Monday, December 9, 2013

A Santa Filled, Partying Weekend

Between two visits to Santa and two birthday celebrations, we kept busy this weekend! We squeezed in some Christmas movie watching, errand running, cooking, snow playing, and cocoa making.

Friday night:

Watching "Frosty the Snowman" and "Yes, Virginia"

 Santa at the Blank Park Zoo

 Elizabeth LOVES the "kitty kitty" otherwise known as the Red Pandas. 
 Here she comes, on her way to see Santa!

We LOVED the zoo's Santa! He was awesome with the kids and he had each child sit on his lap, one at a time. Most Santa's don't take the time to that and usually sit with all 3 at once. The kids never seem to mind this but from a mom's point of view, it was nice. 
 Harrison takes his turn and had a million questions for Santa as he stroked his beard and asked for hugs.
Lily Girl was not so sure about Santa. 
 The kids were excited to view the new penguin exhibit at the zoo.
 Seeing Santa's reindeer.
 Eating cake at friend Bianca's birthday party.

After a busy morning of seeing Santa at the zoo and playing at a birthday party, the kids were ready for naps. Big H insisted on sleeping in his winter coat.
 While the 2 littlest minis slept, Max created a football/baseball game.
After naps and dinner, we found ourselves at Living History Farms celebrating Christmas in 1900 style.

On the buggy was a cold night!
Stringing popcorn and cranberries.
Playing in the playroom. Max loved their wooden blocks (who knew that Melissa and Doug blocks were around in 1900), H rocked and sang, and Elizabeth found marbles, which created a teary eyed little girl when I told her we couldn't bring them with us.
Frosting freshly made sugar cookies.
Waiting by the fire for the buggy to take us to the church for a dance.
Watching the band and dancers.
Mmm.....popcorn and apple cider!

Cousin Natalie's 18th birthday party!
Everybody LOVED Nat's idea for a waffle bar.

Max on his second or third waffle. 
Driving home we got to see the snow as it fell beautifully on the countryside.
As soon as they hopped out of the van, they started their shoveling and playing in the snow!
The minis happily played in the snow for an hour. 
The boys came inside freezing cold. A cup of hot chocolate and a Christmas movie were ordered. 

Harrison felt that Santa needed candy canes, so Santa got candy canes.
The Christmas books we read this weekend. 

We're making pretty good progress on our Holiday Season To Do List. I know it was a busy weekend when all 3 of the minis were in bed by 6:00 pm on Sunday!! We've got a busy week ahead complete with Christmas concerts, Jingle in the Junction, and Christmas shopping. The minis and myself are looking forward to a very relaxing Saturday and cookie decorating and gingerbread house making next Sunday.