Whoa, 2015 already? This year flew by. Or rather, time has flown since Parker was born (pregnancies seem to drag on, especially toward the end). Our lives became even busier with the addition of several post-operative physical therapy sessions a week for Caleb since his Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy surgery in August. Before we knew it, the holidays were upon us and the hustle bustle of the season had taken over.
This December we took the boys to several different Christmas-themed activities such as Zoolights at the National Zoo and a visit to Henleyville Christmas Village (actually the intricately decorated backyard of a wonderful family who just allow people to come visit, for free, because they love Christmas).
Henleyville Christmas Village!
The boys saw Santa Claus at the mall and told him they wanted scooters for Christmas and that they had been good boys this year. Santa even sent them a personalized video to get them in the Christmas spirit.
Each year it seems Caleb and Wyatt get more and more into the idea of Santa and that was certainly the case this year. “Boy” the Elf made his return and lucky for me, Shane took over the nightly headache of moving that damn elf. He wasn’t particularly naughty this year and even brought the boys a train that circles the Christmas tree and a few awesome holiday books including The Polar Express. Wyatt loves that book so much that he has nearly the whole book memorized verbatim! I thought he had miraculously learned to read overnight, but then realized that he was just reciting the text from memory. Silly Wyatt! Speaking of Polar Express, the movie based on the book is the first full-length movie our kids have ever sat through, so naturally we watched it two weekends in a row.
I had a lot of helpers when it came time to baking cookies for our neighbors. And let me tell you, it’s really stressful having two 3-year-olds assist with cookie baking and trying my best to ensure the boys or my kitchen didn’t end up covered in ingredients, the cookies remained somewhat edible and no one got burned! We did it though and it ended up being
totally exhausting lots of fun.
We were very fortunate to spend a nice, long holiday in Colorado this year and we had an awesome time. We played in the snow, went swimming, went to see the Zoolights at the Denver Zoo, drove real tractors, Caleb had two therapy sessions, we ate a lot of amazing food, but most importantly we got to spend lots of quality time with family. Shane and I were able to sneak away for a night in Denver and really enjoyed drinking and eating our way through the city. This was our first night away together since Caleb and Wyatt were born. We’ve been away by ourselves for work and stuff, but never together. A fun night out was just what the doctor ordered since 2014 has left us pretty tired and feeling like two ships passing in the night on most days. Our trip was fantastic and all three kids did pretty darn good on the flights, thank goodness. We returned rested and somewhat back into our routine. Santa even waited until we were back home to deliver his presents to the boys. We have lots of fantastic memories from this holiday season and we’re looking forward to see what 2015 has in store for our family.
Wheels up to Colorado!
“Who is that man?”
Wyatt driving a tractor!
Don’t think Parker was going to miss out!
The kiddos and their Mima & Boppie
Saying hello to the cattle.
Making cookies with Mima
Caleb working hard with a therapist in Fort Collins, Colorado
Kids table on Christmas Eve
Mima and her grandkids
Snow on Christmas! Hooray!
Jessie & Wyatt find a cool clubhouse
Just back from saucer-ing in the fields.
Wyatt and Shane playing long after everyone went inside.