|Here's the whole family visiting Santa at Lark Toys (in Wabasha, MN)|
after much pleading from our youngest daughter, who once again...
|...sensibly refused to get anywhere near the big guy in a red suit. I nearly knocked over|
the set getting her this far. (After weeks of begging, I didn't want to hear, "But NOW I'll
be brave!" on our way out of the parking lot.)
|Here's the little munchkin trying on a Santa hat in the|
|Bear, who is in on the Santa secret, was more than|
forthcoming about his wish list, his opinions on his
favorite toys, the state of the polar ice cap, fun facts
|Thankfully, he's not too old for the hand-carved|
|The Catholic Worker house has a humongous real Christmas tree.|
We visited on Christmas morning, too, for brunch, with a smaller crowd.
|Another annual tradition is decorating our Christmas tree. This is Mudpuppy's|
first year really participating in that event.
|(Every one of the three preceeding pictures was shamelessly posed. Sorry,|
but I'm not THAT good of a photographer!)
|Visiting friends and family is the best part of the season!|
Here is Jaybird dressing up with a playmate from church.
|And here she is with one of her Twin Cities cousins.|
|Mouse with her beloved Kaya doll.|
|On our visit to my mom's, we took a walk around Centennial Lakes, which|
has an ice rink. The kids went skating; all of them have improved since
|Christmas leaves me exhausted, too, kid. (The girls have been sleeping |
on the living room couches as one of the "privileges" they're earning
on their new point system.) Sweet dreams!