Meeting Santa & Early Presents from Grandma.
Yesterday morning the local bookstore had Santa Claus come during their weekly story time to read The Night Before Christmas. Then the kids got to sit on his knee.
Rosie was SO excited.
She said, “I’m going to explode into eleventy one hundred seven and two pieces!”
When Ada saw Santa coming she made this face:
And then this is how she stared at him while he read the story…
He had a real beard!
They had to tell Santa one thing they did this year that was helpful.
Rosie said she helped Momma take care of Baby Ada, which is true!
When he asked what she wanted for Christmas she told him she wanted a big surprise and a doll for Ada.
I sat Ada on his lap too. She was just a little terrified. She refused to make eye contact.
Afterward we walked out to the foyer, where there’s a big fountain. The girls always love running around out there.
When we looked out the big windows at the pond there was a rainbow in the spray from the fountain!
We went outside to feed the ducks and get a closer look, even though it was freezing out.
The edges of the pond were ice.
When we got home my Grandma stopped by to give the girls their Christmas present.
I don’t know why she wanted to give them their gifts early, but it’s nice to spread out the presents a little anyway.
Rosie got an awesome cash register. It talks, weighs fruits, and has a real calculator. It’s actually going to be great for learning math and money.
Ada didn’t understand the concept of opening her present at first, then…it clicked after watching Rosie.
Ada got a cute wooden car track that cars race down and flip over, then race down the next side, back and forth. She loved it.
Tyler had to go to work yesterday, it was a mandatory overtime day.
The girls and I went to a local historical fort–it’s a near exact replica of a fort created by Daniel Boone.
In each cabin they had a different country represented, and actors told about how frontier immigrants from their country would have celebrated Christmas.
It was complete with snacks from each region and time period.
Ada freaked out over the German gingerbread cookies…
Since it was historically accurate there was no electricity. They had frontier men shooting off black powder guns periodically to celebrate Christmas, and there were bonfires, and people scouting for Indians around the edges of the fort.
It was 20 degrees outside and pitch black, there are no street lights there. So much fun!
Here are a few glimpses…
These are some of the men firing guns.
Inside a cabin…
You can see Rosie in the shadow on the left.
Here’s Daniel Boone writing Christmas cards and sealing them with wax in his cabin.
He took his job very seriously–a kid asked why he was dumping salt from a shaker on his hot wax stamps and he admonished the kid telling him that salt was far too precious to waste and that it was SAND.
The last cabin had electricity and a buffet of treats, along with dancing.
I am a nerd–I love history. This fort is a lot of fun to visit. They have events throughout the year.
My kids are fighting in Rosie’s room. Better get up and go do something with them…