Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Time

Oh man do I have tons of pictures to post. So here goes with the memories and the photos to document. Thank you Emily for taking some GREAT pictures.

* Last night we had our traditional Seay Family Christmas Eve. When I was a kid this was my favorite part of Christmas. We would get together with our whole extended family, do skits (often very funny) and exchange gifts. Oh how I miss all of us getting together. I will say though this year with all of my immediate family together we enjoyed this Christmas Eve watching it through the eyes of my kids. We even had a little visit from "Santa" in our backyard. My dad dressed up in a Santa costume and went outside. When we pointed him out to the kids through the window they were beyond surprised. It was so cute! I have TONS of pictures of this event which I will post... in the future. We all enjoyed our traditional Christmas Eve dinner with the traditional "grand mom" scalloped potatoes, and salad with good seasons salad dressing. This year my mom spiced things up with adding in a Roast and yummy Maryland Crab cakes. Of course she also added her yummy homemade rolls (finger licking good). We also added a little Christmas program where we sang, acted out the nativity (Addy was so excited to play Mary this year) and read scriptures. I just loved every minuet of the night.

* Of course we had a great visit from Santa this year. Addy has been telling me for a month that all she wants for Christmas from Santa is a "Santa Snow Globe." I asked her the other day if there was anything else she wanted...she responded: "Mom, Santa only brings one present." It was so cute. After finding one at Target in UT I realized there was no way that I could bring it with us to DC so I figured that I could get one easily here in DC. This task turned out to be not that easy, but I did find one two days ago (paid way to much!). So Christmas morning we had two very excited little kiddies, eyes magically aglow, as they turned the corner to see what Santa had brought them. They were not disappointed! I loved seeing the magic of the morning all over their faces. Luke was content with the box his gifts came in. If only I had known that a piece of cardboard could be used as a skateboard. I would have saved myself some money.

* One of the sweetest moments of the Christmas holiday was visiting with Sandra. Sandra was my Nana's best friend. She and my Nana were kindred spirits. They met at the hairdressers years ago, started "gabbing" as my Nana would say, and that was it! Sandra's husband died a few years ago and has no children. We were her only visitors on Christmas day. She was so sweet. I know she is suffering from serious arthritis so to have us come by was a big deal for her. As we were leaving to go on our visit Addy said that she wanted to take one of her gifts and give it to Sandra (even though they had never met). She picked our a rainbow heart shaped stone my mom had given her. Of course Mimi didn't mind her giving the gift away. She wrapped it up in a little gift bag and we were off. When we got there and handed Sandra the gift she wrapped her arms around her tight and whispered in her ear, "because I love you." It was the most tender thing I had ever seen. Two generations embracing, never having met before, but so close, joined by a single heart. I will never forget the image in my mind. Sandra was so touched, and so was I. Addy today realized the true meaning of Christmas... GIVING LOVE. I couldn't be more proud to be her mother!

It was a blessed day!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Sledding with Pop Pops

This is another one of my favorites that Emily took. I just LOVE my dad's face. Addy was having so much fun with her Pop Pops!
2009 Washington DC Blizzard

Snow Day

2009 Washington DC Blizzard

We have had a blast the past few days in DC with 20+ inches of snow. The kids are in heaven. My amazing sister EMILY took these fun photos of us playing. So far its been a fantastic vacation. Oh how I love being with my family!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Luke is 2



This post is a day late but I wanted to say Happy Birthday to my baby (big) boy Luke! Two years.... how fast they have flown. I can't believe it! Luke, you are the light of my life. Thank you for all of my hugs, loves, and laughs. Please keep me laughing. I love you, Love Mommy!


Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Then she smiled


Today started out really Really bad

... and then


She Smiled

And somehow everything was okay

Luke dancing video

Young love video


Seriously so cute!

Monday, December 07, 2009

Claire cooing

Addy and Claire - sisters?


There is no mistaking these two are sisters.

* Claire and Mom - 10. 5 weeks old


* Addy and Mom - 3 months old

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Today for lunch I was asking the kids what they wanted.

Addy shouted out: "Grill cheese sandwich."

I said: "Okay, Luke do you want a grilled cheese sandwich too?"

Addy quickly chimed in: "No mom he wants a boy cheese sandwich."

Girl Cheese Sandwich

Priceless!

Dear Claire,

I know I shouldn't complain but why does it take you 3 agonizing hours to fall asleep at night? Am I doing something wrong? How can I help you better. You are an amazing sleeper once you finally fall asleep its just getting there that is the problem. I hold you, rock you, bounce you, feed you, shhhhhhhh you, rub your forehead. Some of them help for a short time but then you are back to crying again. Is it your poor little tummy? Are you over tired? Or are you just fighting sleep. Oh how I wish you could talk and tell me what I can do to make it better. One day. I want you to know that even though you cry I cherish the moments I have with you at night. Its some alone cuddle time with mommy that doesn't happen too much during the day. I love you with all my heart and only hope that the pain your feeling goes away soon. I wish, oh how I wish I could take it away for you.

