Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas fun.......

Whooooooo it is over!  Well over until all the decorations are put away.  Did you have a nice day yesterday?   We had a wonderful time.  There is something to say about having a five year old in your house who squeals at the top of his lungs when he sees his red wagon from Santa.


After the rush of presents this photo sums up our day.  Little Buddy sat in his new wagon for hours.  He can get in it all by himself, and fasten the seat belt.  Which makes him stuck for a while so I don't have to wonder where he is.


I think he received every known Paw Patrol item out there.  Including this sleeping bag from my friend Holly.  He asked for a Paw Patroller, Air Patroller and Tracker the latest Paw Patrol pup.  He got a new plate and bowl, a big stuffed Chase, Paw Patrol books, puzzles and a toss across bean bag game.  Ooops, I forgot a Paw Patrol watch and this Rocky's farm track.


This five year old was in Paw Patrol Heaven!  Even though I tried to keep his presents limited we have lots of friends who like to buy a toy for a cute five year old so he got much  more than I anticipated.  Many of my friends have much older kids so buying for a little one is fun. He did play with everything yesterday, including spending loads of time in his wagon.  We are so fortunate to have this precious boy in our lives.  He brings the magic of Christmas to all of us.


There were gifts for Mom, too!  This great project pouch.


This beautiful Mountain Colors Hand Painted Yarn and the pattern for the Gradient shawl.


This really cool Drunk Yarn that comes with capsules of color and mordant that you can dye yourself.


Okay here is a funny story.  My closest yarn store is about 40 minutes away.  Two of my patients live fairly near it.  So on Thursday I stopped in to buy baby blanket yarn as we are expecting a new grand nephew in the Spring.  I have not been to this store for months and months as I am on self imposed yarn buying restrictions until I can get my stash down.  I do not have baby blanket yarn so knew I had to visit at some point.  I had a break between patients so I decided on the spur of the moment to stop in.  I also have decided in advance that Little Buddy's therapists presents for next Christmas will be an Interrupted Cowl by Heather Hill.  I know I will have made about 10,000 of them by then, but it is a fast and easy pattern with a unique look.  It will be much faster than the Hitchhiker's I made for all of them this year.


  I popped into the store for these yarns specifically.  I was only in the store for a few minutes when the bell rang and in walked my husband and Little Buddy.  What are the odds we would be there at the same time?  I thought it was hysterical as we were literally the only ones in the store besides Terri who works there.  My husband wanted me out of the store quickly so told me to drop my goods at the register and head out.  So technically I did not buy the yarn for the blanket and cowls he did!  All in all 2,225 yards of yarn were added to my stash.  I have a lot of work to do to get it back down again.


This was taken this morning.  The wagon love is still going strong.


This was my very favorite item of the season from Little Buddy, made at school of course.  Look how old he looks in the photo!  My favorite part is this, "My family is great because....My mom is the boss and my dad is a boy."   It makes me laugh every time I see it.

Hope you are catching up on some much deserved rest today.

46 comments:

Babajeza said...

Hi Meredith! Hahah, good that you are the boss. What a nice idea for a Christmas present.:-) It seems like you really had a great time. Regula

busybusybeejay said...

Super photos.What joy Little Buddy has brought you.

Dee said...

Oh my gosh....could that boy of yours BE any cuter. I love the star ornament. You're the boss???? Smart boy!!!!

When Stephen was in preschool, the teacher put together a cookbook of the kids favorite recipes. Apparently we cooked our Christmas turkey at 4 hots for 4 WEEKS!!! LOL

Little Buddy is so cute in that wagon. I bet that will be his go to reading spot for a LONG time. :-)

Happy New Year!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

A 5 years old Joy is only matched by an 20 mo olds excitement! This Grandma may have gone a bit overboard this year on the gifts but gosh I enjoyed it. Little Buddy is so cute in his red wagon. Tiger is into Thunderbirds, and old show from the 60's that his Dad introduced him too...so we had all things Thunderbird. I have completely lost my voice today but I'm a happy thankful Grandma! Love to your family.

Christina said...

I would agree with your friends, it is fun to buy for little ones, the sheer joy when a little boy or girl receives something is beautiful. Love the little star complete with photo and statements. I think in all families I know mum is the boss and dad a boy :-) What an astute observation from your very clever little man. Lots of love, Christina xxx

Pam said...

Absolutely lovely photos, Little Buddy looks entranced and entrancing in his wagon. The yarn 3 skeins of yarn look glorious, I am going to look for the cowl pattern, a quick make between pairs of socks will be handy.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Ha-ha! Ha! You are the boss. I'm still giggling over that. I bought more yarn, too, a week ago -- but have barely crocheted at all. Great that your husband feeds your yarn addiction. Looks like the little guy definitely made out like a bandit for Christmas. I've never even heard of Paw Patrol but looks like it's a whole lot of fun. My oldest son doesn't get caught up in what he considers to be consumerist hype (i.e., Christmas decorating and buying) but he did say I could have made it a little more festive at home. HA! I did put some decorations up and have one little tree on the dining table, but haven't gone all out with the big tree in quite a few years now. Oh well! Have a good week.

