Celebrations

We had quite a few occasions to celebrate while we were in Oregon.  The first one was grandpa’s birthday! We started off the morning going out to breakfast with my parents friends.  Then we went to their house to pet their miniature donkeys,

and play on their tractors,

and ride their new toys!

That evening, we sang Happy Birthday and enjoyed some Apple Pie for dessert!

The second part of our trip the weather was much more summer like.  It was warm and sunny, so the jackets got left inside and we enjoyed some sunshine. There was T-ball practice with grandma,

playing in the hay barn

Climbing more fences to say HI to the horses

One of Jacob’s favorite movies is Cars.  So when Cars 3 came out in the theaters, we thought it would be a good first movie theater experience for the boys.  Jake loved having daddy and grandpa watch the movie with him!

Dylan watched most of it, but then started getting restless and just like the airplane, I had to walk up and down the stairs with him a few times and he crawled over our laps for a while.  But he really liked his popcorn!

And three days after grandpa’s birthday, we celebrated daddy’s birthday AND Father’s Day!

Since the sun had come out, the hay fields were finally dry, so the last few days we were there grandpa and daddy were out on the tractors cutting and raking the hay fields. The boys would watch and wait for them to come by and wave.

One day, my dad and Justin had planned to be out in the hay fields all day, and it was going to be a warm day, so my mom and I decided to take the boys and escape to the coast where it was cooler.  We packed lunch and grabbed our sweaters and headed out to Florence. It’s a couple of hours away, so Dylan took a nap, while Jake chatted the whole time, asking about everything he saw as we drove by.

When we arrived, we found a little park to stop and eat lunch and climb trees.

Then we drove just north of town to the Sea Lion caves.  It was cool and windy.

We walked down to the observation deck where we could see them lounging on the rocks.

Then we took the elevator down into the caves (or as Jacob was calling it, Batman’s cave).

When we came back up, the sun came out, but it was still so windy so our pictures came out like this. But the scenery was gorgeous!

We drove along the coast on our way back to the main part of town and admired the beautiful sand dune coastline.

Back in town we walked around the shops, and ate at Moe’s.

On the drive home, it was Jacob who took a nap, while Dylan kept busy taking off his shoes, talking and eating pretzels.

Another day we made a trip out to Lone Pine Farms to feed the goats.

When we finished we went inside to get some produce and ice cream.  Of course, my sweet tooth kid is all about the ice cream, where Dylan preferred a banana. We will see how long that lasts…

Then it was off to the playground for a while before heading back to the ranch to help grandpa with the evening chores.

The boys climbed trees and logs and hunted for ladybugs, we made forts with barrels and tarps, we visited with some neighbors.  Justin even got to play golf one day.  Every time we come, we stay longer and do more, but it never seems like enough time.

I have one more post about our trip, be back soon.

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The BIG Ranch

Today is the first day of school…BOTH of my boys are at school right now for the first time ever! And my goal is to get caught up on all our summer activities here on the blog, or at least get started, school is only 3 hours.  So here goes…And please disregard any typos, grammar errors, etc… I am past being a perfectionist at this point.

We made our annual trip up to “The BIG ranch up in Oregon” this year in June.  It was a fun filled 2 week adventure.  Our early morning flight meant breakfast and pre-flight drinks at the airport.

