Wednesday, November 25, 2009

It's here.

The holiday season.
It's officially here.

One of our traditions is to go to Silver Dollar City every year.
It is just beautiful!
They put up over 4 million lights!
Good Morning America called it one of the best light displays in the nation.
I agree.
So last weekend we headed to Missouri.

They do a fabulous version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

We had our very own "Tiny Tim" in the audience.

At the end of the play it "snows" on stage.
And then on the audience too!
It's bubble suds, but it looks like snow. It's so fun to watch the kids go nuts!

I love the rustic signs all over the park.

There's also a light parade after dark.

The kids can meet Santa and he tells them the true story of Christmas.
I've never seen another Santa do that!
He thanks them for sitting on his lap, asks what they'd like, and then begins talking about "Once, long long ago, a baby was born. A very special baby. His name was Jesus and he came to save the world.
We give gifts to honor Him and celebrate His birthday."
The wait for Santa is always long, but because he tells each kid the true story, it's well worth it.
The awe on the kids' faces is so touching.

SDC makes the best hot chocolate
I asked them once what they do to make it so insanely good and the lady told me I don't really want to know all the details.
But it involves lots of butter, heavy cream, and Ghirardelli chocolate.

The next day we went to Bass Pro and The Baby got to meet "Christmas."
That's what he calls Santa.
He sat on Christmas' lap and got a candy cane.

I came face to face with a bear.

The Baby snuggling with Papa in his "yee-haw boy hat.".

And my sweet little niece.
Remember her?
Now she looks just like Betty Boop.

On a personal note, I feel very out of the loop.
I haven't had any time lately to surf blogs or comment like I want.
My business is going extremely well and keeping me so busy!
It's nearly a full time job just keeping up with supplies.
That's a good problem to have.
I'm sure it will slow down after Christmas and I'll be able to connect with all of you a bit more.
I apologize for being so selfish lately.

And I have big news coming up too. Big exciting news.
Happy Thanksgiving!!


Elisa Seaba said...

between your niece and your little guy's big eyes there is just WAY too much cuteness going on in this post!! The fact that Santa at SDC tells each child the true meaning is one of the most awesome things...that was one thing that i just loved this summer while visiting was watching a magic show and listening to him give the plan of salvation out for the whole crowd...awesome!

Jaime said...

Love this post...and cannot wait to hear what the big news is!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! :)

The Sieberts said...

are you pregnant? ;) just kidding!
your niece is ADORABLE. LOVE love love that hair!!!

Jenny @ Practically Perfect... said...

That looks like so much fun :-) Happy Thanksgiving!

Erica said...

pregnant??? ;) LOL

and i just fell in love with the santa at SDC. what a great way to bring the two worlds of christmas together and remind our kids what the real meaning is!

Unknown said...

Can't wait for that news! LOVE YOUR PERSONAL TINY TIM!

carissa... brown eyed fox said...

hAppY Thanksgiving to YOU and the fam!

BIG hugs... lots of love!!!

Ruth said...

Too much cuteness! And it blows my mind that Santa talks about Jesus... tooooo cool!

You guys sure know how to do the holiday season huh! :)

Allen and Debby Graber said...

You should get paid for the promoting you do! That sounds like a neat place to go once our kids get a little older! Your little one looks just like Tiny Tim! And how cool it is that Santa gives the true message of the season! Love it!

Jody said...

So funny-hubby and I were just talking at lunch today that we had heard this was the best time of year to go to Silver Dollar City. We have never gone and it looks like so much fun!

So many crazy cute pictures in this post!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Marlene said...

Ohhhh . . . I wish we lived somewhere even remotely near SDC - what a rad Santa!
Time to go and bake some pumpkin pies :)
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Christina said...

Sweet pics of your kids!
I wanted to tell you that in light of what you said about how busy you are that I appreciate all the more the time you take to stop by my blog whenever you do and comment. It means a lot!
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sara said...

your niece?
how is it that you don't kidnap her??

Maple Memories said...

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! Don't feel bad, I just blogged for the first time in almost a MONTH!! Seriously, where is the time going!? Can't wait to hear the news!!!

rentz said...

Happy thanksgiving! You're little niece is as cute as ever.

jonahbonah said...

i love all these pics!

i can't wait to hear the news....i'm off to twitter to see if i can't get it outta ya first! *mean laugh* Ha HA HA

j said...

Oh my goodness Beki - the pictures! They are wonderful!

I hope that you and yours have had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Be blessed!

Melinda said...

Very much fun--the kids are adorable.

Hope your day was great!


Amanda said...

Beki, I love these pics! We are at my parents in Ozark, MO (where Lamberts is) RIGHT NOW and my dad works at Bass Pro in Springfield, so we're headed there tomorrow! I'm hoping we'll make it to SDC too...I've never been at this time of year, but now that my parents are here, I'm sure we will have TONS of fun memories in the future!

It looks like you guys had a blast!

kraftykash said...

What a great post! Im so glad that life is treating you well. Your kids look so happy. Thanks for reminding me what to be thankful for. :)

Laura Marchant said...

Oh my goodness that last picture melts my heart!

Autumn said...

Stumbled upon your blog looking for flipped homes. I'm glad you enjoyed your trip. My father was in the Nativity at SDC if you saw it. Both my mother and father work there at the city.