Sunday, November 30, 2008

Gaylord Texan

Oh boy...if you thought October and November had a lot of of FFF episodes (Forced Family Fun, of course) then just wait until you see our December pics. With my birthday, four other other family member's birthdays all in late November/December, and's a miracle we are standing at the end of the holiday season. But that's what that season of Christmas is all about, right? Spending time with each other. As a parent, it's so hard not to get wrapped up in the consumerism of the holiday season and give your children all they could want and more but I remember that I never felt like I went without growing up. I certainly did not get everything that I wanted especially those years that my mom was a single mom with three before she married my amazing dad who adopted me. I'm constantly questioning if what I'm doing is right and if I'm setting a good example for my boys and what I want them to remember about Christmas. So as I grudgingly put things back on the shelf in the store , I tell myself that what they have is enough. It's ironic that as much fun as I make of these triple F outings...those are the things that my boys (and I) will remember.

So...Christmas FFF #1-Gaylord Texan

This place is amazing. It's a winter wonderland even for adults. The trees, lights, gingerbread's like you're at the North Pole. We waited of course to see Santa Claus and after about 30 minutes in line, we get to the front. Nolan (no big surprise after the Easter Bunny episode) is terrified. The sweat is starting to happen as everyone is staring and ready for their turn in line. Nolan is clinging to Justin for dear life like we're about to put him in scalding water. So Santa says, "Hey there give me a high five." And just like that, Santa and Nolan were BFF (best friends forever). He was sitting on his lap and telling him all about his wish list.

Grandma and Granddad waiting to see Santa

Yes, that is Nolan licking the candy cane. Hey, we were by the gingerbread all looked too yummy to resist!
Here we are by the gingerbread house
Nolan by the decorations with Mrs. Claus and the real live reindeer (we took those pictures last year)
Here we come Santa!


  1. We are planning to go there this Friday and have never been....thanks for sharing! FFF-I love it! That's sounds exactly us. Baby Ben has that same Christmas outfit as Campbell and my birthday is in Dec.too:)))
    We are so much alike it's scary!!

  2. www.cartwrightfam.blogspot.comDecember 2, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    We went last week for my Birthday and LOVED it! Cody kept licking the ice! I have pictures to post but haven't gotten around to it yet.
    I totally know what you're saying about Christmas and gifts for the kids! I've finally told myself - NO MORE! Cody doens't know the difference and if I set a good example now of not over-doing it, it will be easier in the future!! I keep reminding myself that giving them everything, isn't always the best thing for them!!



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