Thu 25 Feb 2010
We have had a good start to the new year. The boys truly love holidays. O’Neal is constantly asking me which one comes next. At this point he knows that after Valentines, the Leprechaun is coming for a visit, then the Easter Bunny. I have said it before, holidays are a big deal to me. Say what you will about most of them being commercial… I don’t buy up every valentine or Easter egg, but I do love the excitement that my kids have with each coming holiday. I guess I remember how excited I got during the holidays and birthdays. My parents did an awesome job of making us feel special, I just want to pay it forward to my kids. It really doesn’t have to cost anything. Funny thing is the most talked about holiday in my house is St. Patrick’s Day. Last year it cost me maybe 2 bucks, and the boys remember every detail. The excitement on their little faces was priceless! I used green food coloring to color the milk, squirted a few drops in the toilet to make the water green. Put on green lipstick and accused the leprechaun of messing up my lipstick and some green jelly beans on the table with a clover note from Louis the Leprechaun. That Leprechaun and Santa are running in a tight race! I need to tell Santa to stop spending on the toys, that all he needs is food coloring to get the boys excited I told them that we were going to try to trap him this year and O’Neal protested. He didn’t want the Leprechaun to get stuck, if he did , he would not get any jelly beans! Hilarious!
For Valentines/President’s day weekend we went up to Chattanooga with my parents. The Friday before we left Atlanta got 4 inches of snow. We all had a blast playing in it! Needless to say the boys picked up my saying right before a snowball was pelted their way “you are going down, down to Chinatown!”. They loved chasing us and throwing back at us. As good parents should, we showed no mercy! It was a full on attack from both sides that led to a boat load of laughter! O’Neal’s guttural laughter was almost a little criminal when a ball of snow came our way. It melted the next day and we headed up to the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel. We spent one night in the train car hotel and the next in a normal hotel room. The boys thought the train car was cool, but were irritated that the wheels were “locked”. The hotel was neat. The lobby is the original train station terminal. They had an early 1900s New Orleans trolley that rode around the property. The boys were very excited that they got to ring its bell! We also went to Ruby Falls, amazingly the Mcrotten bros did awesome. It was a mile long walk in the caverns to see the falls. All in all it is getting more and more fun to travel with them. I am sure that there are a lot of good times to come! Can’t wait for Spring!