We go to Skagit Valley Gardens every year to see Santa. I like the set up there much better than at the mall. It’s very pretty and not too fakey looking. Plus, inside their greenhouse they have a plethora of trees decorated for the season that you can shop from the branches. I always seem to find an ornament or two for someone on my list! I find many more that I want to buy for just myself too! Last year we couldn’t make it because the weekend Santa was to attend I was on a flight to Chicago for my Grandpa’s memorial service. I took the then baby, Persephone, with me and the other kids stayed home with Alex since he was still living with us at the time. His mom came up to help out while he went to work. She lives about an hour south of us but we don’t really see her much.
I planned this outing with my mom and my children all dressed up in their Christmas finery. We invited the cousins along as well. (Not so) Little Jake and his dad, my brother Dustin, came up. Mama had to work. My other two brothers were working but Ben’s Girlfriend Molly came along with her son Jorn. They are the newest additions to our family, besides baby Valentino!
Santa is supposed to attend the first two weekends of December, so I thought! But what I didn’t find out until we arrived is that Santa actually comes the first two Sundays after Thanksgiving.. so we missed him by one week 😦 I felt really bad. But we still ended up having a nice day. We ate lunch in the little cafe they have on site. I do not recommend it unless you are having the tea special. The tea they have there is pretty good. Lunch was not very good and way overpriced. Like around $10 for a not very great sandwich. It wasn’t terrible but there are definitely better places for the money! (We’ve had tea there on a few different occasions and it has always been very pleasant! We were disappointed about the lunch)
After lunch we walked around and took some pictures of the kids by the trees and in the spot where Santa usually sits. I have a few photos on my phone and my friend Sara ended up stopping by on her way home from the Jingle Bell Run in Seattle. She does photography as a hobby so she took some photos of the kids as well.
After Photos we all piled back into our cars and came back to our house for some cookie decorating and an absolutely fantastic, super delicious dinner cooked by my mom. We had home made meatballs and Italian sausage that had been cooking all day in her home made sauce. The sausage was so incredibly tender! She also made some lasagna rolls, similar to lasagna, baked in a pan but each individual noodle rolled up instead of layered. She also made some angel hair pasta for the kiddos that don’t like lasagna (Uncle Joe)… and a nice Caesar salad with some crusty bread.. My 2 younger brothers, Ben and Joe, ended up coming over just in time for dinner and a few cookies left to decorate. I didn’t get any photos of the kids doing cookies at home or the dinner.. was too busy helping and enjoying!
The kids all seemed to have a pretty good day. Jorn and Molly didn’t make it over to the house after the photos. He wasn’t feeling too good at lunch and ended up having a fever and a tummy ache.. so hopefully he gets better soon! It’s almost Christmas! What a terrible time for a little one to be sick! 😦
Hello! I’m little Valentino, almost 6 weeks old!
Persephone, Valentino, and Salvatore by the polar bears and snow… brrrrrr!
Sweet Jacob by the “snow”
Oh no! Persephone!! Watch out for the bears!!
Miss O playin some tunes..
3 cousins, Jacob with my boys Salvatore and Settimio. This is the only photo of Settimio I got as he kept ducking out of the way!
Miss Molly holding our little Valentino
Persephone and Ophelia making her faces
Fiammetta and cousin Jorn being silly and enjoying some hot apple cider
Ophelia getting into the spirit of Christmas?? Valentino peeking in at the bottom
Number 1 and Number 6, Number 5 in the background 🙂
Miss Sara in her Jingle Bell Run attire, Uncle Dustin in the background
Beautiful Ophelia with the polar bears 🙂 I can’t believe how gorgeous she is! Not a little girl anymore!! (she’ll be 15 in January!)
My sweet Salamader in his handsome man suit. Salvatore will be 5 this January!
and just for pretend, Ophie is blowing a huge dandelion… ooooooo
Fiammetta/Snow White my beautiful little princess enjoying her hot apple cider in her red lady gloves
Persephone, sweet and just slightly creepy 🙂 She’s a little doll!
My eldest, Ophelia, and middle daughter Fiammetta, being as lovely as can be. Ophelia is really tall with those heels on!
Settimio, Valentino, Salvatore, Fiammetta, Jacob, Ophelia, Jorn, and Persephone. Happy Holidays from us all!
The day wouldn’t be complete without a teenager on her electronic devices..