Saturday, December 29, 2012

Christmas Part 1

The 2 weekends before Christmas were jam packed and so much fun! Friday night, the 14th, we had a family Christmas fun night. We took Brayden to eat for the first time at a Japanese restaurant and then we went to Zoolight Safari. Brayden loved Stix! I figured he would, but he has requested Stix several times since then. He conversed with the chef the entire time. The chef didn't talk to anyone else at the table. Brayden asked him what his name was, what he was doing, and asked for more food. He is not shy at all! We had so much fun at Zoolight Safari. I only got enough ride tickets for us to ride the train and for Brayden to ride the carousel, but when we walked in, an older man handed us two unused wristbands so we got to ride the hayride too. Brayden had so much fun and loved all the lights. He really loved the train, carousel, and hayride.

Saturday night, the 15th, Brooke's sister-in-law had a party and it was an absolute blast! Santa came to visit and he brought Brayden a really cute ornament and a precious outfit. It really was so much fun!
The next weekend, I had my Sunday School party Friday night and Brayden went to the birthday party for Jesus at church. Saturday was my mom's side's get together at my cousin's house. (I don't have any pictures of those 2 events) Sunday was our Hutton family get together. Brayden had so much fun with Emma and Asher, of course. We tried to take some pictures of them together but that was pretty much impossible. Oh, and I'm going to be an aunt again! I'm so excited!

 Brayden also finished up school and had his school program. He did so good and was pretty cute! :)

We made cookies for Santa that weekend too. Santa really liked them!

I'll post about Christmas Day tomorrow!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Santa, Christmas Parade, & Walk Through Bethlehem

The first 2 weekends of December were pretty low key, just how I like them! Last weekend we took Brayden to see Santa at Bass Pro Shops. I wasn't really sure how Brayden would react and I really wasn't expecting the reaction he had. We were next in line so when Santa waved for the next child to come, I said ok Brayden it's your turn. He took off running! He ran down the aisle and threw his arms around Santa and gave him a huge hug. I wish I would have been videoing him, but like I said, I wasn't expecting that. He took his picture with Santa and they had a conversation (too bad I couldn't hear it!). By the way, I'm sorry my pictures all look funny. They were taken with my phone and apparently my phone took them sideways so I had to do some tweaking.

Thursday night was the Christmas parade here in town. It was actually a pretty good parade and Brayden thoroughly enjoyed himself. Of course he loved the firetrucks and all the lights on the floats and Santa.
Yesterday we went to A Walk Through Bethlehem at my sister's church. It is a village set in Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born. You get to see all the different vendors at market like the vegetable and fruit stand, the basket stand, the pottery stand, and so on and so forth. Then you get to see the stable where Baby Jesus was born and at the very end, they have the 3 crosses and then Jesus coming out of the tomb. It is such a tremendous production and you can tell that SO much work goes into it. Not to mention the people playing th parts commit to 4 nights of this. It is an absolute blessing and such a great reminder that Jesus is the reason for the season. Brooke and Danson were both in it and Brayden got to see them while we were walking through.
This weekend we're gearing up for our family Christmas fun night on Friday night and a Christmas party for Brayden on Saturday night. Not to mention I've got to finish the rest of my shopping because starting the 21st, we are booked solid until Christmas day!

I can't believe it's only 2 weeks until Christmas Eve!!