The first half of our flight to Seattle went pretty smoothly, the boys were well behaved and excited about our adventure.  Then Dylan started getting restless and wanted to move around.  So I walked up and down the aisle with him a few times.  When I got him to stay where our seats were he wouldn’t sit in his seat but wanted to stand in front of it and use his seat as a desk for his toys, coloring, and etc. items I brought to keep him busy.  The seat belt sign was not on so I let him stay where he was happy.  Then he started saying “poopy diaper…poopy diaper” in a normal quiet voice, so I checked him and he did not have a poopy diaper, but it was wet.  So we walked back to the bathrooms to change him and back to our seats.  Again he wouldn’t sit down.  A few minutes later he started saying “poopy diaper…poopy diaper” again in a louder voice.  I tried quieting him down and checked him and he did not have a dirty diaper.  But he kept saying it, getting louder and louder every time.  He climbed over my legs and started off for the bathroom again.  He did not have a dirty diaper, he just wanted to move around the plane and check out the bathrooms, again and again and again….After getting back to our seats yet again…a few minutes later the seat belt light came on and the pilot made the announcement that we were preparing to land.  And Dylan chose that moment to start screaming “poopy diaper…poopy diaper”.  I checked him and this time, he did have a dirty diaper.  There was no way this kid was going to sit in his seat and wait until we landed to change his diaper. So when we were supposed to be buckled up preparing to land I was in the tiny bathroom trying to clean up my two year old while he pulled and pushed and flipped every knob, handle or switch he could get his hands on.  And while we were in there, we hit some pretty good turbulence which made him stop and throw his arms around my neck to hold on for dear life.  I was able to get it done and back to our seats, sitting down and buckled up in time for our landing.  So if you were on a flight from San Diego to Seattle in June where a little boy was yelling “poopy diaper” for the last part of the flight, that was us and I am sorry….

In Seattle, we walked around the airport and the boys watched the planes.

And on the short flight from Seattle to Eugene, God heard my prayers and Dylan slept…so I got to breathe and relax for a bit!

Once we arrived at the ranch the boys were more than ready to run around and rediscover everything and climb over all the tractors and get out all the toys.

The first part of our time there it was overcast and cool and we had a little rain here and there.  On the rainy days we did some shopping.  Jacob needed some new cowboy boots and Dylan needed a belt, so we took care of that.  And one morning we drove into Eugene and stopped at a fun toy and hobby shop. The boys made out with a pile of Legos, nerf swords, baseball bat and balls and other things to play with.  After putting everything away in the car we walked down the street a few blocks, following directions and our noses to the best doughnut shop in town.  Voodoo Doughnuts.  After waiting in line for about 30 minutes, we walked out with 2 pink boxes and found a spot to sit down and enjoy some really amazing doughnuts.

We will be going back there again!  We spent time working around the ranch.  This year Dylan joined in on helping to scoop the horse poop. And while he did lug around the pooper scooper, he was much more fascinated with picking it up with his hands and squeezing it through his fingers first. No picture of that, just a video.

Jacob was more interested in doing bigger boy chores, like riding in the back of the cart and pushing the hay out to the cows, and helping grandpa with his tools while working on the tractors.  One day, while daddy and grandpa were working in the barn the boys were playing in the stalls.

And climbing the fences.

Justin got a rocket while we were at the toy/hobby store.  So one day we shot the rocket off a few times. In between doing chores/playing around the ranch.

We played in dirt piles that grandpa had delivered to fill in and the grade the corral.

Right now Dylan is in love with dogs and is more than happy to spend his time throwing a ball for Jane.

We had dinner one night at the best pizza place in Eugene, Track Town Pizza.

One day we drove up into the mountains and on our way we stopped to walk around the “office” covered bridge that was built in 1945.

We explored the park next to the bridge.

And then we kept driving up to Salt Creek Falls. It was COLD (40 degrees to be exact), and the wind and spray from the waterfall added to the chill.  But it was beautiful! And we can’t wait to come back when it is a little warmer and the boys are a little bigger so we can hike down and back up.

On our way back to the ranch we stopped and ate at Brewers Union, the place we visited for the the first time last year that has some pretty amazing fish and chips.  That afternoon, back at the ranch, grandpa and daddy got busy hanging the tree swing.  My parents have lots of giant trees on their property, but this one is just off the side of their house and it has the perfect branch to hang the swing.  And who needs a ladder when you have a tractor to get the job done!

It is safe to say the swing was definitely one of the highlights of the trip.  The boys loved swinging around and we kept hearing “higher…higher!” And the adults had some fun on it too!

