Well, after the rocky start to the week with water down the heating vent and some lying, Jackson did still earn 8 stickers for the week on his new sticker chart. So as a reward, we all went to a very special event at the Iowa Historical Building in downtown Des Moines. Breakfast with Santa!
Although at first I was worried that we weren't going to make it because Peyton was up in the middle of the night with a horrible cough. I hate the sound of a toddler coughing and just sick altogether. I got up and put some baby rub on his chest and turned on his Vic's vaporizer. Thankfully, he went right back to sleep but this morning when we got up was back to coughing and even spit up a little while eating a breakfast bar. :-(
We decided to just go anyway and limit Peyton's solid food intake. We were the very first ones to arrive at the breakfast held in Cafe Baratta's on the top floor of the Iowa Historical Building. We had our very own table reserved for us at the front of the room right next to two chairs where Santa and Mrs. Claus would be sitting soon. I could see that Jackson was super excited with not only our placement in the room, but just to be there! I had to laugh when the waitress came up and gave Daniel and I water and then asked Jackson if he wanted some water. He replied, "Ummmm, no, I like Sprite!" LOL - that's our kid! Then the breakfast came out... scrambled eggs, bacon, a muffin, and fruit salad. YUM!
It was a very good, BIG breakfast. Peyton even had his own plate. LOL. After we finished eating, then Peyton started to throw everything of his off of the table (not at me this time) and we got up and walked around a bit waiting for Santa to come. We made it back into the room just in time as the musician started singing 'Here Comes Santa Claus' and there he was at the door with Mrs. Claus.
Then it was story time with Mrs. Claus and all of the kids gathered in front of them to listen to the longest, most boring story I have ever heard...
When it was done, we all got up and went down to the main lobby of the building and had pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus in front of the Christmas tree.
Then it was off to the craft room to make some very special holiday crafts (a star ornament, Rudolph made from a brown bag, and a Santa plate face)...
And that was our fun morning with Santa. What a great experience overall and I look forward to next year when Peyton will get more out of it! ;-)