We are all officially exhausted and trying to catch up on sleep. Planning for the holidays is hard work yet really rewarding for the kids. Luckily we had lots of help, especially in the gift wrapping department (thanks Grandma!) We definitely got into Santa this year and the little dragons loved the holiday. They especially liked Santa, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. They also started to understand the concepts of gift giving and receiving, which was really neat to watch. The little dragons made their own handmade presents for their friends and family and were very proud to pass them out and tell everyone about the gifts.
Christmas Eve was spent with Jimmy's family until very late into the evening. We got home right before midnight, read "The Night Before Christmas", and got everyone to bed.
In the morning, the little dragons slept in and then found the Christmas tree lined with gifts from Santa and our family. They were excited and spent lots of time with their new toys. There was a little fighting - they are both into "MINE" right now and it's been a challenge. However, we sat down for breakfast of my family's Tea Sticks (Finnish Pulla Bread, made gluten free) and pumpkin pie. We got ready and headed down the hill for our first dinner.
We met with my side of the family first, and the little dragons were content to play ball with their cousins and great uncle and be wild all afternoon. They ate dinner at their own kids table, and ate a ton of ham, potatoes, rice, cinnamon pears, and blueberry cinnamon sponge cake. They were crazy and barely had time for a nap while on the way to our next destination - Jimmy's family dinner.
Christmas Day was snowy and the weather declined as the day went on. By the time we were on the road in the early evening, the conditions were poor and it took a long time to get from point A to point B. We were monitoring the weather and road conditions, and it soon became clear that we would be safer to stay in town than to attempt to get back home - there were dozens of accidents on the highway and no plows out, and we were not willing to take any risks. Jimmy's sister and brother in-law invited us to stay overnight at their house and luckily everything worked out for the best.
So we stayed late with Jimmy's family and ate Prime Rib - the little dragons were still wild and not slowing down anytime soon. They snacked all night and barely ate dinner, but they saved room for cookies. We opened gifts and then headed out in the snow for our sleepover.
We all stayed up past midnight, but eventually the little dragons went fast to sleep in a Pack & Play. They woke up and played in the morning with their cousin and his new toys. Maisie wasn't hungry and took a nap, while James ate like a king and refused to nap. We headed home after lunch, made it safely, and spent the rest of the day with the kids napping intermittently and eating leftovers.
Book: The Night Before Christmas (Maisie can recite a lot of this book by heart).
Song: "Jingle Bells" and "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" - she can sing both.
Words: We have really been into holiday-themed stuff lately. Maisie loves talking about all of the Christmas stuff she knows about, like "children snug in their beds" and "not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse". Very advanced for 2.5. She is also into declaring objects as "mine!"
Toy: Whatever James is playing with. Also, baby dolls, dinosaurs, little people, etc.
Food: cheese, cookies, pancakes, waffles, avocado, fruit snacks, blueberries, beans, rice, tortillas, quesadillas, Indian food
Animal: dog, kitty, monkey
Time of the Day: bath time, "Preschool" time (Chalk Preschool online).
Activity: drawing, singing, jumping, painting, getting into trouble
Clothing Size: 12-18 months, 18 month PJ's.
Shoe Size: 4
Weight: 21lbs at last checkup on 12/11/12
Height: 32 inches
Number of Teeth: 19+
Book: ABC by Dr Suess
Song: "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer". It is adorable; he knows all the words heart and can sing it for you on request.
Words: James is very much into "mine", like Maisie, but he is also developing his sentences. He said the other day, "I am sorry for throwing my water bottle off the table".
Toy: Balls are the favorite. But James likes other things, like musical toys and toys that make noise. He also likes whatever Maisie is playing with.
Food: pancakes, waffles, snickerdoodles, chips, fruit snacks, peaches, applesauce, pasta, chili, tortillas, cheese, Indian food.
Animal: dragon or bear
Time of the Day: assembling his ball "entourage" for meals. Tonight there were 9 balls at dinner. Yesterday there were 7 green balls (yes, only green ones) at breakfast. James is particular about his ball collection and making sure they eat with us.
Activity: playing with balls, walking and standing with help, and chewing on his green blankie.
Clothing Size: 12-18 months. James is wearing 18 month PJ's now, and we are getting to 12-18 month pants due to length.
Shoe Size: 4, but with his fancy AFO's aka his "Green Ball Shoes" James wears a size 5.5 wide.
Weight: 20lbs at last checkup on 12/11/12
Height: 31.5 inches
Number of Teeth: 19+