Max came for
Max came to visit over Christmas and Garrett got to come almost two
days early to spend time with his cousin Max.
Some of the things we did, besides playing as three and five year olds
like to do, was a bicycle ride at West Park (Nampa ID.) that was very
challenging and cold. The temperature was below the freezing
and Max got to cold causing us to abort the ride at the halfway mark.
They both had heavy coats and we had some stocking caps to go under the
helmets but the foot wear was the weak link and the feet got pretty
cold. Both boys had already had a busy day so by the time
got home they were ready for a nap with Grandpa in grandma's rocking
chair. The nicest part of the whole day. Return
on Thursday it was swimming at the Nampa Recreation Center
Garrett's swim lesson. We were running late and found we
have a child seat for Max so Grandma Cheryl brought him over while
Garrett was in his swim lesson. With all the play time
and no nap Max fell asleep on the way and was kind of cranky for a
while after he got to the rec. center. After watching for a
minutes he decided that Maxie wanted to swim. Once he got in
water things began to get a little more pleasant. After about
forty five minutes in the warm water pools the two boys were ready to
go home. Both slept well that night. Return
The Night we went to see Santa Clause
course there is always the
trip to the mall for a picture with Santa Clause. Now Santa
is a nice old guy with a fury white beard and he likes
to chuckle a lot and do a lot of "HO HO HOs". He is okay to
talk to but Max didn't think it was such a good idea to sit on his lap.
After all what do we really know about this guy? A
picture is okay but only if mom comes along to. Why does
Garrett have that cheesey grin on his face anyway? Does he always do
that when he is getting his picture taken? "YES"
As it turned out a visit with Santa Clause was not so bad after all and
we needed something to do for entertainment while we wait for
First came the Christmas stocking that Grandma Cheryl always
Of course the most important event
for Max and Garrett was the arrival
of Santa Clause. By special request Santa came to our house a
couple days early because Garrett had to go to his mothers house for
Christmas this year.
early on Saturday morning Santa was as good as his word and delivered
lots of stuff under our tree for the good little boys at our house. Return
Then there was the impatient wait while everyone gathered around after
the usual delays, looking for the cameras and checking the food cooking
for Christmas dinner.
It is the opening of packages that is the most fun
birthdays, and other events involving gift giving. When all
little boys presents had been opened they both readily made themselves
available to help grandpa and grandma open their presents and they did
it for free. Of course mothers and fathers are the ones who
most excited about what is inside the packages and the hoped for
With cameras at the ready they watch with great anticipation the
opening of gifts in hopes of catching that precious memory
snap shot .
Christmas preparations always seem to take most of the month of
December if not longer, the unwrapping of gifts, always the climax, is
always so short. I remember as a preteen feeling the desire
stretch out the time spent opening gifts as if to savor the moment just
a little bit longer. I still do that, but three and five year
olds don't understand that desire to prolong the event. Return
And then there is the problem of what to play with first and who gets
to choose. Of course, soon, there must be a break in the fun
to do mundane stuff like get out of the pajamas and get dressed for the
day. We are pretty informal at our house but the time
must come sooner or later. Return
When the day is done there is a scattering of wrapping paper and spare
parts of toys left in the wake as everyone goes on to other activities.
It was a great time to be a grandpa. Return
after we celebrated Christmas at our house
was the real Christmas Eve.
with his mom and dad went to a Christmas Eve service at our church with
us. Max really liked the church fountain in the Atrium and we
got some pretty nice pictures in front of it.
He even made Grandma and Grandpa look
Updated January 3, 2007