And here's my quick catchup for December.
• Christmas decorations are up and Dylan loves the Christmas tree.
• We made a Frosty the Snowman picture to send to Grandma and Grandpa
• The biggest thing besides Christmas that happened in December was a trip to our neighbor's cabin in Willow (north of Wasilla). It was cold cold cold up there and there was no indoor plumbing (which meant going to an outhouse at below 0 temperatures in the middle of the night....cause I'm pregnant and I have to do that more often). It was also quite beatiful in Willow. Eva's cabin is on a lake, which was frozen and covered with snow and you could walk out on it (my first time on a frozen lake). It did get down to -10º the last night and morning we were there, but the sun made an appearance and the light was gorgeous.
• We saw our first (well, my second) bull moose with antlers on the way home from Willow. He was nice enough to pose for some photos (taken from the car of course).
• We made a new advent calendar a little later than I would have liked. But, it was fun to play catchup and add lots of stickers.
We used handprints for tree branches and Dylan cut out some of the circles and wrote all the numbers and the header.
• Dylan continued his snowman obsession through December (and it still goes on). He likes drawing them, making them with playfoam and talking about them. He's mostly inspired by Ruby's Snow Queen (from Max and Ruby).
• On Christmas Eve, we went to our friends Laura, Bill and Willow's house for a Christmas Eve party. The special guest for the evening was Santa Claus!! Dylan and Willow were both excited (Dylan said "it's Santa Claus"). Willow wouldn't sit in his lap, but Dylan did. And me? I compared my belly with his. :)
Santa and Dylan
Not sure how far along Santa was, but I was at 26 weeks.
Hmmm, all I heard was rumbling. I think Santa was hungry.
• Christmas was nice and long and relaxing. We've really learned how to do Christmas with Dylan. He's not so much interested in opening up presents. So, we took our time and made it very low pressure (we also tried to downsize a bit this year). We opened our presents a lot faster and would hand him one every now and then when he looked like he was ready for something else to do. We ended up spreading out his present opening all day long and that seemed to work very well.
Dylan's big gift this year was a keyboard. We have a friend who teaches young children and we hope to start in February or March sometime.
Dylan singing "Jingle Bells" on Christmas morning.
Denny and his Mad Bomber hat.
It's time for a wrestle break.
Opening gifts with Grandma and Grandpa on the computer.
Dylan happily singing "Frosty the Snowman" in his new hat.
• I got a stack of cookbooks (need to post about those over on the food blog) among other fun kitchen accessories for Christmas. I'm loving my new pancake pen.
Dylan watches his alphabet pancakes while they cook.
• Denny got to go on his first ever trip to Bouncing Bears with me and Dylan. Which was great, because pregnant lady having to go climb and bounce with her 4 year old doesn't sound like a lot of fun to me. And Denny was game to do all the fun things with Dylan. He had a great time!
• It was a cold month, but finally warmed back up enough after Christmas for us to go on snow walks again and even warmed up enough to make the snow the right kind of snow to make a snowman (we made two!). And by warm, I mean it was above 20º. And on the last day of the year, it was in the 30s (that's when we made our snowmen, or should I say, snowqueens).
Dylan poking holes in the deep snowbank. (Yes, his arm is all the way down in the snow).
Denny pulled Dylan around the neighborhood on the sled (they even did some urban sledding down a hill on a street). On the way home Dylan decided to lay down louge-style.
Dylan and the snowman we built.