He is getting so big.  Almost too big to snuggle on my lap anymore.  I love this boy.  For his seventh birthday, he requested pancakes with a candle for breakfast, and a trip to ITZ (like a larger Chuck E Cheese) with a friend...and to wear a hoodie so he could be like his dad.  Easy enough.

This sweet boy deals with so much from us as we learn to be parents.  He can be such a good helper with his brothers, and he loves school.  He is getting quite good at piano and is taking golf he can be like his dad.  (Can you tell he kind of adores his dad?)  He loves to ride his bike, loves all things chocolate and still loves his matchbox cars.  

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We had a fabulous Christmas break!  Phil was transitioning in between jobs so he had quite a bit of extra time at home.  I am pretty sure my boys would not have even missed Christmas if they could stay home and wrestle with their dad all day.  But to give Phil a break, we took a quick trip to SeaWorld in San Antonio.  It was a lovely day.  Sam was even brave enough to ride one of the big rides with his dad.  

We talked to Santa before Christmas.  Sam was a little shy.  Luke warmed up to him once I told him he got a candy cane if he gave Santa a hug.  We had a lovely Christmas Eve with cousins, which included decorating cookies, acting out the nativity, and opening new Christmas pajamas, made by mama.  

Christmas day was a little magical.  They boys only asked for one present each this year and were truly thrilled to receive it.  Wade learned a whole bunch of Christmas songs this year, and even now we find him still humming them to himself.  The best Christmas present we received this year was a visit from my parents.  They boys were in heaven....for a whole week.  We all got a little teary eyed when they went home.  

Lucky for us, the separation will be short.  Phil started a new job with Ebay this week, located back in Salt Lake City.  We are staying in Houston until school is out, when we plan to move back to Utah.  2015 should bring another adventure for us, and we can't wait.  
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