You can read a few posts down about why Im listing all the good parts of our day. Its not to brag, its to battle self-condemnation and be thankful for all the wonderful aspects of being a mother to 4 young children!
So I didnt blog about Sunday. oh dear. Church that morning was awesome, we felt so loved and welcomed back after sickness had kept us away. It was restoring to my soul, so beautiful to worship with the Church. Then that evening we went to a Christmas performance. We went with friends but Steve had to work. Lets just say .... not so good. The kids were a little restless, the people in front of us got rude and I left. We all cried all the way to the car. I told them Id never take them anywhere again, etc. Not pretty. But we took our evening back - got home, had dinner they love (quesadillas and apples), baked some gingerbread cookies (shout out to Immaculate Baking Co) and watched Elf. We were happy again, laughed, and ended the night well. Im proud of that. and thankful.
Yesterday was another great day (thank you Jesus! these days are water to our parched souls) In the evening we drove to Grapevine to see "Journey to Bethelehem". We had to wait quite a bit and the kids were very well behaved. The actual "Journey" was way more real than I expected - hiking in the dirt over small hills, over a bridge, etc. in the pitch black night. Roman guards rode up on horses and checked our papers, and they had real camels, sheep and donkeys. They had a very realistic Bethlehem marketplace set up.... it was really neat. The kids loved the bunnies.It was COLD but the big boys especially had a blast. We ended the night with hot chocolate, popcorn and playing in their playscape. Super fun memories :) We got to bed late but its ok!
We have always been honest with our kids that Santa isnt real. We tell them about Saint Nicholas and how some families pretend Santa for fun and we should never ruin it, etc. But sweet Caleb is really thinking it all over this year. He keeps asking if Santas real, "just tell me the truth mom". I always tell him he's not but there is so much in our culture that says he is, that he asks again lol. He is so sweet and sincere. I just love his tender heart.
Pictures coming soon. These posts are boring without pictures :)