24 December 2012

Merry Christmas! Trees, Santa and a singing bonanza!

Well, I haven't kept up with my blogging as well this year insofar as getting events in order. So I'm throwing caution to the wind and putting up what Christmas fun I have so far because it is December 24. I'll catch up on the other stuff at some point, but the following seems more appropriate.

Tree Cutting:
While we do have a fake tree set up in our basement, we decided to be adventuresome and also get a real tree! Here are pictures from our visit to the Prairie Elf Christmas Tree farm.

On the wagon to get to the Christmas trees! 

The menfolk heading into the field to choose a tree.

Max and Mommy with the tree of choice.

Crafting with the girls while daddy pays!

Celebrating with the Partridge Family Christmas Album.
Visit with Santa:
We took a little break one weeknight for the KU faculty Christmas Party at the bookstore. Big man was present!


Explaining that he would like three items.

This kid just loves Santa. Always has. His favorite color is even red now because of Santa.

Finally, here are the multitudes of pictures and videos from Max's Christmas Program at his preschool. Some are from Rob and some are from Paul. 

The official photography and videography team.
How he got from the middle here...
...to the end here, I'm not sure. But he saw Uncle Rob right away.

He's consoling his friend Rawlin here. Rawlin did NOT like being in front of everyone.

The crew.

Dance moves.

Performing is exhausting. 

Clappin fer myself. 
The reviews are in: two thumbs up!
The secret to getting a good family picture during which all three of us smile at the camera:
1) Have Uncle Rob take it.
2) Tell Max that Uncle Rob has a booger at the end of his camera and Max needs to find it. 
The evolution of the pictures shows how hard Max was looking. 

Max showed his audience some appreciation!

Okay. Here are all of the videos Paul took. I have no idea what is on them. I haven't even watched them yet. It's a blind post, people.

Happy Christmas, people!!!

11 December 2012

Special Events: Weddings and KU Game

So before the blog turns into holidayorama, I wanted to post some pictures of some fun things Max got to do  in the past couple of months that are NOT holiday related.

1) Weddings!
Max got to attend his first two weddings in October and November of this year. First, our friend Nan Helm's daughter, Amanda, got married. Boy, did Max live it up. Spaghetti, a candy bar, and lots of kinds of cake. Plus, he got to dance with the bride and with daddy!

Kissing the bride!
Second, we had my friends Jeremy and Ashley's wedding. This one was pretty special for me, as I got to perform the ceremony! It was a joy to do it for them. However, it was not as joyful for Max as his being able to dance the night away with the bride and his friend Bella Neuteboom! 
Max and Ashley. Bella was nice enough to lend her boy to the bride!

They crack me up!

Mommas dancing with babies.

Cake break!

 And now for the big finale! The inflatable guitar dancing!

Both events were pretty great! Max was well behaved at both (and so were Paul and I). Also, yes, his standard dress up item is a sweater vest. He refuses to wear any shirt with buttons, so we found this workaround works out. :-) 

2) Max got to attend his first KU games! Because Ron and Pam were in Australia, they let us use their basketball tickets. Paul used the opportunity to take make to his very first KU games, one in Allen Field House and one at the Sprint Center. Apparently, Max loves the games. He loves eating popcorn at the games, too.

Checking out the seats at AFH.
Clapping as the players came out.
He even got to high five Elijah Johnson and Ben McLemore
before the game!
Baby Jay!

Max with Scot Pollard. If you knew me in college, you could probably
caption this yourself.
In his own world. We got Max some shooting-range headphones
to help with the noise. They seemed to, as he didn't complain, even as loud as it gets there!

So Max is officially inaugurated into the world of weddings and KU basketball. Productive late fall!