If you didn't know, today is Sinterklasse Day -- it's the Dutch version of our Christmas (Christmas Day for them is more of a religious day, not a gift-giving day) -- and on Sinterklasse Eve you put out your shoes with hopes that Sinterklasse will leave you treats and presents in them the next morning (sound familiar?!). My grandpa was Dutch, and we always celebrated Sinterklasse Day at my house, and I wanted to keep up the tradition with my family. Now, my mom had darling little slippers especially for Sinterklasse Day for each one of us growing up. I don't have any of those. So we used our real shoes.
Not as cute. But way funny. I don't think Gray got the hilarity of the situation, though. He picked his treat out of his shoe, looked at it in confusion, said "Shoe??", then put the treat back INTO the shoe. It's still there. He won't touch it now. But he also got a fridge magnet farm animal toy, and he played with it all morning. He was so smart, he went right over to it and started matching up the halfs of the animals -- no problem! I showed him how to put them in the barn, and how it made the animal noises -- which he didn't like so much. For some reason, Gray is afraid of anything that makes animal noises -- he's fine with songs, but sounds, he hates. So we turned the sound off, and he was happy again. Thank you, Sinterklasse! If only Grandpa was still around to sing the Sinterklasse song!