The sun doesn’t set until around 9:30 at night, so it made for some long action packed days, with a little bit of downtime.  The boys love running around, helping grandpa with his tools, helping feed the horses and the cows and driving the cart all over the place.  After getting their sleep at night, they woke up every morning ready to go back outside.  There were actually a few times when we couldn’t find Dylan while we were making breakfast, and he had gone into the mud room, put his boots on (on the opposite feet) with his PJ’s and was walking down to the barn to meet grandpa. They love being at the ranch!

I think that’s enough pictures for this post and I need to get ready to go pick up the boys, will be back soon with more!

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School’s out for the summer!

Jacob absolutely LOVED his class this year.  His teacher was great, he made lots of new friends in his class and he thrived and learned so much.  On the last day of school there was a promotion ceremony and the kids sang some songs, they got a graduation certificate and we all had a picnic lunch outside on the playground.

I was actually feeling sad that the year came to an end since Jake was really enjoying it and I enjoyed getting to know some of the other moms.  And I have been finding myself wondering how I am going to keep him busy this summer!  Aside from a couple trips we have planned we have a few things lined up for summer activities.  One thing that is super easy and fun and we will be doing often is going to the beach!  Jake (and mom) has been wanting to go for a while, so that was our first order of business on our first official day of summer. And when I was downloading Dylan’s 2 year old photos from my camera, I realized that yet again, there is a huge gap in my photo/blogging “routine” and I knew this was going to be a fun day, so I grabbed my camera as we went out the door.

I have a certain beach spot that I discovered a few years ago and I love going to because you can park (for free) very close by, there is a lifeguard tower, bathrooms and showers and it is usually not that crowded.  So we headed out first thing in the morning and set up on the beach.  At first Dylan was a bit cautious with the waves.

Then Jake started showing him where to stand to watch the waves come over his toes.

They had so much fun running towards the water and letting the waves chase them back

It makes me so happy to see them happy and having fun like two little boys should

And when I tried to get a picture of both of them looking at the camera and smiling, I got a whole lot of these

Until finally I got something decent

And then Dylan took a little “accidental” swim in the waves…and the sun starting coming out and they worked up quite a sweat playing in the water, so we took a break and started playing in the sand.

I am excited for many, many more beach days like this all summer long!

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And then he turned TWO

I am excited that I am getting this post done in the same month as the event happened!  A few weeks ago, Dylan turned TWO!  And he was so excited about it!  That morning, after dropping Jake off at school, I took him to Krispy Kreme for a doughnut treat.

That afternoon while he was napping, Jacob and I made his birthday cake and wrapped up his presents.  When daddy came home he had a birthday balloon from Nonnie and Jacob declared that it was time for Dylan to open his presents.

We had some friends in town that were staying with us, so we all enjoyed a nice dinner outside before it was time for cake.

CHEEEEEEEESE!

Then it came time to blow out his candle

Ever since his birthday Dylan has been walking around singing “Happy Dylan…Happy Dylan” which is his own version of the birthday song.

I think they liked the cake

When we moved, it became quite a trek to visit the boys pediatrician, but I liked him, so I kind of lagged on finding a new one.  After talking to a fellow mom who is also one of the doctors I used to work with, she recommend someone whose office is really close to our house.  So we had Dylan’s 2 year old check up with their new pediatrician, who I really like.  He is a healthy boy and checked out great!  When talking about how tall he is, his doctor said that both our boys are projected to be at least 6 feet tall and Dylan is likely to be 6′ 2-3″.  Maybe we will have a basketball player on our hands, he is our athlete after all.  Dylan is currently 3 feet tall and weighs 29lbs 9.6oz.  He did get one shot and the nurse was fantastic and SUPER fast, Dylan didn’t even have a chance to think about it and start crying, another plus for the new doctors office!

