This recap is long overdue, but as they say better later than never. I actually wrote my ‘outline’ of everything that happened in December a while ago, but then life just got busy so the actual words on paper never happened. Then I wrote it, but didn’t post because the daunting task of adding photos to the words makes me procrastinate a bit….so here we go!
• Masters drinking out of a straw.
• Proficient climber on the way upstairs and able to walk down with a hand to hold.
• First experience with cold, since last winter wasn’t too bad and he was nestled into his warm car seat with cover every time we took him out.
• Learns to unwrap presents with a great joy for tearing it up.
• Words, words, and more words…I honestly couldn’t tell you specifically what is new this month, but he is definitely learning more and trying to repeat things as we say them. Though ‘no’ is starting to make a regular appearance, though he doesn’t always use it in context.
• German themed Christmas Celebration (hopefully the 1st annual…)
• First visit to see Santa Claus
Buffalo winters tend to be cold and snowy, and this year it started up right in December. We had our winter gear ready thanks to Grandma & Grandpa Reis…and lucky for us Cameron doesn’t mind wearing his hat and gloves. He will occasionally try to take his hat off, but for the most part he’ll leave it be.
Most parents say they do a ton of laundry, but so far I don’t find it too terrible. It’s especially fun when folding laundry because Cameron thinks its fun to pull all the clothes out and claim the basket as his own. Not only did he climb in once, but he climbed out added some toys then got back in.
Tree in the House
This year we decided to get a real Christmas tree for the holiday. We went to pick one out on a mild day so Cameron could join in the fun, but sadly he fell asleep on the way so we just left him to sleep while we picked the tree. After walking around and “petting” the trees we found that right kind for us because it was soft to the touch, then it was a matter of spinning a bunch around until we found one we thought was full and looked good. When we got it home Cameron was interested in watching daddy set it up, but he never tried to touch it. We only decorated with our shatterproof ornaments this year, and Cam only touch the tree once that I remember. So next year we will do it again.
December also means cookie baking for the holidays around the Reis house. While daddy was away on business trips, mommy was busy at home getting ready for our holiday party by baking lots of cookies. We went with a mix of traditional German and a few Paleo cookies to bring a little “health” into the celebration. Cameron was my taste tester, happily sitting in his seat enjoying himself and his cookies. He should know how to say ‘cookie’ in no time.
At the beginning of December we threw a Christmas party for our friends to celebrate the holidays and to have some fun. It was also the same weekend that Grandma & Grandpa Reis were in for a visit too. We themed the party around German Christmas with bratwurst, sauerkraut, homemade pretzels, spaetzle, cheese platter, apple strudel, and other tasty treats. We also had a hot chocolate bar, beer, and wine plus we rounded it out with a take-out cookie bar complete with boxes to be filled. It was a great party; sadly we were having such a good time no photos were taken…
Man in the Big Red Suit
Cameron didn’t meet Santa during his first Christmas in 2012 because we felt like he was just too little, but this year we decided to give it a shot. Grandma & Grandpa Reis were in town so we made it a little adventure together, knowing that he may not cooperate especially if we had to wait forever. Luckily the line wasn’t terrible and he was able to do some walking around while we wait. When it came time for the sitting on the big man’s lap, he really had no issues. He looked at Santa, then back at us. As soon as he heard the camera flash go off, he was happy as can be. We had trouble picking just one shot…
Office Chair = Fun
While daddy was away on business, mommy and Cam had to go into his office to help reset the router and send an email out. While there we had some fun spinning around in his office chair. I think Cam is going to love those spinning amusement rides some day, but I’m just afraid my stomach can no longer handle them…hopefully daddy can!
Big Boy Truck
While out shopping I saw a Little Tikes truck that I knew Cam would love….so I let him play for a bit. He couldn’t quite figure out how to get it to move, but he loved sitting in it and it had a convenient handle so I could push it for him. It is way too big for our house or even our yard once the snow melts….so I guess we’ll just go to the store for play time!
Cameron is seriously a well dressed kid…and we are so blessed that most things are received as gifts. From football hats, candy cane ties, Christmas spenders…and then his everyday adorableness of course.
