One of my favorite Christmas traditions is taking an annual trip to Silver Dollar City. This was year number 4 to load up the car and head down there. It was probably one of the fastest trips we’ve ever made, Russ and I both had colds, and the park was way busier than it has been the previous years. But, we still had fun. That’s the important part, right?!
This was our first trip to Silver Dollar City that our kids didn’t need us anymore. I’m not going to lie, my heart almost broke into 1,000 tiny pieces. Emily must’ve had a growth spurt since summer. She is now well over the 48″ mark meaning she can ride by herself. No more needing mom or dad to escort her. Watching my girls take off and giggle their way through the rides together was so sweet, but goodness it made me realize just how big they are getting too.
Marissa insisted that Russ and I had a smooch. It was the longest, most awkward kiss ever as we stood there with locked lips waiting on our 8-year-old photographer to use the camera.
The girls had a meet and greet with Rudolph and Clarice. They just adore Clarice and left Rudolph standing in the cold when it was time to say goodbye.
We watched a Christmas show or two. Marissa was even given a small part in one of them. I found it so funny that the shy sister was chosen and even funnier that she was so willing to help. Maybe she isn’t so shy after all?
One of the best parts of going is getting to see Santa Claus (the real one 😉 ). The girls have been convinced for years now that he must actually be THE Santa.
I was taking a photo of Russ and the girls when a man offered to take a family photo for us. I was SO thankful to have a picture of the 4 of us to remember the day with. I really need to get better about using a timer and taking those.
We ate some wood fire pizza, looked at the lights, drank some wassail, attended the tree lighting, and enjoyed the parade. By this time I was really beginning to feel my cold setting in and my toes were starting to go numb. I think it is safe to say we were ready to head home at this point.
I took one more photo before we walked to the car for what felt like miles. Marissa kept making comments about how funny her frozen toes felt. We finally found the care and started the 2 hour drive home with two very giggly girls. Sometimes I miss the days when they would fall asleep, other times I don’t mind their company at all. They talked about Santa, elves, rides, and all things Christmas.
What is one of your favorite Christmas traditions?
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