The morning of the 8th was Christmas again! It was so much fun having children (Landen, 4 years old, and Raleigh, 2) in the house for "Christmas" festivities. Christmas is just not Christmas without children, laughter, and flying wrapping paper. Mom and Daddy came to join us for breakfast and unwrapping presents.
Taylor's old toys were just as popular as the new toys - especially the case of Matchbox cars and the garage. Where Brian was always into board games, cards, and book, Taylor loved toys - Power Rangers, GI Joe, Ninja Turtles, Army men, Matchbox cars, etc. More the better for Landen! He loved playing with the Matchbox cars - played with them for hours daily.
Landen is a lucky boy to have a father that will turn into a 5 year old at
the sight of toys! Here they are sporting the helmets and balls from a new game. The cloth helmets have Velcro strips that catch the balls. Points are associated with each throw and where the ball lands on the hat but Landen isn't old enough to care about points yet. It was just cool to throw the balls and catch them on your head!
Not only did we have Christmas, we packed in a trip to northern Indiana to see Andy's family, a trip to Entertrainment Junction, and a visit to the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. Entertrainment Junction was great for all ages. The train displays were awesome and went from the start of the railroad up to present. I've always loved little miniatures and there was something going on in every direction.
And, it SNOWED!!!!! TWICE!
It snowed on Saturday and we got out the Arctic Cat. It would hardly go in the wet snow but Landen and Raleigh managed and had a blast! Landen wanted to build a snowman but it just wasn't a good snow for that. He was able to manage a few snowballs, though.
Then, on Tuesday, it snowed again! Taylor and Landen went out to brave the cold and play while Rachael and Raleigh chose to stay inside and be warm. The boys built a fort and tromped around making lots of footprints in the snow. The children have seen snow before but I don't know how much they remember year to year at such a young age.
A visit from Taylor is not complete without cooking. He loves to cook - even when he's off work from his Exec Chef job. Chef Taylor treated us to Bulgogi, Kimchee, and Rice one night and Spare Ribs another. His ribs were yummy with a delicious rub. YUM!
One snowy morning, I fixed snowmen pancakes. They were very well received! Right down to the chocolate chip buttons! Next time, I'll put little squirts of whipped cream under the snowmen and maybe something for their arms.
I had other cute things to make in the kitchen with the children that I had seen on Facebook but time just slipped away. I need to start a file to keep all these ideas together for next time. I've seen so many cute things to make with and for children - just love them!
I got a few things knitted for the children while they were here - two hats with the cutest little toppers! A soccer ball hat for Landen and a snowman hat for Raleigh. They liked them which made me soooo happy! Nothing makes me happier than giving a gift that makes someone else smile. Whether it be a piece of knitting or soap or whatever, I love it!
I also finished a brioche stitch headband for Rachael. Today, I finished one for Raleigh to match. I'll send it to her in the mail with the few items I've found that were left behind.
Mom and Daddy really enjoyed spending time with Taylor, Rachael, and the children. They've gotten to spend so much more time with them since moving to Ohio. In Virginia, everyone would just come to eat dinner - usually on a holiday - and then go back home. Now, they come for extended stays and we get to have so many adventures.
I'm always behind the camera and the one taking the pictures. I have to resort to taking selfies. The grands call me "Tweet" and I love it! I love hearing them say it. Well, here is a picture of Tweet, Landen, and Raleigh making silly faces.
Counting the days until I see them again!