Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Cousin Playdate

I love when my sis and I have some time over breaks to get our boys together!  Her boys helped LWK learn how to use his new scooter and then we all want to the skating rink with the faux ice!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve

I am so happy that we have this tradition of Christmas Eve with my family.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas #1

Like in years past, we like to have our Christmas the weekend before actual Christmas with just our little family of three.  We like hanging out in our jammies (or pajahhhmahs as LWK has taken to calling them), have abelskiver and open gifts slowly throughout the day.  It is a lovely way to celebrate before all the rest of the craziness begins with travelling and Santa, etc.
LWK did get his battery powered Percy from Santa (along with some more tracks and James, Diesel, Gordon and another Thomas).  He also got some Alphabots and some bingo dobbers.  J got a Lego book and a new ladder and I got a new food processor!  It was a lovely and fun morning!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Santa Take 2

Although we had an impromptu meeting with Santa last week, it wasn't our "tradition."  In years past we have gone to the local zoo that has reindeer and Santa.  Since LWK wasn't a big Santa fan, we always knew we would get some great reindeer photos.  

This year the weekends have all been stormy or we have been sick/had other obligations.  When we tried to go to the zoo on the one reasonably nice day, there was a line out the door!  We had a retirement party to go to, so we didn't have all afternoon to stay at the zoo to see Santa.  I was upset, LWK was upset, J was upset.  We were going to throw in the towel and just call our tree lighting our Santa photo this year, but then J had a great idea to visit the "Santa Shack" near our Panera and Target.  

I wasn't happy, but LWK was excited to see Santa, so we waited in line even though I was teary about not keeping with tradition.  You know what?  This Santa was the best Santa we have ever had!  The price was reasonable, LWK was dressed festively and was thrilled that he got to ask for a battery powered Percy again.  Most importantly, we got this great and genuine photo:

I think LWK will be happy about visiting Santa from now on and I won't be turning my nose up at the "Santa Shack" anymore!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Tree Photos

I love having a tree as a background for my photos this month.  LWK loves playing and reading by it and looking at the ornaments. I just love taking photos of him.  :)

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Santa Take One

I play in the community band and part of our "job" is to play some of our local events.  At the tree lighting this year it was POURING rain and super windy, but LWK and J braved the weather to hear me play and see Santa arrive.

LWK hasn't been much of a Santa kid.  I know we don't push it at all, but last week when he asked me for a toy at Target I said, "well, maybe you need to ask Santa for it for Christmas."  It slipped out of my mouth before I had thought it through.

At the tree lighting, after Santa arrives, the kids can go and sit on his lap.  LWK has NEVER wanted to do this, but this year he was all about it!  He waited in line patiently and then he had his big moment!  Unfortunately, I missed the moment where he was pretty happy to walk up to Santa and talk to him since I was with the band, but J did take some photos and the local realtor snapped this one:

Not perfect, totally impromptu and he wasn't dressed "cute," but he talked to Santa and asked him for a battery powered Percy for his track.  I am pretty sure this kid is never going to outgrow trains....

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Decorating the Tree

My favorite part of Christmas is having a tree in our house!  LWK helped decorate a bit this weekend.  His favorite ornament is the little house that we have to commemorate the year we bought our house (2007).  He just thinks it is so funny that we have a little house on a tree that is in our house!  And, of course, he loves Snoopy!