A Fun Night in Downtown Minneapolis aka the North Pole...

Friday, December 14, 2012
We had so much fun in Minneapolis except I was really sick (boo!), I hate being sick and I hate even more when it interferes in fun - luckily I medicated and rallied and survived (and got some antibiotics when we got home!).  My mom, sister and I spent the day Christmas shopping and then that night we grabbed the guys and the kiddos and headed downtown to Macy's Santaland, Hollidazzle Parade and had dinner at the Newsroom.
 
The line was long but went fast...don't mind Solon loving on Grandpa...
Waiting with Auntie Ellen...
Walking into Santaland...

Our kiddos both LOVED it.  I didn't think Vera would care but she was in awe, pointing at everything with Grandma...it was so cool, if I was a kid, I would have gone bananas too!
Solon walked as slow as I have ever seen him walk (like how slow he walks to bed ;)...and took in every scene.
Then at the end, they take you into a special Santa room to meet the big man himself, I don't know who was more excited - Solon or me.  I may or may not have teared up.  It was a special moment!  Solon told Santa he wanted a roundhouse and Vera wanted a doll.  Santa told him to leave a carrot for Rudolph and he really like chocolate cookies - and our little man HAS NOT forgotten!
No tears - yay!
And the whole family (sorry for the blur - this is a picture of a picture!)
After Santaland, we walked outside to dinner - it was busy because it was the 2nd night of the Holidazzle Parade.  I didn't know they do that parade every Thursday-Sunday from Thanksgiving to Christmas.  I think we had the best view from the warm restaurant of all the twinkling lit floats and when it was all over, they came back up the street unlit which Solon found hilarious!
Then we used Ellen's super knowledge of the skywalk system to get back to the car - a little warmer and Solon could run (a match made in heaven).
 
It was a SUPER fun night - we already talked about making that a tradition - we all had so much fun!  Thanks Grandma, Grandpa and Auntie Ellen for a wonderful night out on the town (oh how that term changes when you have kiddos ;).

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