Monday, December 7, 2009

My friend Daddy

Posted by eljamieson at 8:08 PM 1 comments Links to this post
I read a book when Vaughn was first born that said boys eventually start gravitating to their Daddy's, choosing them over Mommy around age 2. It has started to happen around our house, usually the first thing Vaughn asks in the morning is where is Daddy? He often refers to Matt as 'my friend Daddy' (don't worry Levi you still hold best friend status) and wants to do everything with him. It is pretty cute although heart breaking sometimes as this morning as Matt was leaving for work Vaughn followed him around asking, "Daddy play with Vaughn?"

I'm not worried though he'll always be a Momma's boy and I'm proud of it!

Cheap Parents = Home Haircuts

Posted by eljamieson at 7:54 PM 2 comments Links to this post
In an effort to be thrifty Matt and I decided we could cut Vaughn's hair ourselves and save $20, good in theory . . . . and good in practice! Matt did awesome, there are a few stray hairs but all in all respectable and Vaughn was a trooper as we experimented the best technique on him. I'm sure we will only get better with time!

Vaughn looking slightly terrified of what his parents were about to do to him

Matt looking slightly terrified about what he was about to do to Vaughn

Vaughn asking if he still had any hair left
(we think he really was afraid of his Dad's skills with the clippers)

The finished product!

Festival of Trees

Posted by eljamieson at 7:21 PM 3 comments Links to this post
My best friend has long made fun of my love for doing cheesy seasonal/holiday stuff (although she is now a convert), for example our yearly trip to the pumpkin patch and cutting down Christmas tree's with my Grandpa. This year we added a new cheesy family fun tradition by going to the Festival of Trees.

We had never been before even though I've always wanted to go I knew that I could NEVER drag Matt there but he surprised me this year and suggested we go when we were offered a free ticket from his work. So we packed up the kids and headed downtown not really knowing what to expect and can I tell you it was AWESOME! The Shaw Conference Centre was full of amazing and beautiful Christmas trees including a Seasme Street Tree, Elmo and all. Vaughn go to decorate a mini Christmas tree, get a Santa hat with his name on it, go fishing and see SANTA all for the low low price of $20, that is my kind of family outing!
Vaughn showing off his Santa hat

Vaughn and I showing off our beautifully decorated mini Christmas Tree

Vaughn has been obsessed with Caillou lately and has been watching a DVD where Caillou goes to visit Santa. He was pretty excited when we told him while we were at the Festival of Trees he could go see Santa like Caillou, we practiced in line what we were going to say to Santa, "Merry Christmas, I'd like a train please" and he assured us he would sit on Santa's lap 'just like Caillou, Mommy." We were holding him back during our wait as he desperately wanted to run ahead and see Santa and then it was our turn and our very excited 2 year old was suddenly terrified of the very Asian Santa. We told the friendly elf to take the picture no matter what happened because we think that the crying ones are funny. With Vaughn clinging to my leg, Daddy gave Greta to Santa, which gave Vaughn the courage to sit beside Santa (he couldn't be out done by his sister) and sort of smile for the picture (we were so busy laughing at Vaughn we forgot to take a digital picture, whoops). I asked Vaughn if he wanted to ask Santa for anything and he nodded and then looking straight ahead he said "train please Santa" and then was done. He got his Candy Cane, petted Rudolph and then talked about how awesome Santa was even though he wouldn't even look at him.

Another classic family memory, for all of you in Edmonton I highly recommended making the trip down for the Festival of Trees next year!

This is a what we like to call "Proof Greta Came Too!" picture

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