{Winter Bucketlist Update // Breakfast with Santa // Bethlehem // Bass Pro Shop}

Hey everyone! I'm back! I took an unplanned furlough! Life just got too busy and there weren't enough hours in the day. We had all kinds of family in town and 5 different Christmases to go to over the last couple of weeks! It's been amazing and I am so, so sad that it's over. December is my most favorite month and I am not ready to let it go. Ahhhh. 

But for now, let's play catch up.

So, our Winter Bucketlist...I think we made a pretty good dent into it. There were several things that I am so sad that we missed...but we will plan better for next year!

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Breakfast w/Santa at church was so much fun!!! We went with our friends, the Rochelles. Mason and Tanner met when they were barely one at daycare and have been the best of friends since. When we got to the church our boys went straight for the craft tables while everyone else went for the food! It worked out great, though. We were able to work on crafts and get pictures with Santa before it got crowded! The boys made door hangers, ornaments, backpacks, reindeer antler hats, and magic reindeer food. After our pictures with Santa we sat down to grab a quick bite to eat. Then the boys were up and playing again. After breakfast with Santa we met back at our house to change the boys out of their pajamas and to play for a minute. Then we all went to have lunch at Chick Fil A. We let the boys play in the play area and us adults ate and chatted for a while. It was a great day!

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This was one of the best nights we've had as a family in a while!!! Everything was so wonderful and left me on a high for the longest!! We started the evening by going to Bethlehem Revisited in our town. We've lived here for 7 years and this was our first {but definitely not the last} time to go! It was amazing to step back in time and to see how things were back then. Mason loved it and went up to every place in the market. We walked around the entire thing and just as we were at the end of the market we saw the camels coming through. So we bee-lined to the nativity to watch!! It was so moving and so touching. Mason was so excited to see Joseph, Mary, Jesus and the wisemen!!!! 

After Bethlehem we went to get snacks and drinks and then drove out to Dallas & Plano to look at Christmas lights! We found some really great neighborhoods and the lights were amazing. 

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This was a big fat fail! We tried!! We just waited too long in the season to try. We normally go the weekend after Thanksgiving, but Mason was sick this year. Bummer! We got to Bass Pro at 10:30 am on Sunday and the next ticket time we could get was for 2:30. Gasp! 4 hours with a 4 year old is just too long. We talked to Mason about it and he was perfectly fine with not waiting 4 hours to see Santa. It broke my little mama tradition loving heart just a little, but I didn't want to wait that long either.

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Updated bucket list

+ take family photos
+ deck the halls
+ visit santa @ bass pro shop
+ visit the Christmas tree farm
+ go to the tree lighting event at our town square
+ make mason's Christmas list
+ bake cookies (& leave some for santa)
+ make ornaments & Christmas crafts
+ watch the Santa video for Mason
+ make a gingerbread house
+ order our Christmas cards
+ trim the tree
+ go to breakfast with Santa @ Church
+ take the traditional Christmas light picture of mason
+ pick out our yearly ornament for the tree
+ go to the polar express
+ have a pajama/movie night
+ go to Bethlehem revisited
+ put Christmas lights on the house
+ watch the marathon of The Christmas Story on Christmas Eve
+ go to an ugly Christmas sweater party
+ go to prairie lights 

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  1. Looks like ya'll have been having a blast this Christmas. Love the Bethlehem display! We've always wanted to try the Santa at Bass Pro but have been concerned with the lines. Glad ya'll were able to get in and get out!

  2. Fun! I would love to do a winter bucket list with my littles someday when we have them!

  3. Girl, I didn't even put a dent in our Christmas bucket list. Oh well..you can never do everything! Looks like you did a lot though. That breakfast with Santa looks super fun!

  4. Mason did so well with Santa! So hopefully there is hope for my Mason :) He hated him times 3 this year but did smile (ish) for one (of course it was Grandpa George dressed up but he didn't know that... or did he? haha) but I'll still count it as a win! Can't wait to hear all about your 5 Christmases! You were busy!

  5. Looks like you guys had lots of fun! I secretly can't wait till our Bass Pro opens up.

  6. Y'all are just plugging away at your bucket list. That's too bad about the Bass Pro Shop, but I would have made the same decision. 4 hours is way too long to wait...even for an adult. :)

  7. The Bethlehem revisited is amazing. I would've loved to check it out - I didn't even know it was an event!

  8. I love your bucket list! Looks like you guys had a blast :)


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