This year we started out the holiday weekend in Dallas seeing Varekai, by Cirque du Soleil with her Aunt Papa. Alice really enjoyed watching the show and told her aunt she would like to make this an annual type of thing. We stopped over at Aunt Papas house later that evening to meet their new puppy Jake.
The next day Didi and I took Alice to Northpark mall for some holiday sight seeing. They have a miniature train exhibit and a couple of puppet shows. Alice thought the trains were OK, liked one of the puppet shows, and thought the other was boring - haha. Alice took one of her early Christmas presents (an American Girl named Sage) with us and did a photo shoot of her around the mall. We ended the trip with chocolates from the Godiva chocolates store.... Yum.
Christmas morning Alice wakes us up at 6:15, which is way earlier than usual...the excitement of Christmas morning won't keep her in bed for long. This Christmas could be summed up by one word.....squishies! Pretty much the only things on her list this year were squishies, so almost everyone got her at least one. Another big item for her was Stranger Things....she got a bunch of Pop toys of the characters and an Eggo tee and a Hawkins MS AV club sweatshirt....which she wears almost everyday!
After we got back home from the holiday festivities, Alice decided that she wanted to go to the American Girl store on January 1st to get the new Girl of the Year. We did this 2 years ago for a birthday surprise and had to drive to Houston as the only stores in Texas are in Dallas and Houston. I had prepped myself for another drive to Houston on the 1st, but remembered there was a "pop up" store here inAustin for the holidays. I checked out the web site and LO and behold...they were staying in Austin through January and would be selling Lucianna Vega - Girl of the Year. We popped over this morning at opening time and miracle of miracles, we were one of the first to enter the store and get the new Girl. We were back home by 10:30am and I now had the whole day back! Truly my Christmas Miracle!