Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Getting in the Christmas Spirit with a visit from the twins

 These two little girls are my youngest sister Susan's daughters, Brooksley and Audris.
They live in Kansas City but hopped a plane to come out and see their two aunties~
me and my other sister Ellen. Ellen and I were quite excited to have them visit for a week
and we made some plans for their visit.  Well as often happens things don't go as planned
and the night before they left Audris got sick with a bug, 
and then that bug hit like a domino effect
and one by one Susan and Brooksley and their dad Tim 
and my brother in law Mike all got hit.
I had planned to have a sleep over with them Sunday night, 
but NO WAY was I going into the germ tank!
So we finally decided upon a nice outdoor adventure with 
lots of fresh air at the local Christmas tree farm, Mahoneys Garden Center.
 Audris and Brooks came strapped in their car seats
 in the rental mini van~I was soooo happy to see them!
 Since they are two, we put them right into the carriages before venturing into the shop.
I brought Christmas Princess Crowns for them~
"Who wants to be a Princess???" I asked
all excitedly~and thankfully they both agreed!
 (I have waited years to have some little girls in my life,
after having 3 sons and 1 stepson).
 Brooksely and Susan entered Mahoneys to start checking out the Christmas displays
 Apparently we were late to the party as many trees had been sold, 
but I thought it still looked amazing!
Going into a Christmas shop like this really gets you in the mood~
 One vignette after another was to be found~
Brooks got her hands on a little snow ball ornament~
so of course Audris got one too.
Then their brave mother decided they could disembark the carriages
and go into the stuffed animal pen filled with arctic white animals and reindeer.
 For the life of me I could not get either of them to look at the camera~
we tried many times, but its the luck of the draw when you try snapping a two year old.
 And then it was off to see some more Christmas things...
we were going to check out Santa's animals!
 This required a raisin snack break of course...
mixed with a few goldfish for good measure.
Again, no faces looking at auntie Amy while she tries to snap~
 This is much easier to photograph~
 My two sisters led the way and I trailed behind...
the nursery was filled with greens and that wonderful balsam scent.
 An enchanting fairy garden all decked out for Christmas in a red bow~
 Outside the nursery and on the way to see the animals I tried again for a group pose...
 Finally they found the animals! 
They loved looking through the wire cage at the goats
 and the llamas....no reindeer however.
 We tried for a photo op by the huge tree by the barn.....it towered above us all. 
 Audris was practicing her smile while Brooksley was getting ants in her pants.
 And here goes Brooksley...she couldn't stand still~!
 Its lift off~!
 Shes taking Audris with her!!
 Look at them bounce!
 Hey ma~No feet on the ground~!
 And then they were off and running~!!
Yes, scenery is so much easier to take a pretty picture. 
Now it was time to go out to lunch~no photos were even attempted...
but when we came outside we sat on the bench
 while auntie Ellen visited the ladies room.
And as Susan went to snap our photo Audris just leaned over
 and gave me a soft little kiss. 
It was the sweetest thing ever and I was in heaven~!!
A wonderful moment with my god-daughter Audris.
 After our lunch Brooksley noticed the gigantic snowman in the lot next doors 
at another garden center and asked to see him~
so off we headed to visit the big white guy. 
You can see one of the girls racing into the shop ahead
 of us in her pink pants...hurry up~I had to catch her!
We bought a few things like some tiny lights and a pretty lilac poinsettia
 which I thought would look perfect in my shop.
See? Its perfect!
After the second Christmas tree farm the girls went back home
and took a long nap....because our day of fun was not over yet!
 I met Susan and the twins in the parking lot at 5 pm sharp~
as I approached them, Audris yelled to me, "Amy, is that you??" 
 I was wearing this hat and had on my eyeglasses!!
 It was just so cute to hear her little voice...
so I pulled off my hat and glasses  
confirming  that yes it was their favorite auntie!! 
 We enjoyed a night time trip to the local zoo which included 
a photo op with reindeer Holly, as well as Santa 
and his castle and a few other zoo animals. 
The entire zoo is lit up with thousands of lights and it 
is festive and childlike and wonderful for this time of year.
 Brooksley was scared but Audris bravely approached Santa as I held her hand.
Susan told me I should stay in the pic~and I am so happy I did! 
Brooksley eventual got her photo too~so proud of her!
I haven't had a photo with Santa in 50 years I think.
He never did ask me what I wanted, 
but the girls both wanted a Choo choo train.
What?? How about a doll? Or a princess castle?
That was the end to our wonderful Christmassy day~
I will always treasure our memories. 
 Today I am back in the shop getting ready for a friends and family party this week~
 Busy shipping out the custom painted moras too~
And sprucing up the shop to add a little holiday cheer!

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