O’ Christmas Tree, O’ Christmas Tree

Ugh. Now that song is stuck in my head. Oh well. A few weeks ago (see how behind I am at life?) we went shopping for the perfect Christmas tree to grace the Cross household this year. It was Nolan’s first time, so everything about it was exciting.

Earlier in the day we had Colton’s birthday party and one of his best friends gave him this superman shirt. It comes with fake muscles and a cape. Needless to say, it’s what he wanted to wear to the Christmas tree lot. We’re picking our battles over here, so we let this one go. It sure did look cute on him though.Except for the bolt of energy it gave him in thinking he could ‘fly’ through the trees. Also … how old does Kelsey look lately? Time needs slow down a bit.

Only 2 more days until Christmas!!! I can hardly wait.

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Christmas at the Scottsdale Princess

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First off, let’s applaud a company that still says “Christmas” in all of their holiday marketing messaging. My company canned that a long time ago (such a shame!). Not only was the Christmas at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess the perfect event to kick off the holiday season, but the kids really, really (really!) enjoyed it.

This resort is so nostalgic to me because when I was little, before we moved to Scottsdale, my parents used to take us to Arizona for vacation and we always stayed at the Princess. I don’t remember much, except for the fact that Rawhide used to be nearby and this resort had an amazing pool. Well, fast forward to last night when I got to walk around this property with my kids. It was kind of surreal to watch Ryan take the kids around this resort. I imagine that’s what my dad did with me and my brothers years ago.

Anyway … back to the event.

The resort put on quite a show! There was a carousel, a gazillion Christmas lights, a huge Christmas tree, a projector that turned the side of the building into a giant gingerbread house, an Elf in costume (that Colton proudly said, “Mom, look .. a farmer!), fire pits for s’mores, a petting zoo, a train and ice skating!

Here are a few photos from our night.

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Christmas at the Scottsdale Princess Resort

Christmas at the Scottsdale Princess Resort

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Caught these two sitting by the fire … Colton is stuffing his face with a s’more. That’s my boy!

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Watching Ryan with these two kids was the best part of my night. They wanted to ice skate so bad but we had to get Nolan home to bed. Next time, kiddos. If you get the chance, you should check out Christmas at the Princess. It’s a great holiday event for kids.

Up, Up and Away Winter Holiday

Colton is OBSESSED with Frosty the Snowman. We have an inflatable Frosty in our yard and every evening he begs, pleads and throws a tantrum to see Frosty up close. When we heard The Phoenician was doing a free public event this weekend with Frosty present … well, you didn’t have to tell us twice.

This event was so cute. It came complete with falling snow, Carolers, horse-drawn carriage, tethered hot air balloon rides, hot chocolate & cookies …. and Frosty! This night was such a great way for us all to extend the Christmas season a bit longer.

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holiday eventthe phoenician holiday event the phoenician holiday eventWe followed Frosty around ALL night. I kind of felt bad for the guy. Every time he turned around, there we were. And there was Colton … just staring in awe with his favorite Christmas character.       

Two (fashionable) Peas in a Pod

It was a tie over who was dressed cuter the other day. Sabrina picked up Kelsey for a Starbucks date and we had to laugh because they were dressed so much alike. Tan boots. Check. Grey top. Check. Adorable. Check. Check.

Kelsey’s skirt, top and headband are from H&M and her boots from Gap. I just couldn’t help myself … naturally, I made them pose before they left for their coffee/ chocolate milk date.

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Our Annual Christmas Party with Santa

He wanted nothing to do with Santa and actually streeeeeeeeeetched himself so far so he could reach me and his dad, standing by. Meanwhile, she was all smiles and ready to pose as soon as she saw the camera. Kelsey’s almost 4 and Colton is just over 1 years old in these photos. Feeling blessed.

Santa See pics from 2011, 2010. Last year Colton was only 2 weeks old so you know why there’s not a photo of us. We were exhausted.

‘Tis the Christmas Season

And my baby brothers are in town! Let the holiday festivities begin! Last night was our family holiday party with my in-laws and the boys made it just in time. They cruised over from Austin, Texas and will be here all week. ‘Tis the season for celebration.

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Christmas Trees and Eskimo Kisses

We did it. We cut down our first Christmas tree. Let me rephrase that. Ryan and my father-in-law cut down our first Christmas tree. Kelsey and her cousin went with them and picked it out. I told Kelsey to look for a tree that was tall, was green, and was bushy. So she did!

Colton and I didn’t go with them because it was 30 degrees. To Colton that’s like a million below freezing so my mother-in-law and I stayed behind. Kelsey was so proud of this tree. It’s not as full as what I’m used to, but she was so proud of her selection that it made me so happy to display it.

We’re up for this adventure again next year. Only if Colton and I get to go.
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And they’re off! The hunt for the perfect tree begins.
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Making Memories on the Mountain

Every day is special with two little kids in tow. But, the holidays … those are amplified. We get to make new traditions and memories with every year. This year, we decided to go find our own Christmas tree. So, away we went to the mountain to play in the snow and find the perfect tree to call our own.

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