Santa Days, a local craft fair that allows children to go shopping for their parents was held on Saturday morning in our little town. Our church youth group also hosted a lunch and bake sale as fundraiser at the event. We took the girls for lunch and for their first ever meeting of “Santa Claus”. Elizabeth does not really know or understand much about Santa other than from her Veggie Tales DVD that tells the story of St. Nicholas. But I told her before our visit to Santa Days that Santa would ask her what she wanted for Christmas and she would need to tell him. So we practiced. And I said “What do you want for Christmas?” And with out missing a beat, she said “A pink hissmiss tree!” That would be a pink Christmas tree. When Nathan walked up with her to meet
a local volunteer that looked nothing remotely like Santa, E shyed from sitting on his lap. But she still told him…she wanted a pink Christmas tree. Thankfully, I checked in with Santa. The elves are making a pink Christmas for our girl. And Santa delivers pink Christmas trees by Christmas Day with free shipping included.
Miss Anika was dressed to be Santa’s helper. And of course she took it in all in stride, sitting on the big guy’s lap. I think she secretly told Santa she would like some peace and quiet and for her sister to quit tickling her.
But that won’t be happening anytime soon.
Anika enjoys her few quiet moments daily with her most favorite thing…a green nuk. She has decided over the past few nights that she should go back to her old ways of sleeping through the night. And her parents agree. Along with two hour plus afternoon naps, Anika has slept in 9-10 hour stretches for the last three of four nights. Sleep is a beautiful gift that not even Santa can deliver.
Big brother Hunter was a road warrior again this weekend. He played in a Friday night game and two Saturday games in Fargo. His team went 2-1 and earned 3rd place. Gpa Fred and Mama Jane met me along the way on Friday afternoon and were so helpful to get Hunter to his games. Auntie Lori was able to see a game also in Fargo since she was there for another event. Hunter is creating quite a fan club. He earned a couple of accolades this weekend which he will humbly tell you about if he is asked. We are proud of our basketball playing boy. It is a lot of miles, road time and commitment from our entire family to get him where needs to be. But it is a great opportunity that he does not have otherwise in our little part of the prairie. It is rewarding to see his hard work pay off with success. Seeing the excitement and happiness he finds in playing makes the road trips all worth it. Now with a few weeks off from road tripping for tournaments, Hunter will be home to quickly help me wrap some presents and get our home ready to host our family Christmas in just ten days! And hopefully Santa gets that pink Christmas tree here in time.