And now, a glut of photos (some of which will be followed by a short story from the day or Captain Random snippet of detail...not all of 'em though, or we'd really be here all day). I'm like 3 weeks behind at this point, so this is going to be a long one. I recommend snack and potty breaks, if needed.
Here we go!
Barcroft Rec Center. It's the same place we went to watch Tom play indoor soccer; the same room, in fact. For two hours, the whole room is full of push toys and scooters and balls, and the kids can play with whatever they like. Soren and A ran around for a good hour and change, and even Eleri found some things to play with. Later in the afternoon, we had to go to the mall for something, and we stopped by the play area there before heading home. Eleri crawled all around and climbed on stuff. Crummy and blurry though this cell phone picture is, you can tell she's having a wonderful time.
In other news, this is one of my favorite pictures I've taken of Eleri, recently.
Above, you can see Soren siting at the computer, doing one of his favorite things of late. Yaya sent us a digital advent calendar, which plays little animated videos for each day of the month. We've incorporated it into Soren's daily "screen time" allotment, and he thoroughly enjoys clicking though the different animations, revisiting his favorites every day. He is becoming quite proficient at using the mouse and can find and start both the calendar widget and his Hooked on Phonics game from the Start menu, all by himself.
Dogfish Ale World Wide Stout. Unfortunately, I forgot that this was the same kind of beer that I split a bottle of, last time. And sipped very slowly. Because this particular beer happens to contain 18% alcohol by volume. And doesn't happen to mention this fact on the bottle's label (only on the box). So as I say, I forgot all of these helpful facts and just drank the beer, before dinner, at the general speed at which one might consume a "normal" beer. Heh. By the time I figured out something was amiss, I was about 3/4 of the way through the bottle. We all had a good chuckle over my mistake.
YouTube Christmas Extravaganza videos for the kids. A couple of years ago, Wade Johnston asked some of his favorite YouTube artists to collaborate with him on a collection of Christmas songs, and this was the result. Among the artists involved: Soren's adored Pomplamoose. In the photo above, those giant Legos are Soren's headphones, and he's singing O Come All Ye Faithful. Of course, he doesn't really know the words, so "Christ the Lord" is sung as "Christolo." Hehe.
Of all the YouTube Christmas videos, Soren's favorite is probably this one, featuring Danielle Ate The Sandwich singing Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. He parrots the bit at the beginning off & on throughout the day while he's playing. It's pretty funny.
I'll give myself a bit of a break before starting on Eleri's. ;) Fortunately, I think I'll probably be able to get hers done in less time than it took me to do Soren's. There was a pretty steep learning curve that prevented me from being super efficient at the beginning, but I ought to be able to apply what I learned and get through hers a bit more easily.
Whew! Caught up once again. I'm sorry I've been having trouble finding the time to blog on a daily basis. Makes it much more intimidating when I have a few days, and then a week, and then multiple weeks, to catch up on. Once again I shall endeavor to be more consistent with my updates. But you know how that'll probably turn out. ;)
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!