Monday, January 25, 2016

Merry Christmas 2015

Christmas was really great this year. A good mix of fun stuff, low key activities and celebrating with family and friends. For whatever reason, this Christmas break really "felt good" - it just seemed like everyone was happy and healthy and we had a lot of good quality time just the four of us. So thankful for our time together.

Getting ready for Christmas the Texas way, in shorts of course.

The icicle men - Will and Neil love tossing on as much tinsel as possible. 
We decorated most of the tree while Quinn was napping. She woke up in shock and amazement which was so fun to see. She of course got right in on all the action and helped put on a few ornaments we saved for her. 

"Donuts with Dad" at The Parish School - at some breakfast together then made and flew paper airplanes on the porch and over the bridge outside.

Carson and Will (and me) on our way to the North Pole courtesy of United Airlines Fantasy Flight program. Will and Carson were both overwhelmed with all the sights to see, per the jaw open photo of Will. They got to meet Captain America which was pretty cool because Will's leg braces are Captain America right now. 

Annual hayride in the Heights to see all the Christmas lights. Will was so funny to watch. He didn't want to sit with me or Neil - and enjoyed being independent during the trip. Quinn at first was a little like "whoa" and then quickly got into the spirit. 

Gingerbread house making with Aunt Lisa

Visit with Santa - Will stood tall and proud and asked for a GPS necklace. Quinn stuck her tongue out most of the time and didn't make a huge fuss. 

Christmas presents!

The kids Christmas present from us.. an accessible play structure. Each platform has a bench for Will to stop and rest on and he can, for the most part, get up with no assistance. Going down is pretty steep, but there's the slide too :-) He loves his swing and we spent nearly every home day since Christmas playing outside. Major credit to Nick from Imagination Woodworks for helping create and keep this a secret for three weeks! We had black tarps hanging up over our backyard windows so the kids couldn't see it. A huge success!

And yes, Will did get a GPS necklace for Christmas. Thankfully he has the language to describe what that is... a blue lanyard, a blue whistle and a blue flashlight. Thank goodness for Amazon Prime.

A visit to Santa's Wonderland in College Station. Over a million lights and a mile of trail riding in a horse drawn carriage. Everyone had fun. 
Special "mommy, daddy, Will" night - we made S'mores in our backyard. Will hasn't stopped asking to do it again. 

So many other wonderful times during December... Quinn's holiday presentation at school, Will's class holiday party, special outings and times with friends and family. 

1 comment:

  1. That playset is off the chain. So awesome! Quinn looks adorbs doing the tree. And the s'mores pic is priceless. Your holiday looks like it was super sweet. All best wishes to your sweet family.