Cleaning and scrubbing will wait ’till tomorrow, but children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow. So quiet down cobwebs! Dust go to sleep! I’m rocking my baby. Babies don’t keep. – Ruth Hamilton

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas with the Crittendens

We got to kick off our Christmas week by heading to St. Louis for the weekend to visit my family. This was a Christmas packed weekend! We came on Thursday night-we drove in just in time for baths and dinner.  Then, Friday we hung out at my parents house until Mark arrived in the afternoon.  About 6 years ago we started to go to the zoo around this time of year to enjoy the Christmas lights-St. Louis has the second biggest zoo and it is FREE to the public.  This was the first year we got to bring our own kids and it was spectacular.  They light up the zoo and some of the animals are out-the penguins were a big hit with Avery.  Unfortunately it was freezing, but Avery and Mack didn't seem to mind...

A random person offered to take our picture so Avery and Mack were kind of cut out, but Mack also has his penguin from the penguin house in front of him.
Saturday we went to visit Santa and apparently word had gotten out about the Santa we go to visit because the line was about 2 hours-he is the best!  Luckily for us Papa waited in line and the kids did great.  That is until we arrived at Santa.  Mack was okay, but Avery freaked out and screamed-then Mack started crying as well.  It leaves us with some great pictures-Avery looks at them and mimics herself crying!  That night my parents watched our kids so Mark and I got a date night for our anniversary.  It was wonderful and had been a while since we got to go out in the evening.  We went to dinner and then to the Chase Park Plaza for a movie-that place is really fun and neat.  Then we drove around the city looking at lights!  I am blessed to have such an amazing husband that makes me so happy!
Sunday morning we woke up and created a huge brunch!  My brother and sister-in-law are heading to her parents this year for Christmas so this was our time with them.  We all exchanged gifts and were overwhelmed with the giving this year!
This bike was given to Avery and Mack from my brother and sister-in-law-it's so cool because there are no peddles on it.
Elmo CD player...

and the big gift Mark has been waiting for-a Mack truck for Mack!

Videos of them riding this awesome gift will come later!  What a fun way to kick off our Christmas week!

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