Thursday, December 22, 2011

Holiday Fun

I am so glad that I started feeling better a few weeks ago, just in time to enjoy some holiday fun!! (But not soon enough for me to justify putting up the Christmas tree....oh well).

We kicked off our Holiday Celebrations with the Garden D'Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Gardens with my parents. My family has done this for many years and I introduced Eric to it the first year we were married, so I guess it's something of a tradition. We didn't take many pictures because we have tons of pictures of the lights from previous years. All of the lights on display are flowers or animals, they literally make a garden out of lights. Brooklynn was a little put of by the cold at first, and possibly the big puffy jacket we made her wear. But she eventually warmed up and enjoyed running around looking at the lights. Her favorite part of the night? I have no doubt that it would be when P-Pa took us to Dairy Queen for blizzards! Our little girl loves her some ice cream, or "mymeam" as she would say.

Last weekend we took a trip into the city with my parents and rode the monorail and then went to see the giant gingerbread houses they have on display every year. Again, this is something that my family has done for years (according to my Dad, it's was our 15th annual trip) and something that I introduced to Eric when we got married. This year the theme was "Holiday Express." As always the displays were wonderful. This was the first year that we went on a Saturday afternoon and encountered a huge line...lesson learned! It was also naptime so B got a little unruly, but she was outnumbered 4:1 so we were able to keep mostly her in control!
Waiting for the monorail....she was definitely  P-Pa's girl that day!
so excited for the train to come!

she entertained herself in line by dancing around the poles.....
...and trying to hang herself? She really loved the velvet rope dividers!
King's Cross Station....
....and of course, it was platform 9 3/4 complete with a flying Harry.
I loved the flying kangaroos pulling Santa's sleigh.
Island of Misfit toys
(no one told me my hair was crazy!)

Yesterday we had a playdate with 3 other families in our ward to decorate sugar cookies. B decided that it would be fun to wake up at 4:30 yesterday so at 10:00 when we are driving the 10 minutes to our friend's house she falls asleep!! I tried so hard to keep her awake. I sang "If you're happy and you know it" and "Old MacDonald" and even tried shaking her leg and yelling to her. It was definitely a losing batle! So B spent the first 20-30 minutes of the playdate asleep on the couch while the kids played around her! Fortunately she woke up soon enough to decorate some cookies (read: eat all the frosting off the cookies while I decorated) and play some. 

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