There was no school Wednesday so the kids and I went to Gardner Village to see the Elves! We've never done the Elf Scavenger hunt before so it was all new to us.
The weather was unbelievably wonderful! I made everyone bundle up in coats and before we were done we'd all taken them off and put them in the wagon! It wasn't crowded either which made it even nicer. We found all those cute/creepy little elves and turned in our paper for a candy cane stick. After getting our treats we let the kids run and play while the mommy's chatted for a while. I must say, going places with the big boys is so much nicer/easier than going without them! They were so good about watching all the babies and playing with them. On the way home my big boys went on and on about how awesome little Wa'a is and how his cheeks are so cute, and he's so mellow and not so spoiled and cranky like our baby can be haha.
|We took this one for Grandpa Great|
|Everyone checking out the naughty and nice lists|
|Guess who was on the naughty list?! Sounds about right haha|
|Logan says there was a type-o because he's on the nice list haha|
|A bunch of the kiddos|
|Liam and Wa'a in the wagon|
|All the kiddos being blinded by the sun|
|Tecia, me and Sarah|
|Karson and two of his little buddies|
|My handsome boys|
|He kept playing with the wagon when we got home|
|Seriously! Look at the joy that little face brings!|
Thursday was Thanksgiving! We have so much to be grateful for this year! It has been a year full of change and goodness. We started the day with the Macey's Thanksgiving Day parade and then that afternoon we celebrated with dinner at RaeLene's in her beautiful new house. A lot of her siblings and her parents came so we had a full house. I was such a slacker and didn't take hardly any pictures! (What was I thinking?!) The food was delish though and the company was great! RaeLene gave out the cutest little party favors! It looked like a little scrapbooked slice of pie that opened up and had candy in it. It was a great Thanksgiving Day spent with loved ones. We are so Thankful for all that we've been blessed with!
|Logan and his awesome turkey|
|Auntie looking at pictures with Liam|
|Selfies to pass the time while most people were in a turkey coma :)|
|Playing with the cool toys they got from Kris|
|So thankful to still be in touch with this crazy girl!|
|No Thanksgiving in Germany|
Black Friday I actually did a little shopping. Not in the middle of the night or anything crazy but Emily, RaeLene and I went out around 10ish to Kohls and found a few things we needed and a few things extra of course :). The line to check out was wrapped half way around the store but it actually moved pretty quickly. I've already done a lot of my shopping online over the past couple weeks (love that the Black Friday deals go online sooner) and with the exception of a handful of things I'm done! All the big items are bought though and it's such a relief to not be worrying about that now!
We hung our stockings and put the last little bit of our Christmas decorations up that hadn't gone up already. That afternoon we went back to RaeLenes to help her use up some of the Thanksgiving Day leftovers then went to ZooLights.
Last year was our first year ever going to ZooLights and we absolutely loved it! Tecia has the giant zoo pass that lets a million people in and Friday was the preview night for pass holders. She was able to invite my family and Sarah's family with her pass and get us all in. It used every last ticket she gets so we are very grateful for her generosity!
We saw Santa and his reindeer and much to my surprise/delight Liam didn't cry! He sat there good, smiled! and even gave a high five! Yay!! We walked around looking at all the lights and the few animals that were out. Liam really enjoyed seeing the monkeys! It was seriously a perfect night for it. The weather was mild and not freezing cold plus there was no snow or ice making the walkways slick. Everyone behaved and had fun, and Karson loved hanging out with little Carson that night. We almost made it the whole night without losing anyone!
|Stockings are hung!|
|Looking at the lights|
|He is so mesmerized by the lights!|
|writing a letter to Santa so money would be donated to kids in need|
|The whole gang of kids|
|Liam loving the monkeys|
|Not a turkey, guys. It's a peacock! haha Also there is a hippo not a walrus!|
|Tunnel of lights that change colors|
|Went and saw the tiger sleeping|
|Wa'a, Ryan and Liam looking at the giraffes while Logan was lost|
Luckily it was a big kid (Logan) who got lost and not one of the babies! Not that you want anyone to get lost but if somebody is going to it's better somebody who can talk and knows to stay put. We stopped to take a picture and realized he was gone (thank goodness or I'd have left the gate before realizing!). Justin back tracked and Tecia went ahead in case he got ahead and didn't realize we stopped. The rest of us stayed put and watching to see if he passed by. Justin found him with a security person by the carousel. He told me that he thought we were going to ride it and he had gotten stuck behind some old people walking slow. He started making the Kaw sound and a security person came and helped him. He was so grateful when he heard Justin's whistle coming! We were going to ride the carousel but the line was so long we decided not to and kept walking and didn't realize he had gotten caught behind somebody. In spite of getting lost he said he still had a great night and I have to agree. Other than the short time we were looking for him and scared it was a great night with some awesome friends! We got our photo with EVERYONE there :) and called it a night.
|My family at ZooLights|
|Everyone at ZooLights|