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Both of the boys had their own advent calendars this year. And they both consisted of building things with Legos. Adam’s Star Wars themed (hard to believe, right?) calendar was a collection of characters and assorted ships and stuff from the movie…

Star Wars Advent Calendar

The month culminates in this little Darth Vader Santa character on Dec 24…

Darth Vader Santa

Alex’s calendar was made by our neighbor and consisted in these clothespins that held individually wrapped packages.

Lego Train Advent Calendar

Each package contained pieces of a Lego Christmas Train and each day, Alex would open one of the packages and slowly put the train together. On Christmas day, he opened the last package, which were the stockings that go in the little wagon being pulled by the train…

Lego Christmas Train

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It’s a great day to be a dad! Like all Father’s Days in our house, dad gets up with the kids and makes coffee and fixes milk for the kids and watches the kids and drinks coffee while mom sleeps in. 😉

What makes this day different is the little surprise the boys had for me…

Father's Day Gift

So, what did we do on this Father’s Day? We went to the Jacksonville Zoo. I haven’t been here since I was a kid, and it hasn’t changed all that much…

Jax Zoo Entrance

So here we are, and here we go…

Dad and the boys Holding hands

There’s lots of stuff to see, but we spent an inordinate amount of time looking at the turtles and fish…

Zoo Bridge With mom on the bridge

Of course, the highlight of the trip isn’t the animals; it’s the TRAIN!

Zoo train

So, we bought our tickets and climbed aboard!

Buying our train tickets Sitting on the train

It was a nice afternoon. We saw a lot of animals, rode the train, enjoyed some ice cream, and had a great time together. Now, I guess we’ll take a nap…

Zonked-out

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This afternoon the boys road the train for the first time. We were going into Philly to see the Christmas lights, but the highlight of the trip was the train! They were pretty excited, especially Adam, who of course, was not very patient at all…

Impatience

Of course there was only one way to keep them from crossing the yellow line at the edge of the platform…

The boys and daddy

And so YADDA, YADDA, YADDA, we walked around Philly until FINALLY! The boys are back in the train station for the ride back home! Adam is still impatient…

Alex tells a story

Alex, on the other hand, just can’t stop talking about his trip to Philly!

Adam and Mommy

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