Wow, what a way to end the year with our very first blizzard. We got about a foot of snow here in Boston and the winds were definitely fierce! The best part was that apparently snow removal is including in our lease! I had gone outside to shovel a spot for Charlie to park when he got home from work when a truck with my landlords name on it beeped at me! It was really good timing since Shaun was done being outside and Evan was going to be waking up from his nap soon!
Then on Wednesday we went to Grammy & Papa's house to go sledding! I even took Evan down the hill a few times! David loved sledding down the big hill and especially going over the jump that they made!
The song lyrics are true! Christmas is really the most wonderful time of the year! It was made even more wonderful with the news that we'll be heading north this summer. Charlie will be joining a practice up in Concord, NH. It's hard to believe that this chapter in our lives is coming to a close and we'll be able to settle down somewhere for good! I cannot wait to start house hunting and calling some place home! David is already worried about Santa not knowing where the new house is, so we promised that we'd send him a "change of address" form!
We have had a very busy couple of weeks. Our Christmas celebrations started last Saturday at our annual Rec Center party! Silly Willy the clown came and performed his magic show and then made the kids balloon puppets! Shaun asked for a Santa hat!
Then there was a visit from Santa!
The boys had a lot of fun decorating gingerbread men cookies and playing with their friends! The rest of the week was just as busy, David had his class party on Monday, while Shaun was at the Rec getting ready for a Christmas parade! This is Shaun checking out his Rudolph nose! He was pretty excited!
On Wednesday the David had his concert at school. He looked very handsome in his suit!
Thursday was a nice relaxing low key day, we headed over to Susan's to make gingerbread houses. The kits were really cute and had a little candy Santa with a sleigh. They walls were made from brown sugar and pretty heavy so they didn't stay up very well, but the kids had fun and that is all that counts!
On Christmas eve we headed to MIL & FIL's to spend the night. David wrote a note to Finn (our Elf on the Shelf) to let him know to tell Santa that we'd be staying there so he would know where to bring their presents! We went to the Christmas Eve service at the Atkinson Congregational Church and then came back to open up the traditional Christmas jammies, and then make cookies and hot cocoa for Santa before heading off to bed.
Evan liked the paper more than the Jammies!
The boys woke up at 6:40 Christmas morning but I was able to hold them off until 7am. We hung out in our bed talking about what they thought was waiting downstairs for them! David watched for the SIX to change to a SEVEN and said "It's time to go downstairs now!"
The boys before opening their gifts!
This is also a very special Christmas since it's Evan's FIRST Christmas! He had so much fun watching all the excitement going on, but mostly he just liked eating the paper!
After all of the excitement of opening gifts at MIL & FIL's we headed over to my parents for a delicious Christmas Prime Rib dinner and more festivities! My Aunt, Uncle and cousins stopped by for dessert and Secret Santa before we headed back to MIL & FIL's for to pack up and head home!
The 10th marked Shaun's half birthday and on Monday we attempted to go for his 2 and a half year check up. It was going to be good timing since I needed to go back for Evan's second dose of the flu shot. Well it turns out that since we pushed back his 2 year check up (so that it matched up with Evan's 2 month check up) a month we were 2 and a half weeks early for his 2.5 year check and therefore the insurance wouldn't cover it. I mean really, forgive me for trying to schedule the least amount of office visits possible for my three children. So in any case, since they don't care how LATE you do the check up, we have rescheduled Shaun for February when Evan goes for his 9 month check.
But since he was already undressed to be measured and weighed, and was looking forward to it (we had talked about it in the car ride over), I asked the doctor if he could go step on the scale. I was also curious to get his real time official stats, which are:
Height: 36 inches Weight: 31 3/4 pounds
Right about in the 50th percentile for both. He has been consistently right at 50 percent since birth! Just an average Joe! In other news, he was re-evaluated for his speech today and no longer qualifies for services! That means he is emerging or at expectations in all levels. I knew he wasn't going to qualify before the big exam since he's been doing so well with using his words, but it was nice to see just how far he has come since the beginning of summer! His new favorite thing to do is sing Jingle Bells and so I am going to try and get him on video, it seriously is the cutest thing ever!
Saturday was MIL's birthday so we celebrated with lunch and a trip to the Enchanted Village at Jordan's Furniture. The boys had a blast seeing all the Christmas displays, but their favorite thing was when the lady made it snow inside! After we walked through the village we waited our turn to see Santa! David couldn't wait to tell Santa what he wanted for Christmas and Shaun too! I wasn't sure if Shaun would sit on his lap but he ran right up to him and told him that he wanted a Mr. Pricklepants for Christmas! Evan even had fun meeting Santa for the very first time! When we got home, the boys got to enjoy their early Christmas present from Omi & Grampy, a train set for around our Christmas tree! It was a magical day filled with lots of Christmas cheer! It really is the most wonderful time of the year!
Friday was the last weigh in for the 12 week Biggest Loser competition on my board and I came in 4th place (tough competition this time!) having lost a total of 11.4 pounds! In 24 weeks I have lost 17.21% of my body weight for a total of 31.9 pounds, which is basically the equivalent of Shaun!! I am comfortably in a size 10 now and have lost a total of 5.5 inches off my waist!
One of the requirements of the game was to take before and after pictures. I took them, but swore I would never show them on here. Seeing the woman from my board posting their results is what motivated me to (finally) get my lazy butt off the couch and onto a treadmill and so I decided to post mine, in the off chance that my pictures will motivate someone to do this!! Now I am not a crazy person, I'll spare you all the stretch mark belly images by only showing my results from behind!
The official competition is on hold until January 1st, but a few of us have made a pact to weigh in the hopes to maintain during the holidays. I might be a tad bit ambitious but I am hoping to continue losing! I still have 19 pounds to lose to get to a healthy BMI and that is just to get to the top range of healthy! I hope to be there by Summer! I may never be able to wear a bikini ever again (thanks to my little loves!) but it will be nice not dreading bathing suit shopping!!!
He's getting so big! According to the Wii Fit Baby Stats he is 19.2 pounds and we're just about ready to start packing away for the last time all the 6-9 month clothes. I have been putting him in size 12 months and 12-18 month clothes now. The 12-18 month pants area little long but they fit nice around the waist! About a week ago we noticed that he was starting to get his first tooth, it finally broke through on Thanksgiving Day but it is still a little hard to see. Last night was the best picture we've been able to get of it. You have to look really close!
He is starting to get up on his knees, so I don't think crawling will be far off now! He already moves around the living room floor by rolling and scooting on his belly. Now we just have to work on those sleeping skills! For a kid that barely naps during the day, you'd think he'd sleep all night!