Meeting Santa!

Meeting Santa!

Silver Dollar City sold tickets for a Santa Lunch, and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for our Santa visit. And I was right! It was PERFECT.

We got our food and sat down…and the big man showed up. Remi was SO excited!


Santa talked to the kids, recited the Night Before Christmas and then he told the REAL Christmas Story from the Bible. I LOVE that Santa talks about that.

They went around getting each table up one at a time. Thankfully, we had a great closer seat, so we didn’t wait long.  They didn’t rush you at all. Remi was pumped to meet Santa.


She knew what she wanted to ask Santa for- a  “big giant” Peppa Pig House- and she was so ready to tell him that she didn’t want to him to ask her what she wanted. She said “Santa, can I have a big Peppa Pig house?” Hahaha So bold of her!


She also got to meet the elf and the penguin.


This lunch was one of the reasons I love SDC.  Not ashamed to talk about God. Small enough for personal attention.  Laid back and personal- everyone spoke to every kid. And great food!

Silver Dollar City!

Silver Dollar City!

The main reason we went to Branson was to visit Silver Dollar City for Christmas!

We LOVE SDC. Remi talks about it alllll the time. And the city is just magic at Christmas.

We got there when it opened and walked around for a few minutes killing time at the front of the park before lunch.

We hit up the Wilderness Church, where Remi and I looked at the hymnals.


The Christmas decor is so cute! (Also spy that rock candy that the grandmas bought her! ALLLLL the sugar at SDC).


We had lunch with Santa (more on that tomorrow), and then we played. Remi wanted to go play at Fireman’s Landing. She loves the big ball room (and I feel like this is where we caught the flu…more on that later).

But it was fun, nonetheless.


And PRAISE BE, she was FINALLY 36 inches, which meant she could ride almost allll the rides (thanks to a pair of tennis shoes with a thick light up sole ha!).

Her favorite ride were these little swings. She rode them time and time again.  The park did get very busy at dark, but during the day, she could exit and walk right back around and get on again without waiting.



They had a fun meet and greet with Bumble from Rudolph. She loves anyone in a mascot or costume. No fear.


We also had to get a cookie on our way out of meeting Bumble (they are smart…we didn’t buy a photo but we DID buy a cookie!) and decorate it.  And of course, she picked blue icing!


Which resulted in this blue face for the rest of the day. ha!

This was us on the big elephants.  She got a little scared up high, but I was proud of her being so brave (and I was also loving that she was choosing to ride with momma).


But she also got to ride some with Gigi (poor Gigi in these tiny frogs!)


Snuggling her new Pikachu that daddy won her playing a game.


I was SO HAPPY to see her loving rides after crying on rides in Spring and Summer.


And then Mimi got to ride the butterflies with her.  She didn’t want to make her butterfly “fly” in the sky much, but she liked pressing the button for a second to make it bump.  Poor mom was so bumpy from the ride! ha!


She LOVES the talking bear shooting gallery.  This feels like someday soon they may put something in that makes more money for the park, so I’m afraid someday this will be just a memory. I had to take a picture. She LOVES to shoot all the things and watch them move and talk.


We caught the Christmas parade from a great spot. Remi loved watching everyone come by, but she did ask where the candy was. She’s used to our hometown parades throwing candy. ha!


After the parade, we caught the puppet show. Girl LOVES puppets, and this cute show let the kids on stage. She was RIGHT up front.


And then they got to stand up and dance. She was a big fan!


It was getting late and cold, so we hit the candy shop and then the big Christmas tree at the entrance.  Then we headed back to our condo.  Such a fun day together!


Looking a Lot Like Christmas

Looking a Lot Like Christmas

After church one evening, we decided to take advantage of a little free time and went looking for Christmas lights.  Our little town has a drive thru display at the park. Remi loves unbuckling and riding around.

Her biggest reaction was the firetruck!


They also have a great tunnel of lights, so we had to get out and run through it!  Remi did several laps running up and down through the laps. We loved it!


It’s been SO FUN to have Cousin Caitlyn (KK) here for college. We were glad she could join us for the lights!


We also stopped by a house that had an amazing light display set to music.  We watched like 4 songs that were all different. It was SO cool. Remi LOVED this.  she kept finding new things- “Look!  There’s Santa!  Look!  A star!  Oh I see baby Jesus!”  Since it was a Wednesday night, nothing was busy and it was so fun to just sit and watch.


Remi also wanted to pose by the tree with her “not spicy” candy cane.  She finds peppermint “spicy” so I bought her a fruit one at a store downtown. She was SO excited.


Final Christmas Celebrations

Final Christmas Celebrations

We had a couple more family Christmas gatherings this past weekend, and we had a good time visiting with everyone. And Remi got even more presents, which she was pumped about. I desperately need to organize/clean because I’m getting overwhelmed at all the stuff in our house.  But we will get there.

We had Tyler’s dad’s family Christmas, and they totally went overboard on the kids. There was a mound of gifts, but it was fun to watch them open stuff.  Remi loved this little hamper, but as a hat/cage? haha we all laughed at her doing this.


She got to play with a second cousin, Bretli. She’s a year older and the girls were so cute together.


On Sunday, we drove an hour or so away to meet up with my Aunt Bobby and Uncle Jerry.  I love them. My dad had several sisters, but Aunt Bobby was the only one I got close to.  I’ve been to stay with them a bunch and just love them. Remi did too.

They gave her a sweet baby doll, and more than anything, Remi just loved making them laugh.


When we got home from the drive, Remi needed to burn off some energy. She had been a VERY good girl at the family gatherings- so we let her go crazy outside.  It was a gorgeous 60-degree day, so we played and jumped and ran a ton. I love her wild spirit!


We totally enjoyed our holiday season, but there’s something nice about returning to “normal.”  Looking forward to that as well!