Today, we went to Pearl Street to visit Santa (at long last!). The kids patiently waited in line to see him and were both able to muster the courage (actually Owen didn't have to muster at all--he was at the ready) to sit on his lap and tell him what they'd planned to tell him. Owen told him he would like "a pig that moves under the tree and a surprise in his stocking" and Zoe "a ukelele and a book that teaches how to play it".
|Zoe had to watch Owen chat with him for a bit before she felt comfortable|
As that family left, I gave the mom's arm a squeeze and told her it happens to me all the time but never from freaking SANTA. She was obviously pissed at him but kept it in for the sake of her (and all of ours actually) kids. When we got home, I couldn't help but wish I had said something in the moment. Nothing nasty or confrontational but I wish, when it became clear he was trying to "fix" his mistake, that I would have said "Okay, move on" or something but I guess in the end that would have made it worse too. *sigh*
Anyway, when we got home Owen and I finished up the gifts he is giving his preschool teachers. For some reason, thinking up teacher gifts terrifies me. I usually end up doing something lame because I can't think of anything good. It's partly because we are already spending a ton of money when we literally have none (actually we technically have negative dollars) and spending more on several people is very stressful. Don't get me wrong, the work our teachers do is worth way more money than they get paid and if I was able to, I would give them mountains of cash but...well, you know what I mean. So stressful! Somehow though, this thought popped into my head this year to make homemade brownie mix with Owen for them and I think they are going to love it (his teachers love anything and everything we and the kids are able to do, but you know).
|He helped fill the bags...|
|..and did the shakin'!|
This evening's event was called "Spiral Garden", and is intended "to illuminate our inner light and radiate it outward into the world"...yeah, I so wish we had more than one year at this school...
|The room was quiet, and as we entered, the kids sat around the advent spiral while the parents took seats behind them.|
|A story/shadow puppet show about a journey towards finding inner light and sharing it|
|As a musician played beautifully on her harp, each child got to take their own journey through the advent spiral to the middle, where they chose a crystal out of a bowl on the table. As you can see, siblings were welcome to join!|
|Nathan and I quietly laughed when Zoe's buddies got up for their turn and she loudly whispered "GOOD LUCK!!!"|
|This table was at the entrance of the school. Just lovely!|
Hope you are all able to enjoy this time of year in the way you and your family like to--happy season!