let it snow... and it did! 14 inches later and snowed in from school/work Friday, here is the view from inside the cozy warm house! Papa Staley was visiting and helped with Colin while Mama worked from home.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Colin caught a flu bug, thankfully the 24 hour variety, but it kept him home from school on Monday. He got to watch Rudolph and it helped make him feel much better... Here's the patient mesmerized by his red nose friend :)
Melissa and I co-hosted a holiday party for our friends and their families and it was such a fun night that I didn't take hardly any pictures b/c I was running around visiting with everyone!
Colin had a great time with his friends; here he is with Brendan eating cookie treats!
Colin and Melissa / The kids climbing on Kevin, Brendan's dad!
Colin and Mama had a blast at the always popular holiday trip to the Bavarian Inn with the FFF gang. Lauren and I couldn't believe that this was the third year that we had been to the Inn together with the boys! Needless to say, they are having more and more fun each year!
Colin, Lauren and Baby Katie dancing to the band / Brendan and Colin being very cute (underneath the skirt of a table...)
Katie playing with Daddy / Colin and Brendan listening to the band
Monday, December 08, 2008
Click here to see Colin's Wish List on Amazon for Christmas (and possibly his January birthday overflow :)
Please shop locally when you can and beware of odd Amazon pricing!
You can email Santa's Helper (Mama) if you have gotten an item from the list and I will remove it from the wishlist
Colin had his friend Griffin over to play today (with a play date for Mommy to catch up with Griffin's Mom, Amy too!)
The boys had a good time overall with only a few true almost-3-year-old tantrums :)
They played with puzzles, tool sets, action figures, had a themed "skewered" lunch and rounded out the day with some bouncy house action and dress up- shown here playing pirates!
We hope to have Griffin over again soon to play! Colin's comment after he left was 'Griffin's a nice boy!'
2 gingerbread houses in one day-- the second time at home!!! Friday night we purchased a gingerbread house kit at Trader Joe's before we knew the theme of Saturday's library program so it was a gingerbread themed day!
We had a blast making this one together with Mama in charge of the icing and Colin in charge of the decorating!
Needless to say.... the first gingerbread house didn't make it much past today :)
We met Lauren, Brendan and Katie at the Central Library for story time (oops, we were late b/c of shoveling and missed this part) and gingerbread house making!!!
SO much fun! Colin and Brendan may have eaten their weight in gingerbread house decorations by the time the activity was over though!
Cute kids all bundled up to leave!
Colin and I made 'santa mice' treats this afternoon; a Grandma Mary speciality which are pretzel twists dipped in white chocolate for a "santa beard" and an m&m for the mouse nose with the two round tops of the pretzel making the mouse ears! Let's just say that Colin thoroughly enjoyed helping with this activity, especially licking the spoon!
Colin was practicing his picture taking skills in the below... and Mama's thankful that as long as Santa thinks Colin has been a good boy, he may bring Colin his very own digital camera to save her new camera (early Christmas from Papa :) from future toddler use!!
self taken by Colin
Mama decorating the tree taken by Colin