Dec 17, 2010

Christmas Fun

Last weekend we were able to take the kids to the North Park Center in Dallas. We didn't realize it was actually a mall, one my sisters would really love. Stores galore and tons of activities. On the way in, we listened to some orchestral Christmas music. I've played with this group before for a time or two, and I can't tell you how happy I was just to be watching with my family rather than off at a gig by myself. I'm playing zero Christmas gigs this year!

Next it was off to see the model train exhibit! All aboard! They have their engineer hats on...and you know can guess how long that lasted : )

The entire room was filled with trains running in and out of tunnels, high and low.

My favorite part was all the scenery around them. I loved this ice skating rink outside the White House.

Maybe toys do come to life at night- and have a little too much eggnog.

San Francisco

A Porsche dealership? I knew Dax would like that one.

Texas State Fair complete with "Big Tex" himself.

Here's the real deal.

Then we watched an electronic string quartet and headed to Chick Fil A. You can't go wrong with chicken nuggets.

From the balcony we caught the end of the Waltz of the Flowers from the Nutcracker.

And enjoyed cinnamon-sugar pretzels!

As we were leaving, Hannah caught sight of the Dirk mannequin and seemed fascinated. She wanted her picture with him. Maybe we need to take her to a Mavericks game sometime. Now to actually score some tickets... Later that day the girls went with Nana and other families to the Pet Spa from last year- remember Doris Roberts? : )

I wish there was a better photo, but the male choir at church called "Chantus Maximus" (pretty clever : ) has had several performances this year. Last week they went to the cathedral in Dallas. Dax led them in a service and a performance.

I'm always looking for new places for the kids to play, especially ones that are free, and very especially indoors since it's cold. Jessica invited us to try this out. A baptist church in a nearby town has a place called "The Ark" and the inside truly looks like an ark with the ceiling meeting at a point and faux wooden beams everywhere. They had a place for toddlers.

And a larger place for big kids. I was really surprised they would have such tall slides, but Jessica said last time she was there, they were actually quite slow. Then her daughter raced down one with lightning speed and she suggested maybe they had been waxed since then- ha! In any case, Hannah never made it quite that far so I didn't have to worry about it.

Back at home, of the two girls, Chloe seems to really take to the piano the most.

"Shhh! Your list is taking a nap!"

Back to spring... it was 74 degrees the other day! And our tree is the only one in the neighborhood hanging on to fall.

It was a beautiful day.

Last night, we decided it was time for more family fun. Here is the sunset on the way across the lake. We headed to the Shop of Highland village, and outdoor mall. Here is the conversation.

H- Daddy, where are we going?
D- Highland Village
H- Is that the jungle?

Later she asked if we were at the island yet, so I can see a bit of connection there.

A horse and carriage ride!

Giddyup! Or, trot slowly, we have a lot of babies in here!

Hannah especially loved listening to the horse shoes clop on the pavement. The whole night, we heard the horse come and go and Chloe would say, "Here comes the horsie!"

Brilliant Sky is a really neat toy store. The kids can play with lots of toys in various areas of the store, and the toys are mostly things you don't see at all the chain stores.

Chloe found a piano just the right size.

Hannah put all the dolls to sleep and took good care of them. They are always so great in stores. They never beg to take anything home. Chloe did try to take a doll with her, but when I explained she lived at the store, she put the doll in the dollhouse and said good bye. Too bad that makes me want to buy every doll in the store for her! Before I was a mom, I didn't understand parents giving in, but now I get it. If I see them playing happily with something, I automatically want them to have it! I know the same goes for Dax.

Next was a stop at the Nestle Tollhouse store! Hannah picked out a gingerbread man and Chloe picked out a Christmas tree. Dax and I shared something with lots of delicious layers and I got my chocolate.

The center of the shops had a little fountain, and decorations to climb on.

Everyone that saw Colin that night fell in love, mainly because he likes to give all the ladies sweet smiles and then hide his face. Such a flirt!

Time to head back. I really like this area, so it's great they just built a new bridge that will allow us to get there in 6 min. instead of 20! On the way home, we toured some holiday lights in the neighborhoods. One house always does the light show synced with a radio station, and the girls loved singing Santa in their window- one of those videos of Santa on a monitor that looks like he's really there waving and walking around. We all had a great time!

1 comment:

melody said...

this entry seems very fun and exciting! i'm glad you guys are getting to do neat holiday activities and enjoy music and malls and playgrounds and carriage rides...!

the picture of the list tucked in is soooo funny! haha