Monday, December 7, 2015

A Very Christmas Weekend!

We had a wonderful Christmassy whirlwind weekend! We're trying to keep the fun of the season alive even in the middle of all of the conversion craziness that Eric is dealing with right now. The kids and I joined up with various family members and kept ourselves busy visiting Santa Clauses and having fun at church...and then Eric snuck home from New York for a short time so that we could even have a date night on Saturday. :)

On Friday we joined up with my mom and little brother John to see Santa and Mrs. Claus in Rocher. My mom always likes to take John to see this Santa, because there is never any line. And no one wants to stand in line with four or five kids forever before trying to take pictures of happy one. This would be Charlotte's very first exposure to the big guy!

Grace was first to just jump right up on his lap! And soon the other kids joined in for a little group session with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

 Evelyn had no problem at all telling Santa what she hopes to get for Christmas. 

Then John joined the crew. :)

Santa gave him a fist bump. I don't know why this cracks me up so much, but it does!

And as you can see, Charlotte was just as content as can be on Mrs. Claus's lap. Makes me wish there was always a Mrs. Claus with the Mister! :) This was actually a really great meet, and my mom joked that I probably shouldn't put this experience on the blog, because she quite likes that hardly anyone is ever there. :D 

Too much excitement for this kid.

We had a surprise waiting for us when we got home this night. While we were visiting the jolly couple, Eric was making his way home to spend some time with us for a while. We were all so thankful for the little break he had to come home for a day! He still had to work at the radio station on Saturday, so really...we didn't get to see him that much while he was here, haha. Work work work.

While Eric was producing radio shows, I took the kids to a special day our church hosted for a little Christmas fun!

There was lots of food and fun crafts for the kids to do. Different stations were set up with activities. They decorated Christmas trees and made bird feeders....

Reagan insisted on keeping that hat on. :)

I think this is the only picture I got of Charlotte. She was in my arms most of the time. ;)

We now have three new feeders smothered in sunbutter and birdseed hanging for our feathered friends.

They decorated cookies and strung beaded ornaments....

And of course, there was lots of running around and general mayhem on the basketball courts. The girls can't get enough of the scooters, and as soon as Reagan spots the Cozy Coupe, forget it. That's all he will want to do all day long. 

It was a fun time, and a big THANK YOU to everyone who had a hand in hosting it. Our kids did not want to leave!

That evening Eric and I were able to go out and do our normal errands and spend a little time with our two youngest while the girls went to play with John for a while. It was a nice evening of eating and shopping and soaking up a little time with him. And let's talk about the $8.50 Bath and Body Works 3-wick sale. Woot! :D It was a madhouse, but it was worth it. Haha. Five 3-wicks AND a pedestal candle holder for less than $30...cause let's be real...I also had some awesome coupons. :)

Then there was Sunday.... Eric had to hop a plane in the morning. Boo. But last night was the KC Christmas party, and the kids always have a great time there. I debated whether or not I wanted to do the night without Eric, but I knew the kids would really enjoy it, so I sucked it up and off we went!

Charlotte was quite pleased with herself that she had snatched a present from under the tree. The girls went shopping at Santa's Cottage at school last week, and now their gifts sit in a jumbled mess under the tree. I didn't arrange them nicely for you in these pictures. :)

At the party there was all of the usual fun. Lots of eating...

Singing for dollars....

And then of course, Santa made his arrival. 

Gracie's name was one of the first ones called.

Next up was Evelyn!

She really gets a kick out of this stuff, as you can tell.

When they called Charlotte's name I was kind of taken by surprise. I don't know why, haha. But it hit me all in one rushing moment that this was going to be her very first solo trip visiting Santa Claus. I had no idea how she would react.

She took one look up at that fluffy white beard...

...gave a shifty-eyed glance at her present....

...and then...

Nnnope. Nope nope nope.

Grandma swooped in to rescue her. :)

Reagan was the second to last name that they called that night. It was a long and agonizing wait for the little man. I think he thought they were just skipping him entirely, because at one point his big blue eyes welled up with tears, haha. I felt so bad for him. So I assured him his turn was still coming, and he kept himself entertained....

When they finally called his name, he was READY!

I was so proud of the big girls, who had waited the whole time to open their own gifts until Reagan got his, too. :) I am sure they really wanted to know what was in those bags, haha! But they love and look out for their little bro. The kids had a fantastic time!

Before we left for the night, we took one last group photo with Santa Claus. Charlotte still wanted nothing to do with him! Poor kid...even in my arms she wanted to be far. away. 

And then when no one was paying attention, Reagan hopped himself right back up on Santa's lap again. He couldn't get enough of him! He became Santa's little buddy. :)

He was just jabbering away about something. I don't know what, but something! Later as I was buckling Reagan's seatbelt in the car, I saw his eyes get really big and he was looking over my shoulder. "Hey! Where's Santa going?!" Santa was clear across the block walking down the sidewalk, but Reagan would have spotted his new friend from a mile away. Haha. He is a big fan this year!

I didn't mean for this to turn into a MONSTER post, but whoopsy daisy! We have to do something while Eric is gone. *Hopefully* he won't have to do a lot more traveling before the holidays. There may be one more trip...we hope worst...two more...oh, who am I kidding. That's just our life now. It might be a little bit crazy, but we're still so thankful for it!

Hope YOUR weekend was swell! And a big Happy Hanukkah to those celebrating! I am a little jealous that your festivities have officially begun. :D Hope you are enjoying your family time and that your kiddos are having a blast! Happy day, all!


Heather said...

Ummm...why does Gracie look so tall and grown up in these pictures??

Adrien said...

Gotta be the boots. ;) It's funny that you say that, because when Grace saw the pictures of them standing in front of our Christmas tree she said, "Whoa, we're looking really tall these days!" Haha.


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