Heidi, Andy, Maddie, Mike, Carissa, and Emelia joined us for a kid-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration. We all provided munchies to share and had a great time watching the munchkins.
Month: December 2010
Flying into the new year (Thanks Mike!)
Everybody loves Alex’s new tunnel.
Best dog – ever!
Always happiest in the bath!
Helping Daddy put together the new “wheelbrr”.
Worn out from Christmas and traveling, but finally home.
Santa dropped by Gram’s house and left some goodies for Alex. He wasted no time in testing out his new toys:
Then we headed to Granny and Papa’s to spend the rest of the day. Alex has discovered the fun in opening presents. I believe he has been a part of every gift opened this year.
The final gathering of the day was back at Mom’s house with the Upshaws. Alex’s new tunnel was a big hit with everyone!
And because we’ve had a crazy couple of days, Mom gave us our stockings right before bed:
For lots more Christmas pictures see the Picture Tab and look under “Alex – Month 22”
Buddy helps Alex with his new guitar.
B and Laura surprised Alex and Leo with ponies!
First Christmas: We spent last night at my Dad’s and woke up to a family breakfast and presents. Alex found a tractor under the tree and loved riding it around the house. His feet don’t quite reach the pedals, but that didn’t slow him down at all:
Then Dad and Laura had another surprise – ponies! A friend had been looking for a new home for two ponies their children had outgrown. Dad and Laura happily added them to their herd of horses. The ponies haven’t been ridden in a while but did pretty well with Dad holding the halter tightly. Too bad we didn’t bring Alex’s hat and boots from Halloween!
Second Christmas: Our next stop was the Burch hotel suite. Judy, Jerry, and Emily are staying at a hotel instead of with Granny and Papa. Jerry had skillfully arranged the presents to create a tree:
Third Christmas: The third stop was my Mom’s house. Mom and I did a little cooking while Alex slept. He woke up just in time for presents before our evening company.
We had a lazy morning at Gram’s house. Alex did a little cooking, opened a present early (he wanted to and Gram always says yes), and did a little dancing:
B took Alex to drive diggers.
(That is not B helping Alex drive.)
Morning stories with Gram.
The backseat on our drive to Kentucky.
Riley and Nicki came for breakfast and playing this morning. The boys loved the trains and played with them all morning:
Wade has been helping two boys in the the neighborhood of the Community House make a table for their Mom for Christmas. Wade found one on craig’s list and the boys have been working hard to refinish it.
Alex got a much needed haircut!
We opened presents as a family last night and today. Alex gave Wade a new bath toy (Wade always gives Alex his bath). Alex has been saying “bath” and “pajamas” since noon today. Now he is finally in the bath and loves his new toy.
Alex learned a new word this week – present. We started the day with basket gifts from my mom. Alex loved his new puzzle and Wade’s safety glasses:
Wade gets up with Alex on Saturday mornings and they play while I sleep in.
Alex got two new books today. We’ve read them over and over and over.
Today was Abram’s birthday and we went over for cake. Abram got a few gifts and Alex promptly tried to take over.
Time outs are no fun.
Alex has wanted to hold Tabit all afternoon. She finally sat still long enough for a quick cuddle and a picture.
Two pots, a measuring cup, three measuring spoons, and a bag of black-eyed peas have been the entertainment of choice the last two days.
Alex does not like the snow this year – at all. He cries if it touches any part of him (shoes included) or he sees it on anyone else.
All games at our house are group activities.
Alex was having a blast playing with my pillows this morning.
He pitched quite a fit when I insisted we needed to get dressed.
Alex and I went to play with Maren and her girls this morning. Elise and Alex had a hard time learning to share. Elise was very possessive of her babies and Alex tried to be possessive of the train. (Elise is actually trying to give me a big smile in the picture)
Alex thought dinner was taking too long to cook. He put the potholder on and then kept yelling “help”. He knows he has to be sitting on the rug when the oven door is opened so I’m not sure what was coming after “help”.