Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Kershaw family Thanksgiving

This weekend we got to go down to Williamsville for our Kershaw family Thanksgiving. As luck would have it, Travis had to work a night shift the Friday before, so we came down on Saturday morning. The kids got to play for a while as the food warmed up, and then we all got to sit down to a delicious dinner. Evalee wasn't really interested in eating. She had about 4 bites of mashed potatoes before heading back to continue on with what she was doing: cooking her baby on Alex's grill. We had an afternoon filled with playing, naps (for all three members of our family), and giggles.
Grandma wanted to go to the Festival of Trees, so once all the kids were up and ready we headed out. Eva wasn't sure what to think at first. We first stopped to see Santa, and she was not interested in talking to him at all. We walked around and saw all the pretty trees and the neat gingerbread houses, but all Eva was interested in mostly was a display with a Cinderella theme, complete with a life-sized mannequin dressed as Cinderella. We visited that display a few dozen times that night and even tried to join it a few times. For some reason, her shoes seemed to be bothering her, so she excited ran around the building in just her Elmo socks. There were Christmas ornament stickers on the ground, and she was so excited to step on each of them and follow the path they created around the exhibit. As Uncle Trevor said, "She is the most independent one-year-old I've ever seen." She never turned around to even check to see that we were following her. She was on a mission.

The other highlight of the night was the train ride. It was almost a disaster, as we sat down for the ride, Eva excited squealing "Choo! Choo!" only to realize we didn't have enough seats for everyone in our group. Eva didn't understand why we were getting up and was certainly displeased as she watched the ride chug ahead without her. She made the most pathetic "chooooo choooooo" noise as we stood in line and waited for our ride to come. The wait made the ride all the more sweeter, and she quietly whispered, "Wheeeee" through a smile throughout the entire ride.

We met Grandma and Papa for lunch at Chili's before heading back home on Sunday. Eva sat pretty well for the most part, mostly because of the chips and salsa at our table. There's nothing she loves more than an opportunity for some good chip/cracker dipping.She has good taste, in my opinion, as I firmly believe Chili's chips and salsa are a small slice of the heaven that awaits us.
Grandma and Amelia

"Why hello Santa. I can be polite as long as my mom is holding me."

"...but if you think I'm just going to sit here with this guy all by myself you're crazy."

"No. I won't even look at the camera. I'm that mad."

Alex was also not jazzed about the opportunity to chat with Saint Nick.

Amelia didn't understand what the big deal was.

Nothing says "Merry Christmas" like a mug shot glare at the camera.

Eva is calculating how she can still Alex's candy cane so she has one for each hand, the way she likes it.

Alex tried to put his arms around his girls for a photo. Eva's playing hard to get.

They really know how to take a photo.

Candy canes are such a distraction.

Waiting for the choo choo

She didn't want to blink and miss it.

So, she just didn't blink.

This house totally should have won the blue ribbon. Jelly Belly chimney stones? Frosting dots on the roof? Mysterious pine cone shaped candy trees? Perfect.

A little Rapunzel love

Even the Cat was there.

This is the face I envisioned for Santa Clause, not Cinderella.

Waving to Daddy on the train

Walkin' in a winter wonderland

I so wish this would have been in focus. <sigh>

Admiring trees with Uncle Trevor

Visiting Cinderella. Again.

Trying to smuggle Uncle Trevor under her sweater. He was underage for the gingerbread section.

Pretty girl

Amelia's practically drooling for Molly's hair

3 out of 4... not bad

being silly

She was anxious to hold Amelia, despite the fact that her face suggests she doesn't realize she is, in fact, holding Amelia.

Enjoying the attention she is receiving from holding Amelia

...but now she's done with her.

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