From there we went to lunch - which was not good. The food was bad and the service was not good enough to make up for the food. But, we didn't let that get us down - we were off to sit on Santas lap! We went to the Pinnacle Hills Promenade this year. We went here when Noah was 6 months old and had a great experience so we wanted to try again. We only had to wait around 30 minutes in line - which is totally doable with my kids. Ryan has always cried when she saw Santa but she kept saying she wasn't going to, but we did not believe her at all. She marched right up there and sat on his lap and told him her name and what she wanted and even smiled for the camera! We couldn't believe it! Of course Noah told Santa a few things that he didn't have on his original list - he does this to me every year - the little toot! Luckily, Santa left a little room in the budget for that just in case :)
The kids then played on the playground outside the mall where we saw Santa - the weather was so nice. Nathan did a little Christmas shopping while I watched the kids play.
Then it was time to head back so we could watch our local Christmas Parade! The parade was about an hour long and SO good! Noah had a great time playing with some boys who always sit in the same spot as we do for the parades. Ryan was into the parade for a while and then she decided she just wanted to eat suckers and sit in the grass instead.
Noah also was asked to talk about the Christmas story at Church Sunday to possibly be used in the Christmas service this year. He loved being on camera and having a microphone on. I was nervous for him and he was not nervous at all. He said he was excited and liked doing stuff like that. We may have a future actor on our hands ;)
We ended our weekend with finishing our Christmas decorations outside. All we had left was to put our blow-up decorations on the roof. So, we all got up there and put them up together :) We are definitely in the Christmas spirit at our house!