We have been having all kinds of holiday fun in our neck o' the woods this month, and for this Friday Family Fill-In, I thought I'd share a little bit of how we've been swimming in Christmas cheer. Warning: picture overload.
For instance, we kicked off the Christmas season by viewing a special video message from Santa:
Banks is in awe. And this is what Raleigh's face looked like pretty much the whole video: shocked!
Waiting for Santa. Can you tell she's a little uncertain...
...while he couldn't be more excited?!
This year, we went to Penland Tree Farm, where we selected and cut down a beautiful tree, had fireside s'mores, visited with farm animals, and perused the gift shop:
Although I have fun plans for a few more Christmas crafts this weekend, you can see just a few of the crafts we've created this month, including
Decorating a felt ornament tree
And Gingerbread Man crafting
Speaking of gingerbread, my sweet kiddos rocked their Ginger-people shirts for Banks' school Christmas party (shirts made by Goat and Lulu):
We also got to attend Banks' school Christmas program. Before the program, my hub and I encouraged Banks to sing as loud as he possibly could. Afterwards, he proudly told us that he had. Tears, oh the tears.
And what's Christmas without fun, seasonal treats:
Scrumptious reindeer cupcakes
Reindeer pancakes for breakfast
Homemade peppermint bark (with the peppermint oh so delicately hammered into smithereens by Banks)
I also had a special "Momma Date" with my little buddy earlier this week, which is something I like to do with him every month or so, to ensure we get some special one-on-one time. For this date, we went on our neighborhood's "Christmas Crawl" (i.e., taking a trolley ride around the neighborhood to see the lights and decorations):
But for us, the most important part of the holiday season is spending time with family; so, we drove to Aiken a few weeks ago to celebrate with the best Nana and Pop in the world and some sweet cousins.
We were also lucky enough to have a weekend visit from Bammy and Digby, who babysat the kids one night so that my hub and I could attend our first neighborhood Christmas party bash:
The photo's a little hazy but so was that night. ;)
I have a few more special activities up my sleeve for this, the weekend before Christmas, and am so, so excited to be starting some fun new traditions with my little family. I would also be remiss not to mention Goldy, our elf, who has become a full-on member of our family this month. Please check back on Monday, for a full list, complete with pictures, of each of Goldy's shenanigans.
For now, though, I simply want to wish you and yours the Merriest of Christmases. From our family to yours, with love from our new home in Fort Mill: