But, we're back and with lost of excitement this past weekend that made the weekend fun- it passed by so quickly that most of it was a blur.
On Friday night, Tony and I went to his company's Christmas party. We had fun dressing up and getting a night out with just the two of us; I even got Tony to get out on the dance floor with me- it was a good party! I painted my nails on Friday night before the shindig, and Harper let me paint her toenails too- she liked the sparkly toes.
Saturday evening we decided to load up and go to the mall to see Santa Claus. Last year we waited for almost 2 hours at the mall before bailing out of line and finding a different Santa event closer to Christmas, but this time the mall line was pretty short (25 minutes or so). Tony stood in line with the kids while I ran into a couple of stores, and I returned just in time to get where we could see Santa. The kids watched the other families in front of us take their turn, and we talked about what to say to Santa and what the experience would be like. When it was our turn, the kids walked in and we put them on Santa's lap- both kids looked a little leery, but there were no tears. As you can see from the picture, Harper wasn't too impressed with this "Santa impostor" and Jack didn't know quite what to do. But Santa was very nice and we got pictures and reindeer hats (which didn't last too long). Then we went to dinner and the kids talked about Santa and sang Christmas carols- it was fun!
Jack even made Mickey some dinner!
We also took pictures of Jack and Harper sitting in a little red chair that my Paw-Paw's grandfather made for him pretty close to 90 years ago. It's so neat to see that my Paw-Paw and my kids can have a connection (Harper really liked rocking her baby to sleep in this chair) and that we have photographic evidence.
The kids also got measured while we were at Granny's house. All the grandkids (including those who have married in) have their height charted on the doorframe to my Granny's kitchen. The oldest marking on there is mine from 1988-89, and now Harper and Jack have two entries on the height chart. It was so neat to see how much they've grown in one year, and to see Jack getting tall enough to reach Tanner's height when he was two.
After epic meltdown, we got the kids dinner (which helped Harper feel more like herself), and hustled them off to bed. It was a peaceful ending to a crazy weekend, but I wouldn't trade it!