Monday, December 28, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Waiting patiently to give her letter to Santa.
After breakfast we headed into the mall for story time with Santa. We got a front row seat and Hannah LOVED hearing Santa tell stories about Christmas Eve. We got a number to come back and see Santa this afternoon with Alice Anne and then went to the Angel Tree to pick an angel to sponsor. We went through all of the angels to find the right one. Hannah picked a 3 year old little girl that wanted a Nemo movie and a barbie. So, after naps, we went to the toy store and got the little girl's Christmas gifts to take back up to the mall. Can I just tell you that the mall was a MAD HOUSE this afternoon!!! I have never been to the mall around Christmas time by myself with both of the girls and I don't think I'll ever do it again. But, today it was worth it. Hannah was so proud to take the gifts to be dropped of for "my angel" as she called it, and then we got to see Santa and he made Hannah more excited than I've seen her in a long time. Hannah told him that it was almost her birthday and when she did, he pulled out a beautiful Christmas book that he said he'd been saving for a special little birthday girl. He told her that it was their secret and that she was the only little girl that was getting this special book. Her face was lit up from ear to ear. She was so proud!!! Alice Anne, on the other hand, was NOT a fan of Santa. She didn't freak out until I put her on his lap and then she lost it, so I shot a picture and then rescued her.
Hannah showing Santa how old she's going to be on her birthday
Wow, Santa!! Thank you!
Alice Anne taking a break on the bench before our visit with Santa.
Of course we visited the ducks and the turtles...our favorite thing to do at Northpark! Alice Anne was so funny, she just walked around screaming, "DU...QUACK QUACK!" Hannah kept saying, "Yes, Alice Anne, that's what a duck says!"
We went and ate Mexican Food and then drove around and looked at some Christmas lights before coming home. The girls were exhausted and are both in bed and I'm worn out!! Daddy will be home tomorrow night and we can't wait!!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
"Dear Santa, I've been sweet and I try to get straight lines everyday. I've been a good girl. Happy Halloween and Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas. I want a dollhouse and a rope (robe) and a lot of other toys like stickers and balls and books. I will come to the mall if my mommy or my daddy will take me. Love, Hannah"
She signed her own name by herself and was VERY proud of herself and asked me if I thought Santa would think she was SO smart!
Hannah AND Alice Anne are obsessed with their Advent Village. They get to open the day's window every day after nap time and they get so excited for that 1 little sweet tart that they each get out of it! Hannah loves counting how many more days until Christmas Eve!
Alice Anne's current obsessions...Coloring and Cozy (our pretend kitty cat this looks so real it's creepy)!
Alice Anne has really been letting me read to her a lot the last couple of days. She has always let me read to her, but would only sit through 1...maybe 2 books at a time. While Hannah was at school today, we read for 45 minutes straight. She was such a good little listener and I think she would have let me read longer, but I needed a break. Before she settles down to read, though, she walks over, gets Cozy and positions him where she wants him next to her on the couch. Every once in a while she'll put him in her lap for a minute and then she'll set him back down next to her. She LOVES her pretend kitty, Cozy. The first thing she does every morning when we come downstairs is she goes straight to Cozy and gets right in his face and says, "HIII, Coey"
Sweet sisters...the last couple of afternoons after naps, the girls have climbed up in the glider on their own and Hannah reads books to Alice Anne. Hannah is very serious about story time!