Agh! Sick kids, stuck at home on winter break! Makes for one crazy time for all! Especially this mom, I feel more like a referee today than a Susie homemaker!
Here is a pic of today's craft....
Guess which one has a future in interior decorating...lol! I guess the tissue paper colors do scream Ikea. It's not like we go there all the time or anything! But I did think Ikea as I pulled out the colors too, great product branding :) It kept the kids entertained for a good 30mins too! Now what to do with the rest of the day? They both want my attention and can't stand being in the same room as each other....help!!!
At first I wasn't sure if it was just Christmas excitement burn-out or if he was really coming down with something? Well when he woke up thismorning his fever confirmed the later. My poor sick little guy! Thomas was full of love and snuggles today, just wanting some mama comfort. While it was sad to see him so sick, the snuggles were the sweetest. Just when you think they are growing up and getting too old for hugs (and their mama) you are blessed with a little reminder how much they need you. There is nothing like being a mom and getting a snuggle from your babe!
This Christmas Thomas was in Lego heaven! He had been asking Santa for months for truck Lego, police Lego, firetruck Lego...Lego! Lego! Lego! Anything Lego! Well this year Santa gave him a skateboard...hahaha! Oops! Lucky for him, mom and dad were listening too (ok so slight oops with pressie giving, but at the end of the day he didn't care, he got his lego!) oh, and a cool new skateboard too! Thomas was thrilled to receive a yellow 18wheeler, a police wagon + bank robber and get away motorcycle. Happy! Happy day!
On a side note, I now understand, why as kids, our parents would always tell us to not open our new toys until the all the chrissy wrappings are picked up. Thomas was about to rip open a box only to have little pieces strewn all throughout the Chrissy day mess, never to be seen again!
We got him set up at the dinning room table where he could build away till his little heart was content. Such a happy boy!
To my surprise, he was doing great on his own, following the directions book and only asking for help on some fidgety bits.
Dave and I both took turns building with him. Pure, little boy happiness...gosh I love him!
This year was a year of a lot of firsts and wonderful accomplishments for Harry. One being the new skill of ridding his bike without the need of training wheels!
For the last few christmas's Harry has been begging us for a new bike. (But not just any bike, a blue bike that goes really fast!) Now that he is ridding without the trainers, not to mention looking pretty big on his little 16in wheels. We decided this was the year to buy him that new bike!
I don't know what is more fun or rewarding for parents... telling their child for months that if they behave Santa may bring them a bike! (Santa, the ultimate child manipulator) Or watching the efforts and helpfulness of a child so desperate for a bike that they come to love unstacking the dishwasher? Either way it was win/win for all!
Harry was beyond excited and grateful for his new bike (as you would've seen from a previous post). Dave decided that rather than purchase a pre-assembled bike. He wanted one that Harry and he would build together as a fun father son thing to do. It turned out to be a great way to teach Harry about the bike and how it works, plus helping him take real pride in his new bike!
Luck was on Harrys side toady as the rain had stopped the night before. I was a little worried that he'd have this great new bike and be stuck in doors, due to this delightful Seattle weather (thank you weather gods!) He was desperate to hit the road and try out his new wheels...so off he went! (video ridding bike) It took a few goes to get his confidence up. This bike is much bigger than his last one, it has no back breaks and his on tippy-toes when sitting. After a few little spills and a few tears he was back up and on his way. "Mom, I want to ride my bike all day!" whoo hoo! Dave and I were so excited he didn't give up or let the insecurities take over. He fell off, got back on and kept going! What a great attitude, way to go Harry! (pic of harry on bike) While I am loving his confidence on his new bike, it is still hard for this mom to watch sometimes. Maybe I should've made him a Suit out of bubble-wrap too!
To my surprise, I was the one wanting to scream this to the boys this year! 8am and I was up and ready for Christmas day. But where were the kids? Where was the usual screaming "wake-up! Wake-up! Wake-up!" from two frantic boys, dying to see what was waiting for them under the tree? Where was the screaming "what did Santa bring me?" I was the one wanting to jump on the bed this year, I was too excited with anticipation. I could not wait to see the boys faces as they opened their presents! But where were they?......Sound asleep!
Finally after what seemed like hours, waiting patently in bed for the boys to come screaming in...it came!!! "Mom, dad, it's Christmas! WAKE-UP!" what happened next really was a blur of running jammies and contagious excitement!! We got down to the tree and it was pressie time! It really is the most magical day of the year!
The first present that was given was from Harry. He had made it at school and had been dying to give it to us for weeks. (I loved that giving was the first thing on his mind, my sweet boy!)
Next, came the frenzy of flying wrappings, squeals of joy and the sound of ripping paper as they discovered their Santa gifts. Beyblades for Harry and a skateboard for Thomas, just what they had asked for, they were so happy and grateful!
They really did have a very lucky Christmas, with many beautiful new things. We bought Harry a new bike (blue of cause) and Thomas scored a bunch of Lego sets....both as happy as piggies in mud!
Christmas this year was priceless, giving spirit and gratitude was definitely in the air and my fav gift of all was watching the boys open their pressies and give to each other....beautiful!
