What a fun weekend we’ve had around here! I was a terrible picture taker, but I did take a few…
Even the garbage truck had lights on it! :)
I so wish I would have gotten a picture of my favorite parade entry, which was a miniature shetlon (sp?) pony. Oh my word… his belly was so fat, it almost dragged the ground like a pot belly pig! I LOVED him. I was so tempted to grab AB and run out in the middle of the street and get a picture with him. I refrained though. I am sure the family is glad. :)
Saturday was our big family Christmas party for DW’s side of the family. It’s his Dad, and his Dad’s 3 sisters and their families. There’s quite a crew of us, and we all meet for a big lunch.
After lunch, it’s the main event for the kids! We draw names for them and exchange gifts. AB’s cousin, Lizzy, got her the cutest fairy play tent. It’s adorable and I know she will love playing in it! For the past 2 years, the adults have bought gifts for a needy family. After lunch, all the women wrap the gifts and get them ready to be delivered. It’s amazing how fast big projects go when you’ve got a lot of hands helping.
After the family party, we headed home in hopes of getting a good nap in for AB.
My parents came over late that afternoon and we headed for White Springs. The Stephen Foster Folk Center (a Florida State Park), hosts a festival of lights every year. Last year, DW and I stopped on our way to his mom’s in Georgia, and thought it was worth going back this year. Worth it was totally right! The park ranger informed us that they had doubled their lights since last year, and added several new features, including Santa Clause, Carolers, and a horse and carriage ride!
The lights were beautiful, and just like last year, my favorite part were the oak trees wrapped in lights. GORGEOUS. This year they added the hanging lighted balls, and I SO want some of those hanging from our oak trees at our house! I’d also love them wrapped, but DW says that ain’t happening anytime soon, unless we can find some volunteers to come help and a truck with a lift bucket. Oh well, a girl can dream.
I was so proud of AB! She didn’t cry, she just smiled and said, “ho-ho”!!! (which sounds more like “oh-oh”)!!! Santa was SUCH a good one. I know some people think the fake beard is cheesy, but that’s Santa to me. I prefer it over the real beard any day! White, long, real-beards just creep me out a little.
Sunday morning was our church’s Christmas cantata.
After church, my SIL, Lauren and I had planned to do the Christmas Parade of Homes around town! It was so fun! I just loved it! It was a fundraiser for our Woman’s Club. We bought our ticket at the Woman’s Club, where we were served cookies and punch, and then were given the map of homes. It was really fun, too, because we knew everyone who’s homes were on the tour, but we hadn’t ever been to their houses before! Everyone did such a beautiful job and I left feeling like I hadn’t decorated a thing this year! I want to do some more now! ha… DW is cringing right now if he’s reading this! I enjoyed the afternoon so much!
Yesterday evening, we headed to the mall in hopes of getting AB’s picture with “Ho-Ho”. We thought since she’d done so well around the Santa the previous night, that she’d do okay with Santa in the mall.
I think she agrees with her Momma, in that real-white-beards are a tad creepy. I mean seriously, yall… Santa didn’t even TRY. He never said one “Ho” or even, “hello”… She looked like she was going to sit with him when DW first handed her off, and if ole Clause had been halfway energetic she may have. Oh well. I guess we’ll have a Christmas picture that goes well with our Easter Bunny picture for 2010.
Bless it. Poor baby girl. I can’t hardly look at them, but I know one day we’ll look back and have the best laugh at it! :)
We’re gearing up for a very busy week…(and hopefully I’ll squeeze in a little more Christmas decorating. Ha…)