For all two of my avid readers...sorry I missed December! It was a ridiculously crazy month. As bishop, Russ had tithing settlement to fill in all his "spare" time. And there were some pretty heavy things that happened in our ward that also took up a lot of time. Oh, and then he was chosen to be a juror on a 5 week trial, 4 days a week that would end the week before Christmas. So...we pretty much just never saw him!
Luckily I had all my Christmas shopping done by the beginning of December (thank you, Amazon!) so I could get sick and feel like I was dying and not sleep for 12 days in the middle of the month. It ended up being strep throat and I'm pretty darn happy that it was diagnosed three whole days before Christmas so I could get on antibiotics and be a happy camper with my kiddos before family Christmas festivities hit!
In spite of all the above, I gotta say that we were still able to enjoy a lot of Christmas festivities as a family. We had a day trip up to Flagstaff with friends to do the North Pole Experience which means we got to tour Santa's workshop and meet the big guy himself! We also went to work and church Christmas parties and had a great time at the Mesa Temple Lights with my family. I used all my spare time working on my 2014 digital scrapbook (should come in the mail this week!). And Christmas itself was pretty darn great and low key this year. Just the way I like it! If you want Christmas details, you'll have to come over and read my scrapbook. :)
But the real reason I'm blogging today is because tomorrow is my baby girl's 2nd birthday! I kinda can't believe it. A year ago she was still resisting all my best baby sleep tactics and throwing fits for who knows what all the time and I was pretty exhausted trying to handle her. Today she is still feisty, opinionated, loud, bossy and sometimes downright ornery. But on the flip side she is ridiculously sweet, loves to cuddle, gives hugs and kisses freely, and is genuinely concerned when someone is sad. She's a crazy good talker, possibly even better than Owen was. She loves to boss me around in complete (although often grammatically incorrect) sentences and loves to add "now" on the end of most of those sentences. She can't go to bed without Brenda the Bear and often is found stroking her face and asking if she's okay. She's also been known to put Brenda in time out a time or two. When she decides she's tired she will say "nigh night" and then will be a crying mess until she's in bed. She gives the funniest and most animated facial expressions and keeps us laughing all the time. She loves to say "I got poo poo!" whenever she needs a diaper change and then will run away from you when you try to change it. She got away from our pew on Sunday and after waiting for her to come back I finally went to the front of the chapel, picked her up, and she yelled loud enough for everyone to hear that she had a poop (multiple times, even). It was funny, but not exactly reverent! She thinks she owns every place we go. In nursery, there's always one or two kids having a hard time leaving their parents at the door and Elsie usually just blazes right through them and goes in to tell her leaders that she wants toys. Sometimes I even get a wave goodbye. She's so the opposite of Owen. The other day I was using an electric mixer to mix up some cookies with both kids sitting on the counter next to me. Owen had his ears covered because he's scared of the mixer (you'd think he'd be over that by now...) and Elsie was literally pushing me out of the way trying to do it herself.
I love this girl. Even all her craziness is now fun to me and I actually enjoy the challenges she gives me. I'm excited to see how we can channel all those personality traits into sports, school, etc. as she gets older. I'm excited and nervous to see how she adjusts to being a big sister. She's obsessed with babies and dolls so hopefully it will be a somewhat smooth transition.
Tonight we had some family and friends over for cupcakes to celebrate. Didn't get any great pictures since there was a lot going on in our small house, but it was still fun.
Santa dines at Firebirds!
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