wife to Jake, mommy to my 3 crazy munchkins, Lily (7), Jonah (5.5) and Kate (4). Taking this crazy blessed life one day at a time.



When it comes to giving the kids Christmas gifts, this year we are trying something new. 

- Need it.
-Wear it.
-Read it
-Want it.

Plus their stockings.

That's it. 

I am so excited about this.

In previous years, we used to just buy stuff for them if we saw something they would like. On Christmas Eve when we would go to wrap their gifts, each kid would have a bunch of random things, nothing that had a lot of thought put into it. 

This year, we are being much more intentional about what we are getting for them, since it's just 4 things. It is so exciting to know that they are going to LOVE everything we got them because we put in a lot of time thinking about what they would receive. 

I also love this because it limits how much they will be getting from us, and we can more easily focus on the meaning of Christmas and what it is really about. 

Like I said last year, we do not do Santa with the kids. 

Last year we had no problems with this at all. 

This year however, Lily is protesting this a bit. Even though she knows there is no real Santa, she likes to say that she believes in santa and that he is going to bring her presents. I think she just wants to believe in him because most of her friends do. 

We are having a wonderful Advent season so far. I will be posting about it soon- I have lots of pictures to share about all of the awesome activities we have been doing! 


In other news, Lily had her Kindergarten holiday concert at school yesterday. 

We had such a nice time and Lily and the other kindergartners did a great job. 

It was very bittersweet though because I couldn't stop thinking about how much Lily's class looks like those poor children in Newtown. And I couldn't help but notice the number of kids in Lily's class yesterday (3 kids were sick).


That would have been every single one of those kids. 

It's too much.

But this post is not about that. It's about the joy that we felt watching our kids perform cute holiday songs for us. It is by far, one of the highlights of Christmas 2012. 

Lily is in the back row, right in the middle. 

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