Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas Day 2010

Santa was definitely here the cookies, carrots, and milk are all gone!

Jacob opened his stocking items and played with each one while Joshua sped around and opened all of his gifts which was all over in about fifteen minutes.

Joshua hard at work...

Jacob even took time to watch Joshua open his gifts.  Here Josh opens his Cars Piston Cup Garage, (you can see the excitement on his face)...

Jacob gets excited about the little things like this miniature nut cracker from his stocking...

Josh's number one wished for item Cars Toon Monster Truck Wrastlin'

Oh the pride!

Here it is later in action with some extra vehicles Santa so kindly supplied.

 Joshua finished opening up the few "non Cars" gifts that he got which were a few of the gang from Chuggington and a really nice Chuggington loop train track. You can see Jacob's unopened gifts in the background LOL.

The track propells the trains through the loop and is really cute.

Joshua and I eventually helped Jacob open the rest of his gifts so we could move on to playing with the toys!

Jacob did most of his gift opening with a fake blowup tounge in his mouth that he had gotten in his stocking: Here is his Bakugan Battle Arena. Not too long after this the tounge popped from being blown up too much.

Santa always brings some paining or art supplies too!

This is another of the Mater's Tall Tales play sets UFO Mater. Jacob loves them too!

 Jacob got this really awesome drum, keyboard, mixmaster setup complete with headphones that can be used so that no one else can hear the jammin! (Santa did his her research LOL)

You can see the little mini turntable here.

 Josh thought that no one was watching him check out the msuic kit. Mommy sees everything!

 Round three at Uncle Michael and Aunt Crystal's...

 Josh can not believe his luck!

Jacob finally got into the spirit and tried to lift a pile of his booty (unsuccessfully).

I was too tired to take pictues of my yule log cake or anything else at my brother's house. There is always next year!

We are now in the midst of a major toy reorg which allows us to introduce a few more of the neat things they got from Santa. Things that they needed help putting together and have not played with yet.

Over the break we have been watching Toy Story Three and it never fails that I cry at the end when Andy leaves for college. Jacob says "are you crying again mom?" My boys are growing up so fast. I do love watching them grow into such grateful and loving kids. Jacob so sweetly said that he got more than he even wanted for Christmas.

We are lucky to be able to donate some old (and duplicated) toys to the pre-school and before and after school center. We also donated to the Westchester children's hospital and to a local charity. I want the holidays to be a time where the boys  learn about giving to those in need. Especially when we are so fortunate.

It was most definitely a Merry Christmas. Lots of laughs and love all around.


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Eve 2010...

 As tradition has it we spent Christmas Eve at Mom and Dad's House.
The new fireplace looks so pretty.

And even prettier, the tree bursting with presents.

Joshua gets so excited to see Lightning McQueen that he doesn't even notice that he already has this look and find book in a smaller version.

Jacob takes a long time to open his gifts very neatly.

 Eden loves grapes and saying "Cheese"...

Jacob is finally getting his pose down for the camera, so handsome!

Joshua wants to get right into the look and find with his dada.

He even gets Aunt Trisha to read him a Mr. Men book with Bo the cat and Reily the Boxer snoozing alongside.

Santa's favorite cookies, some milk, and carrots for the riendeer. There is the pretty candle holder Ruth made me for Christmas, holding a flameless tea light candle.

Before bedtime giddiness!
We've been tracking santa all day via the offical NORAD tracker that uses GOOGLE Earth. We know he's getting very close!

A little brotherly love...

We saw that Santa had come as we tiptoed to bed!

Scooby-Doo paper for Jacob and Lightning and Mater for Josuha, almost no need for name tags!

The stockings were too heavy to be left hanging...

Some of our favorite ornaments... (Joshua made the M&M tree, the beaded candycane and styrofoam ball with his name on it at school this year)

He also made his Daddy this sweet little frame...

And this stylish bag for his Mama...

And finally this gorgeous tree to decorate the house. He really likes to paint!


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wordless Wednesday...


Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Joshua's Holiday Extravaganza and Jacob's Kindergarten Songathon

 This year Joshua was a train in the Holiday Extravaganza. He did a great job chugging his arms. The little dots on their noses are supposed to make them all look like toys in toyland.

They had a special visit from Santa Claus and Joshua told Santa that he loved him. Then he shouted "I love you mama!"

Jacob's school had a Kindergarten Holiday Songathon which brought tears to my eyes. He was acutely aware that I was there and you can see him in the middle looking right at me. He is between his two best friends Yoel and Lilly.

Here you can see Lilly whispering something to him (she is looking down). They all wore scarves, gloves, and white t-shirts with shapes for buttons to make them look like snow people.

Here is Jacob with Mrs. Spiteri.

He was hamming it up because he was so excited that we all went back to their classroom for a little celebration.

He was showing me all of the things that they do during the day.  Here he was reading me his book that he made "All about me", and he's laughing because he was four when he made it.

They are both growing up so fast, I am so lucky to have these precious memories.
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