Saturday, December 31, 2011

Santa’s Lap

As I promised after our last Santa visit, we saw Santa before Christmas.  Justin, James and I attended a Christmas party that the Army FRG (Family Readiness Group) put together.  It’s always great food, arts and crafts, games, and a visit from Santa.  This Santa (a very nice guy, by the way) wasn’t so Santa-y so, I was a little nervous that it would scare or confuse James.  Kind of like last year.


I was all prepared for confusion and tears.  I was prepared to tell James that this isn’t the real Santa, but that he works for Santa during this busy time.  I tried to prepare for a new fear of Santa.  In true Chollet fashion, I had all possibilities very well analyzed.  Or so I thought.

As soon as James saw the red suit, he was ecstatic.  He jumped out of his seat, “It’s Danta! It’s Danta!  It’s Danta!”  He patiently waited his turn to sit on Santa’s lap.  He stared and pointed and smiled and danced.  Every ounce within him believed that this was Santa Claus.  Just like his school picture, he didn’t smile, but he didn’t cry.  I was very proud.

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I was blown away by James’ reaction.  My favorite thing about my son is his innocence.  I never knew how concrete a toddler’s mind is.  If someone has a beard and red suit then, he is Santa.  Period.  No questions asked.  I couldn’t have been more wrong.  I couldn’t have been more pleased.  Another parenting lesson learned. :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Tra-Tra-Tree!

We got our Christmas tree a couple of weeks ago.  Let’s just say it was a hit!

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For one Christmas and one more week of our lives, I get to hear James say “a tra-tra-tree!”  With all the inflection and enthusiasm in the world.  He loves Christmas trees.  And I figure by next year, he’ll either say it correctly, or say it differently.  But for now, I’m loving every tra-tree syllable I can get.


We looked at all the trees, picked out our favorite,


and were pleasantly surprised to take the tree with us!


Then we went home to bring the tree into our house… What?  A tree in a house?  James was filled with more confusion and excitement than I ever thought possible.

So what did he do?  He helped Daddy.

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{And I clearly, by the way, did not help.}

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Eventually a kid gets tired, right?

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But he wouldn’t let go of the tree.  In fear that it would soon be gone.  So we gave up his shirt instead.  In Mommy’s fear of sap stains.

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And finally, he sat down.  On the window sill behind the tree.


We had lunch, James napped then, we decorated the tree when he woke up.  I put camera down for the day and decided to help out. :)

I snapped this from my phone one day.


And that’s the best/only picture we have of our tree.  If there is one thing proven on this Christmas tree day for the Helfers; it’s that boys are busy.  Very, very busy.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

For G-G

This is by far one of my favorite videos.  Although James was in dire need of a haircut and was wearing a skull shirt, I’m just thankful I got this on tape.  Every time James gets a phone {or in this case, an old iPod} in his hand, G-G is the one that he talks to.  Every time, nearly every day.

So G-G, I hope you’re watching!

Translation: he talks to G-G, says hi to his favorite song The Monster Mash, then talks again to G-G.  Tells her he loves her and blows her a kiss.  Then, tells G-G to “watch!” while he slams the phone against the wall.  That’s when I step in and the video ends. :)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

PJs with Santa

Friday night The Helfers attended an event called PJs with Santa.  And oh, were we excited!


We joined kids of all ages for milk and cookies, crafts, story time, movies on the big screen, holiday shopping and a loooonnnnngggg line to sit on Santa’s lap!  In other words, The Helfers enjoyed PJs without Santa, but enjoyed PJs with lots of other things.



First stop was The Little Gym.  As soon as James squirmed from my hand, he didn’t look back.

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Callie and Chloe “Cacky” and “Chlocky” played too.  Only Chloe is still young enough to make sure Mommy is right with her!

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We did arts and crafts.


While having cookies and milk.


We walked through the holiday market… with a remote control shark “ish” swimming through the air.


James eventually grabbed hold of “ish” and was kindly asked to let him go.


I looked everywhere for Albert the Alligator, but he lives in Gainesville, Florida.  However, Cocky the Gamecock was there.  I completely thought James would run and cry.  Instead he was happy as can be to see Cocky!


We were having such a great time, but the line for Santa wasn’t getting any shorter.  The cookies and milk only got us so far.  Even through story time, we were starting to fade.


The kids were beginning to meltdown.  The smiles were turning to dazes.  You would think the clock struck midnight.


I believe it was 7:00.


So we said goodbye to Santa.  See ya at the mall, or Christmas Eve or somewhere.  But we will find you before Christmas.  We promise.


In good spirits or not, to sit on you lap.