Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas and New Year's

After all the lead-up to Christmas it is always hard to believe it has come and gone.  There are lots of things I hope to remember about this year. . . .

This was, of course, Eric's first Christmas (much as we were hoping he'd be born in time for Dec. 25 last year!).  It was so sweet to see his reaction to the all the trees and lights. 

 He also really loved our Elf!  Every day I pointed him out to Eric, and Eric always gave him a big smile as he reached out to . . . TOUCH HIM!  The Elf had to stay up high to avoid losing his magic :)


We weren't too sure how things would go with a toddler and a Christmas tree in the house, but Eric has done pretty well . . . and all the breakable ornaments are also up pretty high!
Some of the presents didn't do so well, though--Eric opened the first of his presents before Christmas . . . with his TEETH!  He has seven very sharp ones, and by the time he was finished with the gift, it looked as though a dog had attacked it :)

But there was nothing nicer than cuddling with this little guy!

On Christmas Eve we started a new tradition of walking around the lake.  It was a great way for the kids to get out some of their extra energy and excitement.

(All four of them could almost balance with Daddy on the teeter-totter. . . . Maybe next year!)

Christmas morning was filled with all their favorites--lots of Lego for Ben


and for the girls it was mostly about Frozen, especially Anna and Elsa--in their various sizes and outfits.

Of course there were some new PJs, too :)

Later that evening we went to Grandma and Grandpa's (and Peeta's ...), and the next day we got together with all of the family at Auntie Tina's house for Mom's turkey dinner.

A week later it was time for New Year's.  We had Grandma and Grandpa come over for Chinese food, which took 2 1/2 hours to arrive because the restaurant was so busy!

The kids were really excited to stay up until midnight--they all made it except Alaina, who fell asleep less than five minutes before the clock struck twelve!

We spent New Year's Day exploring Science World.

Now all that's left to do is take down the tree and put everything away until next time!  I'm already looking forward to it. . . . :)

A Jedi

Janae and Alaina have an electronic toy that sometimes asks, "Do you dream of being a princess?"

Tonight Eric was walking around holding a lightsaber, and he came across the toy.

Ben looked at his brother and jokingly said, "Do you dream of being a princess?"

Speaking for Eric I said, "I dream of being a Jedi."

Ben added, "or a Sith."

Then Eric--speaking more clearly than ever before in his life--said, "a Jedi."

He really did!

So his first words, in order, are:

Sorry, Ben :)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Another Frozen Fan

I'm pretty sure Eric was a fan of the movie Frozen before he was even born--we went to see it twice when he was in my tummy, and the girls got the soundtrack for Christmas just days before he arrived.

Lately I have noticed that this soundtrack works like magic to calm our little guy down when he gets fussy in the van.  

But it was last night that I saw the full extent of Eric's love for the film and its songs. 

Janae and Alaina hadn't watched Frozen for several weeks but chose it yesterday as their show.

Every time a song came on, Eric got really quiet and still--he stopped what he was doing and then looked up at the TV, as if to say, "I KNOW this!"

Finally, when "Let it Go" came on, I noticed Eric was trying to sing along, especially joining in on the "O" each time Elsa said, "Let it go" (and we all know she says it quite a few times!).

He did the same thing when the song played again during the end credits.  He was really concentrating and looked pretty proud of himself :)

Which means Eric's first words very well might be "let it go".... possibly followed by "the cold never bothered me anyway"?  We'll see!