Sunday, December 25, 2011

Peace on Earth

and Goodwill to men (and boys).

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Popping by The Children's Museum

Wednesday was a Riley day for Christopher, and he did great, one of the best therapy appointments in a while, I'll write about that more on his blog, but since we happened to be downtown, and it didn't look like we were going to be able to do so again, I decided to 'Real Quick' pop in to visit Santa.
After all, Santa has a lot to do this time of year, and he might not be in, the next time we visited the museum, IF we got down there again. One of the things I love about the Children's Museum Santa, is that they'll let me take my own pictures, and not pay for theirs, though I could if I wanted to. We did that once, and had a giant Screaming Fusspot Chris to show for it. So I stopped buying, hoping that we'd get lucky.

We got lucky seeing a lot of seasonal Festivity. The boys were so thrilled to see Bumblebee the Transformer all decked out for the season with his own snowballs and snowhat.

We headed directly to the Jolly Days where we had about 15 minutes to wait in line before Santa arrived. There were toys for the boys to look at.

The could even sit and see Santa while they waited.

They were even sweet on the wooden sled, as we were second to next to go. We were all so Excited.

Then it came, our turn, the time for Chris and Sam to go and sit on Santa's lap. And Sam would have None of it. Chris on the other hand, had a great time, asking Santa for socks, a sled, and a ski mask. Easy to please.

Compared to This. Sam flopped down at Santa's feet, and would not have anything to do with him. Hope this irrational fear of characters doesn't last. But at least we didn't spend boatloads of money to get our 'Santa picture' this year.

We were able to redeem the day. I told Christopher that he could only have 10 minutes to play, if he wanted to climb the ice castle, skate, slide, whatever. He wanted to go down the giant slide. Supposed to be an ice slide, that takes over the staircase in the lobby. Chris was very good, so we did it.

Christopher won the race, and was so adorable. Sam won my heart again with his joy of sliding. After all that tantruming, the slide was what won him over.

Merry Christmas, and Thank You Children's Museum for a fresh dose of Christmas Spirit!

**Addendum, I suspect that all Sam's flopping on the floor gave him a case of the stomach flu, as he is taking the day off, after puking all night... the telltale three days later.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Cookie Decorating

It's a sign that my boys are getting old when they enjoy making cookies with me during Christmas time. So I wrote my stepmom to let her know, because she's the best cookie maker I know, and I recall many hours spent helping her decorating cookies during the holidays.

All the Grandkids were having a Wonderful time making cookies!

Annie was the best at giving a little Cheese with her sugar.

Christopher was very focused on the job at hand.

At first we put Charlie to work eating apples. But she wanted to join the festivities too. Note that she's shaking the red sugar just like the big kids... except it still has the lid on. Precious.

Sam did a bit more eating than creating.

They were so adorable. Crazy, but adorable.

After the sugar buzz started to wear off, we decided we needed to eat a real lunch, so Chris and Oma piled into the Opa's Rocket car, to go to Brozzini's, which has the best wings outside of Buffalo. Opa's car has a special seat in the back that youngsters can sit in Without Booster seats. (Gasp!) Chris loves it. He gets so upset

Chris found a new pony, Aunt Lisa, who shows him the ways around a pizza place. Too Fun!

After lunch, we went back to decorate a couple more cookies, and clean up. We tried napping the kids, but they wanted to play instead.

So we forced Sam to nap, while the boys and I went down to Opa's little theatre (aka tv room) and watched Frosty. So Fun. And they were cute.

I'm predicting a start of new traditions, by going to Oma's to 'make cookies'. It was a Blast!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wordless Wednesday