Dylan very quickly grew out of the baby phase and is more and more independent every day.  He is my hot and cold kid.  He goes from being happy, silly, playing to throwing a complete fit in just a matter of seconds.  We are experiencing the terrible twos this time around.  But he is also such a love and a snuggler.  He usually doesn’t want to just sit in my lap, he has to have my arms completely wrapped around him like a harness.  He often wants me to hold him or carry him around and it is getting really hard to do that for extended periods of time since he is so heavy!  He is my chowhound and will eat pretty much anything, except for veggies.  Most days I make a double serving of my lunch because he often hijacks whatever I am eating for himself, even though he already had his lunch.  He has 3 of his two year molars in so we are almost done with the teething pains.  He still adores Jacob and when they are not fighting, they really have a great time playing together.  He is a parrot and has been copying everything we say, and picking up new words everyday and stringing a few words together.  Especially with the amount of talking his brother does, I can’t imagine how many words he has absorbed already.  If we ask Jacob a question, after Jacob answers us, Dylan automatically gives his answer too.  He will not be left out of any conversation.  His favorite song is Baa Baa Black Sheep and sings it all day and requests it every single night before bedtime.  This is my kid who is happy to have his picture taken, so I give you his 2 year old picture with Giraffe and Woolly Mammoth.

Happy Birthday to my sweet blue eyed boy!

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This is FOUR

In January, Jacob turned FOUR!  In my opinion, this was his best birthday yet.

We started off the festivities by decorating his door with streamers and balloons the night before his birthday.  However…sometime in the middle of the night one of the balloons popped and woke him up, so he came in our room.  He woke me up saying, “Why are there decorations on my door?” Ooops!  I explained to him that they were for his birthday and got him back to sleep.   Regardless, he was still excited to see the decorations, especially since they were his favorite color, GREEN!

That day Jacob had preschool.  So we went to school with a big bag of Rice Krispy treats, Jacob’s current favorite treat.  They celebrated after their snack time with the Rice Krispy treats and sang Happy Birthday while Jacob got to wear a birthday crown.  Later in the afternoon daddy came home with a special delivery from Nonie, who we also call the “balloon grandma!”

Dylan was still napping at the time, and when he woke up and saw the Giant Batman and Spiderman balloons, he was not too sure about them and would not let me put him down.  So we gave Jacob his presents and he started opening them.

It didn’t take too long for Dylan to decide they were not so scary anymore. Or maybe he was overcoming the shock of seeing his favorite superhero in our living room.

Together they both tackled the rest of the presents.

That evening two of our neighborhood families came over for pizza and cake to celebrate with us.  Jacob loves being with these friends and we love the parents too, so it is win win for all of us!

My four year old!

The reason we didn’t do a big birthday party this year, was because a couple days later we took Jacob to the Happiest Place on Earth…Disneyland!

It truly was a fun, magical day!  It had been many, many years since Justin or I had been there, so we felt like giddy kids ourselves.

We had park hopper passes so we could go back and forth between Disneyland and California Adventures.  In Disneyland, we went to ToonTown where we saw Mickey, Goofy and Pluto, we walked around FantastyLand and rode on the flying Dumbo.  The weather was cloudy and cool, with a few sprinkles here and there.  Which was great because it kept the big crowds away. On our way to Pirates of the Caribbean, it started pouring and we stopped to find shelter for a few minutes and ended up buying some ponchos.

On Pirates of the Caribbean we scored the front row seats on the boat, which Jacob thought was fun when we “went down really fast under the waterfall!” Because of Jacob’s love of StarWars we spent a lot of time in TomorrowLand.  We rode the rocket ships, Buzz Lightyear’s ride and even Star Tours.  Jacob was scared and had a death grip on both of us during Star Tours, but afterwards he wouldn’t stop talking about it, I think this kid likes to be scared!

His reward for being so brave was a lightsaber of his choice (and also the talking Buzz Lightyear because he really wanted it and hey, it was his birthday).

And it wouldn’t be a complete trip to TomorrowLand without a visit with the one and only, Darth Vader!

