Frosty The Snowman? Nope, It’s Al. Winter fun.

We awoke to a very Christmas-y feeling. Peering out the window at a snow covered neighborhood i got that antsy feeling.I knew what we were going to do today. I made the kids breakfast, let them play a bit, put Olive down for her nap with anticipation that it would be a short one, and I was right. When she woke I quickly got the kids dressed and bundled up, by then the snowfall had stopped and the temperature was perfect. Today was the day we would be building our first snowman of the season. And the first year Olive would be helping.  It was awesome. Brandon and I rolled snow, patted snow, rubbed snow, trying to get the perfect roundness of a snowman. Didn’t happen but our snowman was perfect to us nonetheless.

Olive made sure his buttons were just right.  We stood back and inspected him a bit. Added a bit more snow here and there and tada.  Brandon named him Al.

This photo is from Al’s prospective.

And this photo is from Olive’s prospective.

She didn’t know what to think. She would run up to him and yell “hi” or “hello”, pat him and make kissing noises.

Afterward I attempted to take the kids sledding only to tip the sled over before I made it a few steps. Epic fail. They wanted to go back inside instead where I made them both some warm milk chocolate with whipped cream and French vanilla snowmen marshmallows.  So, Al is on the front lawn and I’m just crossing my fingers he stays for Christmas. When I went out to photograph him this evening he was missing an eye already.  I patted it back on him and whistled a Christmas tune on my way back into the house like nothing ever happened.

Isn’t winter grand?

I’ve been doing the “ho ho ho Merry Christmas” in that deep Santa Claus voice and Olive has quickly caught on to me and she is now saying “ho ho ho” every chance she gets. It’s adorable.

Brandon’s holiday vacation is off to a great start. He’s so excited about Christmas eve and baking cookies for Santa tomorrow evening. It’s going to be great!

From our family to yours, Have a wonderful holiday.

 

 

new words. a pirate’s christmas. holiday cheer.

What is currently making me smile?

(Brandon made this yummy gingerbread tree yesterday!)

Simple joys. Like walking around town with a child in tow and a camera around my neck and decorations and holiday displays adorning window shelves begging for some attention, hoping someone will stop and enjoy the scenery.

 Someday I promise to take my children on the Polar Express because I want them to keep their imaginations as long as they possibly can.

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“caw-pah mmmm num num”…

This is Olive’s response to the cake pop infomercial.

Oh and at the end she said “its cute!”

She also brought me her diaper wipes this afternoon, opened the cover and pointed to the wipes, “baby poop” she said. I did not teach her this. She is learning so much and we are so thrilled everyday when she comes up with new words and sentences and knows exactly what shes talking about. She’s growing up so quick. At 18 months old she is so wise already.

Infact, today as we drove by the golden arches she got all wide eyed and  exclaimed “fries”! That’s our girl!

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We were so thrilled when Brandon announced today he wanted to be in the holiday play at school. It is this evening. So exciting. The play is called A Pirates Christmas and Brandon plays a reindeer. Santa will be there too! So, I have the big camera all ready to go. Brandon chose a shirt so perfect, his red and white tie shirt made by Bubbles and Bugs.

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Last night I got my Merry on and jazzed up the ceiling in the dining room a little. Daddy found our old snowman and i added some sparkle to him too!

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There’s so much holiday cheer everywhere we look. Even at our house.

 

The view from  our house.. our neighbors know how to get their Merry on too!

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Update:

The Christmas play at Brandon’s school was nothing short of amazing and dare I say it was the best holiday concert I have attended thus far.

(Olive  checking out the program highlights)

Although I couldn’t see Brandon as best as I wished so I didn’t get as many photos of him as I was hoping I do understand. I’m sure it is really difficult to get each child in a position where they will be seen by their parents. Seeing him taking part in this play by dancing and singing along with the rest of the students after only being part of this school for three days made me tear up a bit. I love how ambitious he is and he was so motivated to attend and participate all on his own free will.  Proud mama right here.

(he’s the one in the third row towards the end in a black shirt. The reindeer looking towards the wall 😉 )

(preschool above)

See Santa! And pirates and elves!

Pirate ship!

Raising their  swords!

Singing and dancing! Yes , even Santa.

After the concert, out in the hall, I glanced up at a message that hits home right about now.

 This has meaning to me. It was like a sign I was meant to read. It made me think more about our move to a new town. How we are blooming and blossoming every day that passes here. How we are challenged and we push past our most difficult moments, because life itself is so unpredictable. I believe we are right here right now in our life because it was meant to be. And I think of how meaningful this phrase is to our children now and in the future. Brandon is blooming more and more each day and lately I’m digging his new outgoing personality.

Holiday cheers to you and yours.