Candy Cane Hunt + Farmstead

December 8, 2018 | We always see the Farmstead holiday lights, but we added a little Candy Cane Hunt this year too. We met at the community center and first the kids had to decorate their bags (right up E’s alley). Then a quick explanation of the rules, and they let the kids go in age-groups to “hunt” for the mini-canes left all over the field. Despite the freezing-cold, and knowing that they were all picked-up, E managed to be the LAST KID HUNTING. She wanted to be extra certain there wasn’t a single one left. After some spilled hot-chocolate inside, we made our way to the Farmstead lights. It’s really, really, REALLY hard to photograph two small children in little/no light with any success. But, I’ll still insert what I got… 🙂

Union Station + Carriage Ride

December 3, 2018 | Our annual family trip to Union Station and all the holiday stuff we can fit into our day (during the week)! I dressed the girls in matching sweaters (per E’s request) and we were off to enjoy all the decor. I loooooove going to Union when we have the place to ourselves…it’s before school is out and the lines aren’t bad AT ALL. Even walked right up to see Santa! Next year I want to get the ornament (vs the print) because I loved how beautiful it was. E selected her annual ornament (a horse this time) and promptly dropped it and broke it’s tail off. Oh age FOUR… 🙂 Trains, letters to Santa, and the big tree were all great. But the big draw was going to the Dinosaur exhibit. E still loves them, and despite having a baby with us we thought we could manage. Had hoped she could nap in the stroller, but as soon as we entered they played a video that woke her up and that was done… 🙂 Some of the dinos moved, and E loved the ones that were mommies/babies! It was pretty cool, and I was suckered into a pink stuffed stegosaurus at the end…

And if that wasn’t enough in one day, the COLD evening was the sleigh-ride! We had forced M to participate in everything else, so D agreed to stay home with her while E and I went on the horse-carriage ride to see lights. We were bundled so tight that the wind didn’t even bother us! I adore that she’s ready for anything, all the time. What a great kick-off to the holidays!

Kid Party

December 1, 2018 | D’s company has their Kid Holiday party really early in the season, and again we got to meet Santa and party in an arcade! M had some of her first pancakes (wow, 2nd kid) in the Ergo, and E played all of the games with Dad. Cotton candy, candy canes, and SUGAR SUGAR SUGAR. Plus we survived!