Monday, December 12, 2011

National Christmas Tree, the 2011 Edition

national christmas tree
When I imagined life with 2 kids under 2, it never crossed my mind that I would be running around this much...especially in the cold weather. But it turned out that with some planning and patience, taking a toddler and a newborn out isn't impossible, it just may involve a few tears and cries.

Anna is at that stage where if she doesn't get what she wants or if something is taken away, she throws a fit. So if we want her to do something, it's wiser to ask her nicely and get her agreement rather than with force. Two sure ways to get her buy-in are 1) her baby brother Will and 2) bribe her with grapes.

For example: When she refuses to follow us, we say to her, "Baby Will is leaving, don't you want to come?" She will pick up her pace.

Or if she doesn't want to leave, we say, "There are grapes in the car." And she will chant "Grape! Grape! Grape!"

We used both lines during our visit to the National Christmas Tree.

This year, the National Christmas Tree is significantly smaller because the original one was toppled by strong winds earlier this year. It was pathetic looking, in my opinion, but as always, I still enjoyed walking around. Except for one or two years, hubs and I have always made the effort to come see the tree. I think we will hold on to this as one of the family traditions now that we have kids.
National Christmas Tree 2011
National Christmas Tree 2011
Anna really enjoyed the trains. So much that she didn't understand why there was a fence blocking her way...and, of course, she cried in protest.
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Lastly, a shot of (sleepy) Will.
National Christmas Tree 2011

5 comments:

  1. Haha, love the crying face. This stage is so fun most of the time, but ya, the tantrums are definitely not so fun. Love the 'grape! grape!'. Whatever works, right?

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  2. Let's just hope Anna is far past this stage by the time Will reaches it. If not, we are royally screwed...

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  3. I agree with use whatever works. Just try to survive through it. The shots are definitely funny, ones I'm sure she'll LOVE for you to show all her dates when she's older.

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  4. Gosh, I would have cried too - to be *that* close to the trains and not been allowed to play with them! :)

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  5. aww. I've been away way too long! Just look at your beautiful growing family! Happy Holidays! We were there not too long ago and took the kids to see Santas Workshop. Did you have a chance to go there? And, yea-the national tree is way too small!

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