Merry Christmas Random

These weeks leading up to Christmas have just flown by. I had big ideas for big posts, but alas they didn't happen. Much like the rest of my Christmas shopping. Or wrapping presents. Or really anything else that didn't involve work, taking care of the kids, and attempting to cook defrost meals. Tis the season!

We did make some time for our annual Christmas exchange with a couple of my close girlfriends. We try to do it every year and it's always such a good time. Of course, in the BC (before children) days, we would do a full-on meal, at the "real" dining table and china and all of that. This year, we opted for buffet-style faijitas, paper plates, and chasing kids. But I don't think any of us would have it any other way. And champagne goes with Mexican just fine, right??? Here are a few pics:

4 out of the 5 - where's Ry guy?

Ooops, there goes Ellie!

Finally, all 5. Best we could do but they are all pretty darned cute!
We also had some good news from the kids 18 month appointments. Both are right on track with everything --- still in the lower percentiles, but chalking that up to genetics now! Yet, their fine and gross motor skills are great and all developmental milestones are coming right along. Whoo hoo!

And then my favorite news ---- Quinn made a HUGE turn on the curve. She jumped in weight from 5th percentile to 15th percentile! Praise God! I think her "healed" heart is not burning as many calories so she's chunking back up. We are back in normal size clothes for her and I have to re-retire the 6-12 month pants. After working so hard for so long to put weight on that child, it was such a blessing to hear that news. Both our dietician and doctor were just shocked how quickly things changed in a month. Go Quinn!

We have so much planned for Christmas and the New Year --- I am a little overwhelmed to say the least, but looking forward to visiting with friends and seeing both of our families over the course of the holidays. Let the madness begin!

Merry Christmas to you all and thank you for your love & prayers this past year. We are deeply grateful.

And an interesting video we caught on last night's news regarding Texas Children's and Dr. Fraser's efforts to lead the charge on this life-saving device for children waiting for a heart transplant. Anytime I see stories like this on the news, my heart just breaks wide open. It's just yet another reminder how blessed we are to be under TCH's care - a hospital that not only cares for their patients but is always looking for new and innovative ways to improve current technologies. Merry Christmas to TCH & staff and especially a man who we are indebted to this holiday season.

In Christ,

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