Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

We hope that everyone had a great holiday with their family and friends. Ours was a great time but it felt like we were in the middle of a tornado. So much to do so little time and throw in presents and it gets crazy. The boys loved it of course and enjoyed all the spoiling. They were definitly acting like it by the end of the weekend. They wanted constant attention from someone! They got amazing presents from Santa. Eli even heard his bells at night, "that is the real santa, I can not get out of bed"! We left a note and cookies, carrots, and chocolate milk. for some reason Eli wanted him to have Chocolate milk. The boys got a lot of great gifts. Some of the favorites are a Kitchen, a rocket launcher (thanks Aunt Andrea!), fire truck and dump trucks, trampoline, and we could go on and on. Grandparents are way too good to us. We enjoyed catching up with family and seeing everyone. Attached are pictures through out Christmas.

Eli on Christmas eve preparing for Santa.
The boys reading a child's christmas story.

Cousin Evan hoping his father keeps the snow blocked.

Yes that is the twins somewhere in there. They were definitly unsure of what was going on, it was right after nap. Eli loved the snow and could have stayed out there all night.

Eli's own personal reindeer, Grandpa Block, pulling him down the driveway.

The boys opening gift with the Block side.

Andrew showing off one of his father's present from santa.

Eli jumping away on his trampoline.

The twins working with one of their favorite toys at Grandmas, the baby.

The boys on Christmas eve.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Here Comes Santa Claus....

Well we made it to Christmas at the Zoo and had a great time. It really is a great set up. We went and checked out all the indoor animals while we waited for Dad to get off work. We also met our friends the Banks there. Then we went to see Santa, where there was no line!! Eli ran right up there and sat and told him what he wanted for Christmas. We went up with the twins and they were not too interested. Caleb really didn't care about him. He would give him high fives but we didn't try to put him on his lap. Andrew gave Santa his devil stare. I will have to try to get a picture of it, we see it quite often. And walked a safe distance around him in a semi-circle. No screaming though so that was good. When Eli was the twins age he screamed the whole time and wouldn't even walk up to him. They got their candy canes and then we went and checked out a couple of reindeer. It was a nice evening and painless. Eli loved it and has been talking about Santa ever since. They are very excited. I am just glad to be on break and able to enjoy a few days with the boys before complete chaos. Merry Christmas to everyone!

The twins loved the sea lions and would clap every time one passed by.
Here is Eli talking to Santa. Not shy at all. He was ready with his list of demands.

The picture that we had taken, the boys wouldn't let mom and dad leave.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Christmas is coming!!

Well our household is very excited for Christmas. All we talk about is the tree, how many days are left, what will we say to santa, etc.,etc.,etc. It has calmed down quite a bit here. The boys for some reason now are staying in their beds again!! YEah, who knows maybe they figured out is more comfortable to stay in there then sleep on the floor! It has made our evenings a lot more calmer. The weather has not been great so we have spent a lot of time inside. But we make do by making car ramps, crashing cars, and dancing to christmas music.

The twins are doing great. It is amazing how big they look and how much they are talking. Caleb is definitly a happy go lucky kid. He does have his moments but they do not last long. He is always laughing and wanting to figure things out. This is sort of a change, this used to always be Andrew. He seems to do ok playing by himself or with his brothers but it seems he does like a little of alone time.

Andrew is definitly the more fiesty one at this moment. (It does seem to have a cycle). But he is getting a lot better about calming down quicker and he has quickly realized that he does not want time outs. He loves Eli and always wants to be next to him and playing with him. Our sitter says the twins do everything that Eli does and do not want to be left out of anything. Poor Eli!

Eli is doing great. Just the other day he was able to count all the way to 20, after I told him 20, 30 and so on he could go through it on his own. Pretty amazing how fast they learn. He is recognizing letters and can write his name, if he is in the mood!! That little brain is always working. He is looking forward to his fourth birthday party with his cousin!! All he talks about is having it seperate from his brothers. He even asked if they have to come. Guess he does need his breaks from them.

Besides that we are just getting ready for the holidays. We will have more posts about that as it approaches. Attached are pictures from the past few weeks.

Andrew sliding down the mat on our stairs after his monster trucks, he could have done this all day.
Eli of course started this!

The boys sending their trucks down.

All the boys enjoying some cuddle time.

Pretending to go night, night on the stairs. I know we shouldn't play on the stairs it just has provided some entertainment recently. Don't worry I have been right there.