Then we went to California Adventures where we spent most of our time in the CARS portion of the park.  Which by the way, I thought they did a fantastic job with!  The rides were fun for both the adults and kids, and the re-creation from the movie was perfect!  We walked down the street just when Tow Mater was leaving and Jacob got to wave at him as he drove by.  A minute later, Lightning McQueen showed up. So we took a few minutes to say Hi to him.

Then we checked out the rest of the park and rode more rides, among Jacob’s favorite was the other Buzz Lightyear one “where you use the blasters to shoot the bad guys!”

And to end the long day we walked along the boardwalk and took a ride on the giant Mickey Mouse Ferris Wheel which gave us a birds eye view of both parks lit up at night. It was a pretty magical time for all of us and we can’t wait to go back!

The following week we had his 4 year old check up.  They tested his eyesight, hearing and overall general health.  He passed all his tests and is a healthy boy.  He now weighs 34 lbs and is 3 ft 4.5 in tall.  Jacob is our smart, silly, cautious, inquisitive boy.  He has mastered the fine art of arguing with us, or completely tuning us out altogether and tests my patience every single day.  But behind his strong willed personality, there are hugs and kisses and requests to play hide and go seek and chase with him and he often stops what he is doing and looks at me with a smile and says “HI mommy!” and that makes all the frustrating times melt away.  He still asks a million questions a day, and if I ask him if he needs help with something he says “No, I can use my super Gecko muscles!” (you will only understand what that means if you’ve seen the cartoon PJ Masks) and proceeds to flex his muscles and ask you to feel how strong he is.

I saw this fun little questionnaire online and decided to ask Jacob the questions.  Hoping I can remember to do something like this every year around his birthday.  It is a fun way to engage them in conversation and see how the answers may change as they grow.

  1. What is your favorite color?  Green
  2. What is your favorite number? 100
  3. Who are you best friends? Micah, Cameron, Melia, Mackenna, Ryan and Hudson
  4. What is your favorite song? Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (doesn’t matter what time of year it is, he always wants this song)
  5. What is your favorite food? Pancakes and Nutella
  6. What do you want to be when you grow up? A Firefighter (which is funny since he has this crazy obsession with smoke alarms…)
  7. What is your favorite cartoon? Miles from Tomorrowland and Blaze and the Monster Machines
  8. What is your favorite toy? Mac truck, Tow Mater and Lightning McQueen
  9. What is your favorite thing to do with Daddy? Working hard with him outside
  10. What is your favorite thing to do with Mommy? Hugs and kisses

And here is Jake’s 4 year old picture with his giraffe, elephant and a big boy haircut!

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Christmas 2016

Our Christmas was filled with family and that is truly all I wanted.  It makes me so happy to have everyone together to celebrate the season and Christmas Eve was exactly that.  We went to church, had a German dinner and spent the rest of the night laughing, talking and playing with the kids.

And Dylan who is our early riser, our alarm clock, who is up before the sun every.single.day…chooses to SLEEP IN on CHRISTMAS MORNING!  We all were up, sitting around in the living room drinking our coffee and waiting for him to wake up.  Jacob was being such a good boy and being SO patient, waiting for his brother to wake up, before tackling the pile of presents.

After making some intentional loud noises, grinding more coffee beans to refill our cups, Dylan graced us with his presence and the madness began.

Look what Santa brought him…The Stinky Truck!

And this little cheeseball was having so much fun!

Our living room looked like an explosion went off and with the exception of taking turns for a few laps around the house with Dylan on his new plasma car,

we hardly said more than a few words to the boys all day since they were too preoccupied with their toys.

And that my friends is a wrap on our Christmas…now I need to get cracking on Jacob’s birthday!  See you soon!

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Visits with Santa

Last year Jacob was a bit hesitant with Santa.  This year however, he was very excited to see him and tell him all about the “Stinky Truck” he wanted.  Thanks to commercials on the kids channel, he learned about this robotic garbage truck that moves, talks and swallows matchbox cars and burps…The Stinky Truck.  At first I kind of rolled my eyes at it and figured he would move on to something else when it came closer to Christmas.  But he didn’t.  We had three encounters with Santa and every single time he told him he wanted a Stinky Truck.  I knew then I had to find one.

