Kahula enjoying the magic of the season...safe underneath the Christmas tree
Jared hanging out, waiting for the Milan Christmas parade to start
Jared and other kids cheering on the parade
Here's the coolest float in my opinion, a miniature cityscape
The penguin is actually a friend of ours, Nelson. The kids loved his costume
And here comes a Thomas look-alike
It was cute, but even Jared said "not Thomas"
But the train was pulling Santa in the back, so that was cool
Jared listening to The Wiggles on Mama's computer
Here's a few shots of us visiting Greenfield Village's Holiday Nights. As you can see, one of Santa's reindeer is gearing up for the season
And there's the big man himself
He called down the names of kids too. I snapped this shot just after Jared heard his name and went running around in excitement
Jared and Mama visiting with a civil war soldier on a cold winter's night
Jared hanging out in the ammunition tent
Now we switch to Lansing, visiting Aunt Debbie and Uncle Chuck
Jared ripping into some goodies
Woah! A Thomas lantern!
And here we see Jared abandoning all his other gifts because he liked the lantern so much
Ooo, Samantha got a board game from Jared
And Jared got a set of cookie cars to go with his Thomas train set.
They are really cute with a chocolate chip car, a sugar car, a flour car, a butter car and an egg car.
The box even had a recipe for cookies on it
Uncle Chuck showing Ethan how to control the RC truck we got him
Now Ethan takes the wheel
While in Lansing we visited Potter Park Zoo during their Wonderland of Lights spectacluar
Jared singing Christmas carols while waiting for Daddy to buy tickets
Check out the wolf, very cool and kinda spooky
Some of the nice light displays they had around the zoo
Cousins being goofy in the wagon
And a shot of the whole zoo-visiting clan
We made a gingerbread house this year. It was from a kit, but you had to mix the frosting and decorate it all
Look, snow on the house!
And the finished product. Gee son, that wouldn't be some gingerbread house on your lips now would it?
An action shot of the boy on some bubble wrap
Jared sitting down for a relaxing time to watch some Curious George on TV
Daddy and his boy chilling out on the couch
Here's a shot of the gingerbread house ready to display for Santa
And of course, like a really good boy, Jared left some yummy cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve
Jared playing with his brand new toys
Which included a really neat workbench with working drill press. Now he can use tools just like Daddy
Oh yeah, we tore into the gingerbread house that day too. I can't say it was all that great, as the gingerbread was a bit stale. Oh well, it looked cool anyway
And Jared enjoying one of his gifts from Grandma and Grandpa before heading off to sleep to dream about all the wonderful gifts he received.