Like I mentioned in the previous post, today we broke my wait-for-all-things-Christmas-until-December-1st rule and took Gracen to visit Santa. And you know what? I’m so happy we did. There were no giant line-ups, cranky kids, or fed-up photographer’s assistants involved. In fact, it was just the opposite. Things were quiet, calm, and leisurely. Not to mention that Santa was FABULOUS. Before we made our way over to his chair, he came over to see how Gracen would react to him. This was, after all, her first time ever meeting the Canadian Santa. Right away, he knew that we’d be better off starting her off on a little rocking horse rather than on his lap. Let me tell you, this Santa was sneaky! We got her happily sitting on the horse and he snuck right in behind her for a few shots. Before we knew it, she was in his arms… No tears shed! I’d say that our visit was a success. Here are a few of my favourite shots:
We had to go out to Richmond Centre today, so we decided to make an afternoon of it (once Gracen finally woke up from her giant 3 hour nap!) Our first stop was the customer service desk to sign out one of the cool car strollers Grae’s been eyeing up in recent mall visits. (She was much more impressed than she appears in this photo, I promise.)
Gracen has so much fun at Play Gym that we had been looking forward to it all week. It was kind of one of those mornings, and by the time I had breakfast made and cleaned up, the house tidied, Grae’s lunch packed, and both of us dressed and ready to go, we were running 20 minutes behind. I quickly loaded up the vehicle, got Gracen strapped into her car seat, and jumped into the driver’s seat, only to realize that we had no power at the back of the house and the electronic gate couldn’t be opened without it. Ugh. Knowing that the breaker box was probably downstairs and not wanting to deal with all that comes with having 7 people living down there, I unloaded the car, loaded up the stroller and we hustled our way up the hill to the community centre.
This morning we woke up to snow on the ground and like a small child who’d been waiting for snow all year, I squealed with delight and immediately set about bundling Gracen up to go outside.