Must be a boy thing.

So, last night we were sitting having our dinner, and Gavin is babbling away. Josh looks at him and goes "Say dada?" and Gavin looks at Josh with his impish grin and goes "Dada!" I take my turn and look at Gavin and go "Say mama?" and he looks at me and says "Mama!" How cute is that? Anyway, today at lunch I attempt to see if I can get Gavin to say "Mama" again. I sit across from him and start baby talking "Gavin, can you say Mama? Maaamaaaaa?" and Jayden immediately mimics me, but with his own words. "Gavin, say poop. Poop! Can you say poop?? Gaaaaavin. Poop" I can't wait to take Gavin into public after Jayden has successfully taught him his favorite words.

It's Santa!

Saturday we took the boys to see Santa. Jayden was pretty pepped up about it, and I was beginning to think that maybe this year he would get a picture with Santa (it was a no go last year). He sat with Josh as they made out his Christmas list before we left, and we stressed to him repeatedly that he didn't get presents that day, he just told Santa what he would like so Santa would know what to bring. We decided to go to Fun City, because it supports the Kiwanis club and you get a card to play the games afterward. Jayden was pretty pumped up when we got there, we all started walking towards Santa, and as soon as he got into view...Jayden immediately started walking backwards. Luckily the picture machine wasn't working and we had a good 20 minutes to warm Jayden up to Santa. Gavin on the other hand was mesmerized by Santa. He walked right up to him, and as I placed him on Santa's lap, he immediately started crying.
So, we didn't exactly get a Hallmark moment, but we did get both kids in the same picture with smiling with Santa.

Christmas Hoedown!

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Gavin's One Man Band

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Apparently Jayden isn't going to be the only loud kid in the house. Gavin has figured out how to toot the recorder, and use it as a pretty awesome drumstick too!
Also, you'll see that he's walking better and better. He'll be ten months on the 23rd, can you believe it?!?

Saint Nicholas Day

First of all, you all need to check over at Hazel's Blog, her parents have some wonderful news! It's a story like that that makes Christmas so much better, and reminds us all to be thankful.

Secondly, you may or may not know that today is St. Nicholas Day. This is the actual feast day of Saint Nicholas, patron Saint of Children (among many other things). From my understanding, the Eve of St. Nicholas Day is when St. Nicholas fills the children's stocking. It's supposed to be with things that the children can share, so typically treats and candy.

This was our mantel this morning. St. Nicholas was nice enough to put everything up on the mantel, he must have known that Jasper (our dog) is typically on the naughty list and not to be trusted with anything on floor level.

Jayden was patient enough to let us snap a picture before they peeked into their stockings. The boys also had some gifts from Josh's parents, they got Gavin a baby Christmas CD, some cars, and some socks. Jayden recieved candy, a Cars dry erase board, playing card games, and a slinky.

St. Nicholas got the boys candy, raisins, some other snacky stuff, toys, and they're yearly ornaments.
The ornaments each year typically define the child for that year. This year, Jayden's was a John Deere Tractor, and Gavin's was an angel that says "A Gift From God" since this is his FIRST Christmas.
That was all for this morning. Hopefully we'll get to see Santa today. I don't know if Jayden will sit on his lap, but maybe a taste of whats to come from this morning will help entice him. I have a pretty strong feeling that Gavin might yank Santa's beard off, but we'll see...

Hazel Update

For an update on baby Hazel, please go to their blog:
Her mother has written a complete update on everything that has happened up until now.

In case you didn't know, batteries are very very dangerous. The battery that Hazel swallowed was out of a remote control, but it was one of those small nickel sized batteries. Those same batteries are used in greeting cards, and can be very very dangerous around small children. All over the county children are being rushed to emergency rooms because those batteries come out, and the children swallow them. Battery acid starts leaking within the hour, and has the potential to cause a lot of damage.
Many of you know, Jayden LOVES those cards, and we always keep them out to play with. I'm sure this is the case in many houses. But, I'm sending out a request for no more. I can't imagine going through what Hazel's mother is going through if Jayden or Gavin were to swallow one. So, we're going to stop buying them, and would love for you to do the same. Nothing is more important than a child's safety.