Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Trains

On Saturday, I took Michael and Mark to build a Christmas Train at a workshop at Lowe's.  It was a fun little activity.  Michael built his train all on his own and I helped Mark with his.  We missed not having Matthew there. He was home sick.  Boo.  But the lady there was kind enough to give us an extra train kit to bring home to him.

Matthew built his train at home.

I love that he decided to wear his safety goggles for putting stickers on the train and not while he was hammering away on it.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

What We Did - Week 49

I thought I took more pictures this week, but I skipped a couple of days. Oops. It's been a long, hard week.  We had some really good days and a couple of really bad ones - days filled with tantrums, meltdowns and pure frustration.  But I guess that's what life is all about.

Day 338 - Thur.
Matthew found Smitty taking a chocolate chip bath in the morning.  He also left them a little something.

Matthew left him a thank you note and asked him about his faves.  Love this sweet boy.
Day 339 - Fri.
Mark had a play date with a couple of buddies.  We went to an indoor playground because it was cold and wet out.

That night, these two hung out together, playing gone the iPad.

Day 340 - Sat.
We went to the North Pole!  So much fun and so much magic for Mark.  The other two boys got bored, but it was so much fun sharing this experience with Mark!

Day 341 - Mon.
We were suppose to have gone on a playdate, but it was one of the hard days.  I was exhausted from all the attitude and meltdowns that we stayed home. No pictures either.

Day 342 - Tues.
What a busy day.  We were suppose to have met up with some friends for brunch, but within 10 minutes, Mark had a huge tantrum so we left before anyone else got there.  We decided to walk around down Main Street to see the Christmas decorations to cool off.

I got some really nice pictures and the Christmas decorations were BEAUTIFUL.

He's thinks it's funny to make faces when I want smiling face.

That night, Michael had his Winter Concert at the high school.

I had to make to bake cookies for the teacher's cookie exchange the next day. Mark screamed the whole time because he wanted me to sit with him the whole night. He's been so clingy and demand that it's just been a nightmare to get anything done.  He's sitting right next to me, holding my arm as I'm typing this. I'm hoping this phase goes away quick because it's driving me to the looney bin.

Day 343 - Wed.
No pictures! Another busy day.  We had to deliver the cookies to Michael's school, run over to Matthew schools to work the Spirit Shop, came home for some home maintenance, and then homework and practice.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Winter Concert 21014

Michael performed in his first ever concert Tuesday night.  It was such an exciting night for us.  His band performed two songs called "First Light" and "Christmas on the Farm." I can't believe how well all the kids did in such a short time that they've been playing.

We took a picture at home.  He got all dressed up and looked so handsome. He didn't even complain about dressing up and he wore a tie! When did my baby get so big.

A quick picture on stage before everyone showed up.

I didn't take any pictures during the performance because we couldn't even see him in on stage.  This was our view.

We see his little head when no one was sitting in from of him :-)

And I got a couple of him walking off the stage.

Monday, December 08, 2014

North Pole Express 2014

We took the boys to ride on the North Pole Express on Saturday and it was so much fun.  Mark was in awe of everything.  Unfortunately the older two thought they were to old for it so this is probably their last year doing this.  But, we still had a great time watching Mark enjoy all the magic.

We showed up pretty early so Mark got to play a little before we could get on the train.

These two fight hard and love hard...

They started trend climbing these balls.  Other kids started doing it too until a staffer came and told them not to.

Michael being a silly boy.  A rare occasion now that he's pretty much hit his tween years...

Getting ready to board the train

Mark was so excited he just wanted to find a seat right away.

He was all hyped up that every picture of him was pretty much this face...

Michael showing his baby brother some love

Mark didn't know who Mrs. Claus was, but he didn't care. He was still in awe of her.

After the train ride, we walked through a snowy path with drifting "snow."  Mark kept trying to pick some up from the ground.  I think he was little confused with the whole snow thing. What was it not cold?

Then we went in a huge tent for a show at the "North Pole." Mark said his favorite part of the day was during this show when Santa and his elves sang "Jingle Bells."  It was Santa's favorite song and it was his favorite song too!

Mark loving on his big brother....

After the show, each kid got a cup of frosty chocolate snow milk.  And then it was off to see the big guy!  The older two boys didn't want a picture with Santa because they said that they were too old.  Mark jumped right on there and LOVED every second of it.  He told Santa, he wanted a house with people in it.

I love heart this little boy so much.