Christmas Celebrations

From December 22-23…..

The best way to kick off Christmas break – a little house cleaning! We turned some music on, everyone cleaned for an hour, and we got a lot done – which is usually how we clean the house.  Everyone likes using the Swiffer Wet Jet – and while I’m not sure how much cleaning is really done, everything is REALLY wet.  If you haven’t seen a Swiffer Pad completely dripping and unable to hold any additional liquid, you’ve never had Abbi clean your floors!

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After chores were done we all headed to Target together for the last of our shopping.  We split up and traded off, letting Abbi get something for Lilli and vice versa, and letting each of them pick out something for Brent and I.  As soon as we met back up Abbi immediately told Lilli what she’d picked out for her.  It didn’t even take 30 seconds for the secret to be up.

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That evening we had the last of our season tickets for the Symphony – tickets to see the orchestra along with Home Alone, the movie.  Home Alone is a family favorite that we ALL love and somehow haven’t worn out yet.  We didn’t think Abbi would really sit still through it so we just got two tickets and let Lilli pick one of us to go with her as a special “big kid only” outing.  Since she was my last minute date to Jennifer Nettles, she and Brent went to this one.

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Since they ate at home before going he treated her to a Coke at the symphony hall and they had great balcony seats for the show.  The orchestra played along with all of the score pieces – you don’t realize how much music is in it until you attend something like this!

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They had a great time, and that’s a tradition I can see the four of us picking up next year as Abbi gets older – and needs less potty breaks.  They got drenched walking back over the pedestrian bridge afterwards – we have had the most insanely wet winter.

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Meanwhile, I let Abbi pick something fun for the two of us to do and she wanted Sweet Cece’s ice cream.  I got a Starbucks soy vanilla latte from next door and she got candy with a side of ice cream.

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We also did a little shopping across the street at Nordstroms and Rack.  She definitely had a good time being the solo kid on our errands.

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The next morning we had tickets to Cheekwood’s Breakfast with Santa.  I’d always heard good things about their event but never had a chance to go, and it does sell out early every year.  With our membership it was really affordable, and so well done that it will for sure be something we do every year.

Our free library picture this year was Santa was terrible so we didn’t have a ton of hope that Abbi wouldn’t cry this time, too.  We waited outside for them to open the doors, then you go in and pick your table, and you can either go through the breakfast buffet or go ahead and do your Santa picture.  We went ahead and did our Santa picture since Abbi + waffle syrup would definitely equal a sticky picture! Lilli saw Santa come in and was blown away – she typically tells Abbi that the Santa’s they pose with are just his helpers because he’s so busy.  When she saw him she asked us if this was the real Santa.  I don’t know but he looks REALLY good.  And then miracles happened and Abbi walked right up and smiled!

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The staff directing everyone was great and you got as many pictures as you wanted with no rush.  We asked for a Selfie.

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And they took one of us – I like the selfie better.  The backdrop isn’t that great and we were so spread out that the selfie just turned out cuter.  I wish we’d been able to go to the event earlier in the month because these would’ve been great Christmas card photos!

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And Santa took plenty of time asking them what they wanted and asking if they’d been good.  Abbi wouldn’t talk to him, but Lilli did represent for her.

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And the breakfast was SO good! Waffles, sausage, eggs, fruit and of course cocoa, orange juice and coffee.  When you’re done eating they had cookies to decorate.

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You got to put all kinds of toppings on them – the girls dove right in but we were stuffed.

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Afterwards we walked around outside and admired the fake trees they had up for Lights, their holiday display.  We thought it was existing trees wrapped in lights, but the entire thing was fake.

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And we had to stop in and see the reindeer they bring in for the season.

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It was cold.  It was raining.  Basically the same as every other day from Dec-Feb this year!

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They crack each other up.  I prefer this one million times to the days when all they do is bicker!

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A little creative packaging.

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Show time!

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We had the Godbys over for a holiday dinner of chili and potatoes, and pizza for the kids.  The kids table was more than happy to pose! I’m not sure why they all sat on the same side since we eat in another room!

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Friends will always help you look your best.

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