Monday, November 16, 2009

It's Beginning to Look Alot Like...(Wait It's In the 60s Today in Pittsburgh!) Christmas

I decided at the beginning of November that we would partake in the Christmas events that were offered early as not to rush and feel stressed during December. Some may call it crazy but I feel that we have truly extended the gift of Christmas. I am usually so focused on Thanksgiving right about now, but my mother-in-law is having Thanksgiving this year.

The weather this past weekend was AMAZING. It was in the 60s on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It almost felt like a spring day in the 'burgh. With that, I decided that it would be a great day to go to the Festival of Lights At Oglebay in West Virginia. Bob and I love driving through the exhibit. It is truly amazing. We especially love taking the boys. Last year, Peanut was too young to truly appreciate the awesome light display. However, this year he was pointing and ooohing and ahhing while we viewed the beautiful, bright lights featuring the Peanuts gang, a cool fisherman, tunnels and especially the dinosaurs. When Walnut saw the dinosaur display he screamed at the top of his lungs, "Look, DINOSAURS!" I was driving but went so incredibly slow so that I could look back and take photos of their eyes in wonder.

Bob and I are SOOOO ready for the holidays this year. We have purchased gifts and I have wrapped them. Bob has an ETA train date of November 21st/22nd so that the boys can maximize their time with their trains. By the way, Bob isn't really fooling anyone. We all know that the trains are just as much for him as they are for the boys. We have talked quite a bit about placement of Christmas trees and decorations and lights. We have planned our trips to dine with Santa at the Pittsburgh Zoo and in Canonsburg and to visit the Santa Trolley at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, too. I have purchased our Christmas pajamas for the family. We are headed to Phipps to take photos amongst the beautiful flowers. Cookie exchanges and candy making activities are scheduled and recipes have been copied to hand out to friends. This year, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is the choice for our annual family and friends gathering. Other activities are in the making: Carnegie Science Center to see the trains, Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh's Light Up Night, Western PA Model Railroad Museum, shopping for Treasures for Children through Parents With A Mission to supply children with Christmas gifts, various church festivities including the Advent Dinner, a St. Nicholas Day celebration, a trip to Old Economy Village to listen to the carolers, cookie baking and hot chocolate making, a run through the lights at Hartwood Acres for charity and the list goes on...

We've already been to Kraynak's, too. I am so looking forward to sharing all of the wonderful memories with Bob and the boys.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!! It is next week, right? :)

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