Sunday 12/24 - Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve this year we went to Joe’s dad house in the morning to do Christmas. Justin got a few really cool things – like a crib baby soother. It’s looks like a fishbowl and clips to the crib and plays music and has moving animals. It’s really cool! Joey got some educational toys like a Vsmile laptop, a Quizzard toy that quizzes you on animals and facts and more. We had a nice time unwrapping gifts there and visiting.
If you click on this photo, you can see how bad his black eye was. Poor kiddo. Here he is with his present.
Joe's dad and Karen breed purebred show quality German Shepherds. Their dog had 13, 2 died so now they have 11. Here is Joe's dad showing Joey the puppy. They were just a few days old.
Later, after the kid’s naps, we went over to Joe’s grandma’s house (his dad’s parents). Dinner was really good. How come the gift part is always so frustrating? I don’t know why everyone waits so long to open gifts. All the family parties we go to wait to open gifts and these poor young kids get so upset and frustrated. Joey is not even three and patience is really not something that he’s good at right now.
After dinner was cleaned up we started to open gifts. Joe’s Grandma is so good at picking out gifts! She got Justin the Amazing Animals Choo Choo Train – it’s so cool! I wanted to buy it for him myself and she got it for him! She got Joey some race cars that he loved! Through the gift exchange Kendra got Justin another Amazing Animals toy – a polar bear! Katie got Joey a sled. We got a cookie and hot cocoa basket from Tena and family. Darlene got Joey some clothes and got us a frame for our yearly Christmas frame. We also got cash. We had a great time.
Every parent's nightmare!!! These DAMN twistie ties. They hold all the toys in the box. They are awful. This toy had a bunch of cars and look at all these twistie ties! Awful!
Here Joey is with his cars. He likes to line up all his cars. I used to be like that to. I like things lined up.
We drove home that night to sleep in our house and then get up to go to my parent’s house for Christmas day.
Monday: Christmas Day
Christmas morning we drove over to my parent’s house for Christmas. I could not believe the amount of presents under the tree. It was crazy! Our presents we bought for the kids were there and my parents went quite nuts buying toys for the boys. My brother and his girlfriend Audrey also had gifts for everyone.
We ate breakfast first. I don't know how we do it but we have the worst table manners in the world. You would die if you knew what we talked about at breakfast. We talked about everything we shouldn't have - vasectomiesk, gas, whatever. I swear our family can just about say anything. Audrey was laughing her butt off. She said her family is the same way.
After breakfast we then unwrapped gifts. Joey got so many gifts and so many really cool gifts that not even half way through opening gifts Joey had a major breakdown because he wanted to stop and open what we already opened and play. He didn’t care there were tons more gifts for him under the tree, he just wanted to play with what was there. We didn’t want to open everything and have it all over the place.
I think it took 2 hours to open everything. It was crazy! Joey got so much stuff! Joe got more Men's Warehouse gift certificates. We got some new knives. I got a gift certificate to ColdWater Creek.
Justin playing on the floor. We had to keep telling Joey not to throw anything or walk on him he was so excited.
Joey helped open Justin's gloworm. I used to have my own gloworm when I was a kid. When Joey opened it, Greg groaned. He said I used to run around the house and hit him with it when we were kids and he said it had a really hard head. I don't remember doing that but it was funny.
Joey was so interested in the new toy he didn't realize he had this huge piece of wrapping paper on his back. Haha.
Other things on Christmas - Greg and Audrey announced they were engaged! They are going to have a very small wedding. They've been together for three years and I wasn't expecting this. It's just kinda weird for me because she's like 33 and I'm 28 and Greg is 24. There is almost a 10 year gap. I guess it doesn't matter but it's weird that he's dating a girl that's almost 5 years older than me! I'm happy for them. It just really surprised me!
Greg and Audrey. My mom surprised Greg with a gift certificate to his favorite tool place and he wasn't expecting it.
Seriously - this is ridiculous. Keep in mind I already put away all the stuff from the weekend before. This is JUST the last three Christmas's! OMG. This is nuts.
Justin after we got home that night posing while sitting in his bumbo. He loves to chew on his hands! He's as bald as they come. Ok, no really he has hair - it's really really blonde. He's a tow-head like his brother! :)
I'm sitting in the next room nursing Justin and Joey walks in. I had just heard a bump. He says to me 'Mommy, I knocked over the Christmas tree. Fix it!'. I said to him, 'You are kidding right?'. Joey shook his head. I said, 'Please tell me you are kidding'. He looked at me confused (he doesn't know what kidding means) and he says unsurely, 'I'm kidding...'. All I could think of was to laugh and get my camera. I got up, got my camera and took a few photos of Joey and the fallen tree. Now keep in mind I've had cats since 1998. I have FOUR cats. I have never once had the tree bothered by the cats. My kid was the first to knock it down. It fell on a big storage bin and one ornament blew up and shards of glass were everywhere!!! It was awful to clean up. I hate it when you break glass. You hate to step where it broke in case you didn't pick it all up.
Joey knocked over the tree.
For Christmas I got a lot of cash so I went to B&H and got myself my a new camera lens (50 mm fixed 1.4) and a remote for my camera so I can put it on a tripod and release the shutter without touching it.
When I got my camera lens back I took these photos to test it out. If I do say so myself, the pictures of Alex turned out pretty good.
Joey wanted to play with his new construction vehicles in the sandbox but it's too cold outside and we got rid of it this fall to buy a new one this spring. So I got out white corn meal. This kept him occupied playing in his 'sandbox' for hours!
Have I told you that Joey says 'Baby Donkey'. I have no clue where he picked it up. I thought he was saying ass at daycare and they told him to say donkey instead but they said no. Then we thought he meant 'baby's ok'. We still can't figure it out but now it makes us laugh when he says it. So Joe and I will sometimes go around the house and just say 'baby donnnnnkeey and each of us laughs our butt off. It's sooo funny.
Joey, for about a month or two now, has been opening the fridge, pulling out what he wants and eating what he wants out of it. It's amazing seeing him grow like this.
You know, I was worried when I had Justin that I would take more photos of him than Joey but so far, from what I've noticed, it's about even. I'm happy about that!
New years resolutions (I'm going to try to keep these up!!).
1. Workout 3x a week. (this includes walking at work or curves).
2. Journal every day and stick to Core WW plan. I want to get as close as I can to my goal by end of February because I have to start paying WW at that time if I'm not at goal. I'm about 20 lbs over right now.
3. I want to take a photo a day.
4. I want to update my blog at least twice a week.
5. Give my kids at least 5 hugs a day. Goal is 10. Dr. Harvey Karp (author of the Happiest Baby (or Toddler) on the block says that to have kids grow you need to give them at least 12 hugs a day.