Our first visit with Santa was completely unplanned.  I was returning something at the mall and when we were coming down the escalator we saw Santa.  So we walked by and stopped for a minute to wave and let the boys get a good look at him.  Jacob was so excited and dancing around.  It was early, the mall had just opened and there was no line, so I decided to take the boys to go sit on his lap.  At first Dylan was jumping and dancing along with Jacob just a mere few inches from Santa’s lap, after Jacob climbed up onto his knee, I started to lift Dylan up and he completely lost it.  I froze for a few seconds trying to decide if I should save Dylan from the jolly man in the red suit or back away so they could snap a picture. Yep, I backed away for the picture…

I then quickly rescued Dylan and listened to Jacob chatting Santa’s ear off.  Of course I ended up paying a ridiculous amount of money for this picture, but it is kind of priceless. And for the record, I did feel a little bad for Dylan, but he got over it real quick.

The following week, we went to the Bernardo Winery for their Holiday Nights.  This time there was a long line for Santa, so Justin and I were taking turns standing in line, and walking around with the boys.  One time when I was walking with them, we scored a bench next to where Santa was so the boys climbed up and danced to the music while watching all the kids have their turn with Santa.  Jacob and I asked Dylan several times if he wanted to go see Santa and each time he shook his head, nooooo.  When it came our turn, he was actually okay with it, so I put him on his lap and stepped back for the picture.

Our final encounter with Santa was at the Rancho Bernardo Inn for their December Nights.  This time my parents were with us.  Usually Santa is on their outside patio next to the fireplace, but it was raining so he was moved inside of one of the ballrooms.  When it came our turn, Jacob hopped up and I started to put Dylan on his lap and he decided he was not going to like it again.  So I put him on my lap and we did the family picture first,

then I slid him down to Santa’s lap for the boys picture.

And not only was Santa there but Elsa made an appearance too!  So the boys had a nice little visit with her.

I wonder what next year will bring when we see Santa…

When we were not busy chatting up Santa Claus we were busy preparing food and baking in preparation for Christmas.  And I often find myself wondering why we only make this stuff one time a year?

First up on the agenda was Gingerbread cookies! The boys were great helpers with this one.  They couldn’t wait to get their hands on that dough (yes, they were clean!)

When working in the kitchen, Jake really likes to help, or I should say he likes to do it himself!  Every step along the way he says “I can do it!” and takes over, and he really is pretty good at this.

They both had fun with the cookie cutters

Then the best part is decorating them

The hard part was convincing them that we couldn’t eat them all because we had to save them for Christmas!

The day before Christmas Eve, my mom and I started getting all the food prepared for Christmas Eve dinner and made Oma’s sweet rolls for Christmas morning as tradition calls for.  It was a little bittersweet since Oma went home to Heaven just about 2 weeks before.  This is definitely a tradition that will carry on.

And what fun is baking without a little bit of Champagne!

The food was wonderfully delicious!  And it always amazes me how quickly it all disappears after you spent days making everything.  Maybe that’s why we only do it one time a year.  But to me the preparation part is just as fun as the celebration part so it is all well worth it!

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Star Wars Christmas

The boys have really gotten into Star Wars.  They have never seen the movies, still a little too young for them.  But they have several Star Wars books filled with short stories that explore the world of Darth Vader, Storm troopers, The Death Star, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, R2-D2 and C3PO. Those stories are among Jacob’s top picks before bedtime.  And they love to play Storm troopers, where daddy and Jacob are Storm troopers with blasters made out of legos and they are looking for the rebels and chasing RD-D2 (played by Dylan) and blasting off in their rocket (the tee-pee).  Such imagination with these boys!

A few days before Christmas some friends came over with early Christmas presents for the boys.  They got a baseball tee, a drone, and some snugly blankets with Superheros and Star Wars characters on them.

But the favorite thing for both of them were the light sabers.

