Oh, hello, again. I’ve taken a little vacation from the ole’ blog this past week while I’ve celebrated the Christmas holidays with my family. I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas- we definitely did. I’ll be taking this day-by-day since we did a LOT over the last week! The start of our Christmas celebrating began last Friday night at an amazing event held by our church called “Christmas at the Barn.” This is the first year they did it, and I REALLY hope it’s not the last. They rented a Christmas tree farm and turned it into an amazing, family-oriented celebration. It was bitterly cold that night, but there was a bonfire and space heaters were spread around the place. There was a lot to do, there was a live nativity, hayrides, live music, a s’mores station, cookie decorating, a photo booth and just a generally fun time with friends.
The first thing we did was visit the nativity. It was so neat! They had live animals, including a camel, some sheep and a donkey (these pictures are not the best… it was very dark outside!)
The camel was awesome, but oh my gosh, that guy was HUGE. Knox was very interested in him until Trevor carried him a little too closely. Let’s just say that camel was super curious about Knox and nearly got nose-to-nose with him. Can you tell Knox was unsure of this situation??
Ha! Luckily, he warmed up to it!
Next, he checked out the sheep. He was talking to them saying “baa!” He liked to touch these- I guess they were less imposing than an eight foot tall camel.
Next up was a hayride. We didn’t anticipate quite as much excitement as we got on this hayride. We were the first group to get a ride- it was a big tractor pulling a big trailer full of hay. It started off nice and calm, but after a few minutes and an overzealous turn, our driver took out about eight fully-grown Christmas trees, and I started to wonder if we’d return from this ride in one piece! The boys really liked it and didn’t seem phased by our near-death experience as tree limbs threatened to knock us out of the trailer. It was pretty funny, though, and a lot of fun. Knox even started to sing- some of the other kids were singing Christmas carols, so he made up his own and sang as we rode. So cute.
After that, we went into the barn. It was so pretty- they had lights strung everywhere and our old contemporary worship leader (he recently changed churches) was there to sing, which made me SO happy because he was awesome and we miss him (and his family- hey Danielle!).
After this, the boys were ready to leave- it was very chilly and bedtime for them both. On our way out, we visited the photobooth they had set up. There was a box full of props and they turned our photostrips into ornaments for us. It was a perfect way to end the night!
Next up… Christmas Eve!