To get Christmas started in Grandma and Grandpas house we go Christmas tree hunting! It's been a life long tradition for me and something that I'm so excited for you to experience too!
The place we used to go when I was young was far away and had this scary cliff we had to drive next to. The place we go now is in Holister...a city just south of us. Its a short drive and this place is owned and run by a great family, us there is a bunch of stuff for you to do...besides run around in the dirt!
Here is our journey Christmas tree hunting...
First...you are not a fan of Santa, I don't blame you, he's a strange man in a funny outfit...
Then, You grabbed a saw (a kid saw with a plastic blade...I'm a good mom I promise!)
And we were on our way
Then we debated which one was the best...tall enough...full enough
You were just excited to chop a tree down with your saw!
Then you got a little bored and you and daddy went exploring...when you sit on your daddy's shoulders you either play with his beard/side burns or you stick your fingers in his ears...it's just you loving your daddy
Daddy intimidating the trees...
Then we found it...the tree we got was a little stubborn and Santiago helped us chop it down...with a chainsaw, which you loved
Then we waited, the guys put our tree on the shaker and then bagged it and helped us get it on the car.
Jack, you were here too...you are about 27 weeks old here
After we got our tree we went on a tractor sleigh ride
You were pretty excited...
You loved watching the tractor!
I love this picture...just a sweet moment
And I can't get enough of this picture...you were talking to us and plopped your head down...so cute!
After the tractor ride we went to the petting zoo...
It was quite a fun day...you really enjoyed yourself.
I keep thinking back to last year...you were almost 1 and not walking, now you are running around, speaking in sentences! What a difference a year makes.
Jack you were here too...and next year you will have a great time with your brother! I can't wait!!
It has become a yearly tradition in the Meyer house to have a Gingerbread competition. We all plot and look for inspiration all year long. It's a pretty big deal but, it's all in good fun. There is no real winner...because we would all declare ourselves the winner!! This year we bought some cookies for you to decorate as we did our houses. I wasn't sure if you would like it or not but you wildly exceeded any of my expectations!
Here is Uncle Matt starting on his creation...
You didn't waste any time you jumped right in. Asking for different colors of frosting and speeding it out with the spoon. I was very proud of you...look at your concentration!
Having a good time!
My happy boy!
Then things got a little crazy...
You painted your tummy and arms with different colors. You would ask "Mama, red please!" and I would ask you where you wanted it and you pointed to your arm!
Nana...decorating her house!
Mommy...creating a creepy village!!
Daddy, sculpting papa's head
You were just content to play and get messy
Nana thought it would be funny to make you blow kisses and get your face all messy!
You liked the taste of the frosting...you kept licking your lips and saying, "mmmm".
Eventually you got pretty sticky and weren't having fun any more. Daddy and Uncle Matt gave you a shower and cleaned you all up, but you loved getting messy. I was so surprised that you got yourself messy. You hate being messy. But, I think it's good for you to get messy sometimes and explore the things around you!
You were curious as to what I was doing and you wanted to eat all my gummy bears!
Here are our Gingerbread creations all finished!
My Zombie infested snow village!
Nana's Christmas tree farm
Uncle Alex's Tank
Daddy and Uncle Matt made Papa
Grandpa made a borg ship
Uncle Steve's amplifier (I think that's what it is...he had plans and everything!)
Grandmas Fall House
We have a great time each year and it's so fun that my family has joined in the tradition too! I love that you can have both families together and it's never stressful for anyone...they all love each other!
We had a very eventful Thanksgiving weekend!
I'm so glad that you love your family and that you are comfortable with all of them. We have great families Jake, you are so blessed!