Friday, November 30, 2012

First Night at Big Cedar

Wanna know a good way to work off dinner?!?!  Push your single stroller loaded with 3 kids totaling about 95 pounds up and down hills!!!!  Lucky me, I have an injured foot so I can't push!! : )  But, if you remember, last time we were here I had Owen in the Beco on MY BACK walking the hills while at times pushing a stroller with Ethan in it so I've done my time!!: )
We were in no rush.  We had no where to go.  It was just family night.  A night out.  A night to look at lights.  A night to be together.  So, we could take our time.  Stop when we needed a break.  Stop to look at horses passing by.  It was all part of the experience and we were loving every minute of it!
Most importantly, the kids were enjoying every minute of it!!!!  It was late, past bedtime, but you wouldn't know it!  There is something about being outside, fresh air, pretty lights, horses, and a funny mommy and daddy that help you forget about being tired! : )
We came upon a house that was completely covered in lights and decorated so pretty!  A perfect place to take pictures!  Addyson ran up to the door to knock as I was telling the kids it was Santa's house.  Both big kids quickly left the porch..... and wouldn't come back to take a picture!  Way to go Ambre!
The big kids did NOT want to be posing for a picture with their daddy and have Santa come up behind them to surprise them!  Nope!  They were NOT taking the chance so they went off to play in the distance while I begged them to come back!!!  I had gotten the boys matching shirts and Addyson a complimenting one....we WERE going to take pictures!! : )
Awwwww...... after a little bribing and convincing them that Santa wasn't there (we had to look in the windows to double check), they came to pose for pictures! : )
Love this family shot!!!!  Would have been a perfect Christmas Card shot had I not already mailed our cards out!  Here's to kicking off our Christmas holidays!!! : )
And once I got a picture.... they were off!!!  Enough posing mom!  There is too much space to run around and too many things to see to sit here and "smile"!!! : )  And didn't you bribe us with something?!?!  Time to go find that!! : )
And find a good bribe we did!!!!  Right behind "Santa's House" is a little cafe.  They had cookies for $1.50 and they had ONE cookie sandwich for $1.50.... guess which one we choose!  I just had them cut the yummy sandwich in half and everyone was happy!! : )
Wow!!!!  We never get anything this yummy!!!! ; )
Brad and I skipped the cookie and opted for a drink to walk around with.... okay, we did sneak a bite or two of cookie from the kids but they were happy to share!!!  We were all in a giving mood!!! : )
This little guy was enjoying the freedom to explore!!!!  He was SO happy and so funny!!!
They were all being silly and crazy!!!!  Why Addyson decided to lay in the pile of leaves behind the bush I'll never know!  But she was laughing and so were her brothers so that's all that matters!!!
It was late but that didn't matter!  Life was good!!!
After the kids ate their cookies I talked them into going back in front of the house to try to get a picture of each of them and then a group picture!  I was thinking Christmas card.... but you know how well we do with getting all 3 kids to pose for a picture......
My big guy!!!!  Long weekends with him are the best!  I think we are all on a high when we are all together!!!!
Sweet girl!  Wouldn't look at me.  But, here is her shot by herself.
2 peas in a pod!!!  She is just as happy as I am when he is home!!!
And here is my shot with 3 kids.... up way past their bedtimes and on a sugar high!!! : )
No Christmas card photo but lots of fun memories made so I guess that is all that really matters!
After some photos we did a bit of shopping in the gift shop.  The two big kids each got a stuffed animal to take with.  Owen got a white tailed deer and Addyson got a red fox.  They loved them! They both slept with theirs and I'm sure they will get a lot of play out of them, especially this weekend!
What a great night and a great way to kick off our weekend!  Stay tuned for more Christmas adventures!

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