Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas continues...

The 27th we celebrated Christmas with the Hershberger Family in Harper at Tim and Faith's house. It was nice to see everyone, and we had a very fancy Christmas meal. I had never heard of "Beef Wellington", but that was the main course and it was like something out of a gourmet magazine.

Christian had to check out Grandpa and Grandma Hershberger, he hadn't seen them since Thanksgiving :)

After the extended family gathering, our immediate Hershberger family had a Christmas evening at our house. We ate, opened gifts and played the "train game" (one of our favorite games to play). Unfortunately, the sore throat I had gotten on Christmas Eve became more than a sore throat pretty quickly throughout the day. Luckily, I have a really nice Dr. and a pretty handy husband that went to pick up some antibiotics to get started on. It didn't interfere with too much...I was thankful no one else got it.

Merry Christmas

Christmas Eve:
Our family had our little celebration Christmas Eve evening, since I didn't have to go into work (I got put on call instead!!). I had made a stocking for Christian, and we stuck a couple things in it as well as got him a card. He was most excited about the red on the card..but since has read the book and played with the little toy.

After we finished, we drove to Hesston since it was quite snowy and extremely windy. It didn't look like the weather was going to improve, so thought we may as well just go so we could be there for the Sweigart Christmas celebration.

Christmas Day: Sweigart Christmas in Hesston at Mom and Dad's

We even got to see a live nativity...featuring Joseph (maddox), Mary (ava), baby Jesus (christian), a donkey (mitchell), and a sheep (kade). There were other parts played by the remaining members of the audience such as shepherds and angels.


A visit from SANTA...

And then time for presents...

Mom of course made an incredibly large amount of food to last throughout the whole day...well, probably the whole month really. It was all very yummy!
We played a variety of games, Rock Band, puzzles, SPOONS, Catch Phrase, a family trivia game, and up and down the river to name a few. All in all, it was quite the time to celebrate and enjoy each other's company.

Friday, December 25, 2009


I am so thankful for this time of year, remembering the real reason we celebrate...the birth of Jesus Christ.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas is coming...

Here are some pre Christmas pictures...

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Maddox is SIX

Hard to believe Maddox is already six years old! This year he is in kindergarten and rides the bus to school... hence the school bus cake. We had a fun birthday celebration at Brent and Alyssa's house on his actual birthday, the 19th of December.
Not sure what was going on here, but Uncle Mitch is underneath all these kids!

Alyssa, Dad and I were building with the new Lincoln Logs that Maddox got for his birthday.

Maddox's Aunt Kate with his cousin Blake...and Uncle Mitch with Christian. Soaking in all the birthday festivities!

Friday, December 18, 2009

1st swim

We took Christian to the Y to swim for the first time. I don't really think he knew what to think. He enjoyed kicking his legs in the water, and just kinda looked all around. It was nice, we were the only ones in the pool. We thought we better practice up before going to Mexico the end of January :)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

4 months old!

Yep, I'm four months old now...just changing everyday! Somedays I look more like Daddy, others like Mommy, and the rest I look like myself. I am still a happy little baby, unless of course I'm too tired or riding in the car too long. I'm growing out of my clothes again, a good portion of my 6 months stuff has to be retired because I'm getting so long! I went to the doctor for my check up, and she says I'm doing good. I weigh 14 lbs 13 oz now, and am 25 in long...which is pretty much exactly average.

Here's some of the things I am learning and doing:

  • I've found my hands, I like to try to stick them both in my mouth at the same time, fold them together like I'm praying, or just wave them around to hit my mom and dad in the face
  • I smile and try to talk back when I'm talked to
  • I love to look at lights...especially now that the Christmas lights are on and there are so many to look at
  • I will sit up with some help, I'm still too wobbly on my own
  • I like to look at books, my favorite one is my book about colors. I especially like the RED page.
  • I slept all through the night, 10 hours straight for the first time 2 days after I turned 4 months. This only happened once, but I'm still pretty good. I only get up once to eat and then go right back to sleep.
  • I can grab, and I mean I can grab good. Give me hair, eyes, pacifiers, the hanging name it.
  • I like my playmat with the toys hanging down, and my vibrating chair with the toys. I can hit them, talk to them, they really keep me entertained.
  • Lastly, I am starting to drool more. The doctor said that I'm not teething yet, but its just normal for me to do this. I can give some wet kisses this way!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Some pictures

Here's some pictures of me over the last month. I sure am getting big and changing so much!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Family times

The weekend after Thanksgiving we spent alot of time in Hesston. Phil had a painting dedicated at Hesston College Friday afternoon that we went to. Following that we had supper at Gpa and Gma Hershberger's celebrating Gpa's birthday. Afterwards, we went over to Mom and Dad Sweigart's for the remainder of the evening to spend more time with Carissa, Grandpa, and the rest of the fam. 

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving together

This Thanksgiving was the first holiday we have celebrated as a family of three. We are especially thankful this year for Christian's birth and presence in our family. He is just such a blessing, and we love to watch him grow and change daily!

I didn't have to work (which I was extremely thankful for), so we were able to go to both Hershberger and Sweigart Thanksgiving gatherings! We are double blessed with families that get together and enjoy each other's company. I can't help but think of those that don't have family whether it be distance that separates them, brokenness, or that they're no longer living.

At one we went to the Hershberger gathering at Mark and Beth's in Inman. It was good to see many of the extended family and we had a very good meal.

I just thought this picture was particular reason.

Then we went to Hesston to have an evening Thanksgiving with the Sweigart family..including Carissa! Grandpa Birky and Darren also joined the rest of the family. Grandpa had flown in, and Darren drove from VA with Carissa. We had another filling meal, followed by a game of dominoes.

We have so much to be thankful for...our family, our health, our homes, and our faith!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

LOTS of leaves!

This was the third major raking of leaves..hopefully the last!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Happy 3rd Birthday Kade!

Kade turns 3 on November 10! We celebrated with Alyssa's family from out of state on the 6th. Veggie tales Bob and Larry were featured :). Kade is such a fun-loving, lively spirited little boy...he is always entertaining. We're glad to have such a special little nephew, whose already 3...unbelievable.