Slowly, but surely I am getting caught up on all of my holiday pictures!
We had a very fun and full Christmas this year!
Faith had an endoscopy and colonoscopy (which included a hospital stay) on December 22 and 23rd, so my Momma blessed us by staying the whole week to care for the other 3 kiddos while we were in the hospital with Miss Faith. It was so nice to have my Mom with us that week leading up to Christmas!
Faith's procedure went pretty well. We knew from her records that when she was 11 months old, they found out she had a megacolon and removed some of her large intestine. It was unclear of how much intestine was removed, though. We found out that she only has 10 cm of her large intestine left! (The doctor informed me that a normal person has 9 feet of large intestine - so that is a huge portion that was removed!) We also found out later that she has an over growth of bacteria in her small intestine and is lactose intolerant. I am so relieved and glad to be more informed on her intestinal issues. She is now on an anti-biotic for her bowel and a lactose free diet.
On Christmas Eve, PopPop and the Stepanov's joined us. (Along with Frankie and Penny - the dogs.) We had a hot chocolate pj party and then tucked the kids into bed.
Starting back in April, I worked on making stockings for the kids. Byron's mom had made him his stocking many years ago. One year I found her pattern and made my niece, nephews and myself one to match the ones she made. This year, I used the same pattern to make stockings for our kids. I also embroidered them with our names. I think they turned out beautifully!
On Christmas morning, the kids raced down stairs to see if Santa had come - and he did not disappoint!!
The kids opened their gifts from Santa, then we ate breakfast and opened our other gifts. Faith had so much fun this year! Last year she was still so timid and scared and just confused about what was going on. This felt so much more like her first Christmas.
GiGi and PopPop are SO CUTE!
All the kids got personalized wallets from Aunt Barbie and loved finding the money (including a gold dollar) inside.
This was Baylor's first Christmas!
Loving on Daddy:
Adrik cracked us all up!! He got a whoopee cushion and fake poop and just laughed and laughed! He would say, "I got poop and toots for Christmas!"
Aunt Jackie got all my kids shoes (yay!!) which they loved!
Anything Star Wars is a hit with these boys!
Beautiful scarf - and photo bomber:
The babies of the family - can you believe he was only 8 months old here?
It was pretty enough to play outside, too!
Which was perfect since Santa also brought a trampoline!!
What a great, fun, family filled Christmas!!