Sunday, December 25, 2011

What an awesome Christmas

The boys are now starting to get "Christmas" and "Santa" which made this year especially fun.  Yesterday (Christmas Eve) we made our way to the zoo to wish all the animals a Merry Christmas.  We of course had to hop on the merry go round before we could leave.

Last night, the boys watched for Santa, then after we told them he won't come until they're sleeping, they agreed to part ways with the window and come to my cousin Rebecca's to celebrate the season.

Rebecca had an amazing Christmas Eve dinner with her dad and his wife, John's family and extended family, and us.  Kids running everywhere, decorations galore, and the best Christmas food. 

This morning the boys were incredibly spoiled.  Some favorites were musical instruments, books, a train set, and legos.
All in, we were / are amazed at peoples' generosity this year.  Most of all, we've loved watching (and hearing) the boys shriek for joy when they talk to their grandparents on the phone and on Skype - they are so filled with love for their family and friends.  Good reminder to enjoy those around you.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

They will be great men ...

We got one of the best compliments on Saturday - we were eating out (at our all-time favorite Mexican restaurant in Seattle - La Carta de Oaxaca) and the boys "struck up a conversation" with the family next to us. At the end of the meal, the man who seemed to be the father of the family looked at Matt and I and said, "they will be great men.  I can tell by watching how you are with them - you're doing a good job."  That felt good - especially since the entire dinner the boys were dancing and talking about their meals with full mouths to the family next to us.

The rest of the weekend was pretty rad too - we visited the zoo where the boys now know the layout, visited the aquarium, walked around Wallingford, and "hung" by the fire (which Wilson is mesmerized by).

Friday, December 16, 2011

Happy Birthday Jane Austen!

It's amazing that an author who was born in 1775 (on this very date - December 16th) shaped our literary culture so intensely. 

Thank you Jane Austen for Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park, and so many more!