We've been awfully busy this year but we tried to jump right into the Christmas season after Thanksgiving. I took a few days off in the first week of December and we took advantage with a bunch of fun Christmas activities.
We went to Disneyland for a full day of Disneyland Christmas fun, including seeing Olaf in the new World of Color Winter Dreams show.
Alice got her first autograph book after seeing some other kids with one, so she was very keen to have everyone sign it.
The next day, we checked out our town's new outdoor ice rink, up for the holidays. Alice was super excited for her first ice skating adventure, especially when she saw that she could ride on a seal!
Ivy really wanted to get out there and play, too, but she loved seeing Alice come by and say hello.
Alice loved zooming around the ice with Jon, who is kind of unnaturally good at ice skating for a guy who grew up in Orange County!
Alice even wanted to get up and try skating on her own. I asked the lovely older woman supervising the session for a few tips on teaching such a little one, since I could see she had plenty of skating experience. She helped Alice learn to march and held her other hand while we gave it a try. And then for the rest of the session, Alice wanted to alternate between riding on the seal and pushing it, or holding our hands. She had pretty wobbly spaghetti legs, but I was impressed that she kept wanting to try it. It's the only thing I've ever seen her try (repeatedly, no less) that was beyond her ability. It helps that Anna and Elsa ice skate in Frozen, Alice wants to be just like them!
Alice was very well-behaved (much better than the older kids writhing in the aisles next to us) and really enjoyed the show. She got a little antsy in the second act when she kept telling me she was thirsty, but I was able to hold her off with a lollipop. Good thing the second act was shorter than the first!
Afterwards, the young leads were greeting fans in the lobby. I had a tough time getting a photo with Alice because the older girls (and their mothers!) kept pushing her out of the way. Poor thing.
|A hello kitty sleep mask for napping, natch.|
And for mama? A "What Does the Fox Say" picture book, of course! I loved it.
|A successful Christmas!|
We spent the day after Christmas with Jon's parents, and then headed up to my parents' for Christmas #3!
I hope you all had very merry holidays, and that you got just what you were wishing for.