Christmas has come and gone, the New Year has come – and well…it’s still here. Happy 2019, everyone.
The boys were off for two and a half weeks this winter, which was really long and also really nice because it allowed for ample hours of laziness and play. Our new favorite: Clue.
We took two quick trips: The first to New Jersey and Delaware, where the boys got to play and have a sleepover with their cousins. Also, their Grammy invited everyone to a performance of the Nutcracker at the First State Ballett in Delaware, of which she is also the President. We started with a tea party and open candy bar, followed by hot chocolate, Nutella sandwiches and frosted cupcakes, followed by the assumption that children would sit still for two hours of ballet.
Julian was really mesmerized and enjoyed it a lot. Arthur was…well…sort of into it? After intermission he was over it, but once he realized that he could cheer loudly during moments of enthusiastic applause, he got a second wind.
Then came Christmas. The boys got cookies and carrots ready for Santa and his reindeer, and Arthur drew this amazing picture. Julian wrote a heartfelt note to Santa. He was pretty convinced that he was on the naughty list this year.
The next morning the boys woke up to exactly what they had wished for. Santa came through.
The rest of winter break was spent building legos, playing soccer, making movies, reading Harry Potter, and just being together.
New Year’s the boys stayed up past midnight; I couldn’t believe it. They hung in there. It was nice to greet the new year with my favorite people.
We ended the holidays with a quick trip to Kalahari waterpark in the Poconos – a Christmas present from Opa and Oma. We had the best time! The first day we spent seven hours splashing, sliding, and swimming. The boys didn’t even seem to want to stop for food, which is sort of unusual. Jeff and I had a blast, too. As my friend Amanda said: Coney Island people = waterpark people. It’s so true.
For dinner and lunch we left the resort (because food = meh), but other than that we enjoyed the waterpark to the max and played many games in the arcade. Julian is completely fearless and even went down the scariest slides without thinking twice. One time I had to walk all the way back down because I became scared and had to send my seven year old up to ride down with Papa. Arthur was half and inch too short to be allowed onto every ride, but he got to do most.
As for me? I’m happy that I got to take a nap with Arthur, something that almost never happens anymore, as well as some decent snuggles with Jules. So no complaints for 2019 so far; we’re off to a strong start.