This weekend we took the girls for our now annual proud to be an american essay trip with our good friends Aubrey and Jess and their husbands and kiddos. Our hubbys get along so well and the kids just adore one another. We met up in Grapevine to ride the train and per tradition, were running a little late. Not as late as last year’s home alone in the airport re-run but still late. It’s our style. #kidsAubrey and Jess booked the tickets this year and thank goodness they did because we had to get them in September! So, if you are in the area and have been wanting to go, be sure to check in ahead of time because they sell out fast. We also bought all of the kids pjs to match their siblings. Everest didn’t make the trip but has jammies to match big brother Creed! We all scored them on a sale that Hanna Anderson was having this fall. They are super soft and have such cute prints! Be sure to size up one. I plan to make these our Valentine jams too. :) We boarded our train in time and the kids were so excited. We got really good seats up towards the front of the car so the kids had plenty of room and a great view. The conductor punched their tickets as well. Paisley wondered why hers didn’t spell anything. HA!Santa’s helpers passed out Christmas letters for them to fill out and Santa will send a reply to their house. So cute! Then, Mrs. Clause made her appearnce and passed out the magical silver bells to all of the kids. She was super sweet and talked to all of the kids.Group #selfie! Thank goodness Aubrey took photos because I didn’t get many.
After we got off, they take you through the “snow” and tree lot which is super cute. Hubby and I don’t jump in front of the camera much so he got a few shots of us.Then we went to the small Christmas program where Santa comes to see all of the kids. I SO wish I would have gotten a picture of Paisley’s face after Santa walked by and touched her on the shoulder. She tried to play it all cool but her eyes were as big as silver dollars. SO STINKING CUTE. I love our girl and that this is so magical for her and soon to be Scout. On our way to pictures with Santa that we waited in line an hour for, they gave us cups of magic snow milk. Scout hated every second of stranger Santa. The photo is amazing. After pictures
our kids the adults were getting hangry so we headed over to Southlake for some Mexican food, coffee, and shopping. Zack bought me the most amazing cup of snicker doodle hot chocolate with extra cinnamon that was out of this world. The girls and I found Anthro and I picked up a couple of gifts for the girls and their ornaments for this year. I could spend a small fortune in that place.Our husbands were really great at finding the couches and keeping them warm. And I must say, super sweet and patient while we got some girl time in. I wish we did this more often. We had some really tuckered out babies so we got back on the road. The whole drive made me super thankful for the blessed friendships we have. God has been so good to us.
Sunday, we made another trip to Texas for Paisley’s friend, Stran’s, 7th birthday party. She adores these sweet boys and got to roller skate for the first time. She’s been asking for skates this Christmas so it was really nice that she was able to try them out. :) It was a fast and busy weekend but a wonderful one. I love this life and being a momma. Just wishing this childhood stage lasted longer. I’m convinced these are the best parts of a person’s life. Praying our girls always know how much joy they bring us, how much fun we have, and how much we love them. I hope you all are having a wonderful Christmas season.