Is it Time Yet?

The Carroll house is definitely a buzz with anxious anticipation! Grandma and Grandpa’s arrival is only 2 days away and Santa Claus will be on their heels. Our three year old can barely stand in her own skin!

As I’m sure Christmas will be a full post in and of itself, I’ve decided to do a quick post to bring everyone up to speed on the last 22 days or so.

Our Advent celebration has been a highlight and has exceeded my expectations for “Family Time”. At one point, Reese made me stop the Advent reading and asked if I had Jesus in my heart – how sweet is that?! As mentioned previously, Char created a puzzle for us to complete each day, in addition to nightly readings and a craft for Reese. Not surprisingly, our candles are getting pretty short! Prior to this exercise, puzzles were not something we would have considered a strength for Reese. I am happy to report, however, that she has now finished a 24 piece puzzle all by herself and is in the process of re-assembling it as I type!

Puzzle Done

After a wonderful family adventure to get the tree, it is up and decorated with beautiful ornaments that hold so many memories of Christmas’s Past. Persistence was the name of the game for Jeffrey as he had to shim that poor tree in every direction to get it to stand up straight – next year we need to find a different tree stand, made especially for fresh cut trees with super skinny trunks!

A Hunting We Will Go!

Timber

Hiking Out...Jeff had the tree

Weeee - These Girls know how to travel!

Last Saturday, I took the girls to see Santa Claus at the Arts Guild in Red Lodge. Reese did a great job of telling Santa exactly what she wanted him to bring: A crib and some toys for her Puppy. Sylvia was a little scared at first, but she warmed up to the big guy pretty quickly!

Checking it twice

Sylvee's first impression

Santa and Sisters

In other, non-Christmas, news…Reese is really getting the hang of skiing. I’ve started taking her harness off. I’m still skiing backwards with her because she’s not quite with it enough to pay attention all the time – and that’s not a lesson that I’m ready for her to learn the hard way yet!

Sylvia just had her 6 month check up. She’s 25 inches long and weighs 13 lbs 13 oz and quite healthy! She started eating solid food at the beginning of the month and hasn’t turned her little nose up at anything yet. People warned me that our kids would be different – and this is definitely one of those good differences – as Sylvia seems to be a much more avid eater than Reese has ever been – yeah! Now, sleeping through the night is a whole other story…some day!

Sylvia's first solid food

Ironically - Reese is a BIG help in feeding her sister!

I am very excited to say that I am finished with school until January 3rd! I’m also 95% finished wrapping presents. Now, I just need to finish this post so that I can get the house cleaned and grocery shopping done before the landlords arrive!

Last, but not least, I do need to give a shout out to Jeffrey. This new website is all him…I’m not sure what new stuff is going into my brain these days, but Jeff is continually learning and creating. All in addition to being incredibly busy with work and various commitments around the state! I love this new site…it’s totally customized for us, but it’s soooo much easier for me to update than either Blogster or our previous website! As you can see, I’ve been able to load a lot of pictures into this post, but if you’re interested in seeing all of our photos for December so far, please click here to view the December Kodak Gallery. For our loyal followers, I’m hoping we’ve officially found a home and you won’t have to chase us around any more. Please subscribe so that you’ll know when I’ve updated!

Merry Christmas Everyone and Happy New Year ~ Ginny

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2 Responses to Is it Time Yet?

  1. Cyndi says:

    Looks like a fun holiday season for the Carroll family! Love the picture of the girls with Santa… so cute! I can’t believe how big Reese is getting. I love how she helped you feed Sylvia. She jumped right in there to help. I think you’ve got a future babysitter there!

    Have a great Christmas!

    PS. Nice job on the website, Jeff!

  2. Erin says:

    Your Advent family tradition is so beautiful and sweet. I am thinking of copying it for our family next year! What a beautiful family you have! Thanks for sharing!

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