Monday, December 11, 2017

T. O. Y. O.

I know the whole YOLO thing but I'm going by a new motto this season ......."They're Only Young Once".  I have so many things I need to be doing right now but there are just so many fun things to do during December and my kids just soak it all up.  So we are making time as often as we can to do all the Christmas things possible with them.  And it doesn't have to be big.  They get equally excited to just drink hot chocolate at night as anything! 

Last week they had Cookies with Santa at their school.  This was more of a Hipster Santa but we still went for it.  

Will Holden had Grinch day at school on Friday.  He LOVES the movie so I knew he would love it.  I had to buy this sweater when I saw it at Target.  

Friday night after dinner at home, we made everyone hot chocolate to go and went to see a Live Nativity.  It was SO neat and pointed us back to the real reason we celebrate Christmas.  
Although in true discretion (less you think everything is picture perfect) - although the girls loved it, Will Holden spent the whole 45 minutes we were there screaming "WHERE IS BABY JESUS. I WAN TO SEE BABY JESUS" over and over and over.  And also "I WANT TO GO TO MY HOUSE AND WATCH TV".  So there's that. ha! 

One of our favorite traditions is working in our Christmas store at our church.  We did that Saturday morning.  It's so much more fun now that the girls are older because they love helping.  They both really enjoyed getting to work.  

Saturday afternoon we took the kids ice skating.  Our town has a neat little outdoor ice skating rink.  It's a splash pad in the summer and a rink in the winter.  The girls have been begging to go but it's tricky when you have a little brother.  I lost my mind temporarily and decided to let him skate.  I pushed him with this walker.  He liked it for half a lap and then he was done.  

The girls LOVED it.  I'm going to have to find time to take just them.  

We left there and ate downtown where we could see the lights.  

Our square is so pretty at Christmas.  

We ate at The Station where we could eat burgers and see the lights.  Santa and Mrs. Claus were even on the square.  

We had such a good time.  

And when it's freezing outside - what's better than ice cream? There is a cute soda shoppe on the square.  They all love Spark flavor which is blue and yellow (it's actually the Walmart special ice cream).  

Sunday we went to church and then Hollis went home with her friend Joseph for a few hours to play. Then we headed to Fayetteville and ate at U S Pizza.  They have my very favorite salad anywhere and the kids love the pizza.  

I love the Fayetteville square at Christmas.  It's always been one of my favorite places.  We took the kids on a carriage ride.  It was so fun! 

These two sweet peas make me so happy.  

Hollis looks sad in half these pictures - she was so happy! 

Then we headed to the Stewart Family Christmas Lights.  This is a family property with an insane amount of lights.  This was our first time to visit.  

Apparently they were on some TV show last week. 

Will Holden's face says it all - they were all full of joy! 

They even had fake snow! 

We had the best time and all three kids fell asleep on the way home.  

It's the BEST time of the year! 

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