Sunday, December 19, 2010

Twas the night before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas (in our house at least)
We ate all our veggies, we carved a roast beast.

We decorated cookies for Santa and T
He said, "One cookie for him, and then a few for me!"

We read Christmas stories, we sang Christmas songs
And then it was bedtime, yep bedtime 'fore long.

And then in the morning the magic was found
Santa had come and left presents; a mound!

Mr. T was in heaven, he squealed with delight
The train table, the bikes all lit by Christmas lights.

He opened the gifts and each brought a new smile
And that smile it stayed, for a very long while.

Our house was a mess for at least a few days
But it was all worth it in so many ways.

Our first Christmas this year was a wonderful time,
And we are sure looking forward to Christmases two through nine.

Merry Christmas to you, from the Wiggy Three
Hope you enjoy the total picture spree!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

MIRACULOUS on 34th Street

With only 12 days until Christmas, T and I decided to head downtown to Macy's, board the Polar Express, land in the North Pole and spend an afternoon dancing with bears, oohing and ahing over toy trains and whispering secrets in Santa's ear. It was such a blast and my heart was bursting with holiday cheer. AND, more importantly, Mr. Talmage LOVED it. It was so fun to watch the magic in his eyes!

He is beyond obsessed with trains, and couldn't take his eyes off of them the whole time we were in Santa Land (not even for a picture...and this was after multiple attempts!) There were big trains, little trains, real trains, murals of trains and T yelled, no, YELLED "Yamas! Yamas!" (Translation: Thomas! Thomas!) We were surrounded by older children who started our adventure not quite in the holiday spirit, but quickly started pointing out trains to T and laughing with him in excitement. It was beautiful.

The place was swarming with Santa's elves, and Talmage made sure that everyone of them was pointed out! He would point and scream "ELF!" He loved it, and all the elves loved him! He was picked up, hugged and talked to by all of 'em!

Entering the North Pole. Talmage was mostly excited, but kind of dissapointed that we had to get off the train...of course!!!

LOVE<> LOVE this mural.

Santa's sleigh was getting prepped by elves for the big day. It was full of toys, candy and everything fun and magical you can think of. Of course, T saw a car on top of the pile and grabbed it before I could grab him! We put it back, of course!
It wasn't long before T had the honor of meeting Santa himself. He tightened up when I first put him on Santa's lap, but he quickly warmed up. He made everyone laugh out loud (including Santa) when he started screaming "Duck! Duck!" as loud as he could. We looked around the room, and it was Santa who finally realized he was talking about a penguin! He told Santa Merry Christmas (we've been working on it) and we left the North Pole.
We ended the adventure with an ice cream cone and french fries from McDonald's. Even that was magical to the little mister, especially because there were pictures of Santa EVERYWHERE! He pointed them all out to me...and everyone else in the restaurant! He also discovered that dipping fries in ice cream is delicious. He is so my child!

I loved spending such quality time with Talmage. It was magical for him, and it was magical for me. As I watched his eyes dance at every new sight, sound and taste I realized that I was, in a small part, helping Christmas become alive for him. I was, in some ways, responsible for the magic of his Christmas. And in that realization, Christmas became more joyful, more exciting, and more magical for me than it has been in a long time. Being a Mom is the best, especially to a kid as cute, crazy and hilarious as mine ;)