Friday, December 31, 2010

Sledding on Old Main Hill

We took the kids sledding yesterday for the first time.  A friend called and asked if we wanted to meet him and his kids at Old Main Hill and we thought it would be fun, especially since the kids had never been before. It was super cold, but we bundled up and went out.  We didn't stay long, and even though the kids were frozen by the time we were done, Sophia asked if we could go again as soon as we got home.

Richie's first time down the hill scared him a little, but not enough to keep him from trying again.  Sophia had fun going down with her friend and followed her up and down the hill.  Grace and I spent most of the time in the car because it was just too cold for her to be outside, but I put her down on the seat when she fell asleep so I could get some pictures.

Temple Square

While living in New Jersey we would go into Rockefeller Center at Christmas to see the tree.  Now that we are in Utah again we wanted to take the kids to see the lights at Temple Square.  The trip to Salt Lake is about as long as the trip into New York City, but the parking is much easier.  The kids were ready to go home after seeing lights on the side of the interstate, but I think they were glad we went all the way to Temple Square.  I have such fond memories of going to Temple Square as a child, and I hope my kids will have good memories of it, too.

Grace did not enjoy the outing very much.  I think she was just too cold and over tired.  So we ended up holding her most of the time and Sophia took over the stroller on our way back to the car.


Santa found us at Grandpa and Grandma's house, and everyone had a very merry Christmas.  Sophia couldn't get enough of opening presents.  Richie loved it too, but he periodically said, "Presents are really nice, but the reason we are doing this is that it is Jesus' birthday."  It is nice to know that he is paying attention to us, sometimes.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve Aunt Giselle helped the kids make cookies for Santa.
Sophia really enjoyed decorating hers.  She practically sprinkled half the bottle of sugar on her cookie and she sampled the frosting to make sure it was okay.  I am pretty sure it all met with her approval.
After dinner the kids put on their Christmas pajamas and modeled them for us.

Then Grandpa Call read "The Night Before Christmas" and the kids opened one present.  The kids were so excited to finally open presents and after playing with his toy for a little while Richie yelled, "This is the best Christmas EVER!" 
Just before bed we heard Santa's bells jingling and took the kids outside to investigate.  When we told them that Santa couldn't come to our house until they were asleep both kids got very anxious to go upstairs to bed.  Richie ran inside and to the room and Sophia kept yelling, "GRANDMA, I HAVE TO GO TO BED!!!" as Grandma was taking her picture.  

When Dad put her down she was upstairs faster than lightning.  When we went in to tuck them in Richie said, "No books, no songs!"  He was really nervous that Santa was going to skip our house because they were still awake.  We assured them that Santa would still stop at our house and they went right to sleep after we tucked them in.  They were SO excited for Santa and it made our Christmas Eve so much fun.  I love experiencing this season through their eyes, it makes it magical again.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

"Your Voice Smells Like Tacos."

Things said by Richie and Sophia in 2010 that we posted on facebook:

Sophia's snack request: "I tell you what I want, um...sumpeen like gwaham cwackas...owah, cheese cwackas...owah, any kind of cwackas I want." 

She proceeded to refuse all crackers in the house and went with fruit snacks.

Sophia just said, "Raisins, I want raisins!" So I went and got raisins and she said, "Not raisins, I said raissins!" I was a little puzzled, and told her these were raisins, but she continued to protest. 

Finally I said, "Do you mean you want what Richie has?" and she said, "Yeah."

"That's a boiled egg."

"Oh, yeah, boyed eck."

Sophia turns 3 this month. We asked her what she wanted for her birthday, she thought for a while, and then said, "... ummm... i think... presents."

When Sophia saw her cake this morning she said, "OH MY GOONESS! THIS IS THE BEST BIWTHDAY EVAH!"

At the end of a wonderful, but long day, I said to Sophia, "Happy birthday, baby." And she said, "Happy biwt-day to you Mommy."

Sophia just chased Dad and Richie out the door because she wanted to give Richie a hug and a kiss before he went to school. While hugging him she said, "Because you ah da best bwuda in da wold."

It was raining a little while ago, and little Richie said, "This rainy day is good for flowers... but not for things that can rust."

Chrislynn and Sophia just had a very serious discussion:

"Sophia, do you know you're not the boss?"

"Yes I yam."

"No you're not, Sophia. I'm the boss."

"No, I'm the boss."

"No, I'm the boss."

"No, I'm the boss. I'M THE BOSS!!!"

I asked Sophia for a kiss today, and she said:
"NO! I don't want to!"

"Sophia, please give me a kiss."


"Sophia, DON'T give me a kiss."


"Yeah. DON'T give me a kiss. I won't let you."

She then attacked me with kisses.

I just overheard Sophia have this conversation with the toy train she was playing with: 
"You are so beautiful." 
"Thank you Thomas, I think you are VERY handsome!"

Conversation from this morning:

Sophia: Dad, when I grow up I want to be a star catcher.
Little Richie: You can't.

Sophia: Yes I can!

Little Richie: No you can't.

Sophia: I can, and I will!!!

Little Richie: Stars are made out of gas and they're really hot. You should be a mom.

I had a tea party with Sophia this morning. After my third cup of tea (or hot cocoa) I told her I needed to go to work. She said, "But Darling, we're not done."

