Selfies, Zombies, Santa and other totally random stuff


That’s me with my two boys and my attempt to take a selfie.  For those of you who have young children you understand how hard it is to get a picture when more than one kid is involved.  Unless there’s an explosion, squirrel, dancing monkey or a leprechaun, it’s almost impossible to get both kids looking at the camera at the same time.  After I snapped this selfie of the three of us playing on the floor I was amazed that both kids were actually looking at the camera.  There must be a leprechaun I don’t know about hiding in my house….

My oldest is into Christmas this year so it’s going to be fun.  He has really gotten into the season and the festivities.  He sings Christmas Carols non-stop and he even knows most of the words and when he doesn’t he makes up his own and I’m of the opinion his words are better.  Egg Nog is one of his seasonal indulgences and he’d drink egg nog with every meal if I’d let him.  Last week he said “Dad, is Egg Nog made out of noggins?”….how could I answer with anything other than, “yes, yes it is”.  No point in trying to argue that logic!


The boys have both been on Santa’s lap, the youngest once and the oldest 5 times.  For the youngest it didn’t go so well, he cried and screamed and enjoyed Santa just about as much as he does that big red bulb I use to suck snot from his nose.  As I said before the oldest has seen Santa on 5 different occasions.  Once for school, once for church, once at the Rotary Christmas Party and a couple of other times.  Each time Santa has been, in my son’s words, “not the real Santa”.  Most of you know David Mills and if you do, you know that David is one of Santa’s big helpers this time of year.  My son knows David as well and each of the 5 times my son has sat on his lap he’s come home to tell me, “Dad, I saw Mr. David today and I know he’s not the real Santa”.  I then spend the next 10 minutes explaining to him that the “real” Santa is busy this time of year and he has to have help from people like Mr. David.  The explanation works and all is well and I want to publicly thank David for being one of Santa’s helpers and helping to make the season special for kids in Clinton.  (Don’t tell anyone but that’s David in the picture above)


Who doesn’t love iced sugar cookies at Christmas time?  Here’s what happens when Christmas cookies become attack of the Zombies.  Who would have thought that flour and red icing could transform a cute 5-year-old into a ZOMBIE in snowman pajamas.  I wouldn’t be too worried about him eating you but you’d better hide your sugar cookies if you see him coming!

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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