Yesterday my dad (aka Papa) invited us to go Christmas shopping with him at Aspen Grove. Men just loooove holiday shopping and crowded malls, see? They can't get enough of it this time of year.
He even insisted on buying Pax this adorable newsboy cap at Gymboree.
It was the first hat Pax has worn willingly and didn't try to take off. It is worth noting that the only other hat he wears makes him look like a cartoonish fox boy complete with ears and a nose...it has a strap so he can't take it off. I imagine that the seriousness of this newsboy cap gave him a feeling of freedom. Plus, he looked like his Papa.
The truth is this: one of Papa's childhood chums was
My kids loved watching these carolers. They were really good carolers too. They did more than just sing, they entertained.
Tis the season for puffy vests!
Cali & Mo is a delightful store. If you need a unique gift idea, check them out for sure.
Grandma & Papa bought Eisley a newsboy cap too, and she hasn't taken it off yet. Violet opted for a headband with a big ruffly bow. This, friends, is a perfect example of their personalities via the millinery.
When it was time to see Santa, their true colors started showing.
Paxton was a champ and tolerated it for a few photos, but his face slowly became more pouty with each second. Papa pulled him away just in time before he lost it.
Eisley was all over this Santa business. They had serious wish list items to discuss.
Hopefully Eisley put in a good word for her sister, who refused to go anywhere near St. Nick. Even if she thought it meant no presents for her on Christmas.
She did, however, accept a candy cane.
And we got this awesome picture. I didn't notice Eisley's pose until I got home and uploaded my photos. This kid cracks me up!!
This was WAY better than going to one of the big and busy malls and waiting in line to see Santa while some disgruntled elf took the kids' photo. Santa will be there on December 20th too, so if you'd like to see him and his friendly caroling friends, mark your calendar!
Oh, and free horse drawn carriage rides! Forgot to mention that.