Leitch Christmas

On Wednesday we headed up to my parents’ for Christmas.  We went to church Christmas Eve and then my dad’s side of the family came over after that.  The kids were up REALLY late and then had kind of a hard time settling down for bed.  

Christmas morning we opened presents with my family and then had brunch with my grandma and my great-uncle Dewey (he flew in from LA to spend Christmas with us).  After naps we headed to my Grandma Jacob’s house for Christmas with my mom’s side of the family.  
The kids had a great time playing with cousins and opening presents!  We came home yesterday and are ready to get back into a normal routine – for the next couple of weeks atleast.   
Here are some pictures of our Christmas in Morton.

my sister-in-law, Denise and my niece, Contessa
my brother Rick, sister Alison, great uncle Dewey, me, and my brother Max
the girls opening presents
Alison and Will
Contessa – just chilling – she was probably over stimulated by her crazy cousins!!

Swinigan Christmas

Kevin’s parents were in town last weekend to celebrate Christmas.  Shawn, Shawna, Jackson, and Janelle came out Saturday morning to open presents.  The kids had a great time playing with each other and their new toys.  Norah watching Jackson play a new game on his Leapster.

Lucy playing with her new Little People toy.
The 4 cousins – getting ready to open presents.
Norah and Jackson singing “Jingle Bells.”

Christmas Fun!

We have tons of pictures to go through before I post about our Christmas.  Our big gift was a new camera!!!  We also are trying to find a place for all the girls’ stuff!!

For now, here is a picture of the 4 of us from yesterday.  Several people have asked for a belly shot of me.  This is probably the best you’re going to get – 35 weeks.

One of Those Nights

Last night was one of those nights where both girls were awake at different times.  I think Lucy was awake 4 different times in the night (2 of which we were still up).  Norah was awake once – crying.  Now, it is 8:00 and both girls are still sleeping.  In fact Lucy is in our bed sleeping.  She came into our room about 6:30 and climbed in bed with us.  Neither Kevin nor I could fall back to sleep so we got up and there lies Lucy – sound asleep.  

I should be doing something productive – instead I am blogging!!

Not Much to Blog About

Not a whole lot to blog about.  We had my nephew’s birthday party yesterday – my sister blogged about it.  The girls had a great time with their cousins!  

Lucy is as feisty as ever.  Can she sense that her life is about to drastically change?  She is wearing us out!!
Norah is napping again almost everyday.  If she misses – she is fine, but she seems to crash pretty quickly if she is in her bed.  
We might be a little closer to names for the baby.  Well, for the boy we are probably down to 2 or 3.   If we have another girl, I don’t know how we’ll choose.  Our list is atleast 5 long.  We don’t have middle names either.  
We have less than 6 weeks to go – hard to believe.  I know I haven’t posted any belly pictures.  I may have Kevin take one this week so this child knows that I did in fact carry him/her.  I just try to avoid too many pics of myself when I am pregnant.   
Had dinner with the Morrison’s.  It had been a while since we had seen them – sad, I know, since we live 4 minutes apart.  The kids played great together!!
That is about all the randomness for now.  

Book Suggestions

To follow up yesterdays post, I could use a few suggestions to add to our book list.  If anyone has any suggestions for first chapter books that your kids like (would especially love suggestions from teachers).  Obviously, for now, I will be reading the books to Norah.  Some of the books I have to start with are:

The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden (this was one of my favorites)
Pocahontas by Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire (this is a lengthy picture book with excellent illustrations)
Meet Christopher Columbus by James T. de Kay 
The Adventures of Bobby Raccoon by Thornton W. Burgess (good for teaching about animal life)
Van Gogh and the Sunflowers by Laurence Anholt
As you can see I want books that cover a wide variety of subjects – art, science, history, as well as just good fiction books.
As I said I am open for suggestions to add to our list.  The books above vary in length – 20 some pages to 100 some page.