Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Christmas Joy

Christmas brings lots of joy...and lots and lots of pictures!  So to reduce my picture anxiety, I decided to focus on just a few things that brought our children the most joy this season.  One would certainly have to be helping decorate the tree!  We cranked up the Christmas music, did some dancing on the living room floor, and made our tree beautiful.

 It was so nice, we did it twice!  This year, we also let the boys have their very own Christmas tree, which they were extremely proud of.  And, because they were allowed to play with and rearrange their ornaments (shatterproof from the dollar bin, thank you Target) as much as they wanted, our tree was left untouched for the most part.  Clever Mommy, thankyouverymuch.

 Luke's Papa works at a retirement home, and each year they have children/grandchildren of staff put on a little show for the residents.  This year, Luke was a shepard and he did a great job!
 While we try very hard not to make gifts the focus of Christmas for our children, there were many gifts that made them excited.  Here I picked the ones that have seemingly been the favorites for the boys.  When people ask Luke what he got for Christmas, he usually mentions the legos he got from the Ayottes, or the remote control truck from his Mimi and Papa.  But for Luke, the unmentioned favorite would have to be Berenstain Bears books.  My brother found him some of the old classics (the ones I grew up with!) from a used book store and he was thrilled.  He has asked to read them every. single. day. since he received them and "reads" them to himself during his quiet time in his room. 
For Adam, it would probably be his John Deere tractor he got from his Grandpa and Grandma.  You can see him waiting in anticipation here as Grandpa helps get the tractor out of the box.
Adam still doesn't have a ton of words, but "tractor" is one most people can understand!  He plays with it daily.  And when he's not playing with them, he likes looking at pictures of tractors in books!
We hope you all had a very joyful Christmas!

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