Me llamo Rocky

No Santa, Please

By 7:30 last night, the entire family was snuggled in their beds and fast asleep.  Mommy and Daddy are slowly learning that fun activities take alot more out of us than we are use to.

On Wednesday, Eva, Enzo, and I went to Eva's class, as usual, but this week was a special field trip.  We went to the Birch Aquarium to see all the fishies and pet starfish.  Eva had a blast, she loved seeing all the different kinds of fish, jellyfish, seahorses, and starfish.  She even got to pet a starfish, which she is still talking about today...

On Thursday, we went to her outdoor class, which was my first alone with both kids.  It went super well and Eva had a ton of fun with her friends, Kailyn and Eneri.  Kailyn was dumping sand down a pipe as Eneri and Eva caught it, both laughing hysterically as they did it.  Us moms got a good laugh watching them...

Every night, since last weekend, Daddy and Eva have a tradition before going to bed.  Eva hops on daddy's shoulders and they both parade around the neighborhood checking out ours lights and all of the neighbors lights.  In fact, right when the sun sets, Eva immediately starts asking "Daddy come home?  Daddy office.  Christmas lights!"  I love seeing the smile that it brings to her face...

And when not outside to celebrate the holidays, we've slowly worked at decorating the tree indoors while listening to Christmas music...

Once the weekend hit, I was very determined to get a pic of Eva and Enzo with Santa.  I found a fun event going on at Bates Nut Farm where Santa would be arriving via helicopter.  They were offering tractor rides to meet the big guy along with all kinds of other fun things.  Eva had been watching alot of Santa on TV and talks to the blow-up Santa we have outside our house, so I couldn't wait to introduce her to the real deal. 

Before Santa's arrival, we went to pay visit to the farm animals and give them some food...

Eva got a Christmas tree painted on her face...

And then we attempted a family photo...

Soon, we heard the announcement that Santa was arriving then heard the wings of the helicopter approach.  We looked up in the sky, and there he was, waving to everyone below.  Immediately following that, I noticed Eva turn from her outgoing self into a super shy little girl who only wanted to be held by her mommy.  I knew it wasn't going to be good from that moment forward.  We saw Santa get out of the plane and Eva just kind of looked with no expression.  I could tell she was really thinking and probably confused, not realizing Santa was real.  Yet, we continuued.  Eva and I rode the tractor over to Santa's landing, while daddy hurried over to get a good spot in line.  On the way there, I asked Eva if she was ok, and in the smallest, most quiet voice ever, she whispered in my ear "I scared Santa".  I spent the rest of our ride convincing her that he is really nice and he will say hi to her and ask her name, if she wants, I can hold her hand and help her talk. 

And so, there he was, sitting and waiting for Eva, who resisted at all costs.  She wouldn't look at him, wouldn't let mommy look at him, it wasn't going to happen.  But, while I was trying to console my little girl, Daddy acted fast and gave Enzo the opportunity to say hello and tell Santa what he wanted for Christmas...

I guess asking Santa to make an appearance at the house this Christmas won't be a very good idea.

On Sunday, we took another mini road trip to Ramona for Eva's good friend, Aiden's birthday party.  They, too, had a bouncy house, but got the extra cool one with a slide.  Needless to say, it was another day of jumping, no eating, and no nap.  Only two things lured the kids away for a break: cupcakes and present opening.  Eva was very excited to help Aiden blow out his candles, open his gifts, and play with his toys...

After everyone had their fun, it was time to hit the road.  Eva immediately fell fast asleep while Enzo cried because he had the hiccups and couldn't sleep.  About half way home he finally fell asleep, and just about 1 minute later, Eva awoke in hysteria.  She was crabby, confused, and EXTREMELY irritable.  She screamed her head off the entire rest of the way home.  Once home, it took lots of attention and book reading (Dora, of course) to get her to calm down.  As soon as we got her and Enzo to sleep for the night, we realized we were walking zombies and headed off to bed ourselves.

What we learned is that changing up Eva's schedule can only happen once in a great while, and we better be well rested when that day occurs.

I'm happy to say, everyone woke up happy and well rested today.  :)

And here's a happy little picture to end with...my messy faced little girl being adorned by her baby brother...

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