The Falk Family Blog

WEDNESDAY
DEC
- 2009 -
30
10:28 pm
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Birthday Party

We had Lincoln’s 2nd birthday party at home. Dan and Kari’s family and the Mabry family joined us. Lincoln was happy to see Josie and his cousins! He ran to the door each time he heard someone come.

The birthday boy and his big brothers.
Party Time!
He loved his big boy bed! But seemed concerned the crib wasn’t there anymore. He went out into the hallway looking for it. I told him, “The crib is in the basement,” and asked if he wanted me to go get it. He said “yes.” I told him cribs are for babies and beds are for big boys. He seemed OK with that statement and even told several people at the party that cribs are for babies!
Yea! Presents!
He was a little afraid of the candles on his cake. When it came time to blow them out, he tried once or twice and then said, “Mommy do it.”
Annie and Ethan
Owen (sporting a very cute hair-do) and Josiah
Alex and Isaac
Josie and (silly!) Lincoln
He had such a great time! Even with all the commotion I  was able to focus on Lincoln and enjoy him at his party.
We allowed Isaac to sleepover with Lincoln for his first night in the big boy bed. They stayed together until morning. So very sweet.
WEDNESDAY
DEC
- 2009 -
30
4:40 pm
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Birthday Lunch at McDonald’s Play Place

Here, Lincoln is both saying the number 2 and showing 2 with his fingers.

He wanted “Monster” to have lunch at McDonald’s with him.
Lincoln seemed to understand that he was important on his birthday. He ate up all the special attention and was such a good boy all throughout the day. First thing in the morning I got his birthday picture done at Portrait Innovations. I’ll post them later. We then went home to get the rest of the family and headed to McDonald’s. He took a nap in Mommy’s and Daddy’s bed while we worked on finishing up his big boy bed surprise. Then, at 6:00 some friends (and family) came over to help us celebrate with a party fit for a 2-year-old little boy who loves cars and trucks!
WEDNESDAY
DEC
- 2009 -
30
4:26 pm
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The Crib Comes Down

Just this week after 8 years of (pretty much) constant use the time came to take the baby crib down. I admit to shedding a few tears. It just seems strange there isn’t a need for it anymore.

We replaced it with a big boy bed for Lincoln. It was our gift to him on his 2nd birthday.
WEDNESDAY
DEC
- 2009 -
30
4:18 pm
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Look Who’s 2!

Good morning to our favorite 2-year-old!

WEDNESDAY
DEC
- 2009 -
30
4:16 pm
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Further Developing His Hidden Talent

Warren made a semi-truck cake for Lincoln’s 2nd birthday. It turned out great! Lincoln’s face lit up when he saw it the morning of his birthday. He wanted to eat it right then and there!

Keep on truckin’! Almost finished.
The masterpiece! Well done, Warren!
MONDAY
DEC
- 2009 -
28
8:54 pm
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Christmas Morning!

Get comfortable…lots of pictures!
Lincoln was the first to wake up. At 6:15 I heard him open his bedroom door and run into the boys room. He climbed in bed with Ethan and I listened for a moment as they talked and cuddled. Soon, (we had to wake Daddy) we headed downstairs with three very anxious, bright-eyed, smiling boys! The stockings were opened first.
“Forget the pictures, Mom! Lets open the presents!”
Our tree-shaped cinnamon rolls were very tasty. They are a lot of work without a bread machine. Warren really likes them. The boys would probably like the Pillsbury cinnamon rolls just as much and it sure would be a lot easier!  Hmmm…very tempting.
Isaac enjoyed exploring with his new binoculars.  While we were testing the binoculars out, Lincoln had some plans of his own…
Caught you red-handed!
I have been wanting a new blender for some time. Now I can make smoothies again! Thanks, Hun, for listening to all of my hints.
Little Critter books for our little critter.
Three rubber band guns…what have I done?  (Turns out they don’t work that well and the boys are much more interested in the Nerf guns)
Lincoln needed Daddy’s help to open his gigantic gift!
Oh how fun!
I love this picture because Lincoln looks so small. 🙂
Ethan lost his pocket knife and was very happy to get a new one!
Here’s a picture of Lincoln’s “Are you sure this isn’t real?” face.  Lincoln thinks spiders are fascinating, especially if they aren’t real.  So when I saw this remote-controlled tarantula I thought it would be perfect for him.  He was really excited when he first saw it – we gave him the remote and he pushed the button a couple times and the spider moved and he seemed to enjoy it from a distance… that is until he approached it, squatted down, and just as he stuck out his little hand to pet it, accidentally squished the remote between his leg and belly, which pushed the “go” button.  You’d have thought it bared its fangs and hissed as fast as his hand snapped back and he darted away in reverse. He hasn’t played with it since…
Wait! I need a picture!
My Willow Tree family. Perfect for our family. 🙂
Ethan and Isaac agree that their Gogo’s Crazybones was the best present! Most people have never heard of these, they are just starting to catch on in the United States.
So tired after a long (fun!) day.
Here Ethan and Isaac are playing with their Gogos.  Each of these is just a hard plastic character.  They can trade them and play several different games with them – it’s a little like marbles with faces and feet.  They have books that rate each one for its speed, bounce and balance of all eighty different gogo characters.
SUNDAY
DEC
- 2009 -
27
10:54 pm
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Just a few more hours!

What a good feeling to be finished with all the preparations! My back hurt more at the end of Christmas Eve than it’s ever hurt before. I was on my feet in the kitchen for more than 12 hours! Not to mention all the other things that needed to be done in order to have a relaxing (lazy!) Christmas day. So much work, but so worth it to give the boys a memorable Christmas.
SUNDAY
DEC
- 2009 -
27
10:31 pm
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Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve we allow the boys to each open one gift.
While watching “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” Lincoln became fascinated with the  Abominable Snow Monster. He asked over and over, “where he go?” if he wasn’t in a particular scene. I happened to find this at CVS and knew I had to get it for Lincoln! It  roars like a monster and then sings a nice Christmas song. Lincoln slept with it the first night and carries it all around. I think it’s at the top of his favorite Christmas gifts list! Don’t you just love finding the perfect gift?!

Isaac liked his micro remote-controlled car. But, I’m not so sure it’s still up and running.

Don’t be deceived…he may LOOK like he’s patiently waiting his turn to open a present. It’s tough being the oldest!
He opened his Nerf  key chain, a gift from Isaac.
Twas’ the Night Before Christmas
SATURDAY
DEC
- 2009 -
26
5:48 pm
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Christmas Time is Near!

Sunday before Christmas Day.
SATURDAY
DEC
- 2009 -
26
5:47 pm
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Kindergarten Fun Day!

The Kindergarten classes at Isaac’s school went to the Beach Water Park for the afternoon. It was nice to have to whole place to ourselves!
They started the day off with singing Christmas carols to the parents. The lightly falling snow was a nice touch!
Such a big boy! He seemed to be more comfortable on his ice skates this time around.
It was nice to have some one on one time together. We enjoyed a toboggan ride down the huge slide, ice-skating,  hot cocoa, petting the animals, chatting with friends, and a warm lunch.