I can’t say enough that 2009 has been an amazing year. Matt and I travelled to Korea as a family of two and came back a family of three. We learned about the joys of parenthood (and the hard bits too). We’ve had some rough times – sickness and loss of loved ones. But still it has been a wonderful year. I can’t imagine what 2010 will bring!
Wow – what a Christmas! It has been a busy few days, with a few hiccups along the way – but so much fun.
On Christmas Eve we went to Church – the children’s service – Alex sadly only lasted about 5 minutes. Then he wanted to wander. Other kids were wandering too – but our little man loved the way his voice echoed in the big church… so not so cute.
After church we went to Matt’s parents for dinner and presents with all his brothers and their family. There was also the annual visit from Santa – Alex was in awe – he couldn’t even make out his little “ho ho ho” that he says when we show him Santa.
Sneaking some candy cane...
Helping out the reindeer...
A reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas - a gift from Grammy & Papa
What a blur! Alex was up just after 7, so I got up with him, he had a bottle and I made coffee and by Matt got up shortly after. We then brought Alex up to the tree… Oh the awe in his eyes! Now I know what people say about how Christmas is so much better with little children around.
We opened presents and played with the toys for a while and then we had to get ready for my Mom and my brother and his kids who were coming over for brunch.
After they left and Alex had his nap, we got ready for another Christmas do at Matt’s grandmother’s place.
It was a good time… until…
I woke up at 2:30am and got sick… then Alex woke at 3 crying and I couldn’t calm him down until I laid on the floor with him. But then I would feel like I was going to throw up again, so I’d put him in his crib, and he’d cry and the cycle would continue. I finally had Matt go in at 4:30. By 5:30 Alex was in our bed for about an hour (and he slept!), then he and I were up for the day. So I had about 3 hours of sleep. And Alex was quite grouchy. I think it was the disruption in his routine – and perhaps the lack of a proper meal – he wouldn’t sit to eat with all the people around! So we ended up missing my Grandma’s Christmas that day. I felt horrid all day and got sick again around 7:30. After that though I slept for 12 hours and was a lot better.
So – no Boxing Day pics to share.
All in all it was a holiday to remember – our first with our little man. Alex really is the ultimate gift – I could not ask for anything else!
Today we were fortunate enough to go see a bit of history being made. The Olympic Torch made its way through Stratford this afternoon on it’s way to Vancouver. This relay is especially signficant because it this the longest relay in history – 106 days, visiting over 1000 communities, and travelling over 45,000 km (that’s 28,000 miles). It left Victoria BC on October 30, 2009 and will arrive in Vancouver BC on February 12, 2010 – what an amazing journey! Check out the interactive map – very cool.
We went downtown this morning with Matt’s parents, all decked out in our Team Canada gear and celebrated with the thousands of others who came out to see the torch. Alex fell asleep about 30 minutes in and missed the torch going by, but we have lots of pictures and videos.
With Miga, one of the Olympic Mascots
The crowds rolling into downtown Stratford
Alex missing out on the fun
Me with one of the past Torchbearers (don't know his name - oops!)
Olympian Julia Wilkinson, one of the local torchbearers making her way past (we had been in the front row until all the budding occurred)
Alex just waking up from his nap - not sure what is going on.
All in all it was a lot of fun – a little cold, but fun. There were protesters – of course – but I yelled at them since they were standing literally a foot behind me shouting- and Alex was sleeping. Surprisingly an angry mother scares protesters because they shut up and moved on – who would have thought?
Puppy. Alex is quite attached to Puppy. At first we thought it was wonderful – he had a toy that was a comfort to him, he would cuddle it when he slept etc. As soon as Puppy is in Alex’s grip, his two fingers go in his mouth, and he is relaxed. However – Puppy has caused some problems in the past. We forgot him once when we went away overnight – let me just say, no one slept that night. Also if Puppy gets lost in the crib at night, Alex will wake up crying for Puppy – usually he finds him on his own, but sometimes you need to go in and assist in the search.
Look at the death grip on Puppy!
Now for the last couple of days, at the beginning of nap time, Alex has been fighting his very needed nap – crying, then throwing Puppy out of his crib (we saw this a few months ago), then crying uncontrollably for Puppy. He is using Puppy to get out of nap time! We go in, give him back Puppy – try to console him a bit, then leave – then the crying begins and you hear Puppy hitting the floor. Grrr…. From what I hear – this is a trend in our Korean babes – perhaps they have been having late night convo’s…
Puppy has seen better days. He and Alex first started their strong bond back in May. He was quite silky – but now is really matted. We try to wash him at least twice a month – but sometimes even that is tough. So – I bought a second Puppy! I thought it would be good to have incase Puppy got lost, damaged, etc. Tonight I introduced Alex to the new Puppy – he cried and pushed new Puppy away. I think that relationship will take a while to solidify.
New Puppy and Old Puppy
My true love gave to me… my family dressed up as singing dancing elves?
We did our annual deer hunt. Don’t worry – it wasn’t a real deer hunt – but a hunt for those crazy prelit deer on people’s lawns. This is a tradition Matt and I have – I think it might be our 4th year out. Last year – we hit 101 in an hour – tonight 108! I guess Alex was our good luck charm 🙂 (It’s also a fun thing to do right before bed time – since the little ones can usually fall asleep pretty easily in the car)
So this is what we do:
- We drive around and count all the prelit deer each deer – 1 point
- Each prelit polar bear or animated deer – 2 points
- Each prelit large moose or prelit funky duck – 3 points (we saw 2 moose and 1 duck)
Next year we have a new rule – if the deer is only half lit – then they are worth only half a point. Get your deer fully lit people!
Wish we saw this herd – but I “borrowed” it online.
My true love gave to me… Popcorn Balls!
One of the Robinson’s Christmas traditions is the making of popcorn balls. Matt’s parents get all the grandkids together and let them go wild with popcorn and caramel. This year, Alex got in on the fun. I missed it because I was being pampered at the hair salon – but Matt caught a few good pics for you to enjoy.
One of the things I really remember about Christmas as a child was the Sears Wish Book. As soon as the Wish Book would arrive, my brother and I would grab our pens, and immediately go through the catalogue, initialling everything we wanted. By the end, I’m sure each page had something initialed on it!
This year, the Wish Book arrived… BEFORE LABOUR DAY!! Each year it seems to be coming earlier and earlier. And, of course, I had to peruse it right away – folding down corners now, rather than initialling items. But this time it was for things for little Alex.
And it seems that Alex also has my fondness for the catalogue – as you can see in the video clip below. Please disregard my silly voice in the background (don’t you just hate hearing your own voice on film?). I also really need to try and use our video camera more – rather than using the film option on my digital camera – the quality is just not there!