January 17, 2018

Christmas 2017

This post is long overdue, but the great sickness of 2017/2018 has hit our house and we are just slowly recovering from it. 

We celebrated Christmas Eve at Katie's mom's house, just like we did the last few years. She always has a ton of people over and even Katie's other side of the family joins.
This picture probably sums up where the sickness all started. Although we live in Arizona and it wasn't "that" cold, I kept saying that he shouldn't play outside without shoes on, so I'm totally blaming it on this. 

Everybody brings some food and it's always a great time.

Brock (my new brother in law) flew in from North Carolina and Sharon (his grandma) from Oregon.

Annual family picture in front of their tree. 

Being silly with Mommy and Grandpa

Rene' had the Santa tracker ready, just like the last few years, but Fox wasn't as impressed as last year and only watched for a minute. 

Ashlie and Fox's favorite: Snapchat

Fox was allowed to open an early christmas gift from a family friend and he loved the remote controlled cars he got...although he still doesn't really know how to drive them without crashing into everything that's around. 

We opened some gifts after dinner, but it was super late and Fox started feeling crummy, so we went home pretty soon after that.

At home, we quickly put out milk and cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer before it was time for bed.

Fox's reaction to this fire station was priceless. He is not one who shows emotions easily, but he said something like "Wow...this is awesome!" and it totally made those four hours it took to build, worth it. 

Before the rest of Katie's family joined us for breakfast, I took a turn for the worst and basically stayed horizontal for the rest of the day. 
We weren't exchanging gifts with the adults, since we all planned to go to Disneyland the week after (which in the end our family had to cancel, because we were all so sick, the others still went), but we couldn't pass up this plunger. 

Fox doesn't refer to Grandpa as Grandpa anymore, he now says "My best friend, Grandpa Jones", so cute!

Fox had asked for the board game "Mousetrap" for a very long time and was so excited to play it, after Uncle Brett spent about 45 minutes putting it together. 

All in all, I have to say that it was the worst Christmas ever for me, because I felt so sick, but I was grateful to still be around family and that Fox had tons of people to play with. 
I hope you all had a great holiday season with your loved ones!

December 30, 2017

The Elf on the Shelf

I bought this little Elf years and years ago, before I ever had Fox, long before I was even pregnant. 
I couldn't wait until I could put this little guy to use. Last year, we introduced him for the first time, which is when Fox named him "Airplane the Elf". Since Fox was only 2.5 years old at the time, we only moved him around the house and he was excited to find him every morning. 
This year however, was a whole new ballgame, and December 1st couldn't come soon enough for me. 

Day 1
We started the tradition last year, that our Elf always brings Fox his Advent Calendar, he got a Lego one this year.

He was super excited to see him, although I think he was more stoked about the present and candies he brought with him.

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4
Starting off Monday right.

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7
This must have been Fox's favorite, he was cracking up and told everyone about it.

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

Day 11

Day 12
Nobody understood what he was doing here...do you?

Day 13
I was kind of over this guy by then, because it took me like 15 minutes to position him.

Day 14

Day 15

Day 16

Day 17
Fox hated this one, totally stressed him out.

Day 18

Day 19

Day 20
He immediately informed me that the other driver is a Christmas ornament and put him right back on the tree.

Day 21

Day 22

Day 23

Day 24
By Day 24, I was more than happy for this little guy to go back to the North pole and stay there for the next year. 
Until next year, Airplane the Elf!