The Fayetteville Square always does a wonderful job decorating and filling us up with holiday spirit-there are ponies to ride (although I hesitate to let the big kids ride anymore!), camels to ride, carriage rides, holiday music, warm cocoa and coffee...and funnel cakes! Fried bread with sugar. Yum.
We visit every year, and try to take pictures in the same place. I can't believe that next year..we'll be Plus One! ; )
Here are some of our pictures:
|Don't you just *love* the abundance of lights? Nothing like overdoing it!|
|She was a camera lover tonight-rare. ; )|
|At least he was on the right side of the railing at this point.|
|They loved the dog that was under the miniature ponies' tent!|
|He was also loving the camera attention! (Maybe they actually missed mom taking pictures?)|
|It is super hard to get three to smile (and sit up!)|
|But we do our best! : )|
|Aww...just the girls ; )|
|And the sign was on an opposite corner this year. (The boys had already run off!)|
Today was Clay's big eleventh birthday. He is getting so big so fast. I still remember the day he was born..I guess that's how everyone's mom feels! Just amazing how in the moment it is slow going-but it just flies by. He had a birthday cheesecake on Thanksgiving, and he chose not to have a party this year. This morning we sang Happy Birthday to him over cheesecake and a candle, then he had some things to open (he already got his big gifts last Friday!), and his cards. (Ethan wrote his entire card himself! ..I mean, with me spelling the words!) And we let him choose a restaurant for dinner. He picked PF Chang's (it was such a hard decision for him!). He had wanted sushi too, but they don't have any. : ( He settled, and it was still a good dinner and dessert. ; ) I'm thankful he had a good day-he was very cheerful, and I love to see a happy child!
I did find out tonight that he found a big Christmas present of Mary Claire's in our closet today. : ( ..and he told her. ..before he told me. : ( I'm not sure what to do. Instinct says to take it back, but it's hard. It would punish her more than him for sneaking around. It can be awful hard to be a parent.
5.5 days till I know what this sweet baby is..I'm getting really impatient! We have a Carter's store in town now, and on Black Friday they had an amazing 50% off the entire store..so we had to go! I got three outfits..for each. Just in case. I don't ever get to baby clothes shop with the big kids, so I let them pick out some clothes. Of course, Clay picked the boy clothes, and Mary Claire chose the girl clothes. I guess I'll have some returning to do Monday afternoon..we just couldn't let a sale go by. (And they are as excited as I am, and I'm soo thankful) : )
ps-I think we need a contest! : ) It is almost Christmas! How about a Christmas towel with your monogram? I have a sweet new design:
|It's an ornament! Precious. And I love the red/lime! : ) ..but yours could be any color ; )|
|I also got this adorable one I can't wait to try! It's called Shabby Wreath! : ) It has your monogram letter in the center also.|