These were taken on Friday morning at The Children's Museum here in Indianapolis. It is one of Teagan's favorite places to go. We are members so we can go whenever we want. I love going. I think even Jeff loves going! Friday was a special holiday event. They opened at 8 for special holiday fun- face painting, a magician, food court open for snacks. The Jolly Days Winter Wonderland (with an "ice castle" play area, an ice fishing pond and other holiday and winter themed play) exhibit was open. The entire museum opened at 10... with a giant welcome celebration in the lobby- the opening of the Yuletide Slide, Santa's arrival, and an explosion of tissue paper snow (which the kids and I loved). We finished our visit with a trip up to the carousel and time in that play area.
And we had to go and have a visit with Santa. Remember my Great Debate? Well, the time came, while in line to see Santa, to really put the decision into action. We are going to do both. I won't make up lies about Santa coming into our house and so on. But I will encourage belief in Christmas magic. I will tell her about the legend of Saint Nicholas and his spirit of giving. And we will do the Santa thing, too. While waiting, I told her about Saint Nicholas. And about how Santa Claus is how we remember Saint Nicholas and the example he set. And I encouraged her to not just ask Santa for something she wants but to also ask for something for other kids.
She asked for a dollhouse with dollies. And she asked, with no prompting, for Santa to bring some cars for her brother. So no big requests for Santa to end world hunger... but that's ok with me. Her world is her family and making a request on behalf of her brother is a big deal.
I take each of these moments and capture them with my camera. And I write about them. Because even if I forget... I can enjoy the memories as brought to life in images and words.