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Early Christmas in Texas

One of the cool things about having in-laws in another state is the ability to have more than one Christmas celebration.  This time last week, I was hanging out in Fort Worth, Texas, and wanted to share with you some of the highlights of my trip.  Despite the cold, dreary, rainy weather — my extended family and I managed to find lots of fun things to do!  Take a look!

Emma singing "Jingle Bells"...what a ham!

Emma got to sing karaoke (well, the rest of us did, too…haha!) She must have sang “Jingle Bells” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” about a-hundred times! Nah…she doesn’t take after her parents at all! (Total sarcasm, of course…I’m a karaoke junkie!)


Emma in Aunt Janna's old coat

Would you believe the coat she’s wearing used to belong to my sister-in-law when she was Emma’s age? My girl wanted to wear it everywhere we went! I’m surprised she didn’t ask to take it home with her.

Emma's pony ride

Downtown Grapevine had a big Christmas event going on while we were in town.  We got there before everything was all set up, so this is the first thing we did…let Emma take a pony ride.  It was only her second one ever!

101_2650Grapevine had this huge Christmas display set up and it was amazing! This was one of my favorite scenes from it.

Tall Santa...with his elf and Frosty

Crazy tall Santa, his elf and Frosty the Snowman! Wish I would have walked across the street to meet them. : )


Daddy Claus!

Here comes Daddy Claus, here comes Daddy Claus…!  Hubby played Santa for everyone Saturday morning.  It was a nice surprise.  (By the way, he made the beard himself…with a coat hanger and lots of cotton balls!)

101_2702Probably the nicest restroom I’ve ever seen! That’s why I HAD to take a picture of it.  It’s in a nightclub in Grapvine called the Glass Cactus.  Very swank…they even open doors for you there.  I made some new friends, one of them a huge LSU fan!  And he knew the band playing there that night (The Molly Ringwands, who I never had an opportunity to see here in Shreveport-Bossier!)  He got the guys to sign a poster for me…it was very cool!

The Molly Ringwalds at Glass Cactus in Grapevine

101_2782The “talking tree” at the Rain Forest Cafe.  My daughter was scared of this thing!  She’s been talking about it ever since.

Emma's reaction to the talking tree

101_2785We did some shopping at the Stockyards in Ft. Worth.  Visited a few stores and watched the cowboys and cowgirls move the longhorns.   It was a fun trip!  Looking forward to going back…hopefully, the weather will be a little nicer then.

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