The upper three are of all of us at North Park Center in Dallas on Saturday Dec. 22nd with our Santa that we have literally been going to since the two older girls were small! My kids swear he is the "Real Santa"! The story is long about our day to just get these photos.... We got out of our house to get to this Dallas Mall by opening. We managed to get there at 10:30 a.m. and Mike ran to get our ticket to see Santa. Turns out that he should have been there by 6:00 a.m. to have gotten a good ticket! Well needless to say our ticket was #174!!! They told Mike we should be seeing him around 6:30 p.m. At first it didn't seem too bad, because we wanted to shop and eat lunch at a favorite Italian Restaurant with in the mall. When we decided to go and see what # they had reached it was 5:30 p.m. and they were only on #90!! Mike, for the very first time said we were going to stay if it took to 11:00 p.m. that night!
They advised everyone to be there at 7:00 p.m. and they were going to start getting everyone in line by their # order and get everyone seen at a better pace. Why not do that in the first place???? Gee! We were so tired and I'm so surprised that we all looked good in the photo. Luckily Wendy had taken a nap in her stroller; which I'm grateful that we decided to take it (Wendy isn't much of a stroller kid anymore).
Mike got in line when our # was called. Only one person could be in line for their whole family; so we gave Mike a potty break and an extra breather. It was finally our turn to see the Jolly Man at 8:30 p.m. Hey, at least it wasn't 11:00 p.m.!!
The bottom photos are only a sampling of this mornings raid on the presents. Notice the change of P.J.'s.... thank you Leigh and Katey!! More photos later......
Merry Christmas to Everyone,
We managed to sleep in to 7:30! Wendy woke up and found her stocking was full and had the cutest kitty (stuffed)sitting on top of it. I allowed her to open her stocking first since the big girls were not awake yet.
Besides, Wendy didn't even give the tree a thought at that time. How lucky was that.
She did get the items she asked Santa for and then some..... What are kids for, but to spoil them!! Right?
The big girls cashed in, too!! This was a very giving Christmas..... Lacy and Holly made gifts of Soap. They may open their own line. Wendy went shopping for everyone in the family at the Dollar Tree. You know that is a wonderful store for little kids to be able to give each person on their list something while on a tight budget....hey, that even goes for grown ups on a budget.
Wendy was very grateful for everything she got. Since this is the last Christmas in this house it was a true success.
(Oh, Leigh....we waited till this morning to open the packages for Wendy and I. You have no idea how hard that was for Wendy.
To Sue and Ed, thank you so much for the card of the girls. Man they have grown so much in a year!! Both are getting even more beautiful!! Miss you guys. I hope you read this.
Sally, if you read this blog thank you for your kind letter and excited welcome with our move. I can't wait to meet you in person as well. Wendy is so excited to meet Camry as well. I know that they will become vast friends.
Merry Christmas to all......