Yesterday, Richie was sitting on my lap and we were cuddling. I said something to him, and he said, "Dad, your voice smells like tacos."

We were heading out to take Richie to school, and Sophia was trying to give him a hug. Richie didn't want a hug. Sophia said, "Richie, if you don't give me a hug I'm going to freak out!"

I dropped Richie off at school this morning, and when I came back Sophia was standing in the doorway and said, "Back so soon?"

I need to get an advent calendar. The first thing little R said to me this morning was, "Mom, now how many days is it until Christmas?"

This morning Richie groaned and said, "I don't want to go to school today." When I asked why, he replied, "I JUST WANT A DAY OFF!"

Chrislynn was in the middle of doing laundry, and Sophia kept asking her to change her doll's clothes. After about the 10th time, Chrislynn said, "Sophia, I can't change any more clothes!" Sophia replied, "Settle down mom. Settle down. Just settle down mom. Just settle down."

The kids were being babysat tonight, and Richie requested a snack before bed. They gave him some Goldfish, and when Richie saw how much was in the bowl he said, "C'mon, I can count that high, give me more."

Sophia and I were watching the Dora Christmas Carol episode on Nick Jr. this morning. There was a very large Santa Claus speaking when she turned to me, looked at me for a while, and then said, "Dad, you look like Santa Claus." So maybe it's time to start thinking about those New Year's resolutions.

I was just playing Wii Bowling with Richie. He bowled a 200, and I got 94. At one point he turned to me and very seriously said, "Wow. You're horrible."

Richie was practicing his counting, and Sophia was trying to keep up. Richie said, "Mom, I don't think Sophia can count to 29." Sophia quickly replied, "1...2...3...4...29!"

Friday, December 24, 2010

North Pole Express

For Christmas Grandma Call wanted all of us to go to the North Pole together, so she got us tickets to the North Pole Express that leaves out of a little town in Idaho.  It was a great day with the whole family.

I had to wake the kids up to get them ready to leave, which I hardly ever have to do, they are usually our alarm clock, but they were reluctant to wake up until I told them we had to go get on a train to the North Pole to see Santa.  They both perked right up and started chattering.  Sophia exclaimed, "The Polah Expwess?!!!" and  Richie said, "Oh, I had a different idea.  I was going to hide somewhere in the house where Santa can't see me."  He was talking about trying to catch Santa on Christmas Eve, but he decided taking the train to see him was a good idea, too.  They were both so excited and anxious.  Richie said he had never met the real Santa, and seemed really happy that he was going to.  It took about three and a half hours to get to the little town where we boarded the train and Sophia kept saying, "We ah nevah going to get to Santa!"  They were both very relieved when we got to the train station and boarded the train.
The joy and excitement of the kids made it so fun for all of us.  As the train started moving Richie turned to me and asked, "Mom, whose idea was it to go to the North Pole?" I told him it was Grandma's idea and he turned and very sincerely said, "Thanks for bringing us to the North Pole Grandma." and gave her a huge hug.  It was so sweet because it came completely from him without any prompting from us.  Grandma said, "What five-year-old would say thank you like that?"  I was so proud of my little man, and so happy to see his joy in the experience.

We were on the train for an hour and a half.  It was a beautiful, scenic ride up the mountain.  There was a car with snacks and open cars so you could get a good view, and Christmas carolers came through the train singing songs.  It all helped the time go by so quickly and before we knew it we were at the North Pole.  Richie didn't think that the North Pole had any trees and he wasn't convinced that the stop on the side of the mountain was actually the North Pole, but Santa was there, so he accepted it in the end.
We waited in line to see Santa and Sophia got a little shy when we met Mrs. Claus.
They both told Santa what they want for Christmas . . .
. . . and then we all got together for a picture with him.
On the way back down the mountain Santa came through the train and talked to everyone again.  It was nice that he was able to spend more time with the kids and they enjoyed it.

Grace was oblivious to it all and was just a sweetheart all day.  She is five months old now and I can't believe how quickly she is growing up.
The kids were really good considering how much driving we had to do.  They were very tired in the end, but they behaved most of the way home.  At one point Richie was talking about numbers and for some reason he said, "Mom, I don't think Sophia can count to 29."  To which Sophia responded, "One, two, fwee, fowa, (pause) 29!"  She showed him, didn't she?

Going on the North Pole Express was a great way to kick off Christmas. Thanks Grandma Call!  The kids are SO excited about Christmas.  Sophia asked if today is Christmas Eve and when I told her yes she said, "DOES THAT MEAN WE CAN OPEN PWESENTS?!"  She was a little disappointed when I told her that we don't open presents until tomorrow, but tomorrow will be here before we know it.  Having kids at Christmas really helps make the season magical.  Merry Christmas Eve!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

'Tis the Season

It has been too long since I posted, but we had a busy month!  Dad turned 30 and the kids helped me make him a cake from scratch.
We took pictures to give him as a gift. . .
. . . and helped him open his presents.
We went to Blanding for Grace's first Thanksgiving.
Richie has started reading and read one of his books to Sophia before one of her naps.
We decorated for Christmas.
Dad directed an amazing production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. . .
. . . and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, which was Richie and Sophia's first play, and I also designed the set and did the props.
This is how they felt after a LONG week of rehearsals and performances.
Now our Christmas vacation has begun!