Thanksgiving this year was with Shane's side. We all got together at the Wakley's and got to enjoy each others company and great food. We did some shopping that night after dinner and some on black Friday. It's so nice getting together with family!
Christmas was with my side this year and we had a lot of fun. Axel was a blast this year. He was excited about every gift he got to open and would say "mommy I got" before he even ripped the paper. He got a tool bench this year with some battery operated tools that he loved. He even got into the Santa bit a little. Now every man he sees with a white beard he says "look mom it santa." We spend Christmas Eve and Christmas day at my parents and went to church Christmas morning. It was a great way to start off the day. We had a fake Christmas tree this year (which Shane was opposed to), we always get a real one and didn't do a tree last year. Axel had fun helping decorate for the first time. We got a train to go around the tree this year and Axel loved that. He loved to push the remote to make it go around.
We have also got a ton of snow this year and Ax has loved playing in it and eating it.
The end of January we started potty training and went cold turkey from diapers to big boy underwear. It was a rough couple weeks but he finally got the hang of it. I bribed with cars, candy and eventually a trip to go see gramama and grampapa (as Ax calls them) in Washington and go on an airplane for the first time. He went about 2 weeks with only about 2 accidents.
In March we got to go spend a week with Shane's parents in Washington. We had a wonderful time. Axel loved the airplane and did so good on it. We got to go to the zoo, stay in a hotel and go to the beach and eat at some yummy places and go shopping. We went in their hot tub almost every night, it was very relaxing. Axel came in there with us and would say "that was fun, go in hot water." It was a fun, relaxing trip. We drove home and Ax did great with the long drive too. He loved getting spoiled by 4 adults!
Axel is getting close to 3 and I'm pretty sure the terrible 3's are starting to set in. He is at a really fun age right now though. He still lets me cuddle him and hug and kiss him, on his own terms :) He is sweet, independent, stubborn and repeats everything. He loves to play hide and seek, listen to music, dance and sing, nursery and being outside. He wakes up every morning and comes running in my room and says "mommy I sleep good" and gives me a hug. It's my favorite part of the morning. He like chocky milk and a show to start off the morning. He says lots of funny things and says something new everyday that makes me laugh. He loves when Daddy gets home from work and runs and gives him a hug and says "daddy you got home." He is still a big mama's boy, which I love. He is getting so smart and knows how to get his way with mom and dad. One of his latest when he gets in trouble is "you my best friend" to try and get out of it. He is getting really good and saying prayer with us. I can't believe how fast he has grown. We are so blessed to be his parents.