Betsy said...

Meredith, I couldn't stop smiling at this post. I am so happy that you had such a wonderful Christmas. We still have our radio flyer wagon from when our kids were small. Now the grandkids play with it! I love the yarn store story. My Hubby wouldn't have the slightest idea of what to buy in one though. I love that star ornament. Handmade gifts win every time and when they're made by a precious boy it doesn't get any better. Enjoy the moments.
Blessings,
Betsy

wenhkc said...

The red wagon is perfect for Little Buddy! Isn't it great that it has a back rest? My girls had a red wagon but it didn't come with a backrest back then. Just add a little homesewn pillow and Little Buddy will live in it!

Araignee said...

Wow....Santa was sure good to all of you! It was a Paw Patrol Christmas here too for the Grands but I ended up giving them exactly what their parents had given the oldest one for his birthday on the 21st. Next year I am sending them an Amazon gift card so they can get the presents so we don't repeat again. The kids didn't seem to mind the duplicates though and sometimes it's good to have two of something to minimize the squabbling.

Lulu said...

beautiful yarn,..loved the story..cant wait to see the baby yarn and blankie you will make..
Hope we all have a happy New Year...

Nance said...

I can feel the Joy in this post. How wonderful and Affirming. I am so very, very happy for you all.

Village Antiiques Mall said...

Heart lifting. Love Little Buddy.
Joy

Lynne said...

Love your Christmas posts Meredith. That boy is a hoot. My son had a red wagon too, I still have it and he's 22! Enjoy all that yummy yarn. Looks like lots of fun knitting ahead!

Teresa Kasner said...

What fun that Little Buddy got a little red wagon! That is the best gift ever! He looks ever so pleased with his gifts. I'm glad you had such a nice day. We also had a fun day with low stress.. gotta love that. Now to hibernate all week with no place to go and nothing to do except relax. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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CJ said...

Oh I love that star too and that wonderful comment. And that wagon is brilliant, I can imagine he'll spend many, many happy hours in it. Lovely that he has a favourite book/programme, I hope he enjoys his presents. Glad you had a good Christmas. CJ xx

Mac n' Janet said...

What a joy to have a little one in the house for Christmas and for him to so obviously love what he got for Christmas. That was funny about the yarn store!

Neighborhood Watch said...

Fantastic little ornament! I still get mine out every year--my boys made them for about 3 years in preschool--and cherish their little faces. Happy Holidays!

The Well Fed Wheel said...

I remember the little red wagon days so well. Little ones are so fun this time of year. Ours have all grown up now so I live vicariously through your Little Buddy. His words on the star ornament are priceless!!

Chris said...

Looks like a terrific Christmas and that red wagon is a hit! Red wagons are a perennial favourite with kids . How could anybody not want to find a gift for such a cutie pie. He sure is happy!! Love the comment Mom is the boss and Dads a boy- got that one right!! I love all your yarns gifts/ there are going to be some beautiful projects flying off your needles in the New Year! The kit with the dyes will be super interesting to do . And you are thinking of Next Year already?!?!! Yes it crossed my mind as well - next year I will be organized and be in control! No last minute panics for me !!! One can only hope! Have a good week!'

Shirley said...

I love the picture of Buddy in his loaded red wagon. It is so much to see Christmas through the eyes of a child. Your the boss how precious is that. They make this time of the year special. Hugs and Prayers from your Missouri Friend Shirley.

Gracie Saylor said...

Ha! I am sitting here laughing, about the store encounter and the L. Buddy star quote. Precious. So glad you had a good day yesterday. We did, too. The one thing Joy {4} has been campaigning for for the last few months was a yo-yo. Her joy of finding it in her Santa stocking was a special memory for me :) I slept in till 10 this morning! Thanks for posting, Meredith. xxxxxx

Becky L. said...

Looks like you all had a good day and Buddy looks so happy! I clicked on the link for the cowl and it looks like something I could make easily. I will have to check it out. Do you use the bamboo yarn for it or what else can one use to knit it? I really need to get my stash down as I've not knitted since last year. Sigh! I have a new leaf to turn over in 2017 which includes putting a small fabric quilt together and do some knitting. What a surprise that your husband and Buddy surprised you in the yarn store! Good deal! At least he knows what you like! Take care and may your new year be blessed with good health and good memories made to cherish forever!

Babajeza said...

What a nice Christmas present. Good for you that you are the boss. :-) Regula

Sigrid Swinnen said...

Reading your text made me smile, the joy of Little Buddy, the pictures of the 'delicious' yarn, the story about you and husband in the store and especially the text on the card about Mom is the boss... :-)
Enjoy, and take care,
Sigrid

Caffeine Girl said...

LB certainly does bring joy to everything! I read parts of your post out loud to my daughter (who is trying to study) and she enjoyed hearing about LB -- especially the reasons why is family is great.

I have no idea what the Paw Patrol is, so I'll have to do some research. Childhood is indeed its own wonderful world.

