Dec 15, 2008

Celebration in the Oaks

This past Saturday, Stella and her entourage descended on “Celebration in the Oaks.” Our plan was to participate in the two mile fun run and then enjoy the lights and other attractions. True to form, nothing went according to plan, but we still managed to have tons of holiday fun!
How many adults do you need to take Stella on an outing? Apparently, the answer is nine. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and we are very blessed to have wonderful friends and family in our village. Left to right: (back row) Grandpa, Grandma, Tabitha, Daddy, Kirk, Matt, (front row) Jamie, Mommy, and Lori. Oh, and an interesting side note, this is our Santa-less Santa picture. We are not telling Stella what some friends have termed "The Big Lie," so we asked Santa Claus to step out for this one.
This photo captures Stella’s level of excitement throughout the night. We are hoping that she enjoys her next “Celebration in the Oaks” with a little more enthusiasm.
Stella hanging out with the cow who jumped over the moon in Storyland. If she looks a little alarmed, it is because she is allergic to cow’s milk and didn’t want to get any on her. I think most of the adults enjoyed Storyland more than Stella did, but I am not going to post the blackmail worthy shots of Matt attacking King Cole’s castle. You’re welcome, Matt. Tabitha, Stella, and I hitched a ride in Cinderella’s pumpkin coach. Unfortunately, we stayed out too late and the driver turned back into a rat. Stella and Daddy enjoy her first carousel ride.
The little kid sleeps in heavenly peace while the big kids enjoy “The Cajun Night Before Christmas.”
Thanks to everyone who made our "Celebration" outing so special! We hope to make it an annual holiday tradition for Stella.


Grandma Tonie said...

Well, I would give a lot of money to know just what Stella thought of her first "Celebration in the Oaks". It looked like a lot of fun to me.

Unknown said...

I love it!! This is one of my fondest memories as a kid. Every year, we would get tickets from dad's work, and Storyland was absolutely our favorite place to be. Do they still have the massive spider web??? We would ride the carousel for hours, and then we would each get a cup of hot chocolate and a gingerbread cookie....I can't wait to take the girls. Maybe next year, we can all go together!!!