I'm going to be an auntie again! My sister and brother in law are expecting. Baby is due in July.
Front row (L to R): Scott, Matthew, my mom, niece Annabelle, nephew Austin, my step dad, his son Troy
Back row: Me, brother in law Wayne, sister Susan, sister Patty, Mary (step-dad's future daughter in law She is also expecting), step dad's son, Jerry
This is my Grandma with most of her grandkids and their spouses. (she has 4 more)
Grandma and her great grandchildren (she has 3 more).
She is known to her great grandchild as "Old" Grandma.
Close up of my adorable niece Annabelle who is almost a year old and will be a big sister in July!
Our gifts for our white elephant game. Here is how we play: You get a gift if you roll doubles. We time it so that we know how long it takes for the gifts to be taken. After all the gifts are gone, you open what you have but don't put them away because now you can roll doubles and steal gifts but we only have as long as it took the gifts to disappear from the center. Usually there are one or two popular gifts that could round and round. I was pretty unlucky that night and only rolled two doubles but then my gifts were stolen. Matthew had a hard time at first. Once the gifts were open, he seen a tractor and got it when he rolled doubles again. He was pretty excited about the tractor and he ended up with it and played most of the night with his tractor.
My cousin and his wife just had a baby on Thanksgiving so we loved her up.
Matthew wanted to touch her.
The Brainerd Lakes area Sertoma Club organizes a beautiful light show with donates from local companies during the Christmas season with LOTS of lights called Winter Wonderland. For a small fee, you drive through the displays. They even have a radio station dedicated to Winter Wonderland so you tune your radio to the station and listen to the music as you go. Here are only a few pictures of some of the displays:
When you are done you can go in and visit Santa.
Matthew talked about Santa until it was our turn and then he didn't want anything to do with him. He wouldn't even go sit by Santa with Scott holding him. No pictures with Santa this year.
Tonight after supper, Matthew was running around naked (what can I say, he loves to be naked) while Scott and I were cleaning the kitchen. After a few minutes, Matthew got really excited and came and pulled Scott by the finger over to his potty chair. He had gone potty in his potty chair all by himself. He was pretty proud of himself!!!!!!! After he got gum, he showed me where he had gone a little bit on the floor before hand. I'm thinking that the running around naked is really going to help with potty training. So if you ever come to our house be warned that you might see a naked little boy.
We have been hit and miss with the potty training. There are days that he refuses to want to sit on the potty chair. There were days that he would sit but when he had to go he always wanted his diaper back on. We decided to try a bribe approach. We told him that the only way he could have gum (He LOVES gum!) is if he went potty in the potty chair. His little individual packs of gum sat in a little dish on the counter in the bathroom for lots of days. Yesterday I decided that it was an underwear day and I was going to try very hard to put him on the potty chair faithfully. First time I tried, he screamed and carried on so he went about playing. Not even 5 minutes later when I looked, he was wet. So we got everything cleaned up and put some fresh underwear on.
Look who got gum a little while later:
(Picture from cell phone)
After supper while watching Charlie Brown Christmas, he was sitting again!
Once he realized Daddy was taking his picture, he got embarrassed!
I don't really remember any traditions that I had while growing up but I do want to start Christmas traditions with Matthew. I want him to know that Jesus is the really reason for the season!!!
One tradition that Scott and I started after we got married was an advent calendar.
Well actually I started doing the advent calendar after my mother-in-law made me this one below!
When we hung it up on December 1st, I showed Matthew where baby Jesus was and I told him that baby Jesus goes in the last day because that is when baby Jesus was born. Almost every day he has wanted to put baby Jesus in.
I guess this is his new smile!
I get this look everytime that I ask him to smile!
It also helps with counting!
When we put an ornament into the pocket, we always count them when Matthew will let us.
We have a book called Twinkle Twinkle Little Star that we have read a million and one times! I can stop and Matthew will say the next word! He even runs around and sings it!
He is getting better with his ABC's and almost knows all of them.
Potty Training not going so well. I think that I have to train myself to take him regularly before he will actually learn.
Words that he pronounces wrong:
~Fik it (Fix it)
When he gets excited and laughs, he almost always spits.
He loves when Daddy has a rib hamich.
NOTE: Scott nibbles on Matthew's sides right along his ribs. Matthew even holds up his arms and says "Rib Hamwich" and then squeals and runs away.
This Christmas season when Matthew first seen a Santa Clause on Grammie and Papa's Christmas tree, he thought it was Paul Bunyan. He finally knows the difference between Santa Clause and Paul Bunyan.
One night when we were driving, he kept saying pumpkin. Scott finally figured out that Matthew was calling the Christmas lights-pumpkins. The only reason we can think of was a house in our neighborhood had lots of lighted Halloween decorations and we also said look at the pumpkins.
Once he learned Santa Clause, we had to teach him the difference between Santa and Baby Jesus in the nativity. One night after having dinner with Daddy because he was working late, Matthew and I drove around a few neighborhoods looking at Christmas lights. We slowed down by one to admire the lights and nativity. I told Matthew to look at Baby Jesus. Then out of the blue he says "loves me". I almost cried. He understands that Jesus loves him!!!!
We are also working on the Lord's prayer. He will repeat it but refuses to say it with us.
Matthew loves the Christmas tree lights! He always wants the lights on!
He says Christmas on!!!
If I turn them off, it usually doesn't take him very long to notice that they are off.
Then he starts screaming Christmas On until I turn them back on!
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