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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!


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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!)


 

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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.


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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.


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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. : )


 

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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!

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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.

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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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