Friday, December 23, 2011

Spread some holiday cheer.

The kids had their winter celebrations at school this week. There has been a lot of talk lately about the fact that our kids don't have holiday programs at school like we had when we were growing up. There is no singing Jingle Bells... there is no dressing up as gingerbread men. I have come to find out that many schools are still doing holiday programs... ours does not. That's all I will say about that... I am here to spread some holiday cheer... not moan Bah Humbug.

So... make crafts and eat snacks, we did.


The kids love when we come into their classes... what kid doesn't? But Payton... she really loves it. As in, the moment she sees us, she jumps up and down, hoots and hollers, "Mommy! Daddy! Yay!"

She is so damn cute.



Earlier this week, we didn't send Payton to school one morning because I wanted her swabbed for strep. She tends to get a rash on her chest when she has strep, with no other symptoms. To say she was upset that she couldn't go to school is a gross understatement. I told her that if her strep test was negative, that she could ask Dr. G if she could go to school.

Kyle said she was so adorable when the doctor came in to tell her that her test was negative.

Payton: Docker G? Schoo pwease?
Dr. G: Yes, you can go to school.
Payton (clapping): Yay! Schoo! Yay!
Dr. G: I hope she gets this excited to go to school in five years.

As they walked past the nurse's station and the receptionist to exit...

Payton (patting her chest, to signify "me"): Schoo! Schoo!

As you can tell, school is going great for Payton. More on that to come.


Mason's travel baseball team visited an assisted living facility yesterday with our local police. Kyle coaches the team and the girls and I were lucky enough to tag along. We wanted to expose the boys to the elderly, the needy... something a little outside of their comfort zone, all while delivering the spirit of the holiday season.


The elderly that we visited and brought gifts for was a predetermined group that was chosen by the facility. These were folks that have no visitors, no family. It has left me puzzled as to how someone can have an elderly person in their life that they have neglected.



I think the boys enjoyed visiting with this gentleman, who declared, "I'm overwhelmed!" as he tried to sit up in bed to receive his gifts. He was hard of hearing and the boys thought it was funny when he told them that all of his packages are stolen from him... the rest of us sad to know that this gentleman clearly has some pretty bad dementia.


Payton and one of the boys each had a gift bag for another gentleman, Bill. We knocked on his door, but he wasn't there... we were told that he is very social and that we would find him in the lobby. Sure enough... turns out Bill was the first face that had greeted us when we walked in.


He was so happy and so very thankful. I wish we could invite him to spend Christmas day with our family.


Many thanks to our local police department for coordinating this event for our boys... we look forward to much more of this to come.


Payton read us our bedtime story last night... book #22 in our countdown to Christmas. She has her own way of telling a story, though... and I'm positive she knows exactly what she is saying. That is all that counts in our world, because moments like this make my heart flutter with love.


  1. Oh my word! Seriously loved this post! The elderly mans face with Payton was priceless ! And Payton's story and kisses of love to die for!

  2. Love it when Mason exclaims in response to Payton, "love you too", helierious. Sounds just like a big brother to a little sister around here too.

    Good memories!

  3. I love reading all your posts but this was even more special. Merry Christmas!!

  4. Love the WI gear on Mason! Merry Christmas!

  5. I LOVE Payton's response!!! So glad things are going well at school, can't wait to hear more! :)

  6. Total tears in my eyes listening to Payton reading to her family. She is the BEST:) And the look on her face (and Bill's) when she gave him his present melted me! This post is a Christmas gift to all of your readers. Thank you so much for sharing;)

    Susan from Boston

  7. I love how much Payton loves school- so heartwarming!! And Mason's baseball team? SO sweet!!! Merry Christmas!!

  8. Oh my gosh, your so is just like mine, always telling little sister to hurry up ... and always putting his face, hand, head, foot, whatever in front of the camera ;)  Cute video!