Wednesday, January 16, 2013

christmas in review.

so i didn't get as many photos as i would have liked during christmas, but i have a sickness to blame for my lack of motivation. photos or not, this christmas was SO fun for colby and i. the difference a year made for our christmas celebrations is remarkable.

this was our first christmas since colby and i have been married that was spent in kansas city. in fact, it was the first christmas i have ever spent away from my family in indiana. it was certainly bittersweet, but i do look forward to making christmas memories in our own home with my little family. being able to wake up in our home, watch owen come down the stairs on christmas morning, and get to use our stockings for the first time ever.. it was really special. owen's enthusiasm during the whole christmas season, and on christmas morning just tickled me.

owen's first and second christmases were certainly fun, but this one has been the best yet. we joined with many american families in the "elf on the shelf" adventure at the beginning of the month, and it took off from there.

he quickly learned, loved, and sang nonstop the christmas classic "rudolph the red nosed reindeer." that feat in itself was amazing for us to see. (not verbatim word-for-word, but most of the song, and the whole way through!) the kid is a singer. at the top of his lungs.

we talked about the elf (who is yet to be named), santa claus, rudolph, frosty, the north pole, and all things christmas on a daily basis. a couple of weeks before christmas, i finally wrapped some gifts for owen's cousins and put them under the tree. this conversation usually went down at least 3 times a day:

O: who's present is dat one?
M: elise.
O: dat one?
M: addie.
O: dat one?
M: nathan.
O: dat one?
M: ella.
O: dat one?
M: baby ivy.
O: dat one?
M: baby matthias.
O: dat one?
M: lucy.
O: where my presents?
M: i don't know, where are your presents?
O: at da north poooole.

children don't tire of repetition. we can act out the same make believe scene over and over and over and over, and it never gets old. to him, at least. or have the same conversations multiple times a day, and it never gets old. (which is why, instead of answering some questions - such as where his presents were - we reverse the role and ask him the answer to his own question. because he knows the answer. very well, in fact.

in the spirit of christmas, we turned on our fireplace (probably for the first time since last christmas) on christmas eve and read "the night before christmas" as a family. then we set out our homemade cookie and a glass of milk for santa to have when he came for a visit that night. without any emphasis at all, i had mentioned that we would need to shut off the fire so that santa didn't burn his bottom when he came down our chimney. owen talked for days about santa coming down his chimney, and never left out the detail that he didn't "burn his botton." geesh.

kirkwood and macy were often owen's reindeer while he role played as santa, which was often frustrating for him since neither dog ever really cooperates with his games. so it worked out nicely on the days ella and ivy would come to play because he and ella would take turns being rudolph or santa to fly around.

here's a quick video of a conversation about the elf visiting the north pole. i wish i had gotten more conversations on video about christmas, but december was a really rough month for me. i was lucky to get this one! :)

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