All my love,

Mom

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Young Love

Whoever said you were "to young" to be in love!




Luke and Claire B.
They are so cute together.
Maybe when they get married one day they will look back on these pictures and sigh.
I know I will!
So cute!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Is Missing...

HER



I wish you could be with us this Christmas Nana. I know you will be there in Spirit though. I miss you!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Catching Up

Days and weeks go by when I think... I really need to be writing this down. Time is just slipping away from me again. I did want to jot down some thoughts memories I have had though over the past few months.

* Luke ... (Luky Booky, Booky, Boo-ks) A.B.C.D.

He is talking up a storm. It is amazing how is language has exploded. He can say anything and everything you ask him to. He knows all of his letters by sight and can say all of their sounds. He can also count to 10. All of this has surprised me. As I think about though I really shouldn't be surprised by his brain power. I mean I am his mother... I taught him everything he knows, right?

He is also my natural comedian. The kid has me laughing all day long. He is now sleeping in a "big boy bed." When he wakes up from nighttime or naps he has the biggest smile on his face, and always runs to give me hugs and kisses. He loves to jump, run, kick, throw and catch balls. He is the joy of my life! I can't believe in just two short weeks my little baby boy is going to be two years old. I wish time could just stop for a moment so I could capture and soak up all that he is now.

* Addy or better known as Princess Aura

Addy is my little pretender. I never knew how explosive a little child's imagination can be. Addy is always pretending she is a princess, fairy, cartoon character, anything really. She is a wonderful helper. She loves to cook, clean up (on her terms) and play. She is feisty when she wants to be. She is stubborn, in a good way (most of the time). I know this will serve her well when she is older. She loves her brother and sister. She is so tender and sweet. She is a great cuddler and loves to be close to mom and dad. Addy is wise beyond her years. She comes up with the most clever phrases. She is learning to read words and loves losing herself in stories.

Addy challenges me, she forces me to be creative and find my inner child. I love this about her. She gets excited when I pretend with her. Her dream in life is to get married in the Temple. Which, I think is pretty much the cutest thing I have ever heard. The best part is that she already knows who she is going to marry (the cutest little 6 year old I have ever met). She has good taste. Like her mother she goes for the older guys!

Claire.. AKA (Claire Bear, Bear, CC, C-shell, Sissy)

My sweet baby is growing up so fast I can hardly believe that she is now almost 10 weeks ago. It was just 10 short weeks ago that we first met. She is getting stronger every day. She is smiling, cooing and loves LOVES being around her brother and sister. She lights up when they come into her view. Claire loves being cuddled, rocked and snuggled. I think I am spoiling her but she is my baby and I believe you can't really spoil a baby. Claire is focusing on faces and I know now that she knows who her mommy is. I love this. I love when she sees me in the morning she gives me a big smile. Oh did I mention that my baby started sleeping 10 hours a night when she was only 6 weeks old. A great blessing! Both Addy and Luke had sleeping issues until they were 10 months old...oh lets face it they still have sleeping issues. I think Claire will be my best sleeper. She is like me, she needs her beauty rest.

More Pictures from when Emily visited...
*photo by E. Hayes Photography
James is the best dad ever. He has been so busy this semester. We miss him and cherish the time we do get to spend together as a family.
*Photo by E. Hayes Photography
*Photo by E. Hayes Photography
* Photo by E. Hayes Photography
* Photo by E. Hayes Photography
*Photo by E. Hayes Photography

Addyisms

Today when I picked up Addy from preschool her teacher said to me.

Teacher:'" You guys need to move to England."
I of course didn't know how to respond to that remark.
Teacher: "I mean Addy is just way to proper to be from America."

She then proceeded to tell me what had happened during preschool.
Apparently Addy decided to go and sit on the stairs by herself. She closed her eyes and leaned her head against the wall. Her teacher asked her. Addy what are you doing? Addy responded like this.

"Miss Roper I am just having a quiet time. You can go ahead and teach the others your remarks."

Seriously. That's what she said. Addy has a way of taking that is WAY beyond her years. Its pretty funny to hear some of the things she says and the way she phrases things.

This morning James was holding Claire while I got ready. Addy went over to them and wanted to climb up on his lap too to see Claire. James said to her... "Addy be careful, baby Claire is very..." Addy finished his sentence... "fragile?" she said. James responded "Addy what does fragile mean?" Addy said. " Fragile means delicate and soft Dad!"

Of course it does!