Monday, December 7, 2015


 Is that title tacky? I felt kind of weird posting it, but EH.
Aaaaaaand we are officially in December. It was hard not to get Christmas out earlier this year, but I made sure to hold on to the spirit of Thanksgiving until November 30th. I wanted to make sure we reflected on being together FINALLY after so many years apart and be thankful for how far we'd come.
So, the Christmas season.
My house still looks like Christmas threw up. I've got a goal to get all the empty boxes put away today so I can sit and enjoy Here's a small glimpse of some of our indoor décor. It's been different decorating in this new place. I was so used to our old home and how each piece had a certain spot, it's taken some getting used to.  
 We went to a tree lighting ceremony last week. It turned out to be more fun than we anticipated and we ended up closing down the event. There were performances, cookie decorating, carriage rides and so much more! I think it's safe to assume the kids had a blast.

Sometimes...Gibby can't take a picture to save his life...
The indoor décor was like a little slice of heaven for me. I love over the top Christmas decorating. It makes me giddy.
Trying to get a good picture of the boys while waiting for Dad to arrive.
There was some entertainment before the official tree lighting ceremony, including a dubstep rendition of the Nutcracker. The kids loved it and it was pretty interesting. It was just so...weird. But it make the battle between the Nutcracker and the Rat King pretty entertaining. 
And then they lit the giant tree and I wanted to scream Christmas songs from the top of my lungs. But I didn't...not out loud anyways. 
But wait! Once the tree was lit that meant Santa had to make an appearance. DUH! Santa's pretty cool these days, he most definitely went to air assault school. His form as he repelled down from the ceiling was top notch. 
Once Santa made his appearance, we took note of how long the Santa line was and decided to try our luck at the outdoor activities first.
We met Vixen and Cupid. Vixen was incredibly feisty that night. She kept running around trying to butt people with her horns. Caderyn thought Santa needed to have a talk with her. I agreed.
They had a stagecoach rides. 
Taking a picture was tricky because it was a little bumpy. 
And then, glory of glories, we actually got a nice family picture taken. FINALLY.

It only lasted a second as you can see in this next frame. Gibby just goofs out the second he knows there's a picture being taken. In this one he was pointing at the person taking our picture, winking and saying, "Gotcha."

I mean, seriously. Look at this kid. Who does he think he is?
Once we'd visited all of the stations, the line for Santa had dwindled considerably. So we hopped in line and took some selfies while we waited. 

Y'all will have to wait to see our Santa pictures. They should be coming out sometime next week.

We got one of these done. I've never done one of these caricature drawings before but I love it! I'm going to get this framed.
And then we continued with our week.
Just so everyone knows, in case you were worried, Gabriel is still obsessed with Batman. He gets to watch Batman while he eats lunch and usually ends up reenacting all the scenes with his Inky wrapped around his neck as a cape...and his pants are typically off and the underwear are on full display.
And there you have it!

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