fourplusanangel "Okay sit still and look at the lights. We can get one of those sweet Christmas light pictures like we did when you were litt... put the lights down you're burning your eyeballs!" #boys 6h

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fourplusanangel For a variety of reasons we have a very Charlie Brown Christmas tree this year. We put it up this morning and I was having my own little pity party until the kids got up and proclaimed it the "bestest tree ever" and "perfect for Little Santa!" Much-needed reality check complete, on with the holidays. 1d
  •   2sisters_angie So with you! We're in a "not at all what we had planned" situation, but we're together and that's really all that matters. Merry Christmas - your posts always make me smile :) 1d
  •   comafitz For years we had a big gorgeous tree with 800 lights but my kids love the 4ft tree we've put up the past 2 years 1d
  •   fourplusanangel As do yours @2sisters_angie ! I hope you guys have a great Christmas. 1d
  •   fourplusanangel Yep @comafitz mine loved decorating this little thing today. 1d

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fourplusanangel They are taking lessons together now and there is Christmas music floating through the barn. As much as they are a pair, I can't take a picture of them without seeing a space where their sister should be. I've never found a way to stop the heart ache after the heart swell, they seem to follow each other that way. But over the years I've learned to sit with it rather than push it away, it's the closest I can get to having her here. 2d

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fourplusanangel Sometimes people go out of their way to let us know they miss her too and it means so much. #babyloss 4d

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fourplusanangel I need to back away from the old pics before I decide we need more babies. #tbt #growinguptoofast 6d

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fourplusanangel The kids were so excited to get a Find Me, Santa! Snowflake from @hallmarkcards that we had to hang it on the door right away so Santa can see us from the North Pole. (Also, no that is NOT a pretzel that I discovered hidden in the hood of my son's jacket saved for "later" after seeing this photo.) #spon 1w

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fourplusanangel I gave Santa a ride to our annual candy-making day. He left after greeting everyone and then my little Parker showed up. #parkerpretends 1w

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fourplusanangel First ever play auditions. I was so nervous that they would be too much for my overly anxious kiddo that I almost talked the kids into going for ice cream instead. She got up there, incorporated her brother in her act for support, and did awesome. Heart bursting. 1w

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fourplusanangel She said teenagers don't sit on Santa's lap but she stood by him for a minute to ask him to bring toys to kids who don't have any. That whole autism and lack of empathy thing? Not seeing it in this moment and it's not just because I'm trying to hold back the ugly cry. 2w

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fourplusanangel Our Christmas decorations seem to be coming to life #parkerpretends 2w

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fourplusanangel Some days I look at my kids and wish they were little again but some days they surprise me by acting a little bit grown up in between the moments of being way too loud and I'm just so happy with the people they are turning into that I don't miss the stroller-pushing days at all. 2w

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fourplusanangel And then my heart exploded 2w

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fourplusanangel And then he watched Peter Pan #parkerpretends #captainhook 3w

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fourplusanangel He's been asleep long enough for me to wonder who he will show up as tomorrow. #hatskeepyourmonkeyearson #parkerpretends 3w

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fourplusanangel Is it wrong to wish winter over before it officially begins? #throwbackThursday #tbt #lakemichigan 3w

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fourplusanangel Oh wow, the new stylist has quite a unique sense of style 3w

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fourplusanangel There were tears this morning because Santa lost his suit but he made a new one and fixed everything. Now he's waiting for all the kids to come. #parkerpretends 3w

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fourplusanangel Adding ferris wheel rides to the list of things my kids will do even when it's 20 degrees outside. 4w

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fourplusanangel Seven years ago these two spent their first Thanksgiving in the NICU. Determined not to eat hospital food on Thanksgiving, Mark and I stumbled upon the only restaurant open that night. I cried into my turkey dinner while Mark promised me that one day our kids would be big and strong enough to come back to that restaurant with us. We've been bringing them back there for years but this was the first year they were old enough to appreciate the story. They told our waitress who told the owner and then they were celebrities for the evening. Well-deserved my little survivors. #thankful 4w

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