Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy Holidays!

What a busy December we've had! Logan was all about helping out with the holiday traditions! He helped trim the trees (and untrimming the tree ornament by ornament!), baking goodies for friends, and even wrapping packages.
We celebrated our first Reynolds' family Christmas this year. Logan played with his 14 second cousins and was happy to get a dinosaur counting book from Great Grandma Betty. Kasey's cousin-in-law Kurt was an instant favorite! He threw Logan around and looked through a Tractor Supply magazine for nearly an hour! However, nothing could top taking a spin with Great Uncle Bill on Great Aunt Lynn's scooter!
We made the eight hour journey to Cherry Valley, IL to see Gramma and Papi on Tuesday the 21st. It was hard to tell who was more excited; Kasey to get his foot off of the gas, Logan to see all of the snow, or Sara to see her family! Logan kept telling us that he wanted "play snow." We told him he could in the morning after we bought him some mittens. The next day, when we put his mittens on, he immediately tried opening the door to go play in the snow. I think he thought mittens were all he needed, since we repeatedly told him he could play outside once he got mittens!
Logan made snow angels and even got a Papi-powered sled ride! They tried to make a snowman but the snow was not right for packing. Maybe we'll get some snow here in Kansas so Logan can try again!
We were so lucky to visit with even more family on Christmas Eve Eve. Logan got to play with his cousins Anthony and Kate and his second cousin Brooke.
On Christmas Eve Auntie Lauren, Kasey, and Logan headed out to sprinkle reindeer food on the snow so Santa wouldn't miss Gramma and Papi's house!
Early Christmas morning Logan snuck out of our room to go find Gramma! Luckily he was happy playing with the 20 year old toys from the basement rather than ripping into presents. He was thoroughly spoiled as was evident by his mountain of packages. He got his very own computer that plugs into the t.v. complete with Thomas and Bob the Builder games.
Some of his favorites were "Tato" and Woody from Toy Story. Thanks to his Auntie Lauren, Uncle Brian, Uncle Paul, and Uncle Zach!
Auntie Lauren and Uncle Brian also outfitted him with some very cool pajamas, slippers, and clothes. Every box he would predict to be a tractor only to be disappointed by clothing and chuck it aside. Mommy and daddy were very pleased by these presents!

It was great to see Uncle Paul even though he had to leave Christmas day. Good thing he did, Boston got 16 inches of snow the next day!
Logan had a great time playing with his Uncle Zach who was home on leave from the Army. I think they both enjoyed playing dress up with Zach's uniform, wearing stockings for boots, and laughing about DUST! Logan also received a new aunt over the holiday. We were able to attend Zach and Ciara's marriage on December 28th. Hopefully we will be going to their reception in March after Zach graduates from basic training.
We were able to squeeze in some time with friends as well. Logan got to hang out with his friend Lukas Melton while mommy had tea with her friends. He also got to spend then night at his pals' Emmy and Charlie's house. We went to the Shedd Aquarium with the Melton, Pelling, and Nash families!
We returned home on December 29th where Logan discovered that Santa visited him in Kansas as well! He could barely believe his eyes when he unwrapped his brand new Jeep! It is pretty cute to see him drive it a couple of feet and then get out to check under the hood!
On the 30th we had yet another Christmas celebration with Grandma B.! She brought Logan his very own kitchen! He loves it. We have been served plenty of pizza, cookies, and water over the last few days. He has also made several calls to Papi on the kitchen phone, "Snowblower? No snow," click.
Grandma B. stayed the night and we went to Kaleidoscope at Crown Center on New Year's Eve.
We left Kasey home to recover from his stomach flu! Logan made a couple of projects but was more interested in pressing all of the buttons to make sounds. He also liked playing at the Crayola play place.
The next day we took Logan to the doctor only to discover that he had developed his very first ear infection. We were hoping that his runny nose was caused by his new molars that recently popped through. Hopefully his medicine will clear it up and he'll be back to his old self.
We were so lucky to see so many family and friends this month! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday and that your 2011 is full of many happy memories!

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