we met up with our friends at the mall to see santa. and see him is all we did -- i wasn't about to drop any cash to put jack on santa's lap, when judging by the past two years i knew he'd go ballistic. so instead we accompanied our friends through santa's workshop and then headed downstairs for lunch. this picture of jack, rose & emery makes me smile every time i see it. such cute little BFFs!!
luckily, our ward had a christmas party complete with "special visitor" so i could get my santa shot for free. it went about as expected.
there are SO many fun christmas things to do in seattle, we couldn't even fit them all in this year due to other commitments -- and oh yeah, being pregnant & tired. (woe is me ;) after the ward party we brought a babysitter home with us and skipped out to another, adults-only party full of video game industry peeps (plus DELISH jalapeno jelly + ham popovers, my new obsession)...and ended up chatting with the president of nintendo. not a bad night, not a bad night at all. anyway, one new thing we tried this year was snowflake lane in bellevue. fake snow, drumming toy soldiers, all sorts of festivities and of course the perennial holiday favorite -- crowds. not sure i'll ever need to do that again.
jack and i hopped over to pike place market one day to do a little shopping. it is so festive for the holidays!
we celebrated christmas a little early by opening up presents from b's family before we left. b's incredible wood-working grandpa built jack this amazing airplane! he loooves it.
** disclaimer: jack has developed the endearing and oh-so-annoying habit of making silly faces whenever you ask him to smile. you will notice this trait in many of the following posts. please enjoy the entertainment. **
it has been so fun to decorate and celebrate the holidays in our new home! don't mind the jersey...or the face. (i told you.)