Christopher is an elf who was given a special job by Santa to "spy" on the boys every day until Christmas. Every night he sneaks into a different spot and hides. It's a cute idea and the boys enjoy hunting for him every morning. The deal is, he has to hide in a high place, and if he's touched, he loses his magic and must go back to the North Pole to be restored. No one will get old' Chris up here!
He's defintley moving tonight though, he has a bird's eye view of my chocolate stash and can see when I'm sneaking a piece. It's freaking me out. Ha.
Sunday is Jim's birthday and we are all looking forward to celebrating our favorite bearded man. :) It's amazing how quickly the month fills up with parties, school functions, church activities and just general things that need to get done before Christmas. One event I look forward to every year is our 95.5 The Fish Mom Squad Christmas celebration. It's coming up next Saturday! It's especially sweet for me since I've been on maternity leave and haven't been out since baby Gus was born. I can't wait to see everyone!
This is also an extremely special time because we are experiencing lots of "firsts" with our sweet Karolina. I was excited to buy her very first Christmas dress. I can't wait to see her beautiful curls and pretty smile wearing this:
She is also getting closer to walking! Here she is standing big and tall, on her tiptoes
She often stands on her tiptoes (a future ballerina)? So although she has all the mechanics of walking down, she isn't quite sturdy enough to take her first steps. However, as you can see, that certainly doesn't stop her from getting in to everything!
When it comes to teeth, we've got them coming and going and getting corrected in our home these days! Karolina seems to get a new tooth every week! Gabe has an orthodontist appointment this week to discuss braces, and Garrett has his first loose tooth!
We are betting his loosey will be gone by Christmas! This year it's not Sugarplum Fairies, but the Tooth Fairy he'll be dreaming of.
This is also my last week of maternity leave. It went by so fast. I am sad, but I'm also looking forward to getting back into a structured routine. As my friend Jennifer said, there is something very comforting about a regular schedule. Augustine is still not sleeping through the night, so I fully expected to struggle with fatigue, but I have gotten used to that over the years. It's just the way it goes when you alarm rings at 2:50am. I will miss being home, but I am grateful to have a job I truly love (and don't deserve) so I am grateful to return to see friends and reconnect with listeners.