Thanksgiving evening, right before bed, Sonia was struck down by a tummy bug. The next 8 hours were a little rough, but on Friday morning, she made a miraculous recovery. Other than being a little more subdued than normal, The Great Sosini had a perfectly lovely day. The whole crew (minus me) went to play at a playground at a nearby elementary school, and since I wasn't in attendance, I'll let Niki post the awesome pictures they took there.
That afternoon, Niki and I baked and decorated a choo-choo train birthday cake for an early celebration of Peter's 2nd birthday. Upon inspecting the cake, Sonia informed us that the cake actually looked like a truck. Yeah, she was kind of right. Whatever! Petey likes all forms of transportation.
While we were making the cake, Sosini and Charbunkle were dying to get in on the baking and decorating action. We gave them a small part of the cake that we didn't need and encouraged them to go nutty decorating it. The girls mostly just went nutty eating the frosting and candy decorations.
Before cake eating, we opened presents. The girls gave the birthday boy a little assistance in opening this present that Andrew, Sosini, and I gave him-- a Thomas Take-and-Play Tidmouth Sheds! Petey has a December birthday, so a few of his presents were wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper. Good thing none of them can read, because this wrapping paper said not to open the package until December 25th.
Grandpa Spike helped Peetza-Pie blow the candle out on his train/truck cake.
Snuggles for the almost-2-year-old from his uncle.... Petey really loved hanging out with Uncle Andrew!
Saturday morning, we took the kids to Jump Zone to help them (and us!) burn off the massive amounts of sugar consumed the night before. As always, hilarity ensued.
We loved this Sesame Street jump just for little kids.... I wish we had it here at our jump places!
Sosi and Petey LOVED this cool teeter-totter! Once they discovered it, all jumping ceased and they hogged this piece of equipment until we left.
Time for more baking! How many toddlers does it take to make one package of brownies?
More playing in the hot tub....
Sonia found the swimmies that she had used back when we were in TX in July, and she picked up right where she left off, teaching herself how to swim.
That pretty much takes us to Sunday morning when Andrew, Sosini, and I flew back to Illinois.... We had such a great time! Thank you for such a fun holiday, everyone. Corey, we missed you a ton-- we were all so sad that you had to work and couldn't make it to Texas. Hopefully next year's holiday season will be a less crazy time for you!