Here is just a snippet from Jack's Christmas program at preschool. His best girlfriend, Katherine, is to his left. They are wearing their Advent candle hats :)
Friday, December 25, 2009
Sam hopped onto Jack's new bike:)
Sam was methodical in his gift opening
Santa is so cool! He delivered gifts in John Deere dump trucks!
I think this was the first Christmas morning that both the boys really got excited and knew what was going on. We had so much fun watching them tear into gifts and want to play with everything right now! Later, we hosted dinner for 16 and a birthday party for Jesus.
Merry Christmas to all our family and friends, we treasured spending time with some of you and missed the others whole-heartedly! God bless you this coming year!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Jack sports his pipe cleaner "bling"
Sam is content in his favorite seat--Dad's arms!
The Wilcox Family (+Baylee) with Santa
Our church hosts Santa for one morning right before Christmas. We ate a fine breakfast of bagels, pastries, and doughnuts (carbs, carbs, carbs--but who's counting?) We lucked out in that we were the first family called to visit Santa. I think Sam would've been much more upset if he saw other kids freaking out. (If you haven't seen the boys' official photo with Santa this Christmas, this is a mild version of that.) They had fun crafts for us to do, and even Baylee (who adamantly does not believe in Santa and did not want to have breakfast with him--Puh-lease, she is so over that!) enjoyed herself and made sure Santa knew the exact High School Musical toy she wanted:)
All lined up for the gift exchange.
Ava is really excited about her gingerbread cookie!
Jack's proud of his cookie decorating skills.
We had six attendees at the first annual Cul-de-Sac Christmas party. Katherine, Brady, Noah, and Ava joined Jack & Sam in celebrating Christmas in style. We started with dinner, followed by decorating gingerbread cookies. Next was the gift exchange, and then we all got dressed in our Christmas pjs and headed over to the Heintschel's for popcorn and a movie. The kids thought all the activities were fun--can't wait 'til next year!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
So, I took the boys to the Singing Bears uptown--this is our second year making the trek by train with a packed lunch to enjoy while being serenaded by large, stuffed, Christmas song-singing bears. But of all the nice pictures we took in front of the huge Christmas trees in the corporate center and candids of the boys watching the bears perform, these were the pictures that cracked us up. Jack, Sam and I were trying so hard to get this picture right (as you can see Jack was acting like Curious George and Sam was distracted or saying "cheese" with gusto). In the end, this is what we'll remember--the attempt at a mother/sons photo.
Grandma's Veggie Tales Christmas party has been a lot of fun. We're not in Michigan to enjoy it, but she has been sending us pieces of the party to celebrate at home, and we love getting the fun boxes in the mail.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Sam took ownership of Momma's new toy almost immediately.
The five of us at the post-race bash
The five of us at the post-race bash
Here are a few photos from the girls' weekend trip to Kiawah to run the half marathon. What a blast! The resort took great care of us--the food, the race, the lodging, and did I mention the food?--everything was amazing. Charlotte and I beat our previous half marathon time by 6 minutes. Michelle placed in our age group, and Ashley completed her first half while 17 weeks pregnant. We came home after our weekend refreshed and proud.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Sam blows on the "fire."
Jack gets in on the action.
The church that houses Jack's preschool has an annual live nativity. This is the second year in a row that it has been misty/rainy and oh, so muddy! (Yes, those are raindrops--not snowflakes!) Regardless of the weather, the boys love the presentation (I think because it is performed entirely by kids--I heard Jesus was a baby girl this year;). After the nativity performance, they allow the kids to pet the animals, which is a huge hit. It looked as if we had rolled in the mud when we finally got back to the car, and in Sam's case that was actually true.