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21 Images to Complete 2012

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Yes, that’s right. 2012. I’m behind.


Comments Off on Christmas Written on December 25th, 2013 by
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It’s been a very merry Christmas around here. Santa was so generous to Max this year. He brought Max a bunch of LEGO sets, including a passenger train set. Santa also gave him a science kit and the Candy Land board game. He’s been digging both today. Granny gave him some Iron Man underwear, and the boy was most excited about his new drawers.

Here’s our precious boy coming down to see what Santa gave him (7:47):



After we finished unwrapping gifts here at home, we went to Mimi and Grandpa’s to unwrap more. Max received far more gifts than the rest of us combined, and he was happy to point that out as we went along.

We returned to our house for a short while before lunch so Max could play with his new toys, and then we returned to Mimi and Grandpa’s to have lunch.

Granny brought another thin-layer chocolate cake to Becky today. She wanted to “make up” for the dry one she gave Becky on her birthday five days ago. This one was better, though I prefer the chocolate cake that’s like my Aunt Jean’s. Jean’s chocolate cake has a ton of gritty, sugary chocolate all through it, not just on the outside. I’ve been trying to take my food intake in a positive direction for the past couple of months, but today was a step backward. I’ve eaten about half of the second cake Granny baked for Becky and I feel lousy.

Max has been wide-open all day. Becky was fantastic about playing with everything with him. I never cared for science kits. They always seemed messy to me. But Becky had a good time making glow-in-the-dark lotion with Max, and it was a pleasure to see the delight in his eyes and hear it in his voice as he demonstrated it to me.

The Candy Land game was a big hit. Max and Mama have played about a dozen rounds of it and I played a round with them this evening.

So it’s been very merry at Chez Max on this Christmas Day.


Comments Off on Christmas Written on December 25th, 2012 by
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We all had a pretty good Christmas. Max had a great time all day. Santa gave him a bunch of Thomas & Friends engines, two Thomas sets, a Chuggington train set, an HO steam locomotive, a super-cool Cars bicycle, and a few other things.

Granny was here for about an hour this morning before I knew she was here. She was knocking quietly and I mistook her knocking for a woodpecker.

Mimi and Grandpa came over to see Max come down the steps and behold the bounty Santa left for him. I think he was overwhelmed. He certainly enjoyed his stuff.

We all had lunch together. We enjoyed Mimi and Grandpa’s turkey and dressing, Granny’s sweet potato soufflé, mac and cheese, red velvet cake, and more. Then we went to Mimi and Grandpa’s to open presents there, too. Grandpa was glad to get home so he could take a nap, and as he napped on his sofa, Max watched Caillou. For part of the time Max watched TV from Mimi and Grandpa’s large coffee table/ottoman, and for the rest of the time he watched as he lay back on me. Precious.

Max had fun playing with all of his new trains today—except for his HO stuff. The only working track we have is at Granny’s. Maybe we can get over to Granny’s tomorrow to see how his new steam locomotive fares on his railroad.

Granny went home early this evening so she could beat darkness and the wind, and later Mimi joined us for dinner. Grandpa stayed home so he could rest. He and Mimi served more than sixty people this weekend, and Mimi did it while sick.

Tomorrow is Mimi’s sixty-fourth birthday. I bet she wants a nice, quiet, relaxing day more than anything.

And that’s why we plan to let Max ring her doorbell at 5:30 am, saying, “Happy birthday! Let’s par-tay!”.

Images from Christmas Day

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Nine from Christmas Day:


Comments Off on Christmas Written on December 25th, 2011 by
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Mimi, Grandpa, and Granny were all here when Max came down to see what Santa had brought him. Santa was super-good to our lil’ fellow. He gave Max trains, cars, a tent, Slinky Dog, and a stocking full of other fun things. He also got another cool present, a G-scale Polar Express train. He could hardly contain himself while Daddy and Grandpa assembled it.

Max had to take a break and go upstairs with Daddy because he got overwhelmed. That seemed to do the trick. When he came down he was better able to calm down and enjoy his new toys. He wasn’t much for eating Christmas lunch. He was too excited to eat. After lunch we opened gifts at our house and then went to Mimi and Grandpa’s to open gifts. Max got so much stuff! Granny even got Maxipoo a trampoline. We hope to get it put together soon.

