Just like any Christmas season, we had a lot of parties to go to...
First up was the ward breakfast party. The RS was in charge of it again this year; this time I specifically was asked to help with a Hot Chocolate self-serve station. The night before the party, we got all of the prep work done and ready for the party. Too bad Luke and I wouldn't get to see how it went. Late that night, Luke developed his first bout of Croup. It was so bad I had to take him to the hospital just hours before the party. I texted/called/sent Greg with instructions knowing full well that a trip to the ER meant I probably wasn't going to the party. Just like his older brother, Luke needed a little bit of medicine to calm his chest down and we spent the rest of the time being observed. We ended up leaving just as the party was over, so we went home to have our own party of rest. Greg told me later that the actual party was fun, but they were missing us.
Saturday was Greg's big family Christmas party at work. Usually, they have it on a Sunday, so we don't get to go--- and that's what we were planning. However, when we got the date in the mail, we both got excited to be able to take the kids this year. They seriously went all out; it was held in the new fitness facility. The gym had yummy treats and a huge inflatable movie screen with Christmas Classics on (it was also where the Santa line began). Outside there were drinks, lots of Christmas themed games and crafts, AND three different inflatable activities.
We decided to hit up Santa first, just in case. So, we grabbed a few bags of popcorn and joined the line. It didn't take us too long to get to the big man himself, and we have a little bit of progress this year. Jared was able to sit on his lap and tell him that he wants a tag reader; Annabelle didn't want to get hear him at first, but was able to get close for a family picture and then tell him from a far that she wants a Princess computer. And, Luke, well, like the champ baby that he is, he slept through the whole thing. After Santa, the kids each took a bunch of turns on the obstacle course; Annabelle, then, beat us all in a rousing game of Christmas Bingo.
We had a great time and I really hope that they'll continue to keep the party on Saturdays in upcoming years.
As if we didn't have enough fun on that Saturday, Greg and I had a extra special date night ahead of us. Our little group of four had a birthday date planned AND we made it extra special this time and went to The Melting Pot.
Greg & I hadn't been there for a few years, and then it was just us, so it was on this date I realized that TMP is definitely a place for a group of people. We were able to get more on the menu to try and had a little too much fun with the burner plates and stretching the cheese. It was so good and so much fun.
Like always we had a wonderful time and, like always, I'm ever so grateful for the amazing friends we have here.