This is what the kids most look forward to… playing at the cabin!
Even the big kids join in on the fun!
And when it gets to cold to play outside, we head inside warm up with cocoa and play some more.
Patrick loved his new legos
We stay fuelled with an abundance of yummy food. We all love Nama’s special banana bread and Elise was more than willing to help mix up a batch if it meant she got to hang out with Nama and eat some dough!
And there is no better way to finish a long day at the cabin then to be curled up under a blanket with someone you love.
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See Elise? She curled up on the couch and just watched Mike play piano. She thought he was the coolest person ever.
The night got better when Auntie Beth started dancing with her.
Elise thought Mike was the coolest person ever until she requested Jingle Bells and he didn’t play it. Boo! Mike has until our next Christmas together to figure out Jingle Bells.
Come on Mike. How can you say no to the look of utter adoration?! Jingle Bells!
unfortunately this year not all the Shannons could be in Grand Forks at the same time. This is the first year since I joined the family that this has happened and it was a big bummer. The kids were the ones who were most disappointed because it meant not spending time chasing their cousins.
We did still manage to have a lot of fun. Michael especially had a blast. Michael would coerce anyone who would look into his big green eyes to play a round of Munchkin with him. Uncle Steve and Uncle Jon spent most of their break battling monsters of all levels with Michael.
Elise spent most of her time shadowing Grandma Shannon.
Every once in a while she would give Grandma a break and play in Patrick’s imaginary world.
Patrick really did spend most of his time like this, sitting on the floor playing blocks. He floated from the board gamers to Grandma and Elise, but really I think he enjoyed a break from all the Christmas chaos and just had some serious chill time.
It was a really relaxing and nice way to round out the Christmas break.
If Patrick grows up and works behind a desk in a cubicle from 9-5, Monday – Friday it will be a waste of something so special.
Patrick’s imagination, creativity, story telling and empathy blow Tim and me away. There couldn’t be more nondescript blocks than these oversized Legos but that didn’t stop Patrick from seeing those blocks as complex monsters and robots and creating an intricate story line that had a full story arc. He played quietly with those blocks for hours.