Sunday, December 12, 2010

Santa and the boys!

Santa made his annual visit to the daycare and by some miracle, they were able to get a picture of my 3 boys with him. I love the fact they are all actually looking at the camera too!

Holiday trip to Cincinnati.

I insisted that we take the boys up to the big city for some holiday fun. You know what they say about "the best laid plans".. Well it wasn't quite THAT bad, but the boys aren't quite able to do as much as I think they can yet. But, some great moments were had, for sure.

We started by trying to go to the Rein-dog parade up in Mt. Adams but couldn't find a spot to park that would allow us to push three little ones in strollers. It looked really cool, and we vowed to return next year. Next we went downtown to the Duke Energy building to see the holiday train setup.. wow... what a crowd. We made in 75% of the way through the line before Leslie had to drag Drew outside for screaming and acting up (turns out he is sick...). Oh, and 10% of the way through the line we discovered we forgot our SD memory card, so Les went out to Walgreen's next door to grab one.

After that, we went to watch the ice skating rink. On the way back to the car, we found the thing that fascinated them more than anything else prior.. the escalators in the Westin hotel! I rode up and down 2 flights with each of them 3 times. Whew!

Johnny Rockets was for dinner, and that actually went very well. We all enjoyed our burgers, and since they put us ALL the way in the back, we didn't bother anyone!


Day 2 started with me going out to get some McD's from across the street. The boys enjoyed their big breakfast platter while we packed up, then we headed out. Stop #1 was the German market so that I could find some cookies, etc for the kids. Turns out the old German neighborhood is now very ghetto, but the market was still very nice (and guarded by 5-6 security personnel).
Next... we went and had lunch with Santa. Well, it turns out it was actually lunch with St. Nick. When we walked in the door, the first thing that came to my mind was... "HO! HO! HO!.. and what's your name, little boy?"

But it turns out that both Jack and Drew were happy to sit on his lap and they each got a nice stuffed animal present!

Finally, we headed up the mountain in Devou Park to the Behringer-Crawford museum to see their really nice holiday toy train exhibit. The boys had a great time, as you can see, and Drew almost lost a finger in the elevator on the way out.

And finally, Drew hosts a tea party for Minnie and her friends. What a guy!

Let it snow!

Last weekend we got a really nice snow storm, which of course was a sign that we needed to get our tree up and finish decorating!

Jack his littlest brother.

Drew, being brave and venturing out to play in the snow with Daddy.

A view from the front yard.

Here's another one of our house just after the storm.

Jack and Drew dancing to some Christmas tunes.

Decorating the tree.

....and doing what he does best.

Our tree, after we strategically hung the non-breakable ornaments closer to the bottom.

Getting cooooooooooooozy.

Getting ready to crawl!