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Making Memories....

What a magical evening this Mimi just had with Ansleigh and Trayden! 

Their mommy needed to finish up some Christmas shopping, so she dropped them by here as the sun was setting.  We loaded up car seats and headed over to McDonalds for a bite to eat.  Happy Meals all around....even the french fries were smiling!

When our tummies were full, we wound our way across town to some friends' house ~ 'cause we heard they were having a special visitor this evening.....

Yep, it was the "real deal"....the one and only, jolly ol' St. Nick!  He greeted them with a hug when we arrived. 

Then he pulled them in close for a chat on the porch.  Ansleigh was totally captivated and could not take her eyes off Santa. Well, neither could Trayden, for that matter!

They had his undivided attention and he had their's....

And, in that moment, all was perfect in their world! 

Thanks, Stacy and Dave, for opening your hearts and home to bring a whole lot of Christmas spirit and a little bit of magic to your friends and neighbors!  There just aren't enough people like you two in this world, but I'm so thankful our paths crossed and we could share this wonderful Christmas memory with you!

Big hugs all around....



  1. What a special evening for your family! Such a great idea to invite Santa as the special guest of honor for a holiday party. Wonderful!

  2. What a wonderful time! Treasured memories for you, Trayden and Ansleigh!

  3. That is so neat that they got to meet Santa. They must think you have a special "in" with him.

  4. That is wonderful and those faces looking at Santa are what Christmas is all about!

  5. Jane,
    Ansleigh and Trayden were absolutely precious! So glad that all of you came to see Santa!
    Loved it!

  6. Oh Janie...we just love it! This age is so wonderful...magic and merriment are there :) Thanks for sharing part of your Christmas - enjoy those grandkids this weekend & have yourself a wonderful Christmas!!
    Karla & Karrie


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