It was a busy weekend a few weekends ago. Friday, Emery’s Daisy troop made ornaments at the YMCA for the Ronald McDonald house. They got to customize a clear ornament with all sorts of sparkles and paint. Emery’s first one didn’t turn out very good but by the second one, we had the process down pat.
Saturday before Carter’s basketball game we all went to see Santa at the clubhouse. The kids got to tell him what they wanted and we stayed for a little breakfast. That night we went downtown Naperville and had an awesome dinner with grandma and grandpa Stubler.
Santa made his annual pit stop at the Ashbury Clubhouse for breakfast and a visit with the neighborhood kids. All morning, Emery was excited to see him, but got cold feet when she saw him. We managed to sneak a high-five and get a good family picture.
Grandma and Grandpa Stubler came up for the second weekend in a row for their annual shopping weekend. We all went downtown Naperville for dinner at Rosebud, and watched the Naperville Lights Parade. We actually had two chances to be in the parade because of Boy Scouts and The Goddard School, but we opted to watch it this year. The weather was perfect!
Due to our upcoming baby arrival, we are not traveling for the holidays this year. Instead of doing our usual Davenport/Lasalle-Peru roadshow, we asked the Zaehringer family to come up for a little early Christmas weekend.
The weekend started with Carter’s holiday program at school, where him and his classmates sang a few songs together. After the program concluded, they made a craft, and had a cupcake. Then, first thing on Saturday morning, we went to Edward Hospital for sibling class for 3-4 year olds. Carter learned all the basics of taking care of his new sister. They made sure to highlight the need to not stuff legos in the babies mouth and not hold the baby up by their leg. He is going to be such a good brother. When we got home he was wrapping up his puppy in a swaddle blanket, just like they taught in class.
Immediately after class, we went to the clubhouse in our neighborhood to see Santa. The Zaehringer clan met us before we went back to our house for the afternoon. Carter had been talking about seeing Santa for days prior and was pretty excited to see him this year, but still ended up being shy when it came to sitting on his lap. He worked so hard on writing his own Christmas letter this year. Later that afternoon, the kids went outside to build snow forts and sling some snowballs around. The nice fresh 5 inches of snow was great for packing. We wrapped the weekend up on Sunday with a gift exchange for the kids and nice lunch planned by Julie. Grandma and Grandpa Wassmer stopped by so they could spread some spoils to all the grand kids.
Carter had 2 Santa encounters today! Carter’s school and our neighborhood association both had “breakfast with Santa” events this morning. I’m not really sure how Santa managed to be in two places at once, he must have some magic powers or something. There was a few more peculiar things, he magically lost 40 pounds and his beard was hanging a little different. Santa must have a magic treadmill on that magic sled that travels at magical light speed and traveling at that fast speed made his beard shift. There you go, I’ve explained it all!
As expected, Carter didn’t really enjoy Santa at all this year.