Monday, December 28, 2009
Graham is definitely a fan of a chauffered ride. And after both Daddy and Mommy took a turn, he decided he might be able to do it himself.
(It was a little heavy!)
I'd forgotten it can be tough to keep your mittens on... we spent a lot of time struggling with that. He was clearly dismayed that I was slowing him down for such a trivial matter!
All in all, a successful winter outing!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
I have a vivid memory of going to make cookies with June at the Kennel when Grandma and Grandpa were in Hawaii. I must have been around 5 or 6 and it was so special. I am glad Graham is able to carry on the tradition with both June and Jaci. :) He really has those girls wrapped around his finger...
And there's only one way to burn off all the frosting!
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
We finally hit the hay. And it was lucky for us all that Graham slept until almost 8 Christmas morning.
Opening the stockings was a lot of fun.
Jason found himself captive in the little house (again):
Graham with his new (loud) whistle. The dogs did NOT approve:
And Jason admired my new necklace:
Thanks everybody for a great holiday!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Jim (with wet bum) was near the front of the church-- he had a similar thoughts and ran to get our camera in the back.... adding to the circus atmosphere:
There were so many wonderful gifts.
Mom made a melt-in-your-mouth roast beef and yorkshire pudding.
But the best part was spending time with those we love.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The Museum is open from 3 -7 and all the pathways are lit with candles. Hot Wassail bubbles in kettles over open fires and you can enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride.
A late nap kept us from arriving early enough to enjoy the band and carollers performing, but it did mean a very close parking spot and no wait for the wagon ride-- so we actually went twice. Graham loved hearing the clippity clop of the horses hooves and the jangle of the bells on their harnasses.
We also ran into no one other than Kris Kringle. Sadly he wasn't received any more warmly than the Santas we saw earlier in the month.
Surprisingly, Graham really liked the Hot Wassail (which I am sure will please his Aunties to no end). Nothing like some Hot Wassail, eh girls?
Thank goodness for warm boots and snowsuits. It was COLD! After picking up some donuts and examining a few wagons in the barns, we headed home.
Here's some video from our wagon ride. The melodious voice you hear belongs to my adorable husband:
Happy Solstice to one and all!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Make a game of it, see if you can spot them!
Not having much luck? Here, try finding them in this shaky clip (filmed Blair Witch style for dramatic effect!)
Actually, I was holding Graham in one arm and trying to film, zoom and include everyone else using the other. Afterwards we stopped by Wesley's to see the cats and have a cookie or two.
I didn't get a pic of it but the girls are starting to learn how to play in the band. Anna is becoming a flutist, and Emily is rocking on the trumpet! Keep practicing girls!
(but do it at your house!) ;)
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The kid is obsessed with M & Ms.
I claim no responsibility!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
The waiter was cute, but the manager was hot! (apparently oven warmed mustard is a specialty here.)
Next stop was a music store with plenty of things to try.
Grandma and I cashed in our over sized prize check at the little bank!
and Graham got to try out the cockpit of a fighter jet. You can't tell from this picture but the thing is loaded will thousands of buttons and switches. I have a new found respect for anyone who can fly these things.
and finally, the big attraction for Graham- the miniature Giant supermarket. Shelves and shelves of empty products and display cases, tiny carts and even an ATM. I felt like a giant myself walking around in here.
Here Graham talks cheese, and learns how fast money can go at the checkout.
On the way out, we saw Santa! Grandma paid to have his picture taken, but Graham wanted nothing to do with the big guy. Even the well played bribe of a candy cane didn't sway his affections. A quick trip to the vending machine however, and I was able to give Santa the extra help he needed. You can imagine the look of surprise when Santa pulled a bag of M&M's from his sleeve! Graham immediately changed his tune and ran up to see his old friend.
Here he inspects the bag to be sure they are in fact real M&M's and not some cheap knock off.
Satisfied with his gift he quickly returns the offending candy cane to the nearby elf.
Santa said meeting Graham was the funniest part of his day.