Merry Christmas to you and your family from us.
2015 saw some big changes for us. We were blessed to finally sell our townhouse and buy a bigger house. We have been trying to sell it on and off for the last ten years.
As the cool kids say, we can laugh about it now, we survived.
As we head into the end of year festivities, please think about all the people who struggle during this time of year. Think of the people who may have lost loved ones earlier this year. The first Christmas is usually the hardest. I know the first couple were for me after my mother passed away. If you see someone having a rough go, reach out and be a listener.
I am looking forward to spending some quality time with Michelle and the little people. This time of year lets me recharge my batteries. I wish you the best and a very, merry Christmas.
Remember, you can donut.
Do you have a Christmas tradition your family does every year? Something fun? Something the kids love or hate? I guess we have one. I’m not sure how much longer we are going to be able to do it. Michelle and I interview the kids about Santa’s worldwide toy delivery operation. I also threaten to devour all the milk and cookies we leave out for Santa.
How does he get to all the houses in one night?
Where do the toys come from?
How does Santa enter houses without chimneys?
As well as some other questions based off their answers.
You get the point. We keep it light and fun. We record the conversations to play for them when they get older. We ask them about the Christmas toy delivery process.
When MaM was two, I mentioned that I was going to eat all the cookies we left out for Santa. She became quite offended by this act and started yelling at me. She told me the cookies were Santa’s and I needed to leave them alone.
We have some other Christmas traditions such as watching the NORAD Santa tracker and looking at all the stops Santa has made. I hope the kids look back and enjoy these. Of course, we drive up to Fishers and see the light display at Reynolds Farm Equipment Christmas Light Display. As the oldest of a large family, I think I have blocked out all of our Christmas traditions except for Snickers and Bear, our dogs, knocking over the Christmas tree.
I would love to hear your comments.
Have a great holiday.
One of the things we love to do as a family is watch the tv show Wipeout. We all yell at the tv at the contestants on the show. That is such fun. The. The conversation always turns to “Daddy, you should go on Wipeout!” To which I respond, which one of you two will go on the show with me. McNally family secret, it’s always MaM. The Fox doesn’t want anything to do with being on the show. I think they want to see me go on Wipeout just to get beat up by all the obstacles.
Boy, being on that show with my kids would be a blast. What reality type show would you go on if you could?
Had a fun weekend. There was soooo much to do. It was a full day, Free Comic Book Day, Star Wars event at the Indiana State Museum, and Cinco De Mayo party. The kids really loved the free comic book day. MaM was on the search for an unicorn comic book. The Fox was good with anything. That’s the beauty of a four year old mind. They go with the flow. They are just happy to be involved.
The first comic book store we hit was Carnival Comics, on Keystone. First thing we asked when we walked in the door was “Do you have any unicorn comics?” A phrase I never thought would ever come out of my mouth. At least with people who do not follow me on Twitter. The guy behind the counter, who looked nothing like the comic book store guy on The Simpson’s, said no, but I may have something else. This was something MaM was ecstatic to hear.
This place had a large selection of free comics. There was Batman ans Superman and many others I had never heard of. The kids loved looking over the selection. Each person was limitied to four comic books. So that meant The Fox got five comic books and MaM got seven. As long as she got more comic books than The Fox, she was happy.
The second shop we visited was in Castleton, Downtown Comics. There was a line outside the door stretching all the way past the three neighboring stores. That was a little too long for me. There were a couple of people walking around in costume. Batman, Robin, Poison Ivy, and Cat Woman. MaM’s first reaction was “That’s Cat Woman, she’s evil.”. That’s when MaM’s world got rocked. Cat Woman walked up to Bat Man to get a picture with some people. MaM froze when this happened. I not sure what was going on through her head, but she didn’t like it. I think she wanted Bat Man to do something to her.
When we got home, the kids couldn’t wait to run into the house with their comic books to show their mom.
It was a fun day. I’m lucky that I got to spend it with them.
Last weekend we went to Grandma’s and had to stay at a hotel because there was no room at the inn(Grandma’s). My kids love to stay at hotels. Although they do prefer Holiday Inn Express. ( Wink Wink Nudge Nudge-I’ll take any love they can give me).
They LOVE Holiday Inn Express because of the free breakfast and pool. Funny thing is that they have access to two polls and they get a free breakfast every morning.
They also get a free lunch and dinner made to order. The main reason that they love H.I.E. is because hotel stays mean we get to take pictures of our family jumping on the bed. Yeah, the Queen Bee has forbidden this activity from our house. Here are the pics we took.
Last week we visited The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis to take the Little People to the new Hot Wheel’s exhibit. We were sure they would love it because their grandpa brings them Hot Wheel cars every time he comes over for a visit. I wasn’t sure it @GotChaBaby and I would because of all the cars we have stepped on in the dark. Come on parents, you know what I’m talking about. If it’s a small toy, you’ve stepped on it in the dark.
They have six full sized cars in the display area. All of these cars were either actual cars created into Hot Wheels cars or Hot Wheel cars fabricated into full sized cars. The centerpiece display is one of the cars designed by Hot Wheels Chief Designer, Larry Wood, called The Bone Shaker. It was cool to see this roofless vehicle with it’s skull grill because my kids have this car in their collection and I had one growing up as well. They also have a full sized version of the first Hot Wheels car that was made into a real automobile, the Twin Mill. We saw this car for the first time at the Indianapolis Speedway a couple years ago at the 35 th Anniversary Hot Wheels stop a couple years ago. Then, it was green, now it’s blue.
MaM took a liking to the exhibit right away. She loves cars. Her dream car is a sparkly blue Corvette The highlight for her was the twenty plus foot Hot Wheels ramp that had a loop in it. She figured out that she could line up ten cars and send them down the ramp at the same time. I caught her filling up her pockets with cars and waiting in line to send the cars on their way. She so liked the area that let her trace the parts of the car on paper. The museum had a similar display during the Barbie exhibit.
AfM liked the smaller track exhibits. He was happy to keep sending the cars down whatever ramp he was standing in front of, just going from ramp to ramp.
The workers in the area were really good with the kids and answered questions for the adults such as “How many cars do you think you’ll go through?” I was told that she wasn’t sure but it amount looks considerably less than what they started with that morning. GotChaBaby asked @TCMIndy the same question, via Twitter, and found out they started with 3000 cars. I wonder how many are left now?
The Hot Wheels For Real exhibit is at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis until January 27th, 2013. If you haven’t taken your kids there, you should, this is one of the best “hands-on” museums for little people.