Even though our Christmas decorations are already packed up neatly and tucked away for next year, looking back through our kids' Christmas pictures makes me miss the prettiness of the season. After being surrounded by Christmas spirit since the day after Thanksgiving, I was good and ready to nix the clutter and cleanse the house of sugar! Anticipating a baby's imminent arrival added to my angst. By the way, the Christmas season and the last month of pregnancy are a perfect combination for packing on a few more pounds of "baby" on your hips and thighs.
Excuse Owen's head melting into the wall. I had precious few moments to snap pictures, as we were late for church, and didn't take the time to adjust the window shades. These pictures were taken the week before Christmas. Helen's dress was a hand-me-down from a cousin, Jack's flannel an Economy Shop find, and Owen's sport coat was purchased from a friend of a friend.
Jack is my snuggly buddy. I'm afraid he's not excited about his new baby brother.
Here I am, all glorious, round and sparkly at 37 weeks. And yes, I hear, "You're not that big!!" all the time, referring of course to my baby belly. Spare me. I'm 5' 8 1/2", this kid is everywhere at the same time, and he's been baking in there and displacing my vital organs for a long time. OK. Grumping over.
Helen is her daddy's girl! He took her for a day of present shopping. In the middle of J.C. Penney's jewelry section, he asked her which necklace she wanted. She said, "I have enough necklaces. I'm ready to go. Can we go to Bass Pro?"