Matt and I started doing ‘official’ Christmas cards about 5 years ago…around the time we got engaged I think. Usually Matt handles everything related to them because he has the Photoshop skills in our relationship (I handle Excel), but this year he was on business trips and crazy at work so momma had to figure it out. With the help of a few YouTube tutorials and lots of trial-n-error, I was successfully able to create a card that summarized a great year. It only took about 8 hours….
I think I already mentioned daddy was out of town, but did I mention he was in the warm southern weather. Meanwhile back in Buffalo we were getting our first significant snow storm of the year. Yes, that means I had to find a way to shovel the driveway all by myself. We do have a snow blower, and even if I knew how to use it, I don’t think it would have been useful because the driveway was full of cars to get around. Either way I managed to do it…even snapping pictures to share with Matt who was sweating it out in Florida.
This one thing Cameron has grown to love! All I have to say is, ‘It’s bath time!’, and he gets excited and heads to the gate at the bottom of the stairs. The hardest part for him is waiting for mommy to get him undressed for the bath…he just wants to jump right in. Once in the tub he plays with his various toys, boat, and the bubbles. He one day I watched him spend a few minutes dunking he face into the bubbles….he even managed to create a little bubble beard.
Cameron has finally mastered drinking out of straw. His preferred drink of choice is actually green juice. It’s a tasty blend of spinach and fruit, and while that may not sound yummy to everyone I promise it is good if you can get passed the green color. I actually was lucky to get a taste myself since he was trying to drink it all on me…so we took turns taking sips.
I Can’t Hear You
One night while we were out to dinner, Cameron learned a new trick with his ears about noise control. It was a little loud in the restaurant, and somehow he figure out he could reduce the noise by “folding” his ears to reduce the sounds. He it was funny to watch him do it repetitively and also talking while he did because it made him sound funny too. We love watching him discover new things. If you’re friends with Matt on Facebook you already saw the video, if not then all I have is a photo…
For Christmas Eve we started the day like most days with Cameron heading to daycare (since it was open and we were paying), then Mom and Dad headed to the gym for our first ever Crossfit class together. We did our workout and enjoyed breakfast together during an unusual mid-week day off with Cameron in school. After we packed up for our holiday travels and picked Cam up on our way to the kids’ church services, but sadly we did not make it through the mass. While waiting for mass to start Cam got real restless, drank all the milk I brought, and ate most of the crackers as well- and he wanted to just run free. We tried a walk, but with so many people it wasn’t easy so we gave our seats to someone and headed home.
We did our own little Christmas with a few gifts that had been sent to the house for Cameron and the gift we had bought him. The first gift he got was his tool bench from Grandma & Grandpa Fillmore, which was an instant hit with the power drill and hammer. We attempted to get him interested in other gifts, but when that didn’t work we decided to enjoy some deep dish pizza while he played. When he finally walked away from the tool bench I covered it back up with a blanket, and we were able to focus his attention on his other gifts including a tie-dye shirt, books, winter, boots, hammer toys, and puzzles. He wanted to be in his shirt and boots after he opened them…
We traveled on Christmas morning to Syracuse to begin the trip to see family for the holidays. At my sister’s house we were able to visit with family for the day and Cameron had lots of fun playing with his cousins’ toys, plus he also had more gifts to open as well.
The following day we took Great Grandma Smith out to breakfast before heading toward Matt’s family with a stop to see Grandma and Grandpa Smith along the way. It’s hard to see everyone in such a short amount of time, but luckily everyone understands we are doing our best.
Once in Kingston we enjoyed a nice little night at the local brewery with Matt’s dad and brother while Cameron played with Grandma Reis, it was a nice break and we learned you can mix certain beers together to create new tastes- which I didn’t know was ever done.
While in Kingston we had lots of fun including going skiing, enjoying a great Paleo meal at Grandma Langton’s, and a holiday party with out of town family at Grandma and Grandpa Reis’ house. We had a great time and Cam had a lot fun too. We headed back on Sunday evening because we both had to work Monday….
New Years Eve
Normally we have some type of plans for the evening with a low-key part with friends, but this year we ended up having nothing. So instead we had a family night at home with homemade treats and drinks…but I’m pretty sure we were in bed just after midnight. Cameron did stay up late too because he had an afternoon nap…but he was asleep shortly after 11pm.