Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas 2008

I can't believe Christmas is almost here. The boys are a little more excited than they were last year, but not like crazy excited. This year Briggs has asked for all sorts of off the wall things that we actually were able to find some variation of. First to note is that when he gets to see Santa somewhere he first tells him what Max would like and then tells him the stuff he would like. We've tried to explain to him that he doesn't get everything and I think sending the box of stuff to the child overseas and praying for that child has helped him be pretty cool with whatever. We have tried not to hype big gifts and don't even have anything under the tree except for what we've gotten for Leslie's mom and dad.

Anyway, Briggs first asked for a robot guard that asks someone their name, and when they tell the robot their name he scans them to see if they are a good guy or bad guy. If they are a bad guy he blasts them and if he's a good guy he doesn't blast them (his words). That one was pretty hard to fill so Santa stuck with the cheap robot about 2 feet tall that spins and fires a blaster, good guy or otherwise. Max of course couldn't really ask for anything just yet, but everytime we went into a toy store he always wanted to run to see "Roary", as he calls it. Roary is the remote control robot dinosaur that is pretty big this season, I have no idea what its real name is. Watching Max interact with Roary however is like watching a kid watching a horror movie. He's scared to death of him and has to be held when it's doing its thing but he can't get seem to get enough of it. So anyway, we hope he'll be okay with Santa bringing him a dinosaur that he sort of freaks out over. The thing Santa is bringing the boys that they don't know about is a zip line. Santa is having a hard time figuring out how he's gonna get it installed without the boys noticing but he's been doing a lot of pre-planning so maybe it'll go okay on Christmas eve, I hope there are no horror stories from Christmas day involving the zip line anyway.

Uncle Scott was able to come visit with us again this year and the boys have really enjoyed it, they're pretty hyper when he's up here, in a good way. We all went to the zoo light safari this weekend, it was great weather and the train was running this year thankfully. Les has been making all sort of Christmas candy, soaps, and craft stuff. The candy being much to the delight of Max. We found out today that Briggs has developed some mild form of walking pneumonia that he's having to take breathing treatments for for a few days. The mask he has to wear for the treatment has a fish theme to it to make it more fun. It's nothing major but we're glad we took him to the doctor before it turned into something worse right here before Christmas. I'm sure there'll be more Christmas postings later...

Sunday, December 14, 2008


Ya know, very little surprises me anymore when it comes to the boys, and for good reason. The other night I'm sitting in my recliner, just enjoying another pleasant evening at home with the fam. I had let Briggs go to sleep with me in the recliner and then had later put him on the couch. It was probably between 10 and 11 at night and I was just reading and watching tv when all of sudden Briggs wakes up, as he's prone to do when he falls asleep away from a bed. No big deal. Usually he'll go to the fridge and get a drink of water or maybe go to the potty and then climb in bed. This night however he must have been sleeping pretty good because he got ALL messed up on where he was and what he needed to be doing where. So I'm sitting there not thinking anything is out of the ordinary when he walks toward the kitchen, until I hear a non-faucet like watery hissing sound that is... You know that feeling you get when you know what you're going to see when you find what it is that you're hearing, but you really really try to hope that you'll be wrong, we'll I had that feeling, again. I look and happy as you please Briggs is holding the trash can lid up like it's a toilet lid and he's happily making use of the "facilities" so to speak. I of course startle him back into reality and ask him what in the world did he think he was doing and he says he didn't know, goes into the REAL bathroom, finishes up, and then goes on to bed as if nothing happened. Les and I tried not to laugh so as to not encourage him, but in a very very messed up way, it was kind of funny, and I guess laughing is about all you can do in that situation. I can't wait to see what's next...

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Kindergarden Christmas Program features stage crashing escaped wild toddler

Last night was Briggs' first Kindergarten program, "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Briggs had kept it a surprise from us regarding what they would be singing, so we were excited to see it. Upon arrival, there was standing room only in the lunch room turned auditorium. Max was a little rowdy, but it was only a preview of what was to come. The first part consisted of the preshool class singing a song and once the curtain closed on them, many of their parents left their seats to leave, so mom and I quickly moved in to have a seat. Rod sent Max up the aisle by himself to sit with us, whining all the way. He quickly realized that he did not want to be away from his daddy, but before he made his way back down the aisle by himself, he got into a pointing, name calling match with a little girl sitting beside us. To be fair, she did start it by pointing at Max. He finally made his way to daddy and we could focus on the program at hand. Briggs stood on the end and sang his little heart out. He did great at Deck the Halls and the other two songs they sang. Towards the end he spotted Dad and began waving.

The next thing I saw was Rod flash by towards the front of the stage chasing an unidentified running object. From where we were sitting, I could not see if he actually caught said object, so I just waited to see Max climb onto the stage to stand beside his big brother. Thankfully, Rod caught him before this happened. All in all, it was an exciting night we will never forget.

How about this picture of Stage Crashing Toddler:

Caption: "Mom I would like a plate full of goldfish for breakfast please, nevermind I will do it myself."

Or, how about this one:

"Mom, why did you take a picture of me with a booger in my nose and chocolate on my face, oh wait that was breakfast."

Friday, December 5, 2008

Tooth Fairy Sue

Well in just 4 short days Briggs lost his first tooth. I wasn't there when the big pull happened but word on the street is that aunt Sue was fiddling with it and said something along the lines of "if I had a paper towel I could rip that right on out". I think she gave it a pretty good tug and even though that wasn't the last straw it must have done a lot of work because not 10 minutes later on the way back home, out came the tooth. Briggs was SOOOO excited. The tooth fairy paid him a visit and now I guess we're just sitting back waiting for the rest of them to come on out, I'm not sure if we'll be telling Sue they're loose or not... ;-)

Max is doing fine and dandy, everything is "what's this?" "what's this?". His vocabulary is growing so quickly. He's going through a hitting phase, especially hitting Briggs, and we've had to give Briggs the authority to send Max to time out. Briggs just doesn't want to hit Max back to make him stop, which I'm kind of glad of. Other than that though they're still getting along pretty good.