I don’t usually apologize for my absences, but I feel I gotta this time. I am sorry for not writing in a long while, I have been busy helping to organize the 2019 Winterfest celebration at the girls’ school. We have mentioned it in previous years, but I am in it this year. Scheduled for Friday, December 6th, through Sunday, December 8th, 2019, you can check out the flier for the details here:
I feel like this is another example of the closed economy of our (my) energy. But I can’t delve into it right now. I just finished a round of emails, and there is a bunch of stuff to organize and create leading into next week. Instead, I will leave you with a bunch of photos of the girls and I playing around in Millennium Park. With a full week off for Thanksgiving Break we had to throw in some adventures.
And yes, that’s gelato on a November day (they ate their lunches well!). We’ll see you out there, friends!
Did you miss us? I’ve missed you all. We have been super busy since October. I have so much to post about, and so little time. Why so busy, you ask? Well, it’s time for the St. Viator Winterfest once again!
Starting at 5:00 PM this Friday, November 30th, Winterfest goes through the weekend until 4:00 PM on Sunday. With a skate rink, Mistletoe Market, Tree and Wreath sale, hot cocoa, and more, the fest happens in and around the St. Viator Recreation Center. There is holiday fun all over, and plenty of opportunities for fun winter photos!
I know some of you already have weekend plans (Happy Birthday B!), but for the rest of you, come on by and check out Winterfest! Need more details? Here’s the Facebook event page with the details: www.facebook.com/events/341301753285197/.
I will be at Winterfest on Friday and Sunday for sure. The girls will be in and around as the weather permits. If you happen to see me, say hello – I’ll buy you a cup of hot cocoa!
Sweetie shared a lovely little thought with me this evening: “I love spending time with friends and family”. Such a simple, wonderful thought came on the heels of a dinner with two other families, both neighborhood and school friends.
This is one friend with the girls on the skating rink (again with the WinterFest pics). When they were at the house, she and the other friend hid from my camera. Such are kindergartners.
They have siblings, and Cricket played happily without trying to keep up with the older kids all afternoon. Everyone played together well, so it was great.
The girls got to hang and play, Wife and I got to enjoy adult conversations. This is the peer support that parents relish. Good food and time spent with friends made for an excellent afternoon – one of those Christmas gifts that doesn’t come wrapped in a box with fancy paper and a bow.
It’s getting late in the day, and you may have worried that I was going to fail my challenge on just the third day. No worries though, here we are. We just ran a bit late with swim lessons and meeting Wife for dinner and watching “Elf on the Shelf” videos and bath time and such. Two photos today; here’s our opening shot:
You know, looking at this picture this big makes me think that’s a whole lotta Cricket and a whole lotta Santa. More like, “Whoa, whoa, whoa!”. I guess this post really should have been yesterday’s post. Second Day of Christmas, two turtle doves, two pictures of Santa – the correlation would have been witty, no? Oh well.
Clearly two different Santas from two different venues. Cricket couldn’t tell the difference, or really didn’t care. When she first glimpsed Santa this year she would not go near him. After a day, though, she was all about him. While I think she liked seeing Santa, she used the visits to reiterate to him exactly what she would like to see under the tree. It’s been great seeing her get into the holiday spirit and embrace the different symbols. And thankfully she asked Santa for some troll toys, not a pony or a yacht or a Red Rider b-b gun.
I hope your week is ending well. Our girls spent some time at Santa’s Workshop today at school and were showing signs of fatigue come bed time. The next week and a half might be a bit trying, but hey, ’tis the season!
I’m going to give myself a “Twelve Days of Christmas” challenge, attempting to post at least a picture of the girls every day until Christmas. This serves many purposes: First, it forces me to pay attention to the blog during this busy season. Second, it ends the year with a bunch of posts and content. Third, it gives you all a big dose of what you want – pictures of the girls! So here we go:
This is Cricket attempting to skate at the St. Viator WinterFest. And learning once again how hard it can be to run with the big girls (Sweetie and a friend are skating just out of the shot).
We all hope your holiday season is going well so far. I’ll share more of our holiday adventures tomorrow, but now it’s time to wrap some gifts!
Influencers, bloggers and vloggers give stuff away all the time through their sites and I have decided to give it a try. The first ever D³ Giveaway will be connected with the St. Viator WinterFest to try to boost attendance to both the Dad’s Diaper Detour website and the school’s festival. The event organizers and school staff are working hard to make it a fun, successful weekend, so I thought I would put forth this effort. Here’s the deal:
Tomorrow night, from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00P.M., I will be working at the outdoor hot chocolate tent at WinterFest. If you come up to the tent and say that you want the “Dad’s Diaper Detour Deal” then you will get a…(wait for it) free cup of hot chocolate! Amazing, right?!? Okay, it’s no iPhone, but hey, what could be better than enjoying a great cup of hot cocoa while strolling around a winter festival, complete with a skating rink, caroling, and market? Keep in mind that this is an exclusive deal. Although WinterFest runs Friday through Sunday, I will only be at the hot cocoa tent tomorrow night. Here’s the flier again in case you missed the last post.
So maybe we’ll meet tomorrow night. Wife and the girls will be around too – it is a family affair. But again, please don’t ask anyone else for free hot chocolate at any other time during the weekend. People will think you’re weird (the event is a fundraiser) and my whole publicity stunt will be junked.
But seriously, it would be great to see you all there. Remember, the cocoa is on me. Marshmallows, anyone?
We are trying hard to keep the girls focused on November and being thankful all month-long, not just on Thanksgiving Day (Momstar chided me a bit this morning because I had carols playing when we parked for drop-off). So this is not a pitch for a “Christmas” event, as much as it is for a “winter” event.
The weather is getting colder here in Chicago, so winter is coming. And just in time is the St. Viator Winterfest!This is a Friday through Sunday event with a variety of winter activities. Check the flyer:
Winterfest is free to attend, and then essentially “pay as you play”. Some of the events are outside while others are in the warm, dry rec center. There are also meals prepared and served by various groups from the church and school. Wife and Sweetie are already committed to working a fundraising table for the Daisy Scouts, and the Cricket and I are sure to be over there at some point.
November is moving quickly, so I wanted to get the word out. Hope to see you there!