A new experience for our Christmas season. Renee suggested that we join them in checking out the Anoka Lights. They are held at the Anoka county fairground (which we HAVE been to, of course). So the Friday it opened we headed out in our winter gear to check it out.
There were snacks and live music to experience, a hay ride and Santa who we didn’t stand in line for. We were there for the lights.
Though we did snag some snacks.
They were lovely, though I think the train set you could view from a window was Echo’s favourite.
It was worth the drive. And afterward we headed back to our house for some company and a light dinner. A wonderful end to the week!
I swear we have made a tradition out of seeing Santa multiple times. First was an early trip with the Schwartz family to their Santa display of choice at a local mall. I splurged and bought a package and the online print. So you can see it first hand right here below.
Much like Macy’s Santa trips of previous years we headed to Culver’s after for dinner with our friends. It is a little sad that Macy’s closed down but this Santa experience was excellent none the less.
Of course I took some before pictures. Not every day we get these 5 so nicely dressed. Gavin wore the blue shirt and Zander the cream. Enjoy!
Our other established (as in 3 years now) tradition is the YMCA Santa. They really do do an enjoyable evening with cookies and crafts and a bouncy house. Not to mention a movie in the activity center and the chance to see Santa and Mrs. Claus they gave out books this year!
This year we met up with our homeschool buddies. But since they wanted to see Santa and then eat we came early to play around. After all there was lots to do. Trinity and Echo both had their hands painted by Trinity’s drawing teacher Mr. Eddy.
The boys, who were not in the frilly wear were able to spend some time in the bouncy house. We also picked up some reindeer food and tried out the non paint related crafts.
After Santa, who was amazing… as usual. A thanks to Aimee for taking a group picture for us…
We went to Culver’s for dinner. All in all TWO great evenings seeing Santa with good friends!
April holds Trinity’s birthday. And spring. Both worth celebrating. Don’t forget Easter and sunshine and Grandma’s visit. Wow was April ever a fun one! AND a lot of it you already know… Click on the words above that will bring you to each event.
Easter display at church
Trinity had her first Communion class.
We had a super special opportunity to try out a local put put golf place that was closing down after decades of service. Renee and Christopher had gone there, and I think Ken as a child. So it was a fun way to get our kids in on something they remembered. Even though it was rather cold.
Renee lining up her shot.
We went from the golf course to a soda shop. Not just any soda shop: Blue Sun Soda & Sweets where Renee spoiled the kids with letting them chose one soda each!!
And then time to hang out at the Schwartz’s. With Mystro and all!
With their sodas!
We have been trying really hard to make Friday night a weekly date night for Ken and myself. Not only to get out for a nice and quiet meal, but to spend quality time on us. This is AFTER my Friday night workout class, so it has been fun to work really hard and then shower and come out pretty and ready for fun.
Ready for class
We have taken full advantage of our time at the YMCA as usual.
And continued our trend of watching our godson kick butt in soccer on weekends.
Trinity has been playing with her camera, and other lovely gifts.
April has been a regular month of school, of course. With lots of completions to celebrate.
Aimee (fellow homeschool mom) and I made it out to a major textile garage sale and found some gems. We rode bikes and visited the local park. Found some early spring flowers. Of course I snuck in some crafty time.