Archive for December, 2016

Christmas Day

Christmas day is extremely joyous when you have children.  Their Grandpa, Doug, is in town too, making it even better.  We miss spending the holidays with our family back in the States.  Christmas in summer-time just doesn’t feel right to us.  However, our boys don’t really know anything else.

Christmas day was a bit busy.  C woke up extremely early, which is a new normal for him.  He has been waking before or by 5am for a couple of weeks now.  Doug ensured that none of the gifts were touched as Doug wakes up early too.  Once everyone was up, the boys opened their gifts and were delighted to receive some PAW Patrol colouring books and accessories, Legos, Thomas the Train jandals, some pirate toys, and an outdoor jungle gym.  Following gift openings we departed for Christmas breakfast with the Robinson/Patterson gang where we enjoyed more gift exchanges and the traditional Christmas breakfast of bacon and hot croissants.

We had a small, but relaxing break at our house before departing for a mid-afternoon lunch at Rachel and Brad’s house.  There we exchanged more gifts, enjoyed a great traditional lunch, and played a game of pass the parcel to the birth story of Jesus.


Two extremely different facial emotions.  C was getting upset that we were waiting for M to finishing feeding.


C ready to start coloring the second he received his gift of PAW Patrol coloring book and crayons/markers.


I’m not much of a morning person.


M’s first Christmas.  He enjoyed watching the festivities.


The boys received some Marvel shirts from their Aunt Jessica and Uncle Scott.  E also received some much needed summer-time pirate pajames.


C being helpful and giving Doug a gift.


I some how didn’t get a photo at the breakfast, but here is E playing with his pirate toy during our break in between breakfast and lunch. 


The boys loved wearing these reindeer ears at Rachel’s house. (Side note: C’s blanket has a hole in it and he loves to wear it like a poncho.)


E put the ears on M.  Doesn’t he look cute?


Enjoying our delicious Christmas lunch.


Family Christmas Day photo!


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Jeff and I have been doing some thinking lately and decided it was time to make some of those adult decisions that we have been putting off for a while now.  Our reasons for putting off making any big decisions was mostly because we don’t know what the future has in store for us (and we still don’t).  We had to choose between two things: do we continue to live in a country we absolutely love without our families or do we want to live closer to our families and give our children the opportunity to get to know them while not enjoying where we work/live (mountains Gandalf).  Talk about tough decisions!!!!

We know we will be living in New Zealand for at least another 2-3 years while I finish my masters.  So we decided to buy a house.  This does not mean we will we stay in New Zealand forever or that we will move back to America when I finish my schooling.  We have no clue what the future holds for us.  Only God does and we feel that our time right now belongs in New Zealand.  We figured we will outgrow our two bedroom apartment before that time period is up and we needed to be more thoughtful about our next move.  It still bothers me that our children aren’t getting to know their families, which for some members is time sensitive.  We can just hope that we will get to visit at some point or hope that our family would be keen to do a destination-get-together.


Our place has three bedrooms and two bathrooms and is only a year old, which means it is fully insulated and has double glazed windows.  Our property has a good size yard for the boys too.  We plan to extend the yard where the cars are parked in the picture above by getting rid of the gravel and planting grass.  As we have discovered, buying and selling houses in New Zealand is very complicated.  But, we managed.

Now we just need to figure out what to do with our remaining stuff still in America…sometimes being an adult is hard.

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M met his Grandpa on his Dad’s side this week.  He also contracted hand, foot, and mouth.


December 20, 2016

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Christmas Shenanigans

We’ve been getting ready for Christmas around here.  Well, at least since Thanksgiving.  The boys have been pretty excited about the upcoming holiday.


The boys loved decorating the Christmas tree.


E requested to put the star on top of the tree.  E’s facial expression clearly shows his delight when we allowed him to put the star on top of the tree.


We apparently have awesome ornaments according to our boys.  We have two ornaments that come alive when a button is pressed.  The boys have to push them every morning and night.  They even took them to preschool for show-and-tell.  Thanks, Mom.


I tried to get a photo of the tree with the boys and this is the best I got.  C is pretending to be sad.  He likes for me to take photos of  him while he expresses different emotions on his face (without feeling those emotions – so he isn’t sad when he does he sad face or mad when he does his angry face, and so on)



Wearing Christmas hats at Jeff’s work Christmas-do.


Since Christmas is in summer here in New Zealand it means there are lots of jumping castles at Christmas parties.


Both boys loved the jumping castles.


The boys’ preschool had an end of the year/Christmas party.  E’s face clearly says to me “See, mom.  Santa is real.”  This is the first year where we’ve had to talk about Santa to our boys because their preschool went slightly Santa crazy.  We don’t do Santa in our house.  We tell our boys that Santa is not real, but we pretend he is real.  I’m still glad we chose to go this route for various reasons that I won’t bore you with.  In fact, C had a complete meltdown when we went to the shops to buy their friends’ a Christmas gift because he thought he wasn’t getting anything for Christmas.  He kept crying “but, I’ve been good this year!!”  It was really heartbreaking to think that my child thought gift giving was based on whether or not one has been good or not.  Gift giving is about love and friendship.


I think it’s interesting how there is a stage in a toddlers life where they hide their face when showing you something. 


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3 Years Old

C is now 3 years old!!!  I seriously can’t believe it!!  Where did my baby go?

We threw C a birthday party this past Sunday at our house.  C was definitely blessed by all the gifts he received.


C  and E are both into Paw Patrol. 


C opening up his gifts.  E was struggling throughout the party, but we gave him cuddles and explained to him his emotions.


Happy birthday to my cheeky wee boy!

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M: 20 Weeks Old

M loves sucking/chewing on his hands.


M loves to smile.  20 weeks on December 13, 2016

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18 weeks on November 29


19 weeks old December 6

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