Last weekend Lane and I went to DFW so I could help host my college roommate, Riley's baby shower. Since it fell in mid-December, Lane and I decided to make it a fun Christmas-y weekend! We arrived at Mums' house after I picked up Lane from school, and he was quite impressed with all of her Christmas decor. He especially loved her snow village. She didn't put it out last year, so this was the first year he had seen it!
Harvey met us in Mansfield and immediately needed a snack! Lane found him munching on some nuts with the nutcrackers!
Friday morning we woke up and drove to Dallas with Gran to see the train exhibit at NorthPark Mall. We timed it perfectly and got there just as they opened. It wasn't crowded at all and we were able to take our time looking at all the trains before it got busy. You will definitely be able to tell from the pictures that Lane LOVED it!
Lane's favorite train was a fire train that kept coming by. For some reason he thought it would be funny to say "There goes that stinkin' fire train again!" Every single time it came by. It definitely became the quote of the trip!
A nice lady offered to take a picture of the 3 of us. Nice, Lane. Real nice.
He was a happy guy!
After the trains we headed to lunch, stopping off to give a donation. Lane loves giving money to the bell ringers!
We had lunch at Mermaids, where I ordered Lane plain pasta off the kids menu with marinara on the side. His picky eating drives me nuts, but the kid INHALED his pasta without even dipping it in any of the sauce! He literally ate the whole bowl of penne and polished off his fruit as well. If we could just get the kid to eat some meat we would be in business!
We had such a fun time with Gran! Hopefully we can make this a Christmas tradition!
On Saturday I went to Fort Worth to help host Riley's baby shower. Her friend Brooke had it at her beautiful home, and I think the two of us pulled off a pretty good shower! Riley is due with a little boy at the end of January. We had fun celebrating Carson Brooks!
Saturday night, the holiday fun continued. We went with my mom, Kori, and Evin to the Mansfield Christmas Spectacular at the Performing Arts Center. It was a free show put on by our church and included other churches from the community as well. There was a choir and musical dancers/actors that sang lots of fun Christmas songs. Lane enjoyed most of the upbeat songs, but got a little wiggly when the slower, traditional songs were performed.
He also loved riding the shuttle bus!
Our two Christmas cuties after the show!
Another great group picture face from Lane. Aye, aye, aye!
We stayed up late that night decorating a gingerbread house! Lane was pretty into it this year and did a good job with the decor!
Powdered sugar faces!
Before we left and headed back to Austin, Lane read the whole entire 12 Days of Christmas book to Evin. He has a couple of Christmas CD's and one includes the 12 Days of Christmas. We have listened to the CD's so many times in the car that he has almost every song memorized, including all 12 parts to the 12 Days of Christmas. I got it on film, but the video was like 8 min long, so I didn't post it! Kori caught this cute moment between L and E.
I just love this time of year!