You'll have to excuse the stawberry stained face, we had just finished lunch and hadn't cleaned him off yet! But if you look beyond that you'll see that Declan wrote his name all by himself! How awesome is the L?! That's our big guy!
Yesterday afternoon we made our first trip downtown to see all of the Superbowl hoopla, we're planning on going down a few more times....LMFAO are going to be performing on Friday night!! It was a bit chilly, but with mittens and blankets on the boy's they seemed happy:) We caught a quick dance appearance from the Colt's cheerleaders, I think the boy's were just as excited as I was! They also liked seeing the people zip line over our heads. I can't imagine how crazy it's going to get once all the fans get into town! Here's a few pics from yesterday.
For those of you that don't know, before I was a mom (and a blogger), I was a teacher. My first 3 years of teaching were at an incredible little school, St. Mark, in Venice, CA. I have never been part of such an amazing community of teachers, students and parents. Truly a wonderful place to work and call home. I can tell you one (or more) special thing about each student I had and even ones that weren't in my class, they are all so dear to me. My first class are now 8th graders at St. Mark and will graduate this spring and be on their way to high school...sniffle, sniffle. I keep in contact with so many of them and their parents, who really took me in as more than just their kids teacher. Well, on New Year's Day I had a very special visit from one of my former students, Maddie, her little brother, Gus, and her mum, Emilie who were in Carmel visiting their aunt and cousins! Declan and Conall had so much fun showing Maddie and Gus their rooms and all of their toys:) No doubt these two amazing kids come from two loving parents, they really are wonderful. Maddie is now a 7th grader and Gus is in 4th grade. It was so lovely to visit and catch up with them. And the treats Maddie brought us were gone by the next morning!
Christmas morning was so wonderful this year, watching the boys come downstairs to see if Santa came was just awesome. Declan expressed his excitement a bit more than Conall, but the both were super excited! Santa brought each of them a new bike this year and Declan's first words upon seeing them were "No way, bikes!", so sweet. Declan also got a guitar, a bee flashlight, slippers and Fruit Loops! Conall got an xylophone, a bee flashlight, a puzzle and Fruit Loops! I think the Fruit Loops were one of their favorite gifts:) Santa also brought both of them an art easel with lots of chalk, markers and crayons! They also loved the Nerf shooters and books that were in their stockings:) Now we just need to wait until spring to start riding the new bikes!
Christmas Eve started off with a long, but really nice mass at St. Joan of Arc and then it was home for a feast...a roast, mashed potatoes, broccoli orecchietta pasta and oreo cookie dessert! After dinner we got started right away on baking cookies for Santa, laying out their stockings and putting out a carrot for the reindeer. They said good bye and good night to Jingle Bell until next Christmas. Although Conall sampled one of Santa's cookies, the boo's were ready for bed and to see what Santa would bring them in the morning:)
This year at school Declan was able to go "shopping" at the Santa Store for his grandparents, us and Conall. We were so excited to see what he picked out for everyone and he didn't disappoint! He could hardly wait to give out his gifts, he helped everyone open them too:)
Pop pop got a little red flashlight with batteries!
Ya ya got a big green frog lawn ornament (I cried laughing so hard at this one!), it was pretty awesome!
Grandad got a green emergency rain poncho!
Gram got a little beaded bracelet!
It was so sweet to him give his gifts and to see how proud he was of each one of them. He picked out coloring crayons for Conall, a mug for hot cocoa for me and a nutcracker ornament for dad:) Best gifts ever!