The week before Christmas brought more holiday fun for the kids. First, it was their Christmas party at school. I always love this event. The owner brings in Santa and his elves, and invites all the parents in for an open house type party. Rylie and Bryce love when we come to activities at school.
When Brian, Mama and I arrived at the school, Rylie led us right back to where Santa's elves were painting faces. Rylie got in line and was next up, and she got her face painted with a pretty Christmas design.
While Rylie was getting her face painted, I looked around for Bryce and he was no where to be found. I told Brian to stay with Rylie and went into his classroom to see if he was there. Nope. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw him in line to see Santa. WHAT!?!? Bryce actually wanted to see Santa?
Apparently his visit with Santa at The Peabody got him over his fear, because he was standing there, waiting patiently to see his new buddy. As soon as it was his turn, he jumped up on Santa's lap and started chatting away about all of the stuff he wanted for Christmas...Captain America, a helicopter, cars and an orange bucket.
I wish you could see his face a little better in that first picture, because he was so ridiculously excited. I have to say, I was pretty excited myself.
Rylie came out just as Bryce was finishing and took her turn reciting her wish list to Santa - makeup, baby dolls and ponies.
Santa always gives the kids a present, and since it is school, it is only fitting that the present is a book. Once Bryce and Rylie both chatted with Santa and got their gifts, I had to snap a picture of both of them on Santa's lap.
Brian had recently bought a new lens for our camera, so unfortunately, I was still getting used to it. It is great for low-light areas, but since it doesn't have a zoom, I had to get pretty far away to take pictures, so they all ended up looking very close up. I attempted to get a picture of my two cuties outside when we left, but between messing with the new lens and them just wanting to open their presents, this was the best I could do...
That weekend before Christmas was Rylie's Christmas dance at her dance studio. They were supposed to wear something "Christmasey", so she picked out a green leotard, a red tutu and sparkly white tights. It doesn't get any more Christmasey than that!
The girls had their class like normal, but at the end, the parents were invited in to see their Christmas dance. It was so fun watching them dance to "Jingle Bell Rock". One of the parents had a video malfunction, so they had to do it twice, which was fine with me. I felt so proud watching my little girl perform! Of course I have the dance on video, but out of respect for the privacy of the other kids, I am not going to post it here. I did manage to snap a couple cute photos...
Of course Mama, Daddy and Bryce came to watch too!
At the end of the dance, Rylie's teacher gave all of the kids a little gift. I wasn't sure what it was at first, because it looked like an egg wrapped in the tissue paper, but it ended up being silly putty. Rylie loved it!
Stay tuned for our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day fun later this week. I promise I will get all of this stuff wrapped up before Rylie's birthday next weekend...
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