Usually we leave out cookies, beer (apparently Santa loves Guiness) and carrots for the reindeer. However this year I completely forgot to get the carrots...oops! A quick look in the fridge revealed it was either going to be celery, mushrooms or Ginger? Hmmm, celery got the thumbs up from the boys, while the mushy's and the Ginger both got the "eeew gross!" We decided to forego the traditional Guiness too, as Santa had already been drinking rum and coke...lol! Our Santa is a bit of a lush...hahaha!
Almost ready for the kids! Now all we need is for jolly old Santa to visit and the oldies to hit the hay! Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!! Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone
The count down has nearly come to an end, Christmas eve is here and so is Santa! There was news that Santa had arrived at our local mall, the boys were beyond thrilled!!! So in the car we jumped, dressed in our red and green. I guess the word had got out as the line to see Santa was huge. We waited and waited, eager for that first glimpse. Finally, there he sat, the boys screaming from the line "we love you Santa!" they were like little groupies waiting to see a celebrity. Hugs for Santa then on to the wish lists a mile long, time to say cheese and it was all over! What a wonderful Christmas buzz seeing Santa the celebrity!
One of my favorite Christmas traditions with the kids is to build and decorate gingerbread. Last year we did a train so this year we decided to return to the classic house. What a fun way to spend christmas eve's eve. All together, around the kitchen table, getting sticky from frosting, laughing, smiling and talking christmas. After it was completed (and very well i might add, no colapsing roofs or slanted walls this year) We decided on a chrissy movie to watch, we all snuggled in and stayed up late. The kids (and big kids) are really excited for Christmas!!! Two sleeps to go.....hohoho! Looking forward to devouring this on Christmas day, yum! - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone
We've had a few fun Santa moments this year. We came across Santa out in Burien one day. We were on our way to the Pie shop for some Aussie pies. It was a beautiful sunny winter day and who happened to be out right next to the store...Santa!!
Then, last week the boys each received a fun video letter from Santa saying he will be on his way soon! Reminding them to be good helpers and listeners and to listen and try your best...love it! Check out these great personalized videos....
The looks on the boys faces were priceless when they saw these for the first time, it really was like magic! The joy and squeals when they heard Santa say their names and then as they watched Santa as he opened his special book, only to see their photo's, name and info about the boys. It's been wonderful as I have had two very helpful boys...hehehe!
Where did November go? This year really is going by way too quickly.....
November started out as a time for ridding bikes, playing in leaves and enjoying the Fall! We spent most of our time however laying on the beach in Fiji with Dave's family, not a bad way to pass the rainy day blues of Seattle! I will post about Fiji in its own post, too many beautiful pics to fit here.
We arrived back in Seattle towards the end of Nov, really did spend the best part of the month in Fiji. From 80+ degree weather back to Seattle's 11degree weather...yikes! what a shock!! Even more shocking was Dave wearing his Hawaii shirt and shorts through the airport in Seattle, the looks of craziness on peoples faces were priceless!
A few days later...SNOW! Time to break out the scarves and gloves. I guess the sarongs and flip flops were going away again until next year...so sad! We had a blizzard and 4in of snow fall in a day, the temps were 10 below freezing so it stuck around for a while. 2 snow days before the Thanksgiving day break, 6 days off of school and loads of snow play! Great way to spend time couped up with the kids. The whole neighborhood turned out to go sledding, it was great, but holly cow freezing...brrrr!
The snow had mostly melted just in time for Thanksgiving day. We spent the holiday with close friends, our hosts Maggie & Aaron plus Danielle & Scott and MJ & David and all the kiddos, what a great time!! We laughed, drank and ate loads of turkey. The kids played real well and everyone had a wonderful time...great times =) Maggie, did a fantastic job with the bird, really all the food was amazing. The best Turkey spread ever! I made a orange/ginger-cranberry-walnut stuffing, green beans wrapped in pancetta. Dave made a yummy potato bake with swiss and bacon, and a mountain of mashed potato, enough left overs for days... We had our good friends Karen and KC over a few nights later, so Dave made a yummy lamb shepherds pie, a good use of mash!
As always, I did the traditional crazy Black Friday shopping. Although this year I hit Walmart with a group of friends at midnight. The best bargains to find for me were DVD's for $1.69 got the whole collection of Lord of the rings for just over $5...not bad! The line for the checkouts were crazy, the crowds even crazier, but luck was on our side and we managed to miss the lining all together and go straight to the checkouts. Crazy luck there!!
I think one of my favorite days of the year is the day after Thanksgiving! Enjoying sleeping in (or most years crazy Black Friday shopping, then sleeps!) We decorate the house for Christmas and eat lots of yummy turkey day leftovers a great family day. We even made it out to the 3buck cinema and watched "Despicable me" we really enjoyed it.
The boys got their school pics back this month, check out my handsome boys.....
Now with all the excitement of November past, it is now December and I am bring it in with a cold. But a beautifully decorated house for Christmas. Thanks to my boys who all helped decorate the tree this year...love it! And I love my family!