Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I ♥ the Snuggie

Although I did not ask for a Snuggie, Santa thought I might enjoy it. And turns out, Santa knows best. Not only do I like does someone else in the house. Although..I do wish it was more like a poncho..maybe with a hood.

The stockings were hung...

This Christmas was a wonderful. We had so much fun just enjoying each other as a family. And it was really Lillys first Christmas that she would enjoy. We hung our homemade Auntie stockings by the chimney with care, put out our cookies and milk and even sprinkled our reindeer food on the lawn. We were READY! Santa seemed to be more prepared this year. He had his elves help with wrapping in advance. Lillians big surprise that was left out was her huge Tigger and Pooh stuffed animals, Ryans was an electric drum set. As soon as they walked in to the playroom where the tree was their eyes just lit up. Ryan immediately ran over and started playing the
drums, and Lil went right up to Pooh and started talking to him. It was great!!
I think Ryans favorite was, of course, all of his Legos that Santa brought. And oddly enough Lils were the Tigger and Pooh tubby toys Santa had brought, along with the bag that her baby's accessories came in. Oh! She also really loves the magnets that came with her Pooh book. Although you are supposed to put the magnets in the magnetized book, she just puts them in her "pocket book" and carries them around. A great day had by all.

Ryan vs. the Donut

Dan and Ryan had been eyeballing these extra large donuts for a while now at Dunkin Donuts. Well, Dan finally came home with one for Ryan. It was literally about the size of Ryans head. After all the talk about it, and discussing, and the excitement. Ryan only ended up eating about one quarter of it. Probably better that way, I guess.

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Mysterious Mustached Man

On Saturday morning Ryan was in the Christmas mood and decided to make us all presents. We each got our very own homemade Lego Christmas present. Ry also went in his room, wrapped them in paper, and wrote out tags and put them on. Well, the anticipation got to him, and we had to open them right there and then. I got a Lego dog, Lil got a Lego penguin and Dan got a Lego spaceship. It was adorable, and will forever be a Christmas memory for me. Well, shortly after that Ryan went in his room. He came out with a little slip of brown paper taped to his mouth..and proceeded (in a manly voice) to say, "Good Evening Everyone!" I was DYING laughing and couldn't miss a photo op! :)

The Perfectly Imperfect Tree

Every year we have all sorts of plans to go and pick out our own tree and cut it down ourselves. We actually have not been able to get to cut our own yet. Every year we go to a little side of the road tree place, and Dan spends about a half hour picking up trees and holding them up so I can hem and huh at them. I walk around them, poke at them, pull the branches down..they have to be just so. I like the triangle trees..not fat trees, not tall skinny trees, they have to be just right. This year, we felt as though Ryan was old enough to have some input. Although I wasn't ready to relinquish all the picking privledges, Ryan really did pick a nice tree. It is a little flat on one side, and the branches are falling on the other side, but it is perfect for us. Perfect, because Ryan picked it. Next it was time to decorate the tree. When the boxes came out of the basement, both the kids faces lit up. They each picked out their favorite ornament to hang on the tree. Although Lillians favorite had to be moved up to where she couldn't reach it. Lils favorite ornament is my Winnie the Pooh one from 1979. She saw it, and just fell instantly in love! Ryan had two favorite ornaments. Her first favorite is, of course, the pickle. He knows the pickle ornament is special, but I am not sure he knows why. I think this year we may have to start playing the pickle game at home. And his other favorite ornament would be the two racoons talking on Campbells Chicken Noodle Soup can phones. On top of our Christmas tree sits our little angel that Nanny Butler had given to Mom back in the day. Ryan couldn't wait to see it up there! Up next? Our Gingerbread house!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Must be Santa!

This year we decided to take the kids to the Union Hall Kids Christmas party. We had been told by a couple of people that we needed to get there early. Needless to say we did not get there early enough. We got there about ten minutes before the party started..we walked in and saw TONS of people waiting in line..two different lines. We got our name tags, and were unsure of what to do next. So we hung out for a few minutes, and just waited. Once the doors opened it was like the doors opened into a childrens winter wonderland!! It was beautiful!! There were tables with Christmasy table clothes, tons of Christmas balloons, tables filled with snacks, a screen on the wall playing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and most of all...SANTA! :) We hung out for a little bit, had some snacks and drink..then decided to wait in line to see Santa. Lillian saw Pooh walking around and got super excited!! Once Lillian got close to him though, it was another story. She clung on tight to whoever was holding her and repeatedly said, "no pooh, pooh, pooh!" After standing in line for about 40 minutes we finally got to see the "big guy". After I warned Mrs. Claus and her elves that "this one might be a little tough" I carefully moved to the side to take pictures while Daddy went up with Ry and Lil to sit on Santas lap. You can all see how it turned out from the picture above. Needless to say, it did not go well. Ryan did get to tell Santa all about the Lego set that he wanted that was good. We will be going next year to the party, and see if we can get a better picture.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Welcome, Stuart!!!

We have recently added a new addition family. Stuart has come to live in the Freeman household for the holiday season. Stuart is our new Elf on the Shelf. Santa drops Stuart off at the beginning of each Holiday season. He will sit and watch Ryan and Lillian all day, and then when they go to bed, he flies off to the North Pole to report on them to Santa. Each night Stuart, upon his return, will find a new hiding place to sit and watch. So it becomes a game in the morning, looking for Stuart. If any child touches Stuart he loses all his power, and will not be able to report to Santa. SO. Ryan is a little freaked out, and lot curious about Stuart. He thought it was very cool that he was in a new spot this morning. We will see how it goes!! Here is a little picture of Stuart in his first hiding spot.

Fun with Bugles

We have come to love Bugles in our house. Ryan has discovered all the fun things that Bugles can do. He loves to stick them on his tongue, make them into finger nails. Just recently Lillian has also discovered the fun things that Bugles can do!! Here are just some cute pics with our beloved Bugles.