I was off on Wednesday, so I took the girls to Lexington to visit some friends, they napped all the way home (and then some), then we picked up Grammy and headed to the zoo in time for the fun to start at 5:00. Last year, we went as a family of four for the first time. It was freezing. It was PACKED and we could barely walk. I had to nurse Margot on a bench next to a heater and I swore I would never come to this stupid event again. Then a year went by and I changed my tune. Let me tell you - going before Thanksgiving and getting there early were GOOD MOVES! It was still freezing, but we nearly had the place to ourselves! We waltzed in to see Santa, hopped right on the train, had a lovely dinner INSIDE (in the new cafe which also includes - get this - a "nursing nest" which would have been very useful LAST YEAR!!!) saw the reindeer, and caught a surprise blacklight puppet show which Sylvia absolutely loved. Here are the pictures - fun was had by all!
|This lady was more magical than Santa! Soft voice, nothing but love in her eyes, Sylvia was smitten.|
|Not a huge fan of Frosty, but she warmed up quickly.|
|The Main Man!|
|Margot wouldn't sit on his lap, but she did approach him long enough to steal a candy cane.|
|Cold train ride.|
|We were well bundled!|
|"You look delicious!"|
|Sisters in the light tunnel bridge. Good times!|
Okay, on to Thanksgiving, the holiday that's supposed to come before Christmas, but whatever. I do have a few pictures from our dinner at Dad's house. It was delicious!
|Don't be fooled, she's there for the cat.|
|A little after-dinner Bingo! Sylvia won a bag of gummy bears!|
|Katie and Carrie. Sylvia's BFF's.|
|Grandpa and his five kids.|
|These girls are awesome. When they're around, I don't have to keep my girls busy.|
On Saturday, Sylvain and I had a date day (instead of a date night, because we're old and we have little wee ones). We saw a MOVIE! A real one! In a theater! It's been YEARS!!! We had lunch at Morlein Lager House, which never disappoints, then we saw Ender's Game. It was awesome and I loved it.
Moving on! Today was our big Thanksgiving Break finale with....lunch with Santa!! Our church always does this on the first Sunday of advent and this year that fell on December FIRST! Yikes! We had not done it in years past, but Sylvia's pretty caught up in the Santa craze, so we thought it would be fun, and it's a fundraiser for our church, so I didn't mind buying tickets. Lunch started at noon, so we went to the 11:00 mass, just like every other family with tickets, so it was a little crazy in there. Father Jeff asked all the kids who were going to lunch with Santa to stand up at the end of mass. I thought he was going to give them some words of wisdom about Jesus and "The Reason For the Season" or something, but instead he made the whole congregation clap for the kids because they were so good in church! I love that guy to death. Especially because Margot was louder than an ambulance siren for most of mass. Surely he heard her, right? Oh well, anyway....
|Margot ate nothing but chips and cookies for lunch, which is probably why she puked after dinner. Oops!|
|"You better not pout, I'm telling you why!" She wasn't having it.|
|Waiting in line. Apparently this much excitement warrants a head lock.|
|Good grief. Poor baby! Big sister's a pro, but Margot? Not so much. She'll learn!|
|Crafts with Papa! Glitter happy gingerbread man was the THIRD craft she made. So fun!|