|Our new GPS - also a Christmas present - showed us the way!!|
|This picture is horrible - but the view on the drive up through the White Mountains was INCREDIBLE! I must have taken 20 or more pictures trying to capture it....and couldn't. But it truly was amazing.|
|Little snow flurries as we drove created the perfect "Christmas" drive through the mountains!|
|Watching our new Christmas movie from Aunt Rachel and cousin Ryan!|
|Grins' face = That gust of wind was FREEZING! Wiggles' hair = just woke up from a car nap.|
|The Royalty Inn|
|Room Service :)|
|We love to swim!!!|
The next morning, we were the first ones at the pool again! Angel and Grins kept jumping back and forth between the hot tub and large pool - a feat much to difficult for their parents because of the wide temperature gap! We swam from 7 to 10, and were only able to finally convince the children to get out of the pool with the promise of Santa's Village which awaited them.
Our room at the Royalty Inn came complete with a scrumptious breakfast at Welch's Restaurant. So we stopped by on the way to Santa's Village, and we certainly ate like Kings! Wiggles' Mickey Mouse pancake was larger than her head! And all of our food was delicious!
|Wiggles was so starving while we waited for our food that she opened up a jam container and dug right in!|
|Sipping hot cocoa....|
|....and dribbling down her chin. Nice!|
We finally made it to Santa's Village just after they had opened at 11am. We had no idea we would have to wait half an hour in line just to get in! Mr. and Wiggles dropped us off to stand in line, and then went to park. Knowing we each had a cell phone, we figured it would be easy to meet up. But unfortunately, the Mr. made it into the wrong line and they wouldn't let him in (since I had his ticket, and had given it to the woman in the OTHER line). When we tried to call each other, we discovered that the Mr's cell phone was out of range! So, finally, after an hour of looking for him, the kids and I went to the front entrance and found he and Wiggles waiting outside. :( A bit of a rocky start - but things only got better from then on!
We started with a treasure hunt. There are 26 elves hidden around the village, each with a particular stamp. So the children had a lot of fun finding the elves and stamping their 'passport'. I think it was one of their favorite activities of the day!
|Elfabet University. I love Wiggles' hat! :)|
Then, to the childrens' great delight, Grins and Angel got to drive their 'own' cars! I remember this being my favorite ride at Disneyland as a child, and they loved it (especially Grins!)
The reindeer carousel was a big hit as well!
|Wiggles kept saying "Look! I'm riding Rudolph!"|
Of course there were several fun photo-ops that the children simply couldn't resist. For example, some cupcake chairs:
|Yes, Wiggles is wearing a PINK coat with RED snow pants. She refused to wear her black coat.|
|It was bright and sunny, as Grins' wink shows.|
The kids especially enjoyed the "Bah Humbug" ride, in which they each got a lazer gun with which to shoot the various bugs throughout the 'haunted house'. Wiggles got 1 point, Grins got 2 points, and Angel got 3.
The ride we rode first, last, and many times in between (it was Angel's favorite ride in the whole park!) was the "Pixie Mix". The children simply sit and spin while the ride rotates around. They loved trying to give me a 'high 5' when it came around near me. Oddly enough, though Wiggles was the only one brave (or clueless) enough to join me on the roller coaster (she didn't even cry!!), this, one of the mildest rides, was her least favorite. Perhaps she prefers the adrenaline rush brought on by the more exciting rides.
|Angel trying to 'high 5' me.|
One of the highlights of our visit by far was interacting with Santa's reindeer. I think it was a first for all of us, and it was truly magical! We were able to feed them some treats, pet them, and try tossing rings on reindeer antlers.
Of course, our trip to Santa's Village wouldn't be complete without a visit with Santa! We didn't even mind the hour long wait, since most of it was in his warm house by the cozy fire, sipping on apple cider!
When the park closed at 7, we (some of us, tearfully) left the park, and after nearly 20 minutes in the warm car we finally got some feeling back in our toes. :) The children slept peacefully for most of the 2 1/2 hour drive home, and the Mr. and I enjoyed some lovely conversation. A perfect end to a practically perfect little getaway. Thank you, Mom and Dad!!!
|Wiggles' pout is because she was cold and tired and did NOT want to stop for a quick picture. :)|