We were full throttle on the holiday cheer this weekend with lots of fun family activities. Friday night was our annual Polar Express night to commemorate the anniversary of the first date Brent ever took me on.
Everly was really interested in the North Pole scenes in the movie and was enthralled when Santa made his entrance. In years past, our visits with Santa didn’t go so well, (see exhibit A & exhibit B) but this year, she’s been really interested in reading books about him and asking questions like “Is Santa nice? Does Santa have grandkids?”
She was really excited to go see him this year and tell him what she was hoping he would bring her on Christmas morning: ” A pink bicycle!” she has said adamantly for over a month now. I learned that one of my favorite local garden centers was hosting a night with Santa. Instead of fighting the crowds at the mall, we made our way to Logan’s to take in their beautifully decorated trees and pick out a big, red poinsettia for our front porch.
Before we left, Everly got in some practice hugs on our neighbor’s inflatable Santa
The wait to meet Santa at Logan’s was only about 5 minutes long but when Everly spotted him sitting ahead of us she was so excited.
She climbed up on his lap and became very shy. He asked her lots of questions and she told him that she was hoping for a pink bicycle with a baby carrier so she could ride with her dolls. I could tell she was still a little unsure of him, but they talked for several minutes and she asked him about Rudolph. It was so sweet to watch.
Arlo had just gotten up from a nap and he was being really clingy, but I decided to try and take one quick picture of both of them with Santa. He was not pleased with this idea and so I snapped a quick, sad photo of the both of them and scooped him back up again. Poor buddy! Maybe next year…
Later, I asked Everly what she and Santa talked about. She said “He told me he liked milk and tookies and chicken.” Ha! I learned something new about the big guy this year… we’ll have to keep that in mind when we put out a plate of goodies on Christmas eve.
On Sunday afternoon, we invited the Gainers over for a little gingerbread house building. I saw these kits at Trader Joes the other week and thought it would make a fun activity for our families. We recently moved Everly to a different preschool program and now that she and Mylah are not seeing each other during the week, they are pretty adamant with Natasha and me about making sure they get to see each other on the weekends. We get our families together often, but we all can get busy with life, so it’s kind of nice to have these two teeny girls reminding us of how important it is to make face time with our dearest friends a priority.
Almost three year olds have very little self control when they are faced with a muffin tin full of sweets and while we tried to get them focused on putting the candy on their houses, they were way more interested in trying to cram it in their mouths.
Our finished house (on the right) is currently living on a high shelf in the living room, out of reach of sugar hungry toddlers and boston terriers. (One year, our dog Bailey got on our dining table and ate a hole through the roof of our gingerbread house! Those tiny little doggy teeth marks down the roof line were hysterical) Everly keeps calling it our “ginger ale house”.
I love watching these two together. They each are growing into such fun, beautiful, loving little girls. I marvel at how distinct and different their personalities are, and yet how happy they are when they are together. They argue and love and laugh just like sisters. This Christmas feels particularly exciting because our girls are at an age where they are old enough to take part in and understand the wonder of the season.
"Christmas is sights, especially the sights of Christmas reflected in the eyes of a child." — William Saroyan