December was so wonderful. As apprehensive as I was to have all the kids home for track break it ended up being so magical, I never wanted the month to stop. We had a great month as a family, celebrating the holidays and traveling to be with family for Christmas.
Hannah proved to be such a huge help to me. Hannah is extremely organized and works efficiently. Every morning she'd wake up and take care of all her responsibilities, then help me out, so she could quickly reap the benefits of having extra screen time. Mommy kept her busy, practicing the piano, reading lots of books, and practicing math every day. Hannah even learned how to tie her shoes over the break. Hannah's current dream is to have a YouTube channel for kids. She did a lot of "research" on the subject. She and Paige played a lot of video games together during the break. Hannah asked for a Pikachu for Christmas and was lucky enough to get it, and also get a Kindle Fire! She's loved playing on it. Hannah got the stomach bug TWICE during the break. No fun at all!
Paige loved to relax during track break. She'd stay in her pajamas for long periods of time. However, Mommy kept her busy with reading practice, handwriting practice, and math practice. It wasn't necessarily fun, but Paige completed all her tasks with only a little bit of complaining. Paige was especially excited, because she learned to tie her shoes like a pro! Paige got a lot of fun toys for Christmas, including an American Girl doll, and a Kindle Fire. Hannah and Paige played a lot of fun video games together over the break (and wished they could have played even more). Paige got the stomach bug TWICE. Once from Hannah, and once after she spent so much time taking good care of Mommy when she had the bug.
Sam loved having his sisters home during track break. He loved having companions around constantly, and they played so well together. He also loved having Daddy home for two weeks. We all spent a lot of time watching, reading about, or playing Star Wars with Sam. Sam even got to meet Darth Vader, who dressed up just for him. He was in awe, and wasn't even scared at all. It was the sweetest. He still loves his Hot Wheels, and spends time building tracks and courses all over the house.
Jonathan turned eight months old and we can't even believe it. He continues to be the happiest guy in the world, even though he's been teething all month. He spreads good humor and cheer to the whole family. Jonathan is crawling all over the place, and is extremely quick about it. He's cruising around furniture, climbing stairs, and scaling walls. He even started standing on his own, and he's very pleased with himself! He says Mama (sort of) and will turn and look at each family member when we say their name. He always responds to the words "eat" and "play." He also responds to the command to "get 'em" like a good attack dog. He'll only nap when he's rocked to sleep. He loves all foods except peas and green beans. He prefers food served warm, but makes an exception for ice cream. He makes noises like a wookiee. We love him so much. It was so sweet to spend his first Christmas with him, and watch the magic in his eyes.