Tuesday, December 29, 2009

First Snow this Winter

IMG_0411 Quite a different experience with the snow this year!  Last year I bundled up a 5 month old Des to take some snow pictures and he was not happy with me when I sat him in the cold stuff. 

Today when he woke up from his nap it was snowing for the first time this season and Desmond was so excited!  “Noh!” he keeps saying over and over.  I have a hard time peeling his nose off the window for anything.  We did bundle up and head outside for a few minutes to go get the mail.  I think I’ve found someone to love the snow with me!IMG_0422

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Morning

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Christmas morning we spent together as a family of three.  Desmond slept in until 7am which was nice.  We enjoyed a breakfast of cinnamon rolls, eggs, bacon, and orange juice.  Then we read the Christmas story out of Desmond’s Bible, and he listened to all of it.  Next we brought out the gifts, and this year Desmond knew exactly how to open them.  It was funny when Davin and I moved on to our gifts for each other.  Desmond saw another present, held out his arms and said, “Hey!”  It was so cute!  Later that afternoon we joined up with my family at Aunt Marcia’s house for a few hours.  It was nice to not have to drive far.  Desmond has been enjoying playing with his new toys, and I am increasingly thankful and amazed that God gave us the gift of His Son.

Disneyland 2009

 IMG_0142We just got back from a family vacation to Disneyland with the Lees.  What a trip it was!  Driving 1000 miles in one shot with two small children can be a bit tricky, but driving at night while they’re sleeping sure helps. 

We arrived on Wednesday, December 16th and went into the park for a little bit on our first night.  Thursday and Friday were both full days in Disneyland and California Adventure.  Desmond’s favorite ride was Dumbo, and we also enjoyed taking in some of the parades and fireworks shows.   The new Toy Story ride was also a highlight.   

Saturday morning Desmond got sick.  It was his first time ever to throw up.  Not fun.  We missed most of Saturday but after a doctor’s visit and an obviously feeling better little boy, we went enjoyed some of Disneyland that evening.  Our one goal for the night was to ride Dumbo for Des. 

Sunday was a mostly normal vacation day in the parks.  We took Addison for the evening so the Lees could have a date night.  Desmond was still working on getting back up to par so we didn’t stay out too late.  Unfortunately, that night Davin and I both came down with whatever it was Desmond had.

Monday was our final day at Disneyland.  The Lees took Desmond for the day (thank you so much!), and Davin and I stayed behind at the hotel feeling quite crummy.  We took some medicine to try to feel tolerable enough to go into the park that night for our scheduled date night.  We ate dinner at the Blue Bayou… our tradition from every Disneyland vacation.

Overall it was a fun trip, but I sure wish we could have skipped the flu.  (Poor Addison had it for the day we drove home.)  Davin and I missed going on lots of the big rides since we did most of the kids stuff early on and the crowds were so bad in the evenings it was difficult to just walk around sometimes.  Still Christmastime is beautiful in Disneyland, and I’m already thinking ahead to our next Disney vacation.

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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Big Boy Bed

IMG_0009Desmond is really turning into a little boy, and somewhere along the line when I wasn’t looking he left the baby stage.  When we were at my parent’s house for Thanksgiving we came home with my old twin bed, and I was excited to set it up.  We got a new mattress, safety rail, and warm flannel sheets.  Desmond really likes his new bed, especially the fact that he can get in and out by himself.  We’re working on him staying in bed when he’s falling asleep.  It took putting him back in bed 20 times the first time, 3 the next, and zero the time after that.  I know we’ll have to revisit this lesson from time to time, but I’m proud of how well he’s doing with his big boy bed.IMG_0025 IMG_0031