We enjoyed watching Hadley perform at the Festival of Trees this year. She joined Clayton Productions this past fall and this was her first time to show us all her new moves and songs. She looked and sounded great!
We walked around the festival after her performance and checked out some of the trees and gingerbread houses.
We didn't see as many trees this year. We went down a few of the many aisles and then went and waited in a really slow line to see this guy. And it was worth the wait. Griffin was so excited to sit on his lap. He asked for a "Star Wars bed" and was on his way.
Mia hesitated for just a second and then got right on his lap. She told him she wanted to be Rapunzel for Halloween. He was a little confused and I helped her out by explaining she wants a Rapunzel dress up for Christmas. Then she realized she had been brave long enough and started to twirl her hair and go back to her bashful self.
Hadley looks a little disappointed in this picture. I think this picture was taken right after she asked Santa for a puppy. Santa asked me what I thought about that. I told him that unfortunately we couldn't have a puppy because of her brother's severe asthma around dogs. He told her maybe she could get a puppy when she was a little older and keep it outside. Wish there was a different answer for that Christmas wish.
Morgan still loves Santa! She has simple Christmas wishes. Santa asked her what she wanted for Christmas and she said, "TOYS!!!"
Jack was not very excited about sitting on Santa's lap this year. He asked for an ipod touch for Christmas. Santa asked him how big of a memory he wanted on his ipod touch. Of course Jack asked for the biggest size since Santa seemed to be giving him a choice.
Ryan didn't know what he wanted for Christmas. I think Santa was a little surprised to have someone sit on his lap who didn't want anything for Christmas. He's now decided he'd like some Lego architecture stuff.
Nan and Papa happened to be in town and were able to go to the Festival of Trees with us and watch Hadley perform.
I was so happy to find this tree ("Braver than you Believe") at the festival. Such a beautiful tribute to Kristen. She passed away this past summer after fighting Leukemia 4 different times in her 24 years of life. She was so brave through it all. Morgan stopped to check out this tree and while I was taking this picture she grabbed the Pooh Bear under the tree and gave it a great big hug. The worker wasn't too happy about it but I think Kristen was smiling as she watched Morgan love her tree and Pooh Bear and that she was more than happy to share her Pooh Bear with Morgan.
If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together.. there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart.. I’ll always be with you.
-- Winnie the Pooh
-- Winnie the Pooh