His favorite trains in the display were the Amtrak passenger train and the Thomas the Tank Engine train. He would get very upset when those trains were stopped to allow other trains to travel the lines. "Trains pomin (coming)?" he'd ask, almost frantic with worry. The first video shows John's reaction to the Amtrak train, and the second video shows his reaction to Thomas.
Arboretum train display part 1 from Sarah Schuchard on Vimeo.
Arboretum train display, part 2 from Sarah Schuchard on Vimeo.
Some of my favorite photos of John from the month of December are these two, in which John is dressed to kill in the new Christmas tree skirt that Grandma bought at Target. The tree skirt would make a nice poncho, no?
John played in the snow for the first time ever on December 9th! After we had put his snowpants on, I got some photos of him pretending to take a drink from Mommy's (empty) Starbucks cup.
Here he is walking around in his full cold-weather get-up on the sidewalk behind Grandma's house. He wanted to build a snowman, but the snow was too powdery to be able to pack into snowballs, so we made snow angels instead. Then we trekked into the front yard and discovered the chunks of snow the snow plow had left behind. We were able to fashion a very rudimentary Frosty out of these chunks, but sadly, Frosty didn't last very long. As soon as we'd built him, John took him apart again.
On December 16th, all four of us went to a Christmas luncheon for a group my mom belongs to. I decided to dress John and Lila in their holiday outfits -- John wore a red-and-white striped button-down shirt with an argyle sweater over it, and Lila wore the sparkly red Scotty-dog dress she got from her Uncle Ethan and Aunt Lindsay.
I like these last two videos because it's just so sweet to see John by the Christmas tree. He'd just helped me open the big box we got in the mail from Ma Bonnie and Papa Jeff with all our wrapped Christmas gifts, and he'd hung his new (unwrapped) helicopter ornament on the tree. Then he was playing around a little bit with the presents from Uncle Ethan and Aunt Lindsay that were already under the tree (which he'd been talking about and moving around the house all day long).