“This is the BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!”
Jack made this Santa over Thanksgiving break and told the Mall Santa that he was going to give it as a gift. I helped him write a note so Santa would know to take it with him. It reads “SANTA THIS CRAFT SANTA.” Of course the jolly elf left a thank you note with his empty plate in the morning.
Sam tuckered out around 9 AM. We put him down for a nap and finished opening all the presents. Everyone was exceedingly generous this year. Jack started to get frustrated with opening because he wanted to play each thing right away!
Ben and I cleaned and we all noshed on sweets and breads and fruit. Snow started falling midday. By the time Amanda, Mom, and Dad made it over the mountains we had heavy snowfall. I’m glad they made it safely and had time to visit! Of course they had gorgeous handmade projects to share.
What a wonderful Christmas!
Jason’s post about a faux German Christmas town gave me the craving too. I researched but only found Denver’s Christkindl market. It’s a little sad. But it’s all we have, so I convinced the family to come. To make it more exciting, we took the light rail into town and rode the 16th St shuttle to get to the market. Denver has been expanding their light rail service over the last couple years but we had yet to try it out.
The market was pretty and had the right kind of products for sale (beeswax ornaments, roasted nuts, giant pretzels, cuckoo clocks). Jack was quickly fed up with the place when we refused to buy him an over-priced book “For Sam for Christmas.”
After a surprisingly calm lunch at the Corner Bakery across the street we reversed the train ride home. We all had fun and we learned that Denver has changed a lot more than we thought it had. We didn’t even recognize Union Station when we reached the end of the line. I look forward to the Arvada Gold line opening so we can do this kind of trip more often from a closer station.
Sam’s babbling is starting to take form. I keep meaning to report on his talking, but then I delay and he adds more and more skills!
As you know, he’s been saying “Mom” since I can remember him making any noise. Over the summer he clearly said Mamama and Dadadada for each of us.
Next, early this fall, he started using consistent sounds like Da for dog and Ba for sheep (baa baa they say) and ball, mum for nursing, that sort of thing.
This December he started saying “Day-doo” whenever it would be appropriate to say thank you. So cute! This week I asked if he was all done and did the usual sign. He signed back along with “Al-da!” That same day he signed his “please” and said “eez.”
What a champ!
Sam discovered there are packages under the tree. He breached one before I could distract him. We’re going to have to move them somewhere else!