Guillermo was running into his favorite restaurant, Red Robin (ick!), the other night when he tripped and fell, face first, on the side walk. The scar around his eye was bright red the first night and he had a bit of bump over his eye, too. It seemed to be healing fine but he woke up Tuesday morning and his eyelid and the area under his eye were swollen. A trip to the doctor reassured us that it wasn't infected and now it's back to normal size but the scar will last for quite awhile.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Before Christmas Eve service.
On Christmas Eve, listening to Santa review Guillermo's Christmas list.
Modeling the ring she found in her new jewelry box.
Admiring his loot from Santa.
Christmas Day was a wonderful, relaxing, rainy day.
The day started at 5 a.m. when Maya, who had fallen asleep on the couch on Christmas Eve, woke up disoriented in Guillermo's room and cried that the Halloween music that she likes to fall asleep to wasn't on. Twenty minutes later, she had to go to the bathroom and was cold, but she didn't know or remember that it was Christmas. I got her back to sleep and she didn't wake up again until 7:15 a.m.
The rest of the morning we spent opening presents, eating breakfast and playing with toys. Guillermo's big gift from santa was a Lego Star Wars Magnaguard Starfighter ship. Maya received an playdoh ice cream set. They were thrilled and Guillermo wanted to put his Lego set together right away. Later he opened a new Jedi reading Leapster game and pretty much threw in the towel on the rest of gift opening so he could play his new game. Maya didn't want to stop, though. As much as I tried to keep up our tradition of one gift at a time, she would discreetly tear the paper off the sides of her gifts. When my parents brought out the bike they bought her, she looked almost scared at first, but she rode it around the living room a few minutes later.
It was pouring outside and the kids spent the whole day in their pajamas and nobody minded one bit.
Decorating the train cake.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Guillermo and Maya were angels yesterday. I don't mean they behaved like angels because they really didn't. Guillermo woke up way too crabby for it to be Christmas Eve and Maya was pretty upset to learn that she still had one more day to wait even though the Christmas countdown clock at a house in the next neighborhood told her the evening before that Christmas was just 1 day, 5 hours, 33 minutes and 24 seconds away. "It said one day, mommy!" she cried to me.
Instead, they were angels at the Christmas Eve service we attended at church. We went to service at the church where Maya attends preschool. It was great. The kids got to choose if they wanted to be an angel, a wise man, Mary, Joseph, or the shepherds. Mine choose angels and were given the little costumes and halos and during the service they sat with the other kids in the front of the church. They were thrilled. To make the service even better, afterward the church served birthday cake for Jesus. It was a perfect way to end the service.
The kids were less than thrilled when I told them that the one Christmas present they got to open that evening was their ornament. I relented and let them open the presents they gave to each other: the pink box of Legos for Maya and spy googles for Guillermo. I went to the airport to pick up my parents and the kids settled in with Will for a Christmas Eve movie. Appropriately or not, they chose G-Force because they were tired, they said, of Christmas movies.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Yesterday I was starting to think that my kids had lost a bit of their Christmas spirit. For the second night in a row, Guillermo didn't want to drive around to see Christmas lights. It isn't like we went every night, but he wasn't having it.
Then, after we checked out the Griswold house in the neighborhood next to ours and headed to another one, Maya asked if I could turn off the Christmas music in the car and put on kids music instead, please. "Will Santa still come to our house if we don't listen to Christmas music, mama?" she asked.
Indeed, he will.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Maya's Christmas program was last week. It was super cute. Her class wore paper elf hats and "sang" several Jingle Bells and several other songs in the church santuary. Maya sat in the front, right next to one of her best friends, and sang, or tried to sing, the whole time. She was so pleased with herself when she finished.
After the program, the children left the church sanctuary first and were going to serve the parents cookies as a thank you but when we arrived in the party room, we found the all the kids carrying plates of cookies back to their own chairs. For her part, Maya did get three cookies so she could share one (only one) with me. :) Later, she presented me with a present she made at her school, a paper snowflake ornament with her picture on it. It is adorable and so is the wrapping paper she decorated with red heart and green Christmas tree stamps. I love her school.
Maya and Guillermo finally saw Santa Claus this season. It was short and sweet visit at University Mall and unfortunately for me (and now you), my camera was out of batteries which forced me to fork over $16 for a 6x4 picture but I don't have a scanner so I can't share it with you.
Anyway, Maya asked for a paint set, which was what she originally had been asking for until last week when, inspired by a small box of chocolate in a gift bag for one of her teachers, she decided to pass on the paint set and just ask for chocolate. Now, she's hoping someone else in the family gets chocolate from Santa and she can just share but still enjoy her new paint set. And, paint set? I'm not sure where she came up with that idea but I'm sure Santa can oblige.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Maya's homemade christmas tree ornament - just what I was waiting for.
