Month: December 2016
Saturday morning cartoons.
Helping Gram with breakfast.
The kids were so excited to wake up today for their last Christmas. After a breakfast of Red’s donuts (a must have when at Gram’s house), we got down to the present opening. After Kaitlyn’s nap, the cousins arrived and we started presents all over again! (It is possible that we encouraged some iPad use in the middle of the day to give the adults a little quiet time.)
I’m pretty sure she would consider it a successful Christmas.
Pajamas and a new comic book.
I was at my Mom’s house about 6 months ago (sometime over summer) and on my bedside table sat a picture I remember well from childhood. The frame has a picture of my older cousin, myself, and my sister all wearing Grandad’s (my Mother’s father) baby dress. On this particular visit the wheels started turning and I asked Mom if she had the dress. I knew Kaitlyn and Mackenzie could still fit in the dress, but I wasn’t sure about Harper. My Mom had no idea what had happened to the dress after my Grandmother died. She checked with my Aunt and my cousin. Nobody knew what had happened to the dress. Fast forward to September. My Mom found the dress in a random drawer and over Christmas break I took the pictures. Below are all three great-grandkids in Granddady’s childhood dress.
We left town EARLY and then decided to stop for Chick-fil-A chicken biscuits about 10 miles down the road – Priorities! The drive was awesome. The boys played on their iPads and Kaitlyn loved her new headphones for the car. (She got a “princess” movie from Santa.)
Christmas at B and Mary’s.
These boys got new Nerf guns for Christmas.
Just watching the new 3D printer do it’s thing.
Fixing a hurt puppy with Pop’s help.
The kids were awake and ready for Santa at 7 am. Judy and Jerry arrived minutes after the kids made it down the stairs. We opened packaging, played with toys, and read books until it was time to get ready for church.
(In case you are wondering, Kaitlyn is sitting in front of the 3D printer the boys got for Christmas. They were nice enough to make me a frog for the first print. Then it was on to cars and Pokemon.)
Making cookies for Santa.
Kaitlyn was so excited to get her own popcorn bowl made by Pop.
We decided to switch things up this year and have most of our nominal Christmas Day activities on Christmas Eve. We started with the last basket present, then a big breakfast, and moved on to games and cookie making.
After an early dinner, we got to the presents! Before we knew it, it was time to put cookies out for Santa and get the kids in bed.
Kaitlyn loves the idea of Santa. She talks about him all the time. Before seeing him she agrees to sit in his lap. The minute she actually sees him she freaks out! I thought I had taken care of that today by promising fruit snacks, but that first glance still proved to be her undoing. I finally convinced her to stand by Teague and hold his hand. Teague would happily crawl into his lap, but that boy just loves hugs.
On the same day a year later (see 2015), we found ourselves visiting the same awesome Santa. I had fruit snacks to bribe Kaitlyn and the knowledge from last year. Again, I ended up with a blurry picture – thanks to a sudden snowstorm (bad lighting), Kaitlyn refusing to sit in Santa’s lap, and general bad luck. Maybe next year!
Teague had some friends from school over to decorate cookies this morning. (Of course it was 95% playing and 5% cookie decorating, but that was expected.) The kids had a lot of fun and the mess was minimal.
(And funny story of the day: Wade and I both woke up about 7 am as our power went out. We aren’t quite sure what happened but it evidently affected about 450 people and took about 5 hours to fix. Thankfully I had baked the cookies yesterday and the house was warm enough we just carried on with no power.)
Class Christmas Party!
We had a cookie decorating party with friends.
Paper chain maker.
He may not have known all the words at his school Christmas performance, but he nailed the bow at the end.
I looked over to find that Kaitlyn figured out a way to wash her hands “by self.”
Alex started his wrapping tonight. His wrapping is truly a work of art. I can’t wait to see what’s inside.
Today the boys tackled the “snow mountain.” Thank you parking lot snow plow.
Helping Daddy with Christmas things.
Monday = Awana
In this picture they were playing so well together. 20 seconds later they were screaming and there was moondough all over my floor.
Alex spent last night in Milwaukee with his besties. They were getting ready for Abram’s big 9th birthday party today! Teague and I headed up right after lunch. Sadly the football in the snow was out due to extreme cold temperatures, but there was fun chaos inside with pokemon trading and cake – always cake!
Our neighborhood had “Santa at the Beach” today. Our neighbor is in charge of all kid activities and set the entire thing up. She asked Wade to play Santa and he was a great sport. We let the boys in on the secret and drove Daddy to the fire station a little before the event. The firemen let the boys ride in the firetruck too and I hurried to the beach.
Wade played Santa today for our neighborhood Santa event. The boys were in on the secret. Kaitlyn knew it was Daddy and still wouldn’t go near him.
Reading a new book – Mickey Mouse!
We moved our tabletop Pac-Man game outside for the Halloween party. It was moved back inside and into the playroom. (This was supposed to be temporary but it’s still here.) The boys have decided it works nicely as a place to play and charge iPads. Teague has a reading program from school that he does a few days a week and he likes to sit beside my desk while he reads.
Kaitlyn begged Daddy to play “cars” and how could he say no?