Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

i can’t believe another year has come and gone, but what a great one its been.  in may, we welcomed little ms. riley to our family, she was 7 lb 6 oz. she has been wonderful baby and a delight to have in our home.  from a very young age (1 week) she was already enjoying central park and the playground with her big brother. she’s been a real trooper as we have been to countless playgrounds, summer concerts, museums, zoos, and the list goes on-and-on.  although she may not be the marathon sleeper her brother was in the stroller she is always a good sport to be out for long hours.  

it’s been a fun year to watch chase grow and discover what his likes and dislikes are.  he loves anything to do with numbers and letters, but his first love is the subway.  he can tell you all the stops, which trains run express vs. local, were you can transfer and what is at each stop (at least our frequent stops that this).  when you ask him what he would like for christmas he’ll say the “c” train (which is the train by our house). i can’t believe our little boy is 3; time really does fly by.

tyler continues to work at mcgarrybowen, he recently switch accounts from disney to chevron and is enjoying the change.  it’s been a great year for me; i love being home with our kids and recognize it as a huge blessing.

 we wish you all a merry christmas and a happy new year

love, tyler, minde, chase and riley

Friday, December 4, 2009

A Visit To See Santa

A couple weeks ago, I started mentioning Santa to Chase in hopes that he would get excited about Christmas. When he asks for something like Candy Land, or the "C" train, I say we'll have to ask Santa for it. He has been asking about Santa, where is he, what is he doing, etc., so this morning we wrote a letter to Santa and headed down to Macy's Santa Land to see Santa. I was in high spirits that Chase would like Santa this year; the last two years have been less then ideal - lots of crying, not wanting to sit on Santa's lap, etc. Let's just say, this year was probably worse then last - As soon as we got in line, he started to cry, yelling he wanted to go home, falling on the fall, the works. I should have known. Anyway, I was determined we were going to see Santa I figured after we walked through the winter wonderland and looked at the trains, the stuffed penguins and bears all would be well. We walked in to see Santa and Chase stayed in the stroller crying and asking to go home. On the plus side, Riley really enjoyed it and loved Santa. Here's to hoping next year will be better.
On the way home we stop by a Gingerbread House display at the Le Parker Meridien at least he enjoyed that.
The "5" trains was by far Chase's favorite
Grand Central Terminal