Santa made a visit to my parent's house the night before Christmas Eve. The kids had varied reactions: Nathan warmed up to him right away, Lillian was a little reserved but couldn't quite wrap her head around the fact that Santa was really there, Lucas kept his distance.
Both boys were amazed at the resemblance between Santa and the dancing Santa they like to play with.
This year, our tree needed a twist to make it fit in our new house. I bought this tree to work with 10 ft ceilings in our other house. Well, in this house, the ceilings are only 8 ft. That posed a problem...
With some ingenuity, Brent decided to leave off the very top piece of the tree and I found some "picks" at a local store to finish off the top. (please ignore the paneling in the background. that will be dealt with in January!)
Last year, Lucas got a pair of boots from Grammy and Granddad for his birthday. He loved those boots and wore them everywhere last winter. When summer arrived, he switched to flip-flops, and the boots remained in the closet, waiting to be worn again. His new friends at his new school wore boots everyday- even if it was 100 degrees. Lucas, wanting to be like his friends, asked to wear his boots again, usually with shorts and a t-shirt. Around October, the boots started to look like this:
The toes were scuffed, the leather worn, and a small hole appeared in the toe. That hole grew and grew until his socks were visible. The boots that were once square toed were now rounded and splitting from daily use.
Being the good parents we were (are), we decided to buy him another pair (on sale) and wait until his 3rd birthday in the hopes that it would be too cold to play outside and, hopefully, preserve the new pair for warmer weather. While the new boots waited in the closet, his old boots continued to fall apart. The heels wore down, the stitching split, and the holes in the toes grew.
Finally the birthday weekend arrived and the new boots were given! They have already seen their share of wear. I managed to take a picture last week before too much damage was done.
The old boots will be treasured, a symbol of the passing of time and a little boy's love for his boots.
We haven't mastered the art of taking photos in the dark and capturing the beauty of Christmas lights but the one with the kids in the tree turned out pretty well. We walked along the river in Medicine Park with the McKeowns after church one night.
Lucas turns 3 today! We celebrated with family last weekend to give more time between birthday presents and Christmas. The theme, of course, was Toy Story. Grandma Charlotte made the cake to showcase Lucas' latest obsession.
This Lincoln Log train set immediately took over the sun porch.
Birthday boy showing off the 3 fingers.
Lucas will have a 3 yr check-up on Tuesday. He is a happy, healthy kid and still brings us great joy. He has a fun personality and talks so much older than 3! He is into trains, dinosaurs, and Toy Story. He wears his cowboy boots everywhere (look for a post about those soon!) and likes to pick out his own shirts to wear. His best friends are Grady and Maverick, but he still thinks Lillian is the greatest and has grown quite fond of his cousins, Cole and Nathan. Happy Birthday, Lucas!