Highlights of this year’s Christmas included it being Gwenyth’s first, celebrating with all of the Rudes, continuing the Christmas Eve tradition with the Stopek’s, and a relaxing Christmas morning at home, just our family of four.
I wish I would have taken some more pictures, but here are a few!
|Gwenyth in her new hat from her daddy!|
|Cousins at the table in the Christmas jammies!|
|Our relaxing Christmas morning!|
|Another one. She is too cute!|
We have officially said goodbye to Max’s bink! Max was very attached and we decided that when he turned two, we would get rid of it. Well, right after his birthday, he got an ear and sinus infection. How cruel to take away the bink at a time like that, right!?!?
Preparing for a huge battle, I decided that the morning, well before nap time or bed time, would be the best window of opportunity. Some of our friends have had luck with cutting a slit down the middle of the pacifier and then the kids weren’t interested anymore. We gave this a try and it worked with GREAT success! Max tried the “broken” bink and handed it back to me. I told him that it was broken. He really didn’t even get that sad about it! He wanted to carry it around for a bit, but gave up on that by bedtime! So thankful with how smoothly this transition went!
Here are a few photos of our bink-less guy!
Max has been really into coloring lately. We started school a couple of months ago and he was introduced to more coloring and other types of crafts. He really enjoys coloring books and often asks for his “colors.”
|Max and I went on a date to the Pizza Ranch! We had a great time!|
|Showing me that his belly was full!|
|I love this guy!|
Valley West Mall had a special event the other night for families to ring in the holiday season! There may have been cookies, balloon animals, Santa, and crafts; but we were there for one reason… FREE TRAIN RIDES!
Max had noticed the train earlier in the week and I had to tell him it wasn’t open yet. I read a sign posted that said it would be opening on Friday and that the celebration included free rides! Jason and I were so excited to bring the kids!
|Gwenyth enjoying her “ride”|
|Max waiting for his turn!|
|All strapped in!|
|Big guy “driving” the train!
|Max and Jason at our family birthday dinner for Max. Coloring and Pizza, what more could a two year old ask for?|
|Max and his favorite little sister! She hasn’t even tried to steal any of his birthday presents! (Yet…)|