After opening presents and enjoying some fun at home on Christmas Morning, we headed to Reading to Melanie and Mike's house to celebrate with our family.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
For days leading up to Christmas Gwen and Cole asked us: "Is Santa coming tomorrow?" "Is Santa coming the day after tomorrow?". So...on Christmas Eve we were thrilled to be able to tell them that Santa was officially coming that night and that when they woke up in the morning they would have some fun new presents to open.
Gwen and Cole were extremely excited about the Christmas Season this year. In early December we introduced them to the Elf on the Shelf and they took to the idea very well. Before we were finished reading the book, they had already decided to name the elf "Elfie". The name sounded appropriate to me. Not very creative but heck, at least it wasn't "Poopy Elf" or some other form of potty talk (Thanks for engaging in this 'normal' boy behavior, Cole!). Each morning the kids would zoom down the stairs and search the house for Elfie. Reid seemed to understand what was going on and several mornings he was the first to spot Elfie. He would run over and start grunting as he pointed to Elfie. There were a few mornings when Elfie forgot to move (oops!) but thankfully the kids were ok with the explanation that Elfie was tired or just liked the spot a lot and didn't want to move (wish they would accept that excuse from me when I just want to sit and enjoy a break!).
Daddy took some time off around the holidays so we decided to check out the America on Wheels train displays. Andy took the big kids last year but this was the first time that Reid and I were able to attend. All of the kids were interested in the trains. They stood and watched for a LONG time. Afterwards, we checked out the Air Products presentation and ate some yummy ice cream. Reid toddled from room to room and quickly memorized where all of the trains were located.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
On 12/14/12, we went to see Pip the Mouse for the third year with our Club Mom friends. Reid was bouncing up and down on his toes when he saw the beautiful display of animals but his excitement went to a new level when he saw the ducks (see below). Thankfully I didn't have too much of a problem keeping him from touching all of the animals. Gwen and Cole were talking in the car on the way to the show about looking forward to hugging Pip and they smiled from ear to ear while doing so.
Fun times at the MMLV Holiday Party. I was a mean mommy and wanted the pic of little dude crying with Santa. I'm certain someday he'll laugh with the rest of us.
In early December, Nana and Pap Pap came to help us pick up our christmas tree and decorate it. Check out the final product! Yup, it is in our dining room/puzzle room once again. Yes, we managed to decorate the tree without breaking any ornaments. No, I'm not going to share my favorite picture of Cole doing some naked tree decorating.