Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

I received the best Christmas gift ever.  My Mom came here Sunday for a few days. She kept the kids while I worked Monday and Tuesday we ran a few errands together. It was so nice to have her here. It made the after Christmas craziness so much easier. 

She sent this to me at work yesterday. I love that the girls were able to be lazy while she was here. 
And then...she offered to take the kids back to her house. She split the kids up between the Burgin's and she and Papa Dan. This meant that for the first time in a very very long time that Matt and I were alone on New Years Eve. I worked that day and he was on call today, but we were both off last night. It was great! We went to dinner and headed to the Marshall's for their NYE get together. Such a fun time! 

I received these via text from Papa Dan. Happy boys at midnight banging pans! 
Sparkling grape juice! Note the time behind them! 

Boys with Aunt Pat. 
I haven't had a chance to talk to them but it looks like they had a blast! The girls were at Grandma Kaye's. We STILL don't have the kids as they flipped between grandparents tonight. We get them back tomorrow. I'm READY! 
The house is eerily quiet. I took the opportunity to take down Christmas today. 

This was a letter Mitch gave Matt and I got Christmas this year. It had me in tears  Christmas morning. 
Ironically, Dad brought this up on Christmas Day. It's a letter I wrote to him for Christmas in 1983 :) 
Happy 2015! We were blessed with a great 2014. It's always fun to look back and reflect on the previous year. Some highlights off the top of my head.  The year Molly started talking. This year Maya started kindergarten and Mitch was accepted into honors Math. Mason found out he loves the saxophone and has mastered  piano playing too (without lessons). Matt and I can look back at 2014 and say, " It's getting easier". We only have 2 girls in boosters and often they can buckle themselves. No more buckling the boys and wrangling the girls in 5 point harness car seats. No more diapers and leaving the house with a massive bag of "just in case" stuff. The kids can now all order their food at restaurants and can put away their own laundry. They are all old enough to look out for each other and play well (for the most part) together. Mitch and Maya have become the best of best friends this year. Molly has become quite her independent little self this year. This year we as parents made mistakes but hopefully we have learned from them. I'm hoping for a great 2015 with lots of memories! 

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