Sunday, December 18, 2011

First snow

When we awoke yesterday morning it had snowed, dispelling all worries that we wouldn't have a white Christmas.

Our house

Scoop and Aidan will dig out the snow.

Sometime you just have to do it manually

But scoop did help, too, honest.

American Family Holidays Breakfast

We went to my work's annual Holidays breakfast a few saturdays ago. The kids love it, get to meet Santa and Bucky and get tattoos.

I want Creaky Cranky Crane...

And Neville (and anything else related to Thomas the Tank Engine.)

Snowmen became the theme of the day

On his cheek, hands, and surrounding him

Bucky Badger (the local college mascot) came too

Olbrich Gardens train exhibition

Aidan's never happier than when he's with trains. We took him to this exhibition for the third year in row. Let's call it a tradition. I wonder when he'll grow out of it and won't want to go anymore.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Milwaukee Children's Museum

Visiting MCM Aidan enjoyed the grocery store but loved the vehicles.

Can he fix it? Yes he can!

He drives us crazy.

Hey driver. Watch out for the weird guy at the back.

Falling in Fall

The annual falling in leaves picture taken just after we got back from the UK.

Surprise firefighters

All was normal when Railton and Ruben visited Nan's house, until a fire engine turned up outside. They were going to teach the school children across the street about Nov. 5th but were willing to let two eager kids have their own private tour first. (Sorry about the pictures. The camera was acting up)


Back in Bolton, Aidan enjoyed the on-loan toys and built a huge tower with Nan. It ended taller than him.

Center Parcs - visitors

Owen and Josephine came to visit Aidy at Center Parcs. Aidan wasn't well but we all enjoyed watching cartoons together- some, or one, more than others.

Center Parcs' park

Aidan had a fab time in the pool on the Saturday morning before being struck down by a Hand, Foot and Mouth induced fever.

He tentatively took on the toddler slides then felt confident enough to graduate to the bigger ones, which everyone thought he'd tackle with his dad.

All except his dad.

I knew he'd want to go on his own. And thought I'd made it clear to grandad who was at the bottom ready to catch him. Or supposed to be. Thankfully grandad's reactions were quick enough to catch Aidy, even though he was taken by surprise.

After an afternoon nap, Aidy enjoyed the park.

Unfortunately, the poor lad was more or less wiped out for the rest of the weekend after this. The fever hit him pretty hard.

England part 2- Center Parcs

We met up with Grandad and Nan at Nottingham Center Parcs. Aidy and Grandad enjoyed a thrilling game of flick the car across the table just before dinner.

Learning the technique

Just watch, Grandad.