We, like many others, have been going nonstop since before Christmas, and we were really happy to stay home tonight and try to find the floor again. Christmas is such a crazy busy time, but it has a new meaning when you are watching it through your kid’s eyes. Owen had a blast this Christmas, and we continued a few traditions as well as started a few new ones.
A tradition that we continued from last year was to decorate Ugly Sweater cookies with the family. This year we even got to make some gingerbread cookies as well. Owen liked helping roll out the dough and cut the shapes out. By the time he was done helping he was covered in flour along with the kitchen floor. On Christmas Eve, Owen left some cookies and milk for Santa and carrots for the reindeer. He also spread some reindeer food on the lawn so they could find their way to our house. I totally forgot that I wanted to make some of this food, so I’m glad Owen’s teachers made him some.
Of course we opened presents on Christmas morning. We limited Owen to a few toys because we knew he would be getting so much from other family members. Along with opening his gifts, he wanted to help open everyone else’s as well. One gift that we got him was a roll up car track carpet. While opening it he said, “I think it’s a yoga mat, that would be cool”. He’s too much with yoga these days. The other night when I was reading a book for him before bed he told me to sit half lotus. He said he learned that from school. I should really look into getting him into yoga classes.
Owen has had two opportunities to see Santa this year, and he has started to understand that he is the guy that you want to tell about the gifts you want. He is still set on getting an airplane. So, hopefully, the one we got him is what he had in mind. Now he just needs to kick this cold he has had for the past couple days so we can keep celebrating the season.
So little time this season with so much we want to do with Owen. As everyone knows, Owen is really into dinosaurs – so I wasn’t sure if he would be excited about trains, but he absolutely loved the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum. They are only open on the weekends during the holidays so I was happy to get the chance to go. On the ground floor they have a small snack bar and a few train tables along with a train that the kids can control. Owen was a fan of pushing all the buttons to see what would move. They also have a movie of a train going down a track, but Owen wasn’t interested in watching that.
After looking/playing with everything downstairs we moved upstairs to the main train display. Once we walked around the corner I realized that I had been there before as a kid. I have a little more appreciation for it now than I did as a child. Walking through the display Owen had a lot of fun following all of the trains around and peering through the glass. I think we walked around the display 4 times. One of the volunteers even pointed out some fun things that we didn’t notice ourselves.
If you have some time this holiday season you should check it out.