Santa 2014

Kenny got to see Santa again this year at our church’s Christmas party! He was so excited about it until it was time to sit on his lap.

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A small (very small) improvement from last year because last year he wouldn’t even let Santa touch him. :)

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Cincinnati Christmas 2014

You know when you write a huge long paper only to have your computer blank out right when you finish it so you have to write it over again?

That just happened (but on a smaller scale) with this blog post. I am still scowling as I am writing this (wordpress claims that they have an autosave feature every 2 minutes. Lies.) Feel lucky that I decided to write this again.

Anyway, after Gatlinburg, we traveled on up to Cincinnati to do Christmas a bit early with my family. Kenny was very excited that he was able to see and play with Marli again.

Like I said in the previous post, when these two get together they are so mischievous! Lots of stories to share, but here are a few:

One day we were over at my parents’ house, and Marli and Kenny were playing upstairs. We heard loud laughter, but we didn’t think much of it. After a while, we decided to go check and see what was so funny.

They had dumped out a huge box of Reese’s Pieces all over the ground and were going to town stuffing their faces! We asked them to help clean it up, and Marli started picking them up and putting them back into the box. Kenny, however, grabbed two huge handfuls and ran from the room so he could stuff it into his mouth. While Marli and I were distracted cleaning up the mess, Kenny found a sucker, unwrapped it, and started munching down on it as well.

Another time we were all at Tracey and Jacob’s new house and the kids were downstairs playing in the toy room. We started hearing hysterical laughter as well as “wa wa!” (or water) so we decided to go check on them. Tracey went downstairs while the rest of us were trying to figure out what they could have gotten into (what water could they have gotten? I mean, there is the toilet, but they know not to play in the toilet.) Sure enough, Tracey came upstairs with two drenched kids who thought it was hilarious to splash each other with toilet water.

Straight into the bath for these two.

Straight into the bath for these two.

And one more story. I was watching the kids one day while Tracey and Jacob did some shopping and Ken was in the shower. Kenny and Marli were playing nicely in the living room, so I stepped out to go check on something else. Surprise, surprise, the loud laughter started, so I went running (Not really. I am 8 months pregnant. It sounds better that way, though.)

Marli and Kenny were batting the glass ornaments off of the tree into the fireplace to watch them shatter. They thought it was hilarious! The two little goofballs wouldn’t do that separately, but when they get together you’ve got to watch out. (Side story: We were at the store the other day, and Kenny saw some ornaments and got really excited. He was trying to point them out to us so he said “Ball!” and made a crashing noise.)

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And I lied, last story. When we were acting out the nativity scene, Kenny was Joseph and Marli was Mary, and a stuffed animal was Baby Jesus. They did really well with their parts when they had to go to inn keeper to inn keeper, but once they got to the “stable” their attention began to wane.

While we were singing Silent Night, Kenny decided he wanted to wrestle with Marli, so he started trying to jump on her. Marli wasn’t feeling it, so she said, “Kenny! Stop! You’re squishing Baby Jesus!” It was really cute.

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I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, by my sister Tracey is 14 months older than I am, and coincidentally enough Marli is 14 months older than Kenny.

My mom has always told us stories about how mischevious the two of us were together. Apparently I would instigate the naughty act, and Tracey would just sit, watch, and laugh. (Like toilet papering the bathroom.) Funny enough, Kenny is usually the one who starts doing the naughty act, Marli laughs hysterically, but she typically will join in as well (unlike her mom).

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It’s funny to see their two personalities and how some things are passed on to the next generation.

I hope these two continue to be good friends as they grow up in different states.

(Save, save, and DOUBLE SAVED!)

Gatlinburg

Wow . . . two months since I did my last post? Whoops.

Well here is a little life update (aka picture overload that probably should have been broken up into 2 posts) of the Alford Crew-

We went to Gatlinburg as a family a few weeks ago! It was a blast. My sister Tracey and her family drove down and met us there, so we were able to spend a few days with them in Gatlinburg.

We had a lot of fun exploring Gatlinburg with the Dorseys and Kenny sure loved spending time with his cousin Marli (and baby Averi when she was awake).

Kenny and Marli are so funny when they get together. Peer pressure is a real thing, and when the two of them got giggling and laughing with each other, things would escalate quickly (and we learned to go check on them to figure out what mischief they were getting in to.) More on this in a blog post to follow.

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Here Marli and Kenny are playing train around the hotel suite, which consisted of them saying “choo choo” over and over while banging into everything and laughing themselves silly.

We also went around Gatlinburg and explored all of the neat shops and sites. They had a lot of Ripley’s Believe It or Not attractions, so we were able to go check out a couple.

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34 week pregnancy update! ;) Really, I need to do a belly picture update, though.

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The Dorseys were only able to spend a few days with us down in Gatlinburg, and then they had to go back to Cincinnati. Kenny was super bummed that Marli had to leave and was stuck with us boring old folk, but he took solace in the fact that he would see her in a week when we did Christmas in Cincinnati.

Since we went to Gatlinburg in the off season (which I’m glad we did. Also, it really was a great time to go! The decorated the city beautifully with Christmas lights.) we won 5 different free tickets to different shows, museums, and game centers (5!!!!). It was great.

The first place we went to was called Wonder Works.011

It was a children’s museum + an amusement park + an arcade center. It was a lot of fun. Some of it was a bit too advanced for Kenny, but the other Ken had no problem doing the kid activities instead. :)

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The first room we went into was very loud and visually overwhelming, so Kenny wasn’t too big of a fan at first. He just wanted to cuddle and kept saying “go” because he wanted to leave. He warmed up quickly, though.

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We also won tickets to a dinner show called Lumberjack Feud.

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The show was awesome! They had real world champion lumberjacks (who knew that was still a real thing?) who were actually competed in events while still making it a fun show.

Kenny loved watching the show and paid attention the whole time. He especially liked when the horse came out to pull the big logs around and when the dogs would compete.

We also went to a place called MagiQuest which had a few different attractions. We just ended up doing the pirate glow-in-the-dark golf, and then Ken and Kenny did the mirror maze and laser room together.

Overall, it was a HUGE success. We loved Gatlinburg and the fun time we had with the Dorseys as well as a family. Thanks Mom and Dad Alford! (It was a Christmas present from last year.)