flashlight

St. Day 18 Holiday Scavenger hunt!! (finding symbols of Christmas all over the house and what they mean!)  Draw things we found on our chalk wall!! Color pages printables!!

Sn. Day 19 Bake Holiday Bread for those that we are giving baked goods to for Christmas and learn the Lord's prayer (Kehnley)

M. Day 20 Pack for a journey as if you were Mary and Joseph going on the journey to Bethlahem or the shephards or Wisemen!  (whilst mommy and daddy pack for our journey to Bama!!)  Mem Verse: "When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." Luke 2:15

T. Day 21 Road trip to Bama, color and build your own snowman, thank God for all the different seasons!

W. Day 22 Go look at light at Bellingrath gardens lights at night with the Family

Th. Day 23 Gather items that Santa will need to give to people in need on Christmas even and bake him cookies!

F. Day 24 Make Birthday Cake for Jesus and think of a nice thing you could do for someone else as a gift to Him (that's what He likes for His birthday after all :-D )  *

St. Day 25 See who can find the crown in the tree and give it to Jesus for His birthday! Sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and celebrate with a cake and special breakfast! mem verse: Acts 17:7 "there is another king, one called Jesus"


* Make a gift for Jesus. Wrap an empty box, and put a slit in the top. Whenever anyone does anything nice for someone else, they can write it on a slip of paper, and put it into the box for Jesus. These can be shared on Christmas Day.


Advent and Christmas Traditions

Dear Advent box, how I have missed you.  Last year we had a blast and Kehnley really thought you were magic how you would always have a new fun treat and instructions for a fun day ahead as we counted down the days til Jesus' birthday.  This year I can't wait to see you because she knows a little more and is going to be SO excited to see what you have in store!  Of course we have our nativity advent that helps us keep our days all in a row and as we fill the manger with all the animals and angels I can't help but get a little anxious to see what Sadie will do with you when I am not looking!

Some old some new family traditions to share, please feel free to let me know yours AND use some of ours!

25 stories of Christmas:
This year we are going to wrap a book (some old some new) that are all about Christmas and since Bry misses all the advent full all day while he's away at work, he will be the one to greet her with a new wrapped book every day when he gets home and that will be the book she gets to read at bedtime with us.  I can't wait for her to see the Grinch Stole Christmas Original, and a new book I found called God gave us Christmas!

Hidden Crown:
My husband is German and I looked up years ago German traditions for Christmas, i also asked about some that their family had when he was growing up.  Is mom shared with me how her mom, the boys Granny would decorate the tree and keep it hidden until Christmas eve!  That was the first time they got to see it!  But since I am pretty obsessed with falling asleep on the couch by only the light of the Christmas tree each year (there is just a joy that brings me that I can't express) lol  I couldn't do that one, but hiding a pickle in the tree is a tradition for many Germain homes and who ever finds it gets a special treat.  Well, this year we are hiding a crown. We did something like it last year, but I am going to REALLY hide it good this year and who ever finds it gets to put it on the cake and present it to Jesus for His birthday!  (Hopefully K will find it first! lol)

Christmas bake off:
We have a Christmas baking cookie exchange that I hope to share with some new friends and family this year!  Last year at the Blowey's K had a blast decorating "goodies"  for friends to share, she wanted to eat all those "goodies" as she called them all the time though! 

Every year for many years (Bry loves this....well....he's grown to love it) we make shrinky-dink ornaments!  They are SO fun, great keepsakes and make the best gifts!  And it's just amazing seeing all those big drawings and art work shrink down to pretty little ornaments for our tree!  One day when I am old and gray i will have enough shrinky-dinks to cover a tree all on their own!  (And Bry will probably have a billion deer feeder scenes he's created from year to year on his!)

Advent Box:
I get ideas from blogs and websites and my crazy sleepless nights up for hours thinking about things to make and do on the days leading to Christmas that are fun and silly and remind us the joy of the season!  Some are the same each year... some are different.  Here is the first for this year and the sources I have for the rest I will post tomorrow.  (it's been a CRAZY week!)

W. Day 1  Make a wreath for Advent. Talk about what advent means.  Decorate the tree and Bry is bringing the first wrapped book today all about the Christmas tree!!

Speaking of Christmas Tree, this guy wanted in on the fun this year!  Happy Adventing everyone!!

Some Sources:
http://www.familyfun.go.com/ or http://familyfun.go.com/christmas/homemade-christmas-gifts/
Book called New Noel


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