I love our Christmas tree and all of its ornaments. I love the glitter of the lights (and the mardi gras beads) and I love the memories the ornaments prompt. Late last week, however, I started to realize what our tree lacked (and it wasn't a Christmas tree topper because we don't have one and I'm never too interested in finding one). I realized the tree was missing homemade ornaments from Guillermo and Maya. We have a few beaded candy canes that G made a few years ago and a few decorated pine cones from a few years ago, but that is it.
What I want for my tree are kid-colored orange paper santa clauses or pink wreaths hanging on the tree by yarn. I remember my parent's tree always included ornaments my sister and I made when we were in preschool and kindergarten. I especially remember the upside down candle Julie made that we always giggled over when we hung it on the tree (near the back)
We didn't have any of those ornaments, or at least I couldn't find any, until yesterday. . Maya came home from preschool with an ornament shaped like a Christmas tree that she made out of green cardboard. She decorated it with shiny star stickers and beads. It's perfect and it's now hanging right in the front of the tree. And, the director of her school promises Maya will come home with lots more homemade ornaments after her Christmas extravaganza tomorrow!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Guillermo is now a purple belt. He passed his first belt test at Aikido tonight.
Last week, he made me so proud (and nervous) when he signed up to take the belt test after just one semester of Aikido. Most of the kids didn't want to take it, but he signed up and didn't look a bit nervous. He and another student took the test and passed all but two categories. He returned tonight for his last class of the session and passed.
To celebrate, we offered to take him out for Mexican food (of course!) but didn't tell him that we suggested Mexican food because kids eat free and beer is cheap on Tuesdays at the restaurant we picked. Instead, he wanted Japanese food (the nerve!) and we obliged. He ate sushi for the first time and loved it. I think Will fell in love with our son all over again.
Just for the record, the owner of the school where Guillermo takes Aikido says there are no belts in Aikido but he has them because the students love them and they keep the students interested. And it works. We had planned to skip Aikido in the spring and sign Guillermo up for soccer or something else for a change of pace. Guillermo was on board with that plan until he got his purple belt. Now, he's ready to start again in January.
It was cold, but we bundled up and went to the annual Christmas parade again this year and had a great time.
Maya's favorite part was collecting candy. Guillermo loved watching the Taekwondo students break boards with their fists and legs and then collecting the broken boards littered on the street. And for me, my favorite part was the latte Will brought me to keep me warm.
Maya did have a good time, I promise.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
We decorated the Christmas tree the other night and now it looks beautiful!
My Christmas tree ornaments mean a lot to me. Each year since I was young, my parents gave me one to reflect whatever was going on in my life and Will and I have passed this tradition on to our kids. This year, for instance, we bought Guillermo an ornament of a black belted-Santa doing martial arts because Guillermo is taking Akido and wants to be a ninja when he grows up. Maya is getting a mouse holding the number 4 because this is her fourth Christmas and she loves to find the numbered ornaments from years past.
Even though the ornaments mean a lot, I was determined not to stress out with the kids helping me decorate the tree. I wasn't thinking last year and let them open ornament boxes to get out their ornaments. That resulted in several torn boxes and a very stressed me. This year I made the rule that I open the boxes and they hang the ornaments. It resulted in a relaxed me, happy kids and a few branches heavy with a large concentration of ornaments. Still, it looks beautiful. And it was so fun to hear the kids marvel at the treasures they put on the tree. Maya likes the marshmallow snowman and Guillermo loves the ornament we picked up in San Antonio one year of Santa Claus in a saddle holding a gun (nice Christmas spirit we have!).
What we do need more of, I have to say, is homemade ornaments from G and M. Now I know what they will be doing during their winter break.
Friday, December 4, 2009
We went to Atlanta again this year for Thanksgiving and had a really nice time. We always have fun when we go, but the six-hour drive can be brutal. Luckily for me, Will drove both ways so I could get some writing finished.
The few days we were there were fun, but Thanksgiving was the best for the kids because they could see most of their cousins. Guillermo had a great time because there are a ton of young boys in the family. Maya was having fun but stuck close to me for most of the night until 4-year-old Emma arrived and then she left my side.
Guillermo was disappointed by one thing. He wanted to swim at one of Will's aunt's pools. We promised him we'd be back over the summer.
We don't normally celebrate half birthdays at our house but Maya's preschool does for kids who have summer birthdays when school is not in session. Maya is one of those kids so yesterday was her big day, at least as far as the school was concerned. She turns 3.5 on Saturday and her preschool made such a big deal of it. It really was pretty fun.
For birthday treats, we made chocolate cupcakes decorated with one holiday candycorn per Maya's request. When we arrived at school, we found streamers hanging in the doorway to her classroom and various play birthday cakes and other birthday toys were set up at one of the tables. She got to be "Kid of the Day," received a birthday sticker and the kids sang happy birthday to her when she passed out her treats. And, when I picked her up she was wearing a 1/2 birthday crown. (Of course, she wouldn't let me take her picture!)