“Ho Ho Ho, what would you like from Santa?” Santa asks Kaya.
“Ummm…” she whispers, fingers in her mouth, “glowing rocks”
The next night we meet my brother and sister-in-law for our annual Christmas meet-up. Usually we head to the Stanley Park Brite Nights but this year I’m feeling like a change, as is everyone and check out the VanDusen Festival of Lights. So happy we did. We all, the girls included, loved it. Lights, lights to music, lights in mazes, and a super Santa!
Does anybody else agree that there are just too many Santa visit opportunities these days? We could not escape Santa. As such, we just about ditched out on the VanDusen Santa. Luckily we stuck around because this was no ordinary sit on Santa’s lap, tell what you want, get a candycane visit. Santa sang and danced! Santa told jokes! Oh my Kaya, how she giggled at the jokes! “How do the elves get to the top floor of the toy factory?”
“The ‘elf’evator!” This is pure brilliance to the 5-7 year old set! Great Santa, great night!
The next day we head back to the city to meet up with Bal’s sister and family. On the way, we stop off at the Community, by donation, day at the Britannia Mine museum. It’s freezing out but the girls and daddy pan for gold and go into the mountain and play with the big trucks while I scour the gift shop for ‘glowing rocks’ and other fun stuff. Success!
Off to Langley we go to watch the girls cousin play Ringette. So much fun to watch and so inspiring for the girls to see all these big girls kicking ass on the ice! After we head out for a big family dinner where the highlight is funny face competitions. Oh how my girls adore their big cousins!
Sunday arrives and we decorate our tree. I always have too high of expectations for this ritual so let all those go this year. Kaya is a big help and we get it done without all the pressure for it to be a magical moment. A happy one, yes, magic, no. Which this year I accept. Yay!
Perhaps we have been going a bit hard on this, our busiest weekend of the season by far, for on Sunday Brennyn wakes up sick and miserable. I am feeling the starts of something too so B and I opt out of the house party that day, curl up on the couch and watch cartoons, read books and cuddle all day long. Heaven! Well, besides the boogers…
So very grateful for all the fun and family this weekend and grateful too to finish it off at home snuggling my girl. Balancing the celebrations of the season!