Saturday, December 20, 2014

Festival of Lights


 Last night we went to the light show up at the fairgrounds.  It was a lot of fun!  You drive through two miles of Christmas lights, and then they have a section set up with different activities to do.  We took a train ride (sponsored by the Pegulas, owners of the Buffalo Bills and local heroes for buying the team and keeping it in town), played in the Christmas tree forest, and saw Santa!  There was a bit of a line, but it was worth it. :)

Santa was a bit surprised when James asked him for a cherry bomb, but we explained that it was a stuffed animal from the Plants vs. Zombies game.

The boys also did the giant bouncy slide, which turned out to be a tube ride.  James said it was too scary, but went back for a second time anyhow.  :)

We also went in the "human snow globe" (just an inflatable globe, no actual snow), and saw most of a kids' game show.  (Mattie really wanted to be picked to play, but no luck.  They were selling prizes -- little inflatable toys -- afterwards, though, and we let him and James get ones, so they were happy.)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Embracing Cultural Traditions

The boys were learning about Hanukkah in kindergarten.  Before bed, James says, "Mom!  Mom, I don't want to eat potato pancakes for Hanukkah.  Can we have something else instead?  (pause) Oh, we don't celebrate Hanukkah!  But I want to spin a dreidel.  I hope it lands on the side where I get all the coins!"

Mattie was very enthusiastic about a song they heard in school called Spin the Dreidel:  "It's so good!  As soon as you hear it, you fall in love with it!"

Edited to add:  The song is Candlelight by the Maccabeats.

Saturday, December 13, 2014


 Matthew was excited to make a star for the top of the tree!  (And in the bottom picture, the boys were eagerly watching what happened when you put a strawberry and a grape in the fire -- not my idea!)

Snow Play

 The snow was a little too powdery for good sledding, but the boys had fun on their snow slide, and Matthew was quite pleased with his new orange shovel (which he was calling a plow).  James liked shoveling, too, but his idea of shoveling was to dump the snow on his brother!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

New World

Five inches of snow, and school wasn't even delayed!

(Actually, I just saw the weather service report -- more like 7-8 inches!)

Winter Wonderland

A  little coating of snow makes Mike's lights look extra nice and Christmassy!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Going on a Tree Hunt

 The weather was a bit colder than ideal (27ish), but we braved the Christmas tree farm anyhow.  Fortunately they had an indoor area where we could warm up!

We did a hayride out to the tree area, and Matthew located the perfect tree.  Mike fulfilled his lifelong dream by chopping (sawing) it down, and it's now beautifying our living room.  Matthew got to toast one marshmallow -- we might have done more, but James was too cold, so we caught the hay ride back after that.  I'm sure there will be other marshmallow opportunities!

Matthew was also intrigued by the dried corn, and the boys both had fun tossing ice chunks from the sandbox.  :)

Lesson learned for next year -- farms are muddy even when it's this cold, so I'll put the boys in their boots next time!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Beginning to Look a Little Like Christmas

Now that December is here, the boys were eager to start decorating for Christmas.  Mike put up the artificial tree (we are hoping to go to the tree farm and get a real one when the weather is a little less soggy), and the boys started decorating.  They were also inspired by a bag of jingle bells to make their own Christmas things -- James's is an ornament, and Matthew's is an instrument.  (Mattie started by saying, "Let's see what's in the recycling!"  He picked out an old formula can and covered it with construction paper, and then added on the jingle bells on strings.)