Wishing you the loveliest of holiday seasons!

Jo said...

I love your Christmas photos. you are so right having a little one sure makes Christmas fun. Jo x

Vera said...

Oh gosh! What a fabulous Christmas Meredith! Little Buddy looks so happy in his new wagon and your star ornament from him is wonderful. Such a hoot. When our son was in kindergarten they made Christmas Tree ornaments out of construction paper with their picture at the top and gold glitter all over. One piece of the gold glitter ended up on the picture of our son - right on his front tooth - too funny. We crack up each year when we hang that ornament. Great yarn presents and funny yarn store story. Wishing you a very Happy and Peaceful New year!!

kathy b said...

Great Story of a very Yarny Christmas! I love the gradient shawl plans Mere. Lil Buddy's thoughts on the star are terrific.
Im preparing to take zach back to ohare. yesterday was simply depressing and full of tears as Al left for OKC. I so pray my children will want to move back nearer us when they settle and have children. I'm so selfish. I dont demand our relationship. We have lots of love and texts and calls etc. I do feel we are a strong loving unit, but I get really upset with goodbyes.
The only saving grace today is that we have the party to stop in at for our 90 year old friend . Good distraction. I have to say I need a day to sit and knit and regroup. I have loved cooking and shopping and playing games and hot tubbing with the family, but I'm honestly a bit wore out.
I too got yarn for Christmas and it thrills me in a silly but real way. Thanks for letting me vent

Melanie said...

You can really tell how much Little Buddy loves his new wagon! I love that it has a seatbelt in it so he can sit securely. Looks like Mama received some nice gifts, as well. So cute what LB said about you being the boss and his dad is a boy. Made me laugh, too! What a smart and funny little guy! No rest for me yet...Brian's been home from work and I've been doing errands and taking down Christmas stuff.

Jodiebodie said...

It truly is a joy to visit your blog with your lovely photos and heartwarmingly funny anecdotes and stories. You are so kind and generous, you help me keep my faith in humanity. May 2017 be a better year for all and especially for you so you are not run off your feet so much. Take it easy on New Year's Eve. :-)

AnnieOBTextiles said...

I love the first picture of Little Buddy, so comfortable in his truck, surrounded by his gifts and entranced in a book - perfect! Beautiful yarn and how funny that you were caught in the store. Hope you are having a few days rest Meredith and maybe some knitting time.

Val said...

Looks like you had a great Christmas and you've inspired me once again to buy more yarn! What a lovely gift from Little Buddy - sounds good to me - the perfect family!

carolina g. ticala said...

I love your input, I hope you had a Merry Christmas!!!🌲🌲

alexandra s.m. said...

Awww...I'm so happy you had a sweet Christmas Meredith!
That story of you and Hubby at the yarn store at the same time is hilarious!
Thank you for the sweet pictures and a big hug from Lyon, FR.

Carol W. said...

Hi Meredith, I have been reading your blog for a few months, but this is my first time commenting. Just had to say how much I love the pictures of you and your family (congratulations, Mr. 23!) , especially the pictures of Little Buddy. His happy smiles remind me of what's important in this life, and never fail to cheer me up. God bless you for all you've done for him, and for sharing your story with your readers.

Toni said...

Sounds like you had a lovely Christmas!!!! I love Little Buddy's ornament! My friend, The Boss. :)

Amy at love made my home said...

Glad you had a great Christmas and that Little Buddy enjoyed it so much too! Love the yarn shop story, too funny!! Happy New Year my lovely friend!

Jo said...

Awww, this post has cheered me up no end. That's one smart wagon, no wonder Little Buddy loves it so much. Glad you had such a lovely Christmas, isn't it great being 'The Boss' ha ha!

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Loved your Christmas post! I'll have to do one of my own soon, as I truly enjoyed myself this year. Happy new year to you!

Lisa N. said...

I am happy to see Buddy really enjoyed his Christmas! He looks so cute in the wagon and so elated he is surrounded by all his Paw Patrol gifts. I love the pouch you received and the color of the wool is gorgeous! glad to see you all had a good Christmas.
Lisa

gaia said...

I wish you a HAppy New Year...

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Such a perfect picture of buddy in his new red wagon!!
And your new yarns!!! LOVE the colors of the Mountain Colors hand painted yarn!! that will make an awesomeness shawl!! Such fun projects!! Boss!! Buddy is too smart : -)))
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!!
Hugs, Suzan

linda said...

What a great Christmas, I'm so glad you all had such a good one. Happy New Year Meredith! I hope that 2017 is a great one for you and your lovely family :) xx

Willow said...

Ohhh, your hubby knows what you love--meeting him in the yarn shop--so you knew you might be getting some fiber :)
My hubby noted that I kept checking out a certain library book--over and over and over---so he bought it for me! Best present!
Happy New Year to you!

Judy S. said...

So great to see LB looking happy and healthy. May he stay that way in the coming year! Funny thing, I bought more yarn for Interrupted, too, and my DH paid for it, too. Happy Knitting, and a very Happy New Year!