Breakfast with Santa

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This morning when Thomas was on his way to a day of work at his practice, we had him drop us off a the local Methodist church to participate in “Breakfast with Santa.” At point of drop-off, we didn’t have a ride home, but we live in a small community where we have some deep roots, so I told him “don’t worry about us; we’ll find a way home.” (ahhhh, the life of a woman with no car that still is on a driving restriction due to her black out, wreck, surgery, wired jaw, etc…..)

We were the first ones there that weren’t helping cook the food, but some friends of ours had their kiddos already there playing, so my boys joined in on the fun.

The food was yummy, and between the three of us, we managed to have a taste of everything offered. Seeing people from the community that I know but don’t attend church with or see regularly was nice.

For a little craft, they had a set-up for making reindeer food (oats, sugar, and glitter). The food is suppose to be sprinkled on the front lawn on Christmas Eve. The boys also were able to bring home some goodies, such as bookmarks, a small nativity scene, a baby Jesus in swaddling clothes, ornaments, and candy canes.

Thomas and I have struggled with how to implement the concept of Santa Claus, Jolly ol’ St. Nick, or whatever you like to call him, since we had children. Thomas was devastated at the knowledge of his parents being the gift-givers when he discovered a price tag on a gift and his whole holiday world crumbled. I didn’t really get phased by the knowledge but really wanted to respect Thomas’s memory and emotions from his experience, so I was okay with whichever path we chose. Even though we don’t traditionally celebrate Santa as many families do, we don’t ignore him and his splendor and goodness in the historical sense. Recently I read this short and to the point article that I think establishes how we like to incorporate the big man in the red suit into our holiday season and family journey. We also have an Elf on the Shelf, which the kids know is a “game mommy and daddy play” in order to help us all have fun this holiday.

So, based off that premise of Santa, we had a fun Saturday outing, when we would normally be car-less and stuck at home all day while the hubby worked. We easily found a ride home, and I was pleased with the day, along with the boys.

And, as far as non-mall, doing this for free Santas go, I think the Methodist church pulled off one of the best I have ever seen, not to mention a great Mrs. Claus. They obviously were blessed with a well-suited members of their congregation this holiday season! :O)

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A Cat & Dog Christmas Musical

Daniel was in a Christmas program at school where cats and dogs sang songs about unity and togetherness at Christmas. It was short and sweet, and he was really proud of himself and the performance with his classmates.

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(Can you see our little first grade brown dog?)

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He wore me out about making his costume for him, and I had to consistently reassure him that I had plenty of time to finish it. When it was all said and done, he was happy with his appearance, especially due to Thomas’s finishing touches of the face paint.

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Way to go Daniel! We are all proud of you for doing something new and for working together with your friends to create a great performance!

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Race Day/Turkey Day

This year, like our first attempt last year, we attempted a Turkey Trot fun run on Thanksgiving morning. This time we felt Wesley was old enough to join in on the event. Unlike last year, this year was really cold. Like in the teens. For real.

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We bundled up and tried to make the best of it.

race familyWe were managing well, and it was time to line up and start. About 10 yards into the race, Wesley cuts in front of Daniel and trips him. Daniel falls. Tears ensue. And honestly Thomas and I both resigned ourselves to the whole thing officially becoming a complete disaster. He stayed with Daniel and helped him while I went after Wesley, who was still running. Eventually, Daniel recovered and we all met back up within the race and all finished well, despite the terrible start.

DSC_0002After running, we went home to get ready for lunch with my extended family. Traditionally we spend Thanksgiving Day with Thomas’s family, yet, this year, there were some schedule conflicts with other family DSC_0010members, so we moved that celebration to Saturday. My brother was in town, so it was nice to be with him, and the boys really loved playing with all the other kiddos/cousins (just check out that kid table to the right!)

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When we made it a few days later to the next celebration, the weather was much nicer, mild and sunny. The kids played outside most all the day and my boys got covered in rocks by their cousins while a bunch of adults just stood around and watched. :)DSC_0017

All in all I was glad to get the opportunity to get out of the house and be active, not to mention see some family that I have not seen in awhile.

Hope you and yours had a Happy Thanksgiving too!