You know in the movie Elf when Buddy the Elf sees the department store Santa Claus and he screams out, “SANTA!” with all the excitement of a brand new puppy who piddles on the floor?  That’s how excited Lily was about the Nutcracker.  Especially, I think, because Sam was taking her.  And they were dressing up.  And no one else was coming along.

She was really excited.

There are much better pictures than these on Sam’s new fancy camera but these are the two I snapped with my phone.

She was fairly glowing when she got back home.

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Lots of Christmas Activity…

We have been on a merry-making tear around here!  Last weekend was full of fun and Christmas cheer.  On Saturday we woke up to go eat breakfast with Santa.  You can see that there was a little trepidation but Lily knew what to do.  She told Santa wishes she hasn’t even shared with her parents.  I hope he was listening!  Ollie was not interested in sitting on a lap but did enjoy making some crafts and eating lots of pancakes.  Later that day Sam played barber to Ollie’s beautiful baby curls.  {sniff, sniff}  I was a little bit sad–he looks like a different little man.  Finally, to celebrate, we went to dinner and our kids were just awesome-well-behaved, patient, interactive.  It was an enjoyable Saturday.

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This weekend the fun continues as we scurry to get last minute foodstuffs and wrapping.  And Sunday we host a neighborhood gingerbread house making day.