Ella Brooke is BLOOMING...and Carter is too!

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Monday, December 17, 2012


We saw Santa a few different times this season...
First we saw him at a special breakfast with Santa at Chick-Fil-A restaurant.
 Carter was very excited to tell him his LIST!
Ella was hesitant so Daddy got in the picture with her.

Even the elf cow was there!
It was a fun morning with a yummy breakfast!
We also saw Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Lenexa Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
I convinced Ella to sit on Mrs. Claus' lap...but as you can see she was still not happy!

They also have a "Secret Shop" where the kids can go in with a few dollars and buy gifts for others.
Carter went in and bought for Ella and Ella went in and bought for him. Then they shopped together for Mommy and Daddy. They came out with four wrapped gifts.
They (especially Carter) were so excited! He remembered this from last year and couldn't wait!
We went and listened to the HTCS (our school) choir!
It was fun to see so many familiar faces. My kids sat front and center on the floor.

They loved watching the choir.

Then we saw Santa at a breakfast at church.
The breakfast was yummy!

Carter was happy to pose for a picture with Santa, but not Ella.
She did wave at him and tell him (from a few steps away) that she wanted a princess and Hello Kitty.

We also got to decorate sugar cookies at the church breakfast.

Carter had fun with all the goodies to decorate the cookie.
 Last, we saw Santa at the Bass Pro Shop.

 We rode on the carousel while we waited for our turn to see Santa.
Ella rode a moose.

Carter rode a reindeer.
Ella also jumped on this! She told me to take a picture of her. :)
She knows I always have my camera on me.

We also made some fun ornaments.
Carter with a snowman.

Ella standing by Santa's Mailbox.
Then, it was our turn to see Santa...

Ella was not so sure she wanted to sit on his lap...

Carter was happy to take a picture with Santa.
Ella refused to get in with Santa...so rather than not have a picture
 we all jumped in and took a family picture with Santa.

 Ella was crying the entire time.

 We rode the carousel one last time, made a quick stop to see the fish and headed home.

We love Santa! We hope Ella warms up to him before next year.

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