Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Max has been in full swing this holiday season!  He saw Santa, he's seen lights and trees, and listened to music.  He's made requests for what he would like for Christmas and what he wants to get his family.  Today, we finished making cards for his grandparents to get their packages off to them.

It struck me this year how much he's grown.

My not so little guy's handprint is HUGE! We will see more lights, and make more treats, and get and give more gifts before the big day next week.  But until then, we'll be enjoying life, celebrating the holidays and hope you all will be too. 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Fireman Santa...

We really live in one of the best cities in America.  Earlier this year, our wonderful police department came to visit Officer BatMax, and for Christmas, he gets a visit from Santa with our fire department. 

Max was so excited all day for this visit.  He was waiting patiently, and when he heard the sirens start and the noise of them coming in the house got ready to tell the big man all he's been waiting to say all year.  

They had a little baby puppy they were training and asked if Max would like to meet him too.  The dog was just only a little interesting to Max.  He had one person he was interested in seeing.  

We helped Max give Santa his letter and cookies.  In speech therapy, Max said he would like to give Santa chocolate cookies, and came up with another option for a request besides Batman.  He told us he wanted a backstage concert at his favorite park.  Santa is really going to have to get creative with that!  He also wanted to make sure Santa knew "I've been GREAT this year"!

Last year, Max was so emotional when meeting Santa he could hardly contain himself.  This year, he wanted to hold his hand and kept reaching out for it.  I acknowledged that I saw him trying to hold Santa's hand and without missing a beat Santa grabbed hold. 

It's a little blurry, but that's okay, they're pros at putting out fires and making kids like Max's dreams come true...not photographers. ;)

Max said good-bye to Santa and told him he would be good. 

And off he went in his sleigh, until next year.  

Thank you Westminster Fire Department for making Max's Christmas so special.  It's so difficult to get him to the malls at Christmas time to see Santa, and this has turned out to be such a special tradition for him.  

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thanksgiving wrap-up...

We are thankful around here!  We had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and now Max is loving the beauty of Christmas in his house.

We took over Max's schoolroom - which is actually the dining room to host Thanksgiving.  We're always grateful for everyone who comes to us so we can enjoy holidays with our people.  Moving Max's big chair from the living room to the dining room took two of the guys, but it made it possible for the big guy to join us for Thanksgiving dinner.

"Baby A" playing Max the piano while he sang along. 

We spent "Black Friday" as far away from stores as possible...that is just not our thing.  Instead, we took care of some business, setting up a bank account for our new non-profit, cleaning up after the feast and excitement around the house, and enjoying the gorgeous weather outside. 

I love it when he looks at me when I ask!

Shorts and t-shirt on the day after Thanksgiving!
Max never gets to go down the "fun hill" on his bike rides because it's just too steep for his bike.  But, when we're going for a walk, Daddy makes sure to take him on all the fun hills. 

The walk was gorgeous!  We had so many neighbors out putting up their decorations.  We'll have to get ours down today and see what we come up with for decorations out front. When we got home, the sun was starting to set, and we got quite a show!

From our back yard, sunset in November.
Last night, we set up our Christmas tree, and made Max one very happy boy.  So happy that he wanted to wake up at 6:30 this morning to get up to be with his tree.  He has his lights on, Christmas music playing...and thoughts of Fireman Santa coming this week to make him very happy indeed!