|cuddles with Tyler and Nibbler|
My sweet little sleeper hiding in her blankets and my silly little guy holding his chair while he sleeps. I went in and took the chair off of him since I didn't like not being able to see him.
They followed each other around sliding down and crashing into each other on the slides and popping balls up from the air funnel.Allison had fun catching bubbles. This little girl in purple kept petting her whenever she would pass by. I can't blame her because I remember doing the same thing to my cousins' kids.
We hadn't been to Pump it Up in over 6 months, and Tyler had never been able to do this particular obstacle. That day he started being able to jump to one successfully, but couldn't make it the rest of the way.
My mom flew in for the holidays the next week, so I left Allison home with her and took Tyler back to Pump it Up. It's always easier when she can get her nap and I'm more able to play with Tyler. It turns out I didn't need to though, because Andrew was back and there was fun new equipment for them.
Here are some of Ty's holiday crafts and gifts from preschool and storytime.
One day I explained to Tyler that he was in time out because he had made a bad choice and was receiving a consequence. He said "I want my consequence to be happy!" Another funny thing he said that month was "I want to eat a stinky garbage taco with poopy!"
Allison really put our babyproofing to the test one day. She nearly knocked Tyler's dresser onto herself (mommy came to the rescue just in time before the corner fell right into her eye), and she managed to get into the cupboards and soak herself in liquid dishwasher detergent. The dresser is now mounted to the wall and the cupboards have better guards.
The kids thought my climbing into Tyler's bed was the most amusing thing they'd ever seen. That happened a couple days after Allison took her first steps! They were stabilizing steps spinning herself in circles as she tried to stay up standing.
"We're so glad when daddy comes home. Glad as we can be. Clap our hands and shout for joy and climb upon his knee. Put our arms around his neck, hug him tight like this. Pat his cheeks and give him what? A great big kiss!"
Preschool was cancelled and the kids got a snow day. I knew it wouldn't last, so I bundled up the kids and we went out in the backyard to take advantage of it.Allison was more interested in the sand than in the snow. She even got a little mustache from it that looks cute in the pictures. Eventually she noticed the snow and had fun sliding around in it. Then at some point she realized she didn't have access to her sock covered hands and started screaming. I tried putting her in her little walker, but by then she was done. Nothing would console her until she was back in the house in new clothes.
Cute kids climbing kids into drawers
Oscar and I had our first concert with the Ensign Chorus down at Benaroya Hall. Mom's visit just happened to coincide with it, so she was able to see it too. She went down with our friends Cynthia and Sarah while Ria came over to babysit.
Christmas day itself was on a Sunday this year, so we went to church at 9:00am. We decided to just do mom's stockings for us before church to keep things from getting too crazy before we had to leave. It was only Sacrament meeting at church, but it was lovely. It was so nice to start the day with a reminder of why we celebrate it in the first place.
We waited to do presents until after the kids' naps. It actually took nearly the entire day before we got through all the stockings and all the presents on top of doing a bunch of cooking for our dinner with the missionaries.
What's interesting is that Tyler just happened to start preschool on picture day, so I didn't have him at all dressed up or prepared for it. But when they asked who wanted to go first, he immediately volunteered and gave them a big, beaming smile. That's my guy!
Google stitched together this neat panorama of Tyler doing two different activities at the same time. He really liked rolling the huge yoga ball over and trying to tag a little boy on his bike with it. Fortunately the little boy enjoyed it too and would try to bike out of the way just in time. Then his grandfather took the ball and started rolling it towards him and Tyler on their bikes.
Oscar spent a lot of his free time making a car for Tyler
Allison likes it too and Ty even slept in it the first night it was complete.
Mom took off on the 29th, and that same day my dishes stopped washing themselves, my laundry stopped cleaning itself, and my floor stopped sweeping itself. What's a girl to do?! ;)