Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Welcoming the Season

I don't know what it is, but I'm really in the spirit of the season this year.  Maybe it's my eager and inquisitive toddler inspiring me to really soak it all in.  So, before Dec. 1st even hit, we headed out to our favorite local farm to celebrate the start of my favorite time of year.
I had our outfits planned (in Christmas Red, of course) and some wonderful friends along for the ride.  We filled our bellies full of Kris Kringle's favorite meal (Mexican) and spent the evening together enjoying........costumed character's?
Ha!  I was a little shocked when a parade of character's rounded the corner towards us.  But, the look on Isla June's face was absolutely priceless. 
She didn't really know who everyone was, but she loved seeing them, nonetheless. 
She called Rudolph a "Deer". 
Which is true.

I purchased her red romper specifically for the occasion. 
She'll probably wear it next December too. :)

The two characters that Isla June did know were the ones she was most shy with.  
Star struck, I guess. 
Can you guess who it is?

Yes, we've recently discovered (rediscovered, I guess) Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  And she's pretty taken with it.  Not that it holds a candle to Dora.

I really wasn't sure what she was going to do when she saw this guy.  But, she didn't even flinch.
He's just an everyday frog dressed up as Santa.  At least, that's what she thought.

This guy got some funny looks.....
She called him "yellow man".  Obviously we are holding off on this one.  He's a bit crass, you know?
Cookie Monster showed up last, so at this point large costumed characters were pretty everyday to her.  He was huge.  And his eyes wiggled around. 
But, they gave each other jazz hands.
It was perfect.
One of my most favorite things about the holidays are the lights.  Whether they are Christmas lights or Hanukkah lights, I just love seeing the world lit up. 

 And then we were off on a tractor ride through the field of.......lights!  I don't know enough about my camera to have captured this event.  But, it was beautiful.  The full moon was a perfect backdrop. 

Because it was the farm, we couldn't leave without feeding the goats ;)

I couldn't quite capture it, but that moon was amazing.

This was daddy's first time at the farm with the whole family!
 (He was with me at the Mud Run, but little girl wasn't)
Toddlers and bounce houses?  $2.00 well spent (borrowed from our sweet friends:) )

And some pretend ice skating.

We did a little chillin' with Minnie.

And then it was time to see the Big Guy....
image by Moments Captured by Kelly Renee Photography
 This was about as close as she felt comfortable with him.  All of the pictures where she was on his lap were not very cute.  Little Girl was much happier showing of her lolly.
And, just like that, it was time to go.
Another magical day at the farm.

See our past Thompson Farm adventures:
Strawberry Picking
Pumpkin Patch
Mud Run


  1. absolutely priceless, what a girl!

  2. Your baby girl is adorable! Looks like she had a blast with all the different characters you all seen :)

    I'm not too involved with Christmas this year. I'm 100% sure its due to the lack of funding in my bank account. I wanted a tree, couldn't afford one. I wanted to decorate, couldn't afford it. So I definitely have plans to buy my perfect Christmas in advance for next year.

    Have fun! :)

    1. Oh, Carrie, I completely understand! This year has been tough on so many and my family has been affected as well. To keep costs down this year we're mostly gifting our daughter small items we have picked up second hand. We're grateful for the generosity of our families who have filled in the rest.
      I've heard of trees being on super duper sale on Christmas Eve. Maybe picking one up last minute to decorate could be a new holiday tradition!
      Praying for you to find your perfect place for this holiday season. :)


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