Happy New Year to all. We ended the year with a fizzle. On the last day of school before break, Zuzu came home sick. The next night, it was Alison's turn. It wouldn't have been too bad except for the fact that we had scheduled a Santa visit at Lapland UK - sort of a big deal. The day of our visit Alison's fever was pushing 104 degrees - she was not going. So we called the company and explained the situation and they were kind enough to squeeze her in 2 days later - this was a sold out thing and they totally didn't have to.
We decided that Daddy and Zuzu should go first and I would go with Ali later. Good plan.
Zuzu had a lovely time. She examined the fake snow on the trees - who do they think they were fooling really? It quickly became apparent to Chris that it probably isn't a good idea to book "Lapland UK" when you have already taken your children to the real Lapland in Finland . . . Live and learn.
It was still loads of fun though. The children got to help the elves make toys. Zuzu assembled and then played a song on this xylophone.
She helped stuff a reindeer. A couple of these Rudolph guys even found their way under our tree on Christmas morning. It was the least Santa could do after accepting all the free child labor.
She learned some elf songs, decorated cookies and listened to a story read by Mother Christmas. She also got to meet some huskies somewhere in there too.
Then there was ice skating!
After hugging the wall for a while, she acquired a penguin aid, but still hugged the wall - and we always thought she was the daring one.
After skating she and Daddy visited a sweet shop, ate dinner and had some much deserved hot cocoa.
Then it was off to see Father Christmas. He confirmed that she was on the nice list and gave her a stuffed husky. She was thrilled and so happy to recount her adventure when she got home.
Now for Lapland UK stage 2 ... Remember our good plan? It didn't really turn out that way. Daddy had to go twice, because by the time it was mine and Ali's turn, I had come down with a massive fever and was too sick to go. Alison wasn't even well by then, but she didn't want to miss it. So, this is really not his sort of thing - he admitted that it's fine when I'm there to sort of buffer things, but he had to learn all the words and movements to the elf songs - I owe him big. What a good Daddy.
So again, toy making.
Ice skating - here's the dare devil.
Waiting to see the big guy.
And finally Father Christmas. Alison got a husky too and because she sat on this side, I'm thinking some photoshop is in order, so we don't have 2 separate Santa pictures this year.
Oh well, Christmas came and went and we are finally all well again, although there is some major hacking still going on.