Monday, December 12, 2011

~It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!~

Merry Christmas!  The Christmas Spirit is starting to work its way through the Veale house!  We've gotten a lot done, but as usual, there's still a lot to do.  We made cookies this weekend (a lot, I haven't even counted!).  Zachary loves to decorate a cookie then eat it before the icing is dry.  His version of "helping" is definitely that of a 4 year old!

Bryan and I got an early Christmas present for ourselves.  We got a new dining room table & chairs.  The set we had was given as a wedding gift and it was used long before that.  The chairs were coming apart and it was getting scary to sit in any of them so we splurged & got some new pieces.  WE LOVE IT!  I'm posting some pictures later in this blog but I won't have any of the table this time because it's too covered with cookies & other half-finished Christmas projects.  Definitely will get some up later because I want to brag about it :)

I'm working on getting our Christmas cards out.  That's a big job, but I do love sending and receiving them :)  Zachary's helped wrap a lot of presents and we've got them under our trees.  Yes, I wrote trees, plural.  We were pretty sure Eli would pull down our big one that we normally put in the living room so we bought a small, pre-lit white one and put it on a table.  We put a bigger one up in the dining room and he hasn't found it yet.  That's where the gifts for the four of us will go and gifts for extended family go with the living room tree.  So far he's left things alone but, frankly, I don't trust him.

Eli has been very busy cutting teeth.  His top front four are all in and he's working on molars now.  He had several nights of fighting sleep for several hours, but that's starting to improve.  Cutting those teeth has been hard on his body:  He's had loose stools, a runny nose, a cough, both ears are red and he just generally doesn't feel well.  Despite all that he's playing well and has mastered crawling in the past week.  His appetite has fluctuated as he hasn't felt well but he's trying lots of new foods and overall doing very well.  He's definintely on the mend now.  At his check up last week he weighed 20lbs 12oz.  When we're holding him on a sleepless night he feels like he weighs 45lbs!

Zachary has written his letter to Santa and his big wish this year is for Imaginext Dinosaurs.  Go figure, the kid wants dinosaurs.  I tried to explain Santa's naughty & nice list to him and I think he "gets it."  Occasionally he'll ask me which list he's on that day.  So far it's been nice all the way!  Even more important than Santa, he's really into the fact that Christmas is the celebration of Jesus being born.  I love hearing him say "Bethlehem," "frankencense," "gold," and "myrh."  Bryan & I can't believe that Christmas decorations are enough for Jesus' birthday.  We're still figuring that Jesus will need a dinosaur party and we'll have to incorporate that with our trees, but for now that idea hasn't occured to Zachary.  There's still time!

We go to see two of Eli's cardiologists this Friday.  At that appointment there will be more discussion regarding a pacemaker.  As we've said before, we're not going to stress over this.  It's something that will help him and at least we have an option for this problem.  We'll save our big worries for the problems that don't have any options.  I'll post again sometime after that appointment to let you know what we find out.

The four of us went to Washington's Christmas Parade yesterday.  We think it was Eli's first parade.  It was a good day for it, temps in the low 40's and it wasn't windy at all.  We had Eli bundled up like Randy from "A Christmas Story" but it's hard to keep those cheeks covered!  Zachary was nuts with excitement and we all had a good time.  When we got home we started decorating some of the cookies we'd baked the day before.  

 ~It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!~

We hope all of you are enjoying the Christmas season and thanks for reading!

Our new tree in the living room.

Albert completing his annual "present sniff"

Our dining room tree

Some of the cookies we baked and decorated this weekend. 

Waiting for the parade to start.  I promise both boys had fun, Eli just didn't want to sit on the sidewalk for a picture!

Mommy & Eli waiting for the parade to start

Daddy & Eli all snuggled up

Excitedly waiting for candy

Part of Zachary's "The Parade's About to Start!" dance

Just in time for Christmas, Eli has become a pot & pan drummer

Some of Eli's crawling skills

Mamaw Betty helping Zachary write his letter to Santa

Zachary & Eli played in a laundry basket for about 45 minutes the other day.  The basket was a boat, a train, then a boat-train.  Eli had a blast with the special attention Zachary was giving him. 

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