Nathan is Hebrew and means "gift from God" - we couldn't have been more blessed than to have been chosen as his parents!

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Nathan's UnHalloween & A Holiday Tradition Gone Wrong!

This year for Halloween, I really wanted Nathan to dress as Thomas the Train, but after much research, I discovered the only purchasable costumes were ones that simply drape over him like a nightgown and nothing to get excited over.  So, this Type-A mom went on a Thomas the Train mommy-made costume mission!
After some searching I found the directions to lots of very cute options.  I had to make some design changes to keep it as light as possible for Nathan, but it was a pretty easy costume to make. A little time consuming, but easy.  I bought matching paint, foam paper, card board pencil holders, a shoe box, a round card board box and made Thomas' face out of one of those nightgown costumes.  I used one of Nathan's trains as a model and the end product was pretty darn good.  Only problem was.....

...he refused to wear it!  He thought Elmo would like to ride in his train, but he wasn't thrilled about putting it on himself.  Don't get me wrong, he LOVED the costume!  All he wanted to do was play with it and we went through all of our hot glue because he accidentally pulled some pieces off, but he just didn't want to wear it.

Although, I was able to get one picture of him in it!!  I decided to save this masterpiece for next year, just in case he's still ga ga about Thomas.  I'll need to do something about those suspenders because these handmade ones didn't work as well as I had hoped.  We also have a train conductor hat for Nathan, but he's still a little apprehensive about wearing hats, so we'll save that too and try again next year.  Although, I'll be sure to have a back-up costume on hand.  Live and learn....

We spent Thanksgiving as always, delivering food for those in need and at Grammy's house with family. And, while we're on the topic of Grammy ~ Nathan is just in love with his Grammy!  He asks for her all the time and has learned to unlock and open our front door to find her (Grammy always comes through the front door, so Nathan thinks that's where she is).  It's super sweet, but trying to get out the front door to find her is terrifying, especially considering the 300+ acres of land behind our house!  It's certainly time for additional out-of-Nathan's-reach locks, but in the meantime, we barricade the door.  You can see how well that works. :-)

Back to Thanksgiving. We had a blessed day of family, food and doing our small part in giving back for all of the blessing that God has given us.  I 've always believed that the best way to be thankful is to give back and this year we did things just a little differently.  Usually I work in the kitchen at the City Mission, but my class schedule and family obligations prevented me from doing so and I was scheduled to volunteer for Equinox with the College's faith-based community, but our sitter had to cancel, so I wasn't able to attend.  However, we did deliver meals on Thanksgiving and sponsored three families through our Church, so they too were able to enjoy a home cooked Thanksgiving meal. In fact, our small Church family actually sponsored 61 meals for families in our community and sent meals down to Long Island for those stricken by Hurricane Sandy.   Mathew 25:40 says, "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Since you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto Me."  Amen.
Nathan and Uncle Coz

Cuties!  They're getting so big.
The day after Thanksgiving is traditional reserved for Black Friday early morning shopping and our Christmas tree. When I was pregnant for Nathan, Danny refused to allow me to climb the hill at our favorite tree farm - Candy Cane Farm in Moreau, so we bought a gorgeous artificial tree and for the past five years it has served us well, but now that we're spending our first Christmas in our new home, I really wanted a big and beautiful white pine tree from the farm and we got it!

The holiday tradition gone wrong here, may not be obvious to the naked eye (do you see it in the below picture), but just as we were getting bundled up to pick out our tree, we realized Danny had forgotten Nathan's shoes!!! Now, we were an hour from home, so there was no going back.  We had to improvise.    

Thank goodness Grammy was with us because her gloves served as Nathan's feet warmers and she hung out with him while we picked our family's tree. 

Candy Cane farm happens to be owned by a former coworker, so he allowed Nathan access to his animals, including this calf that was only seven days old. 

Thank you for stopping by ~ we're thankful for your continued readership and hope that you had a blessed Thanksgiving. No matter where we are in our life, there is always much to be thankful for. It's about perspective and the recognition that there are families living in our home town that don't have money to buy a Thanksgiving meal for their family. That there are elderly residents right around the corner, who live in one-bedroom flats without family and friends to care for them or about them. That their are people who live on the streets without food, clothing, a tooth brush or a warm bed to lay their head at night. That their are people lying in hospital beds or at home fighting for their lives due to an illness. There is much to be thankful for this Holiday season and I thank God for all those who dedicate their lives to serving others and for the small acts that mean a great deal to those in need. I can't imagine what our communities would be like if everyone chose to turn a blind eye to the least among us.