The holidays are in full swing and we have been busy enjoying this festive time of year.Â To celebrate Aspen’s Gotcha Day (the day we “got” her) on 12/12, we drove down to Grand Prairie to see the Prairie Lights.Â It’s a state park full of Christmas lights that you drive through slowly, car lights off, windows down and unbuckled!Â Aspen thoroughly enjoyed sitting in the front seat with me and not in her carseat.
The lights were cool, but Brad and I were more impressed with the park itself and can’t wait until Spring to go back for a camping trip.Â The lighted path ends up at a parking lot where you can get out and partake in some more activities.Â Aspen loved riding a zebra on the carousel.
We went inside a big tent to check out what was going on in there and lo andÂ behold, it was Santa!Â At first I didn’t want Aspen to see him because 1) she had been saying for weeks that she was scared of him and didn’t want to see him, and 2) she was in her pj’s.Â Brad convinced me that it would be cute and Aspen decided that she wanted to take a picture with Santa.Â She was really brave and told him that she wanted a bike, and then said, “he’s so nice!”Â The picture isÂ adorbs but you’ll just have to trust me.Â It would take too much effort to scan and upload it, sorry.
Then she wanted to ride the bears and it didn’t take much to talk her daddy into it.
We had a great timeÂ ooh-ing and ahh-ing atÂ the lights, but most of all just spending the evening together.Â
The next day was fun-filled, too.Â Aspen and I went to Northpark mall to see the train display with my mom, Katy, my sister, Libby, and a niece and a nephew.Â The kids absolutely loved it andÂ us adults were happy to donate to the Ronald McDonald House, in which it benefitted.
Kylie, Hudson and Aspen.
Hudson is obsessed with Thomas the Train and could have stayed in that room all day.Â Here’s Katy holding Kylie up to see the Washington, DC part of the exhibit.
We would have stayed longer than the hour or so that we did, but the mamas (and aunt and grandma) got hungry and we get grumpy when we’re hungry.Â You don’t wanna mess around with hungry Maxwell girls, just ask our husbands.Â Oh, speaking of Maxwell girls, look what I found in the train display.
After lunch, Libby and Hudson had to leave and I had to check out H&M.Â You don’t drive all the way to Dallas without stopping by one of your favorite stores.Â It would be like going to Hershey without eating chocolate.Â Brad wasn’t thrilled to see shopping bags when he got home, but I blamed it on my mom and Katy who forced me to make a purchase.Â Then I took the little girls out to a sitting area to hang out while Mom and Kate shopped.
Aren’t they the cutest?!Â I love those smiles more than Bon Jovi and Starbucks combined.Â I feel so blessed to have a sweet, fun family that I love spending time with.Â Making memories with them is priceless and really is what this season is about for me.