Friday, December 16, 2011

Santa Train

Last weekend, we took the kids on the Santa train. We did the Santa train last year but it was a different one. The one from last year, was a full sized train, which had hot chocolate, cookies and caroling. It took us to the "North Pole", where Santa came aboard and gave everyone candy canes. It was pretty cool but also pretty far from our house and pricey. This year, we decided to stick to something local. It was a pretty cold night for SoCal but it was fun to get all bundled up, as we don't get to do that often. The train ride was cold since it wasn't enclosed but they drop you off at the North Pole, where hot chocolate, popcorn and Santa awaits. Thank goodness that we had already seen Santa, as the line was really long and Gracie said she didn't want to visit with him again as he already knew what she wanted. Kyle was content because they had popcorn and that's all he cared about. It was a really fun night and I am really loving all the Christmas actitives we have been doing this season. Tomorrow, our Advent activity, has Gracie and I going to see the Nutcracker together, just a girl's day out. It should be a lot of fun and I can't wait to take her to her first ballet as I remember going as a child.

Speaking of Kyle. The poor guy is super sick right now. He has something called bronchiolitis, which makes him have a cough, that sounds like a seal. He has also had a fever since a couple night ago but that seems to have gone away. The little guy has to take 3 breathing treatments a day, until his cough goes away. I pray that it's gone by Monday or Tuesday or the doctor said I I would have to bring him back in. I am hope he gets better quickly as we have a busy week, filled with lots of Christmas things. His voice is also hoarse, so when he talks, he sounds like a little squeaky mouse. I hate seeing my little boy suffer like this, so please send thoughts and prayers our way.

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Family portrait

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The lights looked gorgeous

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Our little train

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Kyle and my sister-in-law

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Santa and Cupcakes

Yesterday, I took the kids for our traditional picture with Santa. I've been taking Gracie to see Santa, since the year she came home and started taking Kyle last year. I frame every Santa photo and would like to take the kids (if they are willing) every year, until they are 18. Of course, they won't have to sit on Santa's lap, lol but they can stand next to him. It's fun to take out the pictures every year and see how big the kids have gotten. Now that Gracie is older, she really gets a kick out of it! Of course, she is super smart and observant and wanted to know why Santa's clothes were a little different in one of the pictures and why his beard was a little greyer in another. I quickly came up with something and she was satisfied.

Aside from Santa, I am addicted to a site called Pinterest. You may or may not have heard of it but it's awesome and SO addicting! I could spend hours researching stuff to pin to my boards. One of the cool things that I found are these North Pole cupcakes. They are super cute and very easy to make. All you need to do is, bake white cupcakes, frost them, then take candy canes and break the hook off to represent the poles. Use leftover frosting to sitck a red M&M to the top of the "pole" and print out signs that say North Pole. I used frosting to stick those to the poles too. You can sprinkle white sugar crystals on top for snow or use coconut. I used both. Since I am in a crafty mood, thanks to Pinterest, I will be posting more fun craft things that I have created for this Christmas Season.

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No crying this year for Kyle, yay! =)

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North Pole cupcakes. They were yummy!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Amos' Activities

Catching up on what our Elf, Amos has been up to. It's been busy so I haven't been able to post every day but I did manage to take pictures. Gracie loves waking up EARLY every morning, and searching the house for Amos. Poor girl is going to end up in therapy though because she didn't want to use one of our bathrooms because Amos was in there and Gracie didn't want him to see her butt, lol!

Sunday 27th
Taking a spin with Ken

Monday 28th

Wanting to brush his teeth

Tuesday 28th
Munching on popcorn

Wednesday 1st

Amos decided he wanted to watch some Christmas DVDs