Sunday was the boy's second birthday party and let me tell you- the kid is a pro! I have to say that I was shocked (amused?) to find that he totally got the whole birthday thing. He was psyched for the cake and candles, he got some awesome AWESOME gifts from friends and family and he totally LOVED the attention (shocker, right!?!). Here's your recap:
He's two so this thing was all about the trains
Ride-on Thomas the Train curtesy of the grandparents
Blue fondant: the only part of the cake worth eating
Not sure what I'm more proud of: Getting the boy to his second birthday or making this cake... probably the boy, but it could go either way!!
A good friend let me in on a well kept secret- well, maybe it's not soo well kept, or even a secret at all- but it is the VRE's Santa train. The Virgina Railway Express runs a holiday train to promote rail safety, collect for Toy's for Tots, and send quivers of joy up and down the spines of little boys everywhere.
It was a wonderful chance to take the kids on their first train ride, and, oh! See SANTA, again! But, thanks to the sick, it ended up as mama-son date day, as the girl rested up from round two of the bug and dad stayed home to bleach the house within an inch of it's life.
It went a little something like this:
The boy LOVED it! But what's not to love- Trains! and Santa! and Mommy time! WOW!
You can bet we'll be first in line for tickets next year!
We went to sit on the big guys lap. It was actually less annoying than I anticipated it would be. Our local mall had a sweet spread in a Narnia, ice palace kind of theme. The line for Santa was queued through a snow globe with falling "snow" which kept the kids quite entertained. See below:
Fun with scooping and dumping
Wonderment and awe
After vigorously attempting to remove the "snow"flakes from every inch of both children's bodies before moving on to the VERY.IMPORTANT.SANTA.PICTURE, I tried to snap a cutesy winter-time-both-babies-in-front-of-the-tree-shot:
In an effort to thwart any and all holiday related fun-having, we came down with a nasty stomach bug last week. It started with Carter on Monday and worked it's way through Sophia and Pat- before circling back around to the kids for round two. Wheeeeee. That was fun absolutely disgusting!*
Anyway, we managed little more than to squeak out a few advent-ish crafts and read (ad nauseum**) our stash of Christmas books. But stay tuned, we have some fun outings/activities coming up!
*Dear Santa, I'd like to request an update for my Christmas list to include: a replenished supply of Clorox, an incinerator to "take care of" the "soiled" sheets and towels, and possibly that thing where certain memories can be permanently erased from one's conscious- there are just somethings a lady never needs to see again. Thanks, C
This whole advent thing really does it for me. (Don't worry- I'm seeking therapy) I just love having a plan, engaging the kids, and sharing these lovely moments of budding tradition.
The other day we took a few moments to learn about St Nicholas and to tell some really cute stories about the kindness he showed those in need. I also found this little nugget, which is interesting, if nothing else. Of course the kids were psyched to leave their shoes out for St Nick, in hopes that he might stop by with a little treat. He did, of course and both Carter and Sophia were delighted to find an orange (for health) in their sneakers. So delighted, in fact, that Sophia neglected to check her other shoe and went hours before finding that the jolly old guy also left two coin (for wealth) and a bit of chocolate (for happiness:). I couldn't get to the camera fast enough, so the blurry chocolate smear on Sophia's chin is our only documentation of St Nick's visit...
I'm back at it... the ever-so-sparatic blog posting thing. And also the advent activity thing (it's THE HOLIDAYS! AND SO SEASONAL! AND fodder for the blog posting, iiiaight!)
We're planning The Second Annual Demers Family Advent Full of Fun Holiday Activities (that's TSADFAFFHA for short) this year, and once again I plan to bore the pants right off ya share our adventures regularly.
Here are some of our loosely scheduled, holiday to-do's:
Take a quick trip to Williamsburg for fun and relaxation
Pick out and cut down our own Christmas tree
Start a St Nick Day tradition
Sit on the big guys lap
Make ornaments for our tree
Take a ride on the Santa train
Add to our yearly ornament collection
Have a birthday party for the little man (unrelated but hugely important)
Decorate a gingerbread house
Make a popcorn and cranberry garland for our deer family
Make marshmallows for roasting
Have a Christmas Movie night
Bake an insane load of cookies
Throw a cocoa picnic for friends
Visit the national Christmas tree
Have breakfast for dinner
Take a Jammie and Hot cocoa ride to check out the neighborhood lights
Read "The Night Before Christmas" by candle light on Christmas eve
Feel free to play along at home! I'll keep you posted.... it will be thrilling*
*Thrill subject to state of mind, sanity and sobriety