They immediately started playing Star Wars

Then Dylan finally let us correct the way he was holding his light saber and it was game on!

So Star Wars paraphernalia along with Superheros, Cars and Toy Story are quickly taking over our house.  I am excited for the day (or I should say weekend) when the boys are older and we can have a Star Wars marathon.  It has been years since I’ve seen the original movies and I’m not even caught up on all the new ones.  In the meantime, we will keep reading the stories and perfecting our light saber skills.

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Choo Choo Train

I know I’ve said this many times…I love this blog.  It is my memory book, it is my place to do something with some of the thousands of pictures I take that tell the stories of our lives. Pictures have always been special to me and even more now that I have a family of my own. However, I am finding it harder and harder to make time to keep up with this blog.  I’m not quitting, and will try to keep this up for as long as I can.  And I am hoping that someday I can make some kind books out of this to give to my boys when they are older.  Someday, in my spare time…and right now is one of those rare moments when I have a some time to myself.  Because, I’m almost to scared to say it out loud in fear that the magical moment will end, but…BOTH of my boys are currently napping!  Jake stopped napping a long time ago, but he woke up really early today and has a birthday party to go to later this afternoon.  When we came home from school, I told him that if he wanted to go to the party he needed to lie down and just rest, after much debating and arguing I finally got him to lie down, and it worked, he was asleep in about 5 minutes!  So I found myself wondering what to do, and instead of doing the usual picking up, cleaning the house or laundry, I decided to make another cup of coffee and sit down with my computer and tackle the Christmas photos. So lets see how far I can get before someone wakes up…

Last year, Papa J gave the boys a train to put around the Christmas tree.  It is a very popular thing in our house.  They kept asking and asking daddy to set it up, so one night, while I was giving them a bath, daddy set up the train.  After they dried off and got their pajamas on, we played with the train for a while before going to bed.

At first they sat and watched it go around a few times while Dylan kept saying “Choo Choo” and doing the signs.

Then they started getting squirmy and had to get closer and follow it around the tree

And this is what happens when I try to get them both to look at the camera and smile.

It didn’t take long before Jake had to take control as the train conductor and make it go himself.

And Dylan was happy just chasing it around the tree.

A few days later, while Dylan was napping, Jacob was playing with his Legos.  I suggested that he build a bridge over the train tracks or buildings that the trains can drive by.  He thought it would be better to do with his BIG legos, so he got those out and got to work.

I just love his imagination and watching him play.

Then Dylan woke up…please excuse the post nap hairdo and the travel hairdryer (I was in the middle of unpacking from being out of town and he was “helping”)

I just can’t resist this smile.

Then Jake thought it would be fun to put the legos on my toes

And that tickles, so I was giggling and it made him laugh.

And this is an angel that Jake made for me at school from his footprint and hand prints. I love it and plan to display it during all the Christmases to come.

The “Choo Choo” train is such a fun part of our Christmas and it warms my heart to see how excited the boys get when playing with it. One of these years I want to take them on the Polar Express, they would LOVE it!

And wow!  I actually got a whole post done and they are STILL sleeping…lets see how much more I can get done, there are plenty more Christmas pictures to tackle.  Stay tuned!

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Shopping for the tree

There is a Christmas Tree farm just a few miles away from our house. So last year we checked it out for the first time and we didn’t hesitate to go back again this year.  Their trees are beautiful and they LAST.  We almost felt bad getting rid of our tree last year since it was still healthy and alive after the first of the year instead of dying and littering our house with pine needles.

When we got there the boys had a great time running up and down the rows of trees.

It became a race

it didn’t take long for the boys to figure out how to ditch us by running in-between the trees.

You can’t really pick a bad tree there so it didn’t take us long to find our tree. After we paid for it and loaded it up, the boys were still having so much fun playing, so we stuck around for a bit.

Maybe someday I’ll get a picture with them where they are both looking at the camera.

Our house is decorated, Red the Elf has arrived and we now have our tree.  All the Christmas fun has started.  I’ll be back with lots more to share soon.

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