Merry Christmas…from our family to yours!

Family Christmas Pic 2008

Family Christmas Pic 2008

WildLights at the Zoo

Did every one have a Happy Thanksgiving?  I sure hope so.  We sure did.  😀

Just like any other holiday, things get crazy at our house.  We go here, go there, see this part of the family, and then that part of the family.  This year Momma and Ace’s Grandma S planned and served Thanksgiving dinner, which was delicious!

After all of the planning, running, and eating we decided to have some fun!  The local zoo has an awesome display of Christmas lights called WildLights, so we packed up Ace and his cousin Olivia to go see what all of the fuss is about.  And it was COLD!!!

We dressed the kids in double layers, snapped them into their wagon, covered them up with blankets, and started pulling.

The lights were amazing!  I believe they had put up over 2 million lights!!! The following pictures do not do the light display justice…

After walking what seemed to be 10 miles through a crowd of 50 million parents (who apparently have never been in public before based upon their rudeness and lack of consideration for others) we arrived at the building where Santa was hiding.  Ace and Olivia both got their pictures taken with Santa.  I’ll leave that story for a future post.  😀

While Grandma was waiting for the pictures from the Santa experience to be printed and purchased, Momma and I took Ace and Olivia outside to burn off some steam and get warmed back up for the long walk back towards the car.

The area was wide open with no one else around.  Ace and Olivia (and Dad) ran around laughing and chasing each other.  People probably thought there was something wrong with us…  😀

On the way back to the car we had to stop at the carousel and take a quick ride on a ceramic horse.  For the record…ceramic horses are kinda cold when it is 20 degrees outside.  😀  I’m not so sure what exactly is so entertaining about riding in circles on a fake horse that goes up and down, but once I got past the dizziness I enjoyed it.  😀

Notice the blanky.  It goes EVERYWHERE!  This night it was a blessing in disguise though.

Ace has never tolerated the idea of a hat, hood, or gloves.  We managed to keep his hood on by snapping it in place and then rolling the edge so that it is so tight that he can not pull it off.   Gloves?  We haven’t figured that one out yet.  So, while the blanky kept Ace happy, it also kept his little fingers from freezing off.  😀

When we were done with the carousel ride it was late.  Kids were cranky, tired, and cold and we bee-lined it to the car.  Snapped everyone into their car seats and zoomed home.  The kids were zonked out not too long after leaving the parking lot.

The whole experience was incredible.  So incredible that we are going back in a few weeks, when hopefully it is a bit warmer, so we can see the rest of the attractions.  😀

Maybe by then we’ll figure out a trick to keep some gloves on Ace’s hands.  Any tips or pointers from you veteran parents out there?

Christmas Pictures (Momma Monday)

Okay, so it’s that time of year already, Christmas pictures! I thought maybe Jared, Ace and I should get a cute picture in from of the fake tree and fireplace and send out like 100 greeting cards, but Jared thought no!!! So instead I took Ace and our niece Olivia to have their pictures taken as a gift for my parents and my brother. Easy right? Not so much!

Olivia just turned three on Thanksgiving day, so I thought she could be my little helper and get Ace to smile for me, again, not so much. Instead Olivia looked mad enough to just walk out of the portrait studio, and while the poor photographer was trying to get her to smile, Ace decided to fill his clean diaper! Oh the smell…..I thought we could play it off, hey we were almost finished, but oh no, then the screaming started! First Ace, then Olivia, what a nightmare!

So out to the car to get the diaper bag, meanwhile it’s about 30 degrees outside and Olivia keeps reminding me that she would like to take that ugly dress off! We get Ace’s dirty diaper changed, and head back to the portrait studio, and now there is quite a line, and the poor photographer working is getting screamed at by like 3 people!!! Olivia did ask one woman to use her indoor voice (nothing like a three year old pointing out the obvious) and then it got a little quieter. So now let’s finish those stinking pictures. We get done, and now it’s time to pick out the ones that I would like to order, okay so obviously the only one where both kids are looking forward will be the one to get, and then a few of each of them by themselves. So I’m sitting there ordering my pictures and Olivia keeps telling me that her butt is hanging out. I have no idea what she is talking about, so I tell her that it’s not because she is wearing a dress, but she just insisted that it was….okay so I agreed and hoped that the conversation would end there.

“Come on Olivia we are leaving.” I say to her, as she is dragging her feet and I’m impatiently waiting for her.

“Mimi (that’s me) I’m trying!” She replies.

Meanwhile, a woman waiting her turn for the photographer points out to me that Olivia is having a small problem walking, apparently her pull-up and tights are down around her feet! Oh my, so I drag her down the aisle to where I’m sure only security could see us and pull up her pants. “Why didn’t you tell Mimi?” I asked her.

And her response, “I told you my butt was hanging out!”

Oh….I can hardly wait until next year!