Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmastime and Santa

Santa Baby
 This year we thought Lucy was old enough to do her own Christmas gift shopping.  We picked a day, she carried her own money in her purse, and picked out one gift for Dada, Malcolm, Ava, and Noah.

I set her loose in Dollar Tree. She wanted to buy all. the. things.  For herself. Our mantra became: "Is this for you, or for ___?"

Getting her change.

Successful shopping trip! 
Lucy got Reeses Peanut Butter cups for Daddy, a football for Malcolm, a ball for Noah, and a teddy bear for Ava.

Mama, take a picture of baby Rachie just like this. 
 First snow of the year and Malcolm's first snow ever:

Soon enough it was time for the annual trip to see Santa!  Lucy loves to look at pictures of herself and she was talking a lot about how sad she was at sitting on Santa's lap last year.  We tried to take the pressure off this year by letting her know that Santa wasn't real -- he's just a fun tradition to pretend.  We tried to talk up being brave for brother and showing him how fun it was to talk to Santa...and then we set off.


Tradition, tradition. 

These two have a special bond!

Lucy loves her "Gunkle Bine"

Watching and weighing... 

The big kids

She did GREAT! 

Showing brother the ropes

As soon as she came away: "And I did not cry!!!"

Another tradition: Christmas lights!  This year we were down with the flu, but we recovered enough to take a drive to West Seattle to let GG guide us to some spectacular displays!

Sitting in the back, away from the plague carrier (me)

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