As promised here is a run down of our weekend. Friday Emily wanted to do a small Christmas pageant in Springtown. I arranged to leave work early, and she was so excited she could hardly stand herself. She had text me at three thirty at work asking me if I had left yet, I replied, and told her to calm down. The little girl loves softball, but she very much loves girly things too. So we packed up Jude, and packed up Em, and headed an hour away. Emily just lit up when she hit the stage, and I knew she had an amazing time. On the way home she said "Mommy thank you for driving me so far, and for making this happen for me". Argh, my heart just melted because she finally got to do something that she really wanted to do, and just for her. Here are some pictures, my camera is a bit shotty right now so forgive the quality.
Oh, did I mention she won? Yep, the whole thing!!!
I think she was rather excited because once we got home I found about 6 shots of the below pose on the camera, she was snapping pictures in the back of the car. I think she would have worn the tiara to bed if I had let her. In addition to Emily having a fabulous time, Jude also ate and are while we were at the function.
As mentioned before, Saturday we decided to have family day, and to get out and do something in the Christmas spirit. Therefore, we decided to take the kids to see Santa..........at the mall.........REALLY? So we drove up, and I was immediately annoyed with the amount of people flowing throughout the parking lots. We drove around for fifteen minutes, and couldn't find any parking, and Mike was laughing at my frustration. I looked at him and said "Let's just GO, let's find something else to do", and he replied "Aw honey did the mall suck out all your ho ho ho's and candy canes?". After I died laughing we then settled on walking through the Gaylord Texan hotel, and what a fabulous idea that was!!! They have a plethora of free events in the hotel, and it's decorated to the nines. We spent several hours just looking at everything, and the only money we spent was on lunch. Jude was fascinated with all the lights, and Emily seemed to have a good time too. Also, Jude ate like a champ while we were there, and ending up eating 32 ounces on Saturday!!
On Saturday night when we got home from the hotel I learned that one of my readers, and a friend was not going to have a normal Christmas. I had posted about her this weekend, and so Em and I planned to get up Sunday and go shop for them. I woke up with a killer headache, and neck ache, but we still packed up our stuff and went. Emily and I had decided that since we just made a large amount of Smile Boxes, we would use the rest of the money to provide Christmas for a needy family. When we got back from the store we wrapped up all the gifts, labeled them from Santa, and made stockings too. We stuffed the bag full of the gifts, but still needed another bag to house some more.
So the living room has gifts for the family with five children, and the dining room has smile boxes. I am hoping Em sees the true meaning of Christmas in our two rooms.
I am very thankful that Jude is eating so well, and I hope that this is the new trend.
Ps. Don't forget to visit Emily's Blog. She said she is trying to help the siblings of special needs kids. http://lifefromakidspointofview.blogspot.com/