My Dad came in town this weekend for his work Christmas party. They had it at the gorgeous hotel in Wild Dunes and the boys and I stayed out there Fri-Sun with him. He still works part-time for the company he worked with for over 30 years. He works from home doing sales, but he is still based out of Charleston. My Mom doesn’t like car rides longer than a few hours (I don’t blame her- I don’t either and I am half her age) and since they are coming back the weekend of Christmas, she opted against traveling this weekend. Although the boys missed seeing Grandma, we had such a fun weekend just being away from HOME (and only having to drive 40 minutes!)
We had dinner in the hotel Friday night and took this picture in the hotel lobby before we ate. I especially love this picture because its hard to get one of my Dad smiling with his eyes OPEN!
Saturday morning we had breakfast with Santa at the hotel. Braeden is quite the intelligent little guy and when I announced to the boys that we were having breakfast with “Santa,” he said, “Santa’s helper Mama!” He DOES still believe in Santa (I think)…..(I hope), but knows that the “Santa” he sees all over around the holidays are “helpers.” Well, to make things a little more exciting and to REALLY get Mikey into it (he is understanding so much this year and knows what Santa’s purpose is), I told the boys that Santa called me and told me HE would be there that morning, not his helper. Well, I kinda had to scramble for an explanation after taking one look at “Santa.” Umm, I refused to allow my children to have THIS particular image of Santa stuck in their minds as SANTA! He wasn’t jolly, he barely said a word and you could see his black mustasche under his beard that was falling down (and black eyebrows- aren’t they supposed to be grey). Of course Mikey had no clue, but I told Braeden that Santa realized he had so much more to do than he thought (like Mama ALWAYS does), so he thought it more important to make sure all his toys were ready for Christmas Eve………Hey, it was the best I could think of at the time. The boys had a great time nonetheless.
Probably my FAVORITE picture taken this WHOLE year. Look at those identical smiles.
The boys with Papa at the Pancake buffet-
Braeden’s pancake topped with chocolate syrup, maple syrup, mm’s, sprinkles and oreos. He was on a sugar high all morning.
Mikey’s pancake- one of few times I felt glad he doesn’t eat much per sitting.
He DID devour the candy cane that Grandma sent-
While Papa was at his party the boys and I had so much fun just hanging out in the room watching movies, and building pillow forts (it was a cold and rainy day)-
After Papa left Sunday, I took Braeden to see Walt Disney’s Christmas Carol. It was SO good. I LOVE Christmas and am so looking forward to Christmas Eve when my parents, sister and brother-in-law come AND Mike comes home!
Speaking of Mike, his first week went great! He loves the area he is staying, which is terrific since its pretty much where we’d decided we’d like to live and he is enjoying everything about his job. He says every person he has met (including the people training him and the bosses) are so nice, helpful and compassionate. He is going to drive the 2.5 hours to Philly this weekend to see his Grandpop and will be home next Thurs (Christmas Eve) for the weekend. OH, and he found somewhere to stay (that’s not $1000 a month). He is staying with a family in MD (about a 45 minute drive to work). Last night he had a home cooked meal of fried chicken and this morning (his first morning there) he walked into the kitchen to breakfast fixed and a bag lunch waiting for him He just may not want to come home.
I hope everyone has a great week!