Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Pink Pig

At a Mommy Matter's meeting (it's our version of MOPS) my group was talking about Christmas traditions. Someone mentioned the Pink Pig in Atlanta. That intrigued me, seeing as how it's a Pink Pig and all. How in the world does this tie into Christmas. She began explaining it and it sounded pretty neat to me. Something I thought ALM would love. So when I got go home, I researched it a little. And decided we would go and start a new tradition with Addison and our future children.

The Pink Pig is a train. Her name is Priscilla. It comes every year to Macy's at Lenox Mall in Atlanta. She has been around for over 50 years.  It is housed in a 170-foot, 1950 themed Pink Pig Tent. It debuted in 1953 as a children’s ride at the downtown Rich’s and had a brief stint at the Egleston Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees. The proceeds benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. To date, Macy’s has donated more than $400,000 to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Saturday morning came and we were in no rush to get to Atlanta so we took our sweet time. For some reason in my mind, I didn't think it would be too crowded. In my strange mind because it was Dec 11 and the train had been there since Oct 29, everyone else had probably gone already. We got there at 11:00, bought our tickets (we decided to get the double ride) and waited in line for TWO HOURS. The last time I waited in line for something for two hours, I was a teenager at Six Flags. This time was a tad different because we had a TWO YEAR OLD WITH US! It was a battle to keep her happy but between the two of us, we kept her pretty content. We let her run around a little. Play on our phones a little. She did very well considering.

We finally got to the tent and and Priscilla the mascot was there and you could have your picture taken with her. Addison loved her waving at her, but would have NONE of a picture with her. She wanted her to stay at least 10 feet away.

We got in the tent and Addison saw the train... she was in awe. Her sweet little eyes couldn't stay still. She kept saying "Mommy, look! A piggy twain." We got on the train and the entire ride took about 2 minutes, but we rode it twice. I was so worried about her flipping out when we got off, but she did ok. We got her, her very own Priscilla (which sleeps with her to this day in her big girl bed).

Here are some pics from Addison's first Priscilla experience. I am glad we have a new fun tradition that she can look forward to every year.


Waiting in line.

 
Getting tired at this point.

Almost there.

In the back of the train. So excited.

So fun!



Our family


Getting in the train. She was just so excited.

After the ride and she got her own Priscilla.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Christmas 2011 in Bama

* Just a warning. Several Christmas posts to come over the next few days. I am way behind on my blogging. Like three weeks behind. Whoops. There will be pictures galore. Here we go...

Since having Addison and starting our own family, our Christmas celebration locations have changed. We now celebrate Christmas with my mom, dad, brother and his girlfriend in Alabama the weekend before Christmas. This year it was a WHOLE week before Christmas which kind of stunk but was kind of nice at the same time. Plenty of time to prepare for Christmas Eve/Day.

We used to have to juggle lots of Christmases with my family but I no longer have any living grandparents so we just have the one now. It's small and quaint but it's fun and we have traditions.

Last year Addison wasn't even walking so I knew that this year would be lots of fun for her. She is so much more aware this year and she will talk your ears off about Christmas and Jesus' birthday! It's precious.

Our traditional Christmas Eve dinner at my moms always consisted of "little chickens" (I will have to post this recipe soon-not healthy, but amazing), mac and cheese (because I am a kid apparently), cream potatoes and some other yummy sides. The important part is the LITTLE CHICKENS. Oh my gahhh, they are good. My brother and I have called them that for as long as I can remember. Of course we also had sausage balls, chex mix (another tradition) and pecan pie. We really enjoy each others company and we take our time not to be in a rush to open presents because we don't get to spend lots of time together very often.

My mom is a "shopaholic." She knows this. She is an over-doer. However, I am not complaining. But the amount of Christmas gifts under her tree was insane. The way we open presents is my brother and I pass out all the gifts to everyone (there's a TON), then we let Addison open her gifts first, get her occupied, then we each open our presents one by one so we can see what everyone got. I LOVE this. That way, no one misses anything. We don't have limits at my moms or anything. You just buy whoever, whatever and that's that. I love it. We don't ask each other "what do you want?" It's usually all a surprise. We may not be able to financially do that in he future but we sure do enjoy it while we can.

We even buy for each other's dogs. I started the Shih Tzu craze in our family 8 years ago when I got Dansby. Then I got Daizy and my brother wanted one like her. So he and his girlfriend now have two Shih Tzu's and my mom has one too. My dad has a fox terrier mix. So we have six dogs there for Christmas and man do we love our pets :)

We are all so blessed that we are able to buy gifts for each other. I know times are hard right now and I do not take for granted what my family does for me at Christmas time. I am so thankful for all the gifts that my family receives. And I really enjoy giving better than getting. Seriously!

Here are some pics from our fun day/night with my family in Alabama.


She's playing with my new iPhone (thanks mom)


Family picture

Addison and daddy

Rocking in my oldrocking chair!

Addison and (my mom) her Grammy.

Addison and (my dad) her Paw

Getting ready to open gifts!


She loves her JoJo and Gina (my brother and his girlfriend)

Here we go. Time to open presents!

She loves Thomas theTrain. Giving him a kiss.

Her new Tiger spinbrush!

A tad bit in love with Toy Story.

My dad started buying her these her 1st Christmas. It's a tradition now.


Her new lion towel.

A Thomas train set. She gasped!

Ohhhh what's next??

My dad insisted on buying her a snow suit :) It's been 70 this week so not sure if she will ever get to wear it.

A fire truck. She asked for this. Cracks me up.

Cheesin' for mommy

Helping Grammy open gifts with Lotso.