Dove into the holiday festivities with two rounds of graham cracker houses. Once with friends, the other with Mom, Haley and Mallory. Enjoy that blank space above.
Samson was the hit of my month, as always.
Visited the ENT, played in papa's train, met Santa, discovered he didn't need the wrapper off to eat his chocolate sucker (what dumb Santa thinks it's a good idea to give a child a chocolate sucker?), and oh how he gazed at me with this big brown eyes. Have I mentioned his brown eyes? Dreamy really.
Oh, I also burned the $#!^ out of my finger with hot glue.
We made a couple trips up to Haley's to get these two yahoos together, and turned those into craft nights. We thoroughly enjoyed their dress ups. Sammy is very much into giving kisses, usually open mouthed. It's...darling? No, really it is. But also very sloppy. Bless his little heart. Haley and I made tee shirt scarves (fail) and tie necklaces (success).
Chocolate fountain night at Maga and Papa Coxes with a surprise visit from Santa! Sam was clearly thrilled to sit on his lap.
Salon Christmas party that Tadd had to stay home from at the last minute. Sam was in "a mood" and Tadd was feeling sick, but I dubbed Lindsey (far right in big group pics) my date and we had a grand time! Lindsey's family has a great cabin up at Sundance where we enjoyed a homemade meal by Clint (salon owner) and his wife, Season. It was seriously heavenly.
There were gifts exchanged, games played, and pants ripped. Oh, yes those pants were mine. NO idea when it happened throughout the day, but Chelsea pointed it out when we were up on the loft above everyone else for everyone to see. Lovely.
We attempted Sammy's first movie, sans Dadda. It was minorly brutal. He had taken a nap at Chris and Tysen's, and I thought this pic of the boys on the couch was hilarious. All three just woken up from their naps, and this is how they slept. The boys with just a blanket and a pillow, and Samson with his sleepsack, blanket, Minnie, Bee and binki. Oh dear.
We saw Arthur Christmas, delightful movie (of what I saw), and Sam lasted through the previews. The rest of the time it was down the stairs, across the theatre, and back up. Luckily the theater was fairly empty and there were many other kids doing the same thing. It was worth going to just to see him with his little popcorn on his lap sitting in his booster fixated on the screen (for 25 min). Love that litlte kid.
After the movie we went to Whitney's for caroling! An old tradition we had as kids that I was thrilled to resurrect. I had sort of, kind of, completely withheld the caroling detail from Tadd and told him it was dinner so when I called on our way home from the theater asking him to pack Sam's gloves, hat, coat, scarf, sweater, etc...he asked, "Are we playing outside or something", and then I had to drop the bomb. "No, we are going caroling." ... The shock. It was as if I told him we were gathering together to slit our wrists in unison. Not his cup of tea???
We only caroled to three homes, which was perfect and then headed back to Whitney's for treats. The bundled littles was the highlight of the evening.