For the second year in a row, we went to Corcoran to visit Santa. Kristine brings Zander every year so we thought we'd try it out last year. It is so well done and organized and is no cost (well, other than a food donation). So worth the (somewhat long) drive there.
With your food donation, you get a "ticket" for each child to put their name in a drawing to win "big" prizes. Finn won a huge HotWheels track last year, no such luck this year! Then you get a professional picture with Santa (again, for FREE!), a present that the child gets to pick, and cookies, treats and apple cider.
Jim was able to go with us this year. Since it seemed to be busier later last year, I wanted to get there right away. Well, THIS year, everybody decided to get there right when it opened, of course! So it was a little crowded, but it didn't take long to wait for Santa. The big kids knew what they wanted to ask Santa for (Finn asked for Transformers and Korri a My Little Pony...Mac just sat there). Finn picked a toy motorcycle for his present, Korri picked a Barbie and Mac "picked" a nerf football.
They had coloring sheets and crafts to do on the tables while you ate your treats and drank you cider. We stayed about 45 minutes. And then the best part...on our way out, the kids got to have a reindeer sleigh ride! By far, the best part of the day. Oh, and the weather was absolutely beautiful. I think even Jim had a decent time, which is always saying something when there are lots of people and kids around. We will for sure be back.
This year, we ran into Kristine, Alex and Zander as we were headed out, but Kristine said Zander sat on Santa's lap, even if he wasn't super excited about it! Here are some pictures from the day:
Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.