I wasn’t just dreaming of a white Christmas…..

….because for the first time in my life, I had a we had a white Christmas. It was totally unexpected and totally welcomed. And it was actually perfect timing because I got to wake up early (5:30am) to make a huge mess opening all my presents with mommy, daddy, and grannie, then played with the gifts, and then got to go outside and play with mommy and daddy in the snow – it really couldn’t have been any better. And with all the excitement, we made sure we all understood the reason for the season.

As special as the day was, there was one downside – Buddy, my elf, went back to the North Pole for the year. I always get a little sad when he goes away, but I think about him a lot over the year. He’s my elf and the best elf ever so see you next year Buddy – can’t wait to see what silly things you do next year.

The following pics are from the Christmas season with Buddy and the family. (Note: one of my favorite pics is of me trying to catch snowflakes with my tongue.)

 

Angry Bird Buddy

Angry Bird Buddy

Lego Buddy

Lego Buddy

Pokemon Buddy

Pokemon Buddy

Giddy-up Rudolph

Giddy-up Rudolph

Our annual gingerbread house

Our annual gingerbread house

Buddy likes snowflakes

Buddy likes snowflakes

Santa - Proof he exists

Santa – Proof he exists

Snow 18 Snow 22 Snow 26 Tree 8 Unwrap 2 Snow 32

Ouch, not so tight….

….this is what I told my daddy and mommy when they came home Friday after work. For some reason they felt the need to hug me so tightly I had to let out a squeal. I’m not exactly sure why they felt so strongly about hugging me on this particular day.

I know my parents wrestled with whether or not to tell me about the horrific events of the day that took place in a small town called Newton, CT, which like most people, I’ve never heard of this town before – of course, I had never heard of Littleon, CO either. Unfortunately for those that were there or anyone with an ounce of compassion, it will be remembered with a sad heart. Mommy and daddy decided I didn’t need to know about the tragedy in Newton. They aren’t sure if they are right and they are not casting judgement on anyone who approached it differently.

They know the world is not perfect and we are all human and fallible, but those are all lessons I will learn way too soon for any parent. Like most parents probably wish for, my mommy and daddy want to preserve as much of my childish innocence and naiveté  (in a good way) as possible for as long as possible. They don’t want me to fear people or school more than I already do. They know I am capable of many things, but they’re not sure if I know how to process certain things like this yet.

I may not know for sure how to process and I’m not sure anyone ever really will or wants to know how to process these types of unforgivable and senseless acts of violence and/or rage because that would mean it was way too common of an occurrence. What I do know is that when I ask God why this happened or where he was when these children and teachers were taken, I don’t hear an answer – I just get an overwhelming feeling that instills a sense of knowing that there is a bigger plan I may never understand. That mystery can be hard to accept no matter how much of a reality it is and at the same time comforting that there is a plan for all this grief and loss. What I do know for sure is on the Monday after Newton’s heartbreak, not only did more parents walk their kids to school or walk them inside the school, more parents hugged their kids and made sure they told them they loved them no matter how loud or who heard. I have to believe that is the start of the bigger plan.

In addition to the touching stories of courageous teachers protecting their students like they were their own children, below are some of the more touching things I’ve seen since 12/14/12.

Twas’ 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven’s gate.
Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
They were filled with such joy, they didn’t know what to say.
They remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
“Where are we?” asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse…
“This is heaven.” declared a small boy. “We’re spending Christmas at God’s house.”
 When what to their wondering eyes did appear,
but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
 Then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
And in that moment was joy,that only heaven can bring
Those children all flew into the arms of their King
and as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
 one small girl turned and looked at Jesus’ face.
 And as if He could read all the questions she had,
 He gently whispered to her, “I’ll take care of mom and dad.”
 Then He looked down on earth, the world far below
 He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe… then
He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
 “Let My power and presence re-enter this land!
May this country be delivered from the hands of fools
I’m taking back my nation. I’m taking back my schools!”
Then He and the children stood up without a sound.
 “Come now, my children, let me show you around.”
 Excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran.
All displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
And I heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
“In the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT.”
 – Author Unknown
 
 
 
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Buddy update

I probably won’t do this every day, but Buddy was busy last night making himself a silly Lego chair. He is being more creative this year because he knows I get the humor more this year.

BTW I have been a good boy so I have been able to open presents each day and the list includes: a large stuffed dog, Santa pajamas, checkers, and a gingerbread house that mommy and daddy will be cussing when we put it up – but it’s tradition:)

 

Buddy_legos

He’s Back!!

Buddy is back, Buddy is back, Buddy is back!!!!

In case you forgot, Buddy is the elf that comes every December to make sure I am being good – for at least the last month of the year – I can hold out for a month before my bad streak comes out…I think.

I love when Buddy comes back – primarily because that means I get to open presents each day of the month because of the advent calendar Santa sends with Buddy provided I act right. I also like to see where he shows up every day. Last year he was pretty tame, but I have a feeling he may be a little more active than last year and maybe even a little mischievous. In any case, I still think Santa has trust issues, but at least Buddy is back!!

 

he misses Rudolph

he misses Rudolph

Big Week

This past week was the first week after Fall Break/Thanksgiving and boy did it hurt. It hurt to go to bed early, but even more so waking up early. It’s not that I’m not a morning person per se – I just don’t like being told to do something and sure don’t want to start my day off that way – “wake up.” Besides the early hours, it was hard not being around my mommy and daddy. During break I got to spend every day and all day with them. I even got to see grannie and nanny.

The week did get better as the week went on. We get stars if we’re good and do what we’re suppose to do at school and once we get the whole sheet of stars we can bring something for show-and-tell. I know what people who know me are probably saying – talking in front of the class wouldn’t motivate me to be good – but you would be surprised because that’s what I kept talking about. At least until the night before show-and-tell when I got super nervous.

So my first priority for show-and-tell was to determine what I was going to bring. I could bring my super cool Hulk Hands, or one of my Batman cars, or an Angry Bird plush toy, or a remote control car….the list goes on. Nope, I decided that I would bring the one thing I thought was the coolest thing I own…..the one constant in my life (for dramatic effect)….the one thing that always makes me smile….Mama Lion. Yep, I brought her! I had to give her a bath first and figure out what I was going to say, but she was going to school with me to be shown and told about and every kid in that class was going to listen.

When the time came the next morning for me to go to school, I was super nervous so I brought the shield mommy and daddy bought for me to take away some of my nervousness – and it worked because I got up in front of the whole class and said loudly and clearly, “This is my lion. I have had her for 6 years. My mommy and daddy gave her to me and I sleep with her every night.”  Yep, while I could have brought a much more macho item so show-and-tell, I went the sensitive route – the road less traveled by young boys like myself – I’m just that secure.

To top off the week, we had Friday Live again. And this time, I DANCED!! Yep, pretty big week for me.

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