Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Happenings

It's been a while since I've posted, but I was a crazy-quilting lady these past few weeks. Why is it that I wait until December to decide I'm going to make people gifts, never leaving myself enough time to get things finished?

On Friday the 18th we met up with Marlena and Noah to see Santa. We waited outside of Creighton Hospital as he was supposed to come in on his helicopter, but because of ice in the clouds, we watched him arrive in a security car.
The day after my quilt group got together. We exchanged ornaments like last year. I made the eaten gingerbread man, Marlena made the snowman, Virginia the bulb, and Sara the folded red/green ornament.
This year has been the most fun yet as far as Christmases with Ian go. Last year he was just getting the hang of opening gifts and such. This year he is a pro. He also understands now that Santa leaves presents under the tree while he's asleep, and it was fun to watch his reaction in the morning when he realized Santa had come. He's become a great helper as well. He passed out most of the presents at all of our Christmases. Of course, he can't read anyone's name except for his own. He'd see a package that had an I on it and think it was his- even if it was from him instead of to him. He was also smart enough to realize that after opening presents at our house, Santa hadn't given him a combine or semi- good thing there were more Christmases to come.

Here are a few highlights of our Christmases:
Opening his Cars racer from Marlena and Noah.
Showing Marlena how her nativity should be set up
Showing off our new Christmas pajamas

Digging in his stocking from Santa
Santa's Little Helper

Ian loves his combine
Ian holding cousin Owen (9 days old)
The boys having fun with Elefun (notice Ian oblivious to them coming out the top- he just picks up the ones everyone else misses, which proved to be a winning strategy).
Playing with his new semi

This is definitely just a sampling- I think we've taken about 150 pictures so far this season, and we still have two Christmases this coming weekend!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Snow Day

It's the first snow day of the season, and Ian has been talking of sledding since yesterday morning. We got a bit of snow Sunday night, but not enough to cancel school yesterday. For a kid who's only gone sledding once before in his whole life (before he was even 1), he wouldn't stop talking about going sledding. So after work, Darrin and Ian headed outside. Turns out he's too big for the sled he had, so we headed to Target to buy a new one for the impending snow.

Which brings us to today. It started snowing off and on around 10 last night, and has been snowing steadily since 8 this morning. After a quick trip to the doctor's office for a baby check-up, we bundled up into our snow gear to try out the new sled (which Ian picked because it's red like Elmo). It works wonderfully and Ian was so proud he could go sledding by himself and loved being out in the snow. I'm surprised he didn't fall off the sled more, because it doesn't have sides, and he would let go of the handle. I was just waiting for him to tumble, but he never did.

Now he's getting his first cup of hot cocoa. I'm so glad Darrin's working from home today and we can have a family snow day. And hopefully I can spend the afternoon sewing and getting some Christmas presents finished.