Starting with the Birthday:
Alex lending a helping hand with the presents - that's what friends are for.
And what else - TRUCKS!
Josh is REALLY getting into the Christmas spirit this year. He's ready for Santa and lights and music and decorations and PRESENTS. He was really excited to decorate the tree on the day after Thanksgiving. He wanted to do everything himself. Santa always brings Matt the Hallmark fire engine ornament each year and they are placed up on the mantle. Nobody could do ANYTHING until Josh got those out, visually inspected them, and placed them on the mantle himself.
I think Josh is trying to tell us he is a gift in this picture but I just think somebody is getting a big, smelly present wrapped up this year.
Another stopping point we had involved the camper ornament we have. That camper could NOT go on the tree without a truck pulling it. We all had to stop while Matt tied up one of Josh's Hot Wheels cars to look like it was towing the camper.
Another of Josh's favorites is those singing snowman thingies that Hallmark has each year. He likes to line them up and start them all up at once. After about half an hour, it's hard to take anymore.
Yesterday, Jen and Josh made some ornaments out of applesauce, glue, cinnamon, and other stuff.
And the finished product:
There is one particular ornament that when Matt was a kid, the only way to put it on the tree was to stand back and toss it onto it. Where it landed is where it stayed. Here's Josh learning the ropes.
Here's josh admiring his idea of the camper being towed by his Hot Wheels truck
Finally, the Jingle Bell Rock Show!