Comfort and Joy

I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will
give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
Jeremiah 31:13

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Adventures part 1

My mom flew into town last Thursday night so we headed to the mall on Friday morning to see Santa.IMG_5501 IMG_5503 IMG_5506 IMG_5508 IMG_5511
We did a lot of "talking" Santa up to Austin so he would be willing to sit on his lap.  He finally said he wouldn't sit on his lap but would sit next to him.
Austin loved seeing him but Miller didn't.  He was pretty scared of the big guy.  He finally warmed up after a little while.  Austin told Santa that he wanted a Buzz Lightyear Rescue Man...this was the first time I had heard him ask for this but he continued to ask for it throughout the day so Uncle Toph to the rescue.  He went to Toys R Us in NYC at 2:30 am after he got off work and then brought it with him the next day.
As a treat for seeing Santa they gave out Ghirardelli chocolate...not sure if this is the best thing to give little kids as you can see with Miller below.  IMG_5527
That afternoon we made Gingerbread houses.  We ran out of supplies so we had to make do with what I had on hand so Austin's house is both white and chocolate icing but they really had fun making them.
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Miller consumed more candy than he put on his house.  They were both on a major sugar high that evening and didn't want to eat dinner.  Note to self...may want to make Gingerbread Houses in the morning next year.
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Austin loved having Gigi read one of his favorite books, Mortimer's Christmas Manger. IMG_5540
Miller loved playing with Uncle Toph.
Christmas Eve we baked reindeer cookies for Santa and IMG_5544
a birthday cake for Jesus.IMG_5545 IMG_5549
We finished our Advent Series.  Austin loved doing this at night.  IMG_5552
We made a rudolph craft and one little guy loved wearing it around.
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The other little guy loved it for about 5 seconds.  IMG_5572 IMG_5576
Uncle Toph loved wearing it around as well. =)IMG_5579 IMG_5583
We left cookies and milk out for Santa...IMG_5587
and made some food for Santa's reindeer and sprinkled it on our sidewalk.  
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Uncle Toph and Gigi helped dress the boys in their reindeer pj's and then read some stories before we tucked them in for the night.  IMG_5594
Christmas Day post to follow...


The Rohman Family said...

So cute! We ended up getting bugs all over our sidewalk from the reindeer food? Who would have thought ants like dry oats and glitter???

Molly Witherington said...

great re-cap. love the pic of miller w/ chocolate. also love that you're so close to uncle toph these days! he seems like a great uncle.

Lauren said...

i love uncle toph and i've never met him. maybe i'm following your blog too closely - i'm becoming connected to all your family members:)))
i love how your family is embracing your boston year. spending the holidays there was a great plan, and i love looking at the photos!