Thursday was the M&F Bank Christmas Party. We had such a great time. Hill would have sat and watched Dylan Davis play his guitar until the end of time. Thanks Dylan for being so sweet and singing all the fun Christmas songs. I'm pretty sure we will have to call Dylan if we ever need a babysitter all he would have to do is just sing and play the whole time.
I told Hill he couldn't watch Dylan all night because there was someone special here at the party to see him. Hill had no idea that SANTA was there! I was anxious to see how he would react because last Christmas at 11 months he wasn't really aware of what was going on. He did the picture thing, but it wasn't really impressionable. This year we brought a list to Santa of the things he wanted which was a fabulous idea because it was an icebreaker for Hill to walk up to Santa. I gave him the note and told him to take it to Santa. So he walked up to Santa sitting in his chair and gave it to him. He saw Santa had candy canes which was all it took. Hill popped up in Santa's lap and posed for the camera. This is the picture I got, but the one the photographer took is going to be great because Hill was cracking up laughing when he snapped it. I'll share it when I get it.
After listening to music, visiting with Santa and drinking 89 gallons of punch we all headed to the Christmas parade. I wish this picture wasn't so blurry, but I couldn't help but post it, I thought it was sweet. Hill and his Dada walking on the Square before the parade.
We went to my office building to watch the parade. The 3rd floor has balconies that overlook the Square and I thought that was a great place to get a birds eye view of what was going on. Also, since it was freezing outside we could go in should we need to.
Before the parade we hung out with some of the people I work with. Hill and the President were conducting serious important business.
|Hill was giving Jeff a demonstration of how his dump truck works.|
|Absorbing all the commotion|
|Hi FIRE TRUCK!|
|Chip and Hill watching the parade|
|Sweet Rhodes hanging out on the balcony.|
Hill sure loves him some Ellie Develin.
As if watching someone play the guitar, seeing Santa, and catching the local Christmas parade wasn't enough...when we got home we found someone new in our house!
|This is Doug. |
Doug is our family's Elf on a Shelf!
Doug has already made an impact on Hill. That night as he was fighting bedtime Chip reminded him that Doug was watching and would report back to Santa him being so disobedient. Hill looked up at Doug and gave him the meanest look. If looks would kill Doug would be dead and have lost all of his magic right then and there.
This weekend Chip has his annual Mountain Man Weekend so Hill and I are left to party it up. Last night, Friday, we went to visit Nana and Papa. Shane Preston was there and so he and Hill watched the Elf on the Shelf show that came on TV. Shane Preston has an elf at his house too, his name is Red.
ya'll so much for including us. They had so many fun activities planned out.
|Here is Hill and Mrs. Fenwick painting with their hands!|
|Here is Tanner getting ready to paint with Mrs. Alford!|
|Mrs. Fenwich helping Hill glue on the ornaments (pom poms) to his hand painted tree.|
|Tanner and Hill hanging out.|
|Story time! Hill doesn't meet a stranger. He sat right in this lady he's never met lap.|
Since Hill has never been to the movies I explained beforehand how we were going to watch a big TV and they had popcorn and Santa there. I was really worried because he hadn't had a nap and has had such a busy day but when we got there he got his cookies, saw Santa and immediately remembered he needed popcorn.
|He's a professional movie goer now.|
This elates me to no end. I LOVE nothing more than to go to the movies. I don't even have to like what I watch, I just love going to the movies. So my heart is warmed that Hill does too! I will have to remember next time to get him his own drink and a large popcorn. He ate the whole medium tub of popcorn (well 97%) and didn't like sharing! He did good about watching the whole movie. He did get up and sit on the aisle steps towards the end, but he continued to watch the movie...Polar Express. How fun! Thanks JA girls for all your hard work on this event.
It's 5:30 pm now and Hill has been asleep for and hour and a half. He fell asleep in the car on the way home from the movies. Normally this would bother me and I'd have kept him up because he wouldn't sleep tonight, but we are about to head over to the Warrington's to eat and play with Harvey and Tanner so I'm hoping that he wears out again and doesn't put up a fight come night night time. Wish me luck.
I guess if he gets crazy on me I can always summon Doug.....