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Christmas Time is Here

Cole had his first Christmas program on Monday. It was chaos – but very cute. Cole didn’t sing at all during the program, but sang all his songs for me on the way home! He looked so cute in his hand/footprint Rudolph shirt and his jingle bell necklace. I’m trying to post a video – but it is taking forever to load, so I went ahead and published this post – and I’ll keep trying on the video.

Last week, Jalyn and I went on a field trip to Grapevine with his class. We went on the North Pole Express – they transform the Grapevine train into a Polar Express. There were songs – and Santa! Jalyn’s one complaint was that the train didn’t go fast enough, but he perked up when Santa came by. I’ll post some pictures when I get them. After the train ride, the kids went back to the school for hot chocolate and cookies – and Jason and I finished our shopping.

Mimi sent the boys little gifts to open for the 12 days of Christmas. The boys are LOVING that. It is the first thing they ask for in the morning. They have opened some Christmas t-shirts, reindeer antlers, a book, a car, and some tractors. I had the brilliant idea of putting all the gifts under the tree – which would have been great, except for the fact that there was candy in some of the gifts. I came home from work today to find that Zoe had found the candy and ate it – making a huge mess of wrapping paper along the way. Of course, the candy made her sick, so I had even more fun stuff to pick up. On the bright side, Zoe left one marshmallow Santa untouched, so the boys had it for dessert today. They will be a couple of gifts short though 🙁

I made candy this weekend – fudge, peanut patties, peanut brittle, and almond bark pretzels. I did really well – only ruining one batch of peanut brittle (I managed to melt my plastic spoon in the mixture) and a new mint cookie (too much mint!). I also tried a new marshmallow ‘cookie’ – which is Cole’s favorite – you pour a chocolate/peanut butter mixture over marshmallows, let it cool, then cut around the marshmallows to form ‘cookies’. They have all of Cole’s favorite things.
As you can see from the pictures, Cole is a very good helper – and quite the fashionable candy maker. I will remember his dance to Holly Jolly Christmas – complete with apron over underwear ensemble – every time I hear that song!

One more cute story. The other day we were reading the story “Olive the Other Reindeer” before bed. It is a very cute story about a little dog who hears the song “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and hears her name (Olive) instead of ‘ all of ‘ the other reindeer. She goes to the north pole – becomes an honorary reindeer and saves the day with her dog abilities. Well after the story was over – we sang ‘Rudolph’. When the song was over – Cole burst into tears – sobbing, wailing tears. It took a few minutes to get him calmed down enough for him to tell me what was the matter. Finally, when I could understand him through his tears – he looked at me and said “they wouldn’t let Rudolph play the games!”. He was so upset because the other reindeer wouldn’t let Rudolph play the reindeer games. After a minute, he got upset all over again because the other reindeer wouldn’t let him (Cole) play the reindeer games. It was a moment when I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to laugh or sigh – ‘Ahh, how sweet!’

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