Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Its the most wonderful time of the year!

" First we'll make snow angels for two hours, 
then we'll go ice skating, 
then we'll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse Cookiedough as fast as we can, 
and then we'll snuggle. "

I know its only Dec 12th but it feels like Christmas is literally just around the corner! It has been an eventful/amazing couple of weeks! We started by getting our tree at the May-Lan Tree Plantation (so much fun) Thanksgiving Day.
And then of course proceeded by turning our house into a Winter-wonderland!! (Is there any other way??)
With a little help from Logan the tree is complete with the star :o)
We attempted visiting Santa at the mall (not the fondest experience) It felt like we were herded like cattle through a line and then transitioned into a scene from the Christmas Story.....Santa was nice yet seemed like he was tired of kids and was ready to be home...he said he couldn't hear out of his Left ear because of all the the kids screaming through out the day. They snapped 2 horrible pictures that they then wanted us to pay $25 dollars for....no thank you! 
As silly as it sounds I was on a search for something we could make into a tradition for Logan (can you tell im about about traditions :o) This trip was not the tradition for us. Oh I forgot to inform you Logan waved to Santa and said "Hey Tanta" from a distance....may I reiterate DISTANCE! As soon as we approached his "workshop" Logan had the death grip around my arm....almost as tightly as he holds his sippy cup as if he was  running for a touchdown (picture painted??) Needless to say we just opted for the sitting in front of Santa where he was able to check him out from a distance. 
Last night was much better. We decided to try it one more time with a different Santa and had a much better experience.  He still wanted NOTHING to do with sitting on the overly happy ho ho ho ho-ing big guy in a red suit's lap! (can you blame him??) However this Santa was so friendly from the start. I think his eyes may have actually twinkled :o) 
Drew being the awesome daddy that he was stepped up to the plate to show Logan that Santa was an OKAY guy! 
He made sure Drew had been good since last year....
He even sat on Santa's lap....

And then we tried....FAIL!
Oh well! He was willing to sit with mommy and daddy and have Santa sitting behind us!
After we sat with him we sat to the side and just let him "observe" Santa at work. He saw other kiddos sit with Santa and he seemed intrigued. By the time we left he waved bye and said "bye Tanta" 
Success in my opinion! Its all about exposing them to new things :o)
Following visiting Santa we went for a Horse Driven Carriage Ride through Fountain Inn to see all the Christmas Lights....it  was a HUGE success! He was more excited about the horse than Santa (makes sense!) 
We bundled him up as we did ourselves...and went for a ride.
"Hi Horsey", "Hi Lights" "Hi Horsey" etc 
We even got a couple of gasps and ooooohs when he saw all the lights-- it melted my heart to see him in such amazement of everything the night had to offer!

Search of new tradition...SUCCESS!

Our horses name was "Jake" and he was from Charleston :o)

We have also enjoyed our "Elf on a Shelf." We got him as a gift last year so we figured....why not?? I never thought he would pay him as much attention to it as he has. When we ask, "Where is buddy?" He will go to where he was the day before. When he realizes hes not there anymore he says "Where de doh?" and then will run through the house saying....budddyyyyyy? budddyyyyy? and then he finds him. Needless to say we are having fun :o)

All and all I would say its been a successful couple of weeks. Its like having Logan brings back the kid in us all :o) 


7 days 'till Snowshoe
13 days till Christmas!

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