Max didn’t take his nap until late this evening. While Max napped, Jaddie played with his new toys, a pressure washer and foaming attachment. We also set up Max’s new Polar Express train around the Christmas tree. Max loved having his Polar Express going around the tree and has been really into it since getting up from his nap.

We’re all about to go to bed for the night. We have another big day again tomorrow, Mimi’s birthday!

Images from Christmas Eve & Christmas

Comments Off on Images from Christmas Eve & Christmas Written on December 31st, 2010 by
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Three from Christmas Eve and six from Christmas Day:

A Fantastic Christmas

Comments Off on A Fantastic Christmas Written on December 25th, 2010 by
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We’ve enjoyed a fantastic Christmas today. Max had so much fun and the rest of us had a wonderful time with him.

Grandpa phoned about 8:00 this morning and we were still in bed. The call didn’t wake Max, but my coughing did. We gave our little buddy a fresh dipe and a bottle of juice and piled back in bed with him to watch Barney. Max stayed in bed with Becky while I put some stuff under the tree for Becky and took some pictures of what Santa left for Max. Grandpa came over to check on the little fellow, and Mimi stayed behind because she wasn’t feeling well. Granny came over to watch the little fellow open his gifts.

When he and Becky came downstairs he ran straight to the nifty car ramp set that Santa left for him. He stayed with it, too, hardly noticing the other gifts Santa brought him. Becky finally got his attention, and he opened a bunch of new Thomas & Friends trains. The trains weren’t designed to work with his new ramp set, but he made ’em work. Toby is easily the train Max has spoken of most today. I don’t know if he likes Toby better than Thomas, but Toby was the star of today.

Grandpa went home after a few minutes of watching Max, but he returned with Mimi for lunch and to open presents. Max had lots of fun opening his presents. Becky and I gave him more trains from Thomas & Friends and eight characters from the movie Cars. Some of his trains are bath toys, so that should make bathtime even more fun. Mimi and Grandpa gave him a SpongeBob ball and a harmonica, which he played for us and even danced while he played. We were astounded. We ought to be tarred and feathered for not already having this on video. We’ll try to get his act on video tomorrow. It’s something to see; Max really hams it up.

By the time we got Max settled down for his nap, it was nearly 3:00 pm. A little while into his nap, a light snow began falling and accumulating on our deck, trees, and yard. More snow is forecast for tonight and tomorrow, so maybe our little buddy will get to play in it tomorrow.

Becky went in our bedroom and got Max up at 7:10 this evening. He was in a great mood and all he could talk about during his diaper change and his descent down the stairs was Toby. Becky had all of his trains and cars on display for him, and he took right to them. He may have played an hour before he ate dinner. He was enjoying playing with his new toys very much, and we thought we’d be asking for a fight if we forced him to stop playing to have dinner.

The little fellow had one meltdown today. It was this evening when he was playing roughly with Toby. Becky told him to be gentler or Toby would have to go to timeout. Max had to test Becky’s resolve and Toby went straight to timeout. Max cried and threw some of his toys. He would’ve thrown them all if Becky hadn’t cleared them from his reach. So then Max went to timeout for about thirty seconds. When he came out he was a new little boy. He got Toby back and resumed play as if nothing had happened. Timeout resets Max’s clock.

Becky took the little fellow upstairs for his bath, and he carried a bunch of trains with him, though not Toby. Becky said he didn’t enjoy his bath because he didn’t have Toby. After bathtime Becky summoned me for milk and Toby, and those two items made Max as happy as a clam. While he drank his milk and played with Toby, Becky read him several bedtime stories. Toby even had to get his teeth brush tonight, like Max. Then the little fellow wished me “night-night” from the top of our stairs and went to bed.

A couple of new things Max is saying are “the end goose” and “thank you.” The first phrase refers to Becky’s calling him a silly goose when he says “the end” before the end of a story. She’s says, “It’s not the end, you silly goose,” and he’s combined those phrases to “the end goose.” Something he said for the first time today was “Catch, Mommy” when tossing his trains to Becky. And he’s now saying the word okay with the clarity of an adult. We see new intellectual developments in our little buddy on an almost daily basis. And what a thrill it is!

So we’ve had tremendous fun today and are very thankful for our many blessings, the most splendid of which is Max.