I was not going to do my regular 25 days of Christmas fun this year. We are/have been in the middle of moving twice, and I just wasn't up to planning all of the craziness. It worked out, because it has definitely been crazy around here, as well as full of sickness. All 5 kids have had what I think to be the flu. I googled the symptoms the other day and was laughing out loud at the exact accuracy. "Comes on suddenly, fever, aches, runny nose, watery eyes." Yep, yep, yep! They forgot to add, "whining, crying, incessant coughing like nails on a chalkboard!!!!!" 

Anyway, the other day, I got into the Christmas spirit and really wanted to make sure we pull our focus in on why we celebrate this time of year. I made a 12 Days of Christmas box and planned some of our usual Christmas fun ideas…some days are more involved and exciting than others :) 

We are looking at different sayings/words/phrases we see and hear around Christmas time and discussing what those things mean (to the world and then also to us as we look through a gospel-lens.)

Today's word was "Believe." We talked about the "belief" in Santa and the beliefs around how he came to be all he is today. We went to the mall and took a pic with Santa, but when we found out it was $25!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, we opted to just move on :) The kids were content with having had their picture with him. They got to see him, stand with him, talk to him, and were happy. (They also actually realize nowadays how much $25 is, so they appreciated my decision to eat lunch at the mall instead of paying that much for a little picture that we really couldn't do anything with. There are always lessons in life, aren't there?!) We took this picture to prove we went to the mall:

Anyway, we also took our annual pics in the Santa hat:

Josiah's the one with the flu currently. I wasn't sure if I was going to make him take a pic today, but he insisted…with his blanket and no shirt…but whatever!

(I wonder at what point these boys will refuse to participate in these yearly pictures?!)

This one…she is officially a toddler

with a mind of her own

full of cuteness 


and a lot of personality :)

This is from 2011:
(Look at all of them in their red shirts and how I put a collage together! Apparently, I had things together way more back then!!!)


Mimi/Jennifer said…
Soooooo cute!! I think you do such a great job!!! You have such great kids (even if they do whine, argue, etc. as all kids do ;). I love you all a lot and would join you every day if I could! Merry Christmas!!!
Jessica said…
So excited to hear about the move! I'm happy for your guys! The pics of the kids are adorable!!!

Happy New Year to the Frye Fam!
Suzanne McCall said…
Anna I think you are doing an amazing job. Your Naomi reminds me of our Hannah at that age. She is a red head and even at one she had a mind of her own. She was very stubborn, of course she got Jack's genes for stubborness. Ok she got a little from me. She would clear coffee tables with her temper and then love on you. Fun days. Sometimes I miss that time.
I love that you are teaching them what is important as young as they are because it will continue to grow in them as they get older. Blessings to you guys.

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