Pretty soon the lure of Santa's Village will wane for our little girls. Over all the times we have visited in the past eight years, I don't think I've ever seen a child over the age of 10.
So we are making the most of it while we can. It's always a fun adventure for us.
After many, many years the original snowman has been replaced. I like this one. Everyone looks so sweet and innocent but what you can't see is the before where everyone jostled for position and Elodie got left out.
Truth be told, this is what Santa's Village is all about for Ingrid and the reason she will never out of it. She loves making her own soap.
Girls are expensive!
After shelling out a small fortune for the glittered soap, I played a nasty, nasty trick on Derek.
At some point during the soap making, Derek took Danica's red and white polka dot hat and put it on top of his own head, over his baseball hat. When he does stuff like that it drives me crazy. He thinks it's funny. I think it's stupid.
So... we finish up the soaps, pay for our purchases and head outside. At that point I told the girls to all get their hats on again because it was very bright and sunny. Elodie found her's and put it on. Danica could not find her's anywhere. Knowing full well it was right up there on Derek's head, I told him she must have left it inside the store and told him to go in and look for it. Obedient like he is, he went back in the store and started looking around and eventually asked the cashiers if they had seen a red and white hat. They apparently looked at him like he was some kind of idiot and told him there was one on his head.
He came outside the store with his face as red as the hat that was on his head.
The girls and I were busting our sides laughing!
He's such a good sport, though. He laughed right along with us... once he got over the embarrassment.
D is for Danica! D is also for difficult in case anyone was wondering...
Elodie refused to get in this picture. She had a bit of a meltdown and started running away from us. Someone had the nerve to come up to me and ask me if she had "special needs". That smile on my face is 100% fake. Inside I was beating myself up for not have a better response than just an icy "no".
Believe it! Ingrid is eating more pizza!!!
More fighting over who got to sit where. Obviously this time Danica lost the battle.
E is for Elodie!
The other thing that keeps drawing Ingrid back to Santa's Village - the Yule Log Flume ride! She loves it! I don't get it.
Blue cotton candy was here.
I is for Ingrid!
We waited in a long line to see Santa. This was the first year we've ever been able to get in and, as if on cue, Elodie refused to come in.
There's a blacksmith shop in the village and everyone goes there to get a little ring. This is our first time getting the rings.
This little one just about broke my heart! She marched right up to the counter with Ingrid by her side for protection and held out her tiny little hand for the blacksmith to measure for just the right fit. She took the ring and came running back to me and reverently said "I keep it ever!" And then, a minute later "Mom! Dis is a special ring! I keep it in my bed and on my counter (meaning her dresser)!" Well... right there in the middle of Santa's amusement park I lost it. So innocent. So precious.
Even my super shy little Elodie went in for her own special ring.
Another carousel. The background blur is a metaphor for how I felt much of the day.
After a long, long time wandering around the park it was finally time for the water park.
Can you find Elodie and Danica in this picture below? We were waiting for Derek and Ingrid to do the giant slides. There was a very looooong line-up.
And that's it for Santa's Village 2016. Stay tuned for SV 2017!