Alan’s Christmas tour continued at the Meekens’ today for our annual Christmas get together with “Uncle” Luke and Amie. Luke’s legendary gifts for Alan over the years — ranging from blocks to Tinker Toys to Kinects to Legos — always encourage Alan’s creativity. This year the gift was a Lego 3-in-1 motorcycle that Alan built right after opening it!
Alan woke up this morning to find the Hot Wheels Super Ultimate Garage under the Christmas tree! It’s the largest gift he’s ever received – from Santa or from anyone else. He talked about it for weeks and had Elfie deliver the request to Santa early in December.
After both Elife and Santa came through for Alan last night, we assembled the garage and parked Alan’s cars on it — including the Indians, Browns, Cavs, and Ohio State cars and trucks that Santa put in Alan’s stocking.
We played all morning until it was time to open presents with Tyler and Carleigh at Grandma Debbie’s. The Hot Wheels theme continued there, as Alan received a Hot Wheels Roto Revolution toy from Grandma Debbie! Alan and Tyler faced off and mastered the game in no time. Grandma Debbie’s upstairs study is now home to the most [heavy duty] toys in one place that require D batteries.
Before the day was over, we took our annual photo on the stairs (after a one year hiatus when Josh wasn’t able to come home for Christmas). Merry Christmas!
Today I met up with Alan at the holiday party for Mrs. Russo’s class. The class made ornaments after unwrapping a new book as part of a book exchange. Earlier in the day the class sang songs in the gym – including Alan’s new favorite, “Joy to the World.”
I’ve already got my new ornament up on the tree!
Elfie’s back! Alan found Santa’s little helper and left him a note for his next trip to the North Pole. Alan’s letter to Santa this year contains a request for the Hot Wheels Super Ultimate Garage. We’ll see what happens on December 25th!
Alan lost another tooth today (bottom right, 2nd from center), so we wondered if Elfie and the Tooth Fairy would meet each other tonight. 🙂
For Alan, this Christmas weekend was a characterized by cousins, friends, fun times, and a straight haul of Paw Patrol, Miles From Tomorrowland, and Lego toys!
Friday, December 23rd:
Alan started the day on Friday by making his annual visit to see Luke in Streetsboro, where Alan’s first gifts of the weekend were Legos and books! But I think Alan enjoyed playing with Luke more so than receiving the Legos. 🙂
Later in the night, Alan had a sleepover at Grandma Debbie’s. We tried out the new Paw Patrol table we got for doing homework and played Alan’s favorite game: “Go Fish!”
Saturday, December 24th:
Alan and his cousins got together to open toys, chase each other around, and have a blast at the family party on Saturday. Alan received all the toys pictured above thanks to his grandparents, Papa and Tata, and Robbie and Jill. Included in the haul of toys was a Paw Patrol train set, various Miles from Tomorrowland vehicles, a Lego fire truck and police car, and an appropriately-timed John Glenn space shuttle toy from 1998 (one of Daddy’s favorites)!
Following the party, Alan went home and starting putting together his Legos. He also made hot cocoa for Santa and put out carrots for the reindeer before going to sleep. We kept the Christmas tree lights turned on so that Santa could find his way. 🙂
Sunday, December 25th:
This morning Alan woke up to find that Santa gave him an Indians car and an Indians van (as written on his Christmas wishlist at school), as well as the Paw Patrol race track pictured above. He got everything that he wanted from Santa! After assembling the race track, we finished putting together the remaining Legos from yesterday. Then it was off to open presents with his Mom!
There will certainly be a lot of new toys for Alan, Tyler, and Carleigh to play with at Grandma Debbie’s house in the weeks and months ahead!
This week at school it was Alan’s turn to be the featured “Smartie” of the week! As part of the fun, he got to wear a crown, be the boys line leader, and lead calendar activities all week. He also got to present his “All About Me” poster (see 12/5/16 post) to the class and have his parents come in and read to the class!
We came in to school this afternoon and read two of Alan’s favorites: Hot Rod Hamster and Ten on the Sled. Alan turned the pages while we read. He also called on students during the interactive portion of Hot Rod Hamster. Afterwards I shared facts about Alan — including his love for baseball and the Indians — to the rest of the kids.
It was quite an exciting day overall for Alan, since the kids wore their pajamas to school and watched Polar Express together. At the end of the day, I was presented with another Christmas gift from Alan: the Rudolph artwork pictured below. 🙂
Guess who’s back? It’s Elfie! And he’s got a message from Alan to deliver to Santa tonight! This year Alan would like an Indians van and a Paw Patrol train set from Santa. Alan also wanted to let Santa know that he’s going to make coffee for him and leave out some carrots for his reindeer on Christmas Eve. 🙂
Alan’s fun continued through the weekend as he got to do all of his favorite things. He got into more “trouble” with Tyler, showed his new Paw Patroller to Tyler, put together Legos with my friend “Uncle” Luke (Legos were this year’s gift after Tinker Toys were last year’s), and played his favorite parking garage rescue game with Robbie and hide-out game with Jill.
Due to the mild winter we’ve been having, Alan and I also got to play baseball at the park on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day(!). Figuring this luck won’t last forever, Alan and I did buy a soft football this weekend to play with outside when it does eventually start snowing. Alan is getting more comfortable with playing catch!
Before Alan went to sleep last night, he put out hot chocolate and pretzels for Santa and carrots for Rudolph (pictured above). Alan told me it was the best way to show Santa that Alan believes in him. Alan also told me he planned to tip-toe downstairs at midnight to see Santa, but unfortunately we both slept through the night and missed him.
When Alan woke up this morning, the food was eaten and Alan found the Paw Patroller from Santa under the tree! Santa knew it was exactly what Alan wanted from the letter that Alan mailed to the North Pole a couple weeks ago. Thanks to Elfie (pictured below), Santa received a good report on Alan’s behavior this month. 🙂
Alan is as happy as can be with Tyler and Carleigh in town for the holidays! Today the family met to open gifts on Christmas Eve. Alan even got to see Mariah and Dominic. The group of cousins had fun playing a modified game of pool (video).
This year Alan is understanding the Christmas holiday for the first time. He’s been learning about it in school, and he understands that Santa will leave him gifts under his Christmas tree if he’s a good boy. He has been so excited to open presents and has been asking every day if it’s Christmas yet. Today Alan was so excited to finally get to open presents with Tyler and Carleigh! He also enjoyed seeing both of his uncles while they were on holiday leave from the marines/army.
We also started a new “Elf on the Shelf” tradition this year. Alan named his elf “Elfie.” Elfie watches Alan from a different spot every day and reports back to Santa on whether or not Alan has been good that day. Alan loves to check first thing every morning where Elfie has moved to…just as long as I go to look with him.
Today Alan’s class put on a Christmas program for their parents. The kids sang 3 songs and presented their parents with a card and gift they made themselves. The program lasted about 15 minutes. That was all the kids could handle preparing for at their young age, but it was still a lot of fun. I definitely felt proud to see Alan performing!
Pictured below is Alan signing our card, as well as a close up of the gift he made.