Levi gave me my birthday present early. 12 whole cans of Surge. I almost cried from excitement. I haven't had one of these in over ten years and now I've enjoyed 2 in less than 24 hours.
Life is amazing.
Today we went to the library, which was open for a few Christmas programs to coincide with some Christmas attractions. We sat in on a garden program about insects, read to the dogs, listened to a hand bell choir, picked up a few things at the farmers/crafters market (small vendor turnout, but there were good things there), and.....visited with Santa!
We've done this every year. Santa sits on the trolley, and people come to visit him. Usually Evelyn enjoys the trolley more than Santa, but this year she was ready to talk to him. She knew what she would ask for and she knew she wanted to bring Boris to meet Santa.
This year the trolley was decorated in a fairly crazy-looking mishmash of Christmas and winter decorations. She was pretty into it.
Please notice her Christmas bow. She's very proud of it.
So. Santa! He complimented her boots and she told him her old ones were too small because she was a growing girl. She told him about Boris and that she'd been to the library.
When he asked her what she wanted, she told him she would like a candy cane. She really likes candy canes this year. When he asked her if there was anything else she wanted, she requested a cookie. (A transit worker wrapping garland along the seatbacks had told her there were cookies on a table outside the trolley.)
Santa seemed a little flustered and tried to keep prompting but come on, old man. Trust the girl when she says she knows what she wants.
There was a discussion about the Frozen movie, but she may think that she already 'owns' it because it lives at her Gram's house. Anyway, we thanked him for coming to visit our area and wished him a merry Christmas.
And guess what she got when she stepped off the trolley?
Sometimes you really can get everything you want. Wishes are granted. Goodness shows up.
We wrote a letter to Santa (I didn't understand that because we'd just seen him, but okay), and thanked him for coming. She likes sending mail right now.
She got some sunglasses from CAT, which was nice.
Then Cody (who was there, but isn't in any pictures) went home to fix some lunch and we went back to the library for a quick craft and to read a few books.
We had lunch, my Christmas-y girl is napping for a little while longer, and tonight we'll run some errands in a desperate attempt to get away from the swarm of concertgoers that will descend on us for the third night in a row. Nothing against Garth Brooks, but oh my goodness. In terms of feeling trapped in my own home, this is worse than Riverfest.
Then again, home isn't such a bad place to be sometimes. We have fun and we have good snacks.