We hopped in the van tonight and went to check out the area Christmas lights.
The kids were already in their jammies, and Kate and Michael were wearing summer shorts sets. They would not be persuaded otherwise, so that's why they are out in December in shorts and short-sleeves.
The excitement of Christmas is evident on his face.
We saw quite a few really great displays.
The kids were happy to shout "Christmas Lights!" at everything except a porch light.
We saw a really cool house that had an FM transmitter with lights that were choreographed to the music. We stayed and watched it for a while.
We ended out night with Sweet Frog frozen yogurt, even though the kids were dressed for a mid-summer night's sleep, plus coats and fuzzy hats. Part of the fun, I say. This was our first trip there, and we really enjoyed it. What a fun night we had!
The kids have not played with dress-up clothes for a while, but all of the sudden, they have become interested in them again.
David took it in stride when Kate dressed him up like a little sister.
Michael's school had Polar Express Day for their Christmas party. They got to wear Jammies and festive Christmas gear to school. Michael took a light-up necklace, but decided the Santa hat was too itchy to wear. Nothing says Christmas like fierce dinosaur jammies.
Today, the 1st grade classes of Michael's school went on a field trip to Kenmore Plantation, historic home of Betty Washington Lewis (George Washington's sister) and her husband Fielding Lewis. (You can take your own virtual tour by clicking the link above.) The kids got to vote for their favorite display in the Gingerbread House contest, which was based around the theme of "Favorite Christmas Songs."
I got to chaperone the field trip, then I stayed for lunch with Michael at school. We had a fun time!
They really enjoyed all the trains and displays. Some were interactive where kids could push buttons and make whistles blow and houses light up. David loved that he could identify all the Thomas trains they had going.
Michael sat on Santa's lap, but the younger two kids looked at me as though I were crazy when I asked if they wanted to sit on Santa's lap. I asked David who Santa was, and he looked questioningly at me and said, "Doctor?" I guess we should read a couple of tales of St Nicholas of yore so my poor kids aren't completely uninformed. On the other hand, it's really cute to hear David spontaneously pop out with "Happy birthday, Jesus!"
Kate and David really enjoyed some of the train play lands.
Michael has been asking to play basketball, so I signed him up with an Upward Basketball league.
He had an evaluation on Saturday, and he LOVED it. The season starts in January, and I know Michael is going to have a great time. I asked Kate if she wanted to play basketball, too, but she said, "No, I like baseball."
3 kids, 3 fevers, 3 coughs, 3 blankets in which to snuggle
1 mom home from church, 1 dad heading in for duty while mom works this evening
The kids got the flu shot last week, so they still have flu-symptoms (fever, chills, malaise, cough), as it generally takes 14-15 days for immunity to develop. At least their symptoms are milder than Jon's were.
Michael woke up long enough to open some presents on his birthday.
His favorite present was a Piano Guys CD. If you don't know The Piano Guys from YouTube, then let me introduce you. It's classical music with a modern twist. Michael is in love with their music, and desperately wants to be a cellist when he grows up. He was so excited to get their CD.
He quickly fell back asleep. We will do all the fun birthday things another day, but we got the important things taken care of- presents!