Monday, January 19, 2015

A perfectly Frozen day

Last Thursday morning, something special was in the air.  Was it excitement?  Anticipation?  I couldn't quite put my finger on it.  Then as I walked outside to go to work, it hit me.


Snow hit me.  In the face.  It was the day of the Cloud 9 Frozen Fan Party, and it was snowing.  Elsa, the Snow Queen, was going to be in our store, and snow was in the air!  I could barely believe it.

The store was buzzing with excitement from the time the doors opened.  We had a packed house and the children seemed very excited to see Elsa and Anna.  Of course, much like Santa, most of the kids took some time to warm up to them.

Everyone came dressed as their favorite Frozen character.  I even saw and heard a few dresses that sang!  Yes, you heard right, singing dresses.

Anna and Elsa sang, too.  Anna sang "For the First Time in Forever" and, of course, Elsa sang "Let It Go."  As they sang, I watched the faces of the children.  They were in awe.  I don't even know if they blinked!

Elsa invited the crowd to sing along on "Let It Go."  It sounded like everyone in the room knew all the words to that one, including the parents.  I know Lee South knew every word to "Let It Go."  He wasn't singing very loudly, but he didn't miss a single verse.

Of course, we also had Frozen treats, and did we mention it snowed???  What a perfect day.

I've already received emails from friends letting me know their daughters were talking about meeting Elsa and Anna for days after the event.  Who knows, we may have to invite another Disney princess to Cloud 9.

All event  photos can be found on our Facebook page.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Most Wonderful Day of the Year

I have always loved Christmas, but I have to tell you - this past Christmas may have been my best EVER.  Celebrating with those I love most, including both of my precious children, was the best gift I could have received

Emma was finally at the age where she was starting to understand and really enjoy Christmas.

Throughout the month of December, we had evening dance parties at our house.  Her favorites were "Jingle Bells" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."  She would stand on the hearth of our fireplace (her 'stage') where she would sing along with us while dancing and ringing her bells.

We also loved looking at lights.  I think we saw all the lights Decatur possibly has to offer!  If we happen to be driving while it was dark outside, she would tell us that she wanted to look at lights.  So of course that's what we did!  We also took her to Galaxy of Lights in Huntsville.  I strongly recommend this to any family.  She was in absolute amazement.

We tried explaining the Christmas Story (The Birth of Jesus) to her, but I'm not sure she is quite old enough to get the importance just yet.  Although she talks a lot about Baby Jesus, so maybe she understands more than we know.  It helped that our family was asked to light the fourth candle in our advent wreath at church, which was an honor.  Emma loved that!

She also talked about Santa all.the.time.  She would point at him on billboards when driving by.  She talked about wanting to see him at Cloud 9, but then explained that she only wanted to see him and she did NOT want to sit in his lap.  Haha!  That was obvious when she came to see him.  Even though she cried, the next day she was already talking about seeing him again.  I laugh just thinking about it. Love that girl!

When we asked Emma what she wanted Santa to bring her, the answer was always TWO baby dolls.  Not one, not three, but exactly two.  Don't worry, even though she didn't sit on Santa's lap to tell him, we made sure to pass the message along to the big guy.

We started our Christmas celebrations with Sage's parents (AA and G-Daddy) the night before Christmas Eve.  Emma really enjoyed passing out the gifts and helping everyone open their gifts.  That's when I knew that Christmas morning was going to be wonderful!  It didn't hurt that Santa delivered Bitty Twins while we were there.

On Christmas Eve, we hit the road to my Mom's (Momma G) house in Mississippi.  We enjoyed our candlelight service at the church in which I was raised, before returning to my mom's house to share a delicious dinner and cocktails with several close family friends.

After dinner, it was time to get Emma and Baby Sage ready for bed so that Santa could visit.  We put mil and cookies out, and even left some popcorn for the reindeer.  Once the children were in bed (and we had made sure Emma was asleep), it was time for the adults to get to work!

Luckily we had already put everything together and sent it home with my Mom when she came to visit for Thanksgiving.  However we did still have to put her Bitty crib together - the twins needed somewhere to sleep!  Since my husband and my brother's girlfriend are both engineers, we left them in charge of putting that together.  My brother took on the task of eating the cookies and drinking the milk.  Like he said, it was a tough task, but someone had to do it!

When Emma woke up Christmas morning and saw all the toys, she was a little taken aback that they were for her.  I think she was also slightly confused that Santa had come to Momma G's house and left them, but that didn't stop her from tearing into the paper as she unwrapped her gifts.

I enjoyed watching her excitement and her face light up with each gift.  Poor Baby Sage, he didn't have a clue what was going on!  This year, he was just along for the ride.  But don't worry, Santa came to see him, too.  We spent the rest of our Christmas day in our PJ's playing with toys.  Well, except for that afternoon nap EVERYONE took.

It was the most wonderful day, during the most wonderful time of the year.  I hope you enjoyed your Christmas as much as I did.