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Our Visit with Santa at the North Pole!

Last month Kyle had to be traveling for work and ended up in Colorado for 3 weeks – so Lennox and I went for a long weekend to visit. We got to have a lot of fun in the cold, snowy weather, which I just love – but for Lennox, I think the highlight was this little Gem that we found North Pole Colorado – Home of Santa’s Workshop, just outside of Colorado Springs.

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The North Pole Colorado is the perfect family spot during the holiday season if you are visiting the Denver or Colorado Springs. So what exactly is the North Pole? To kids, it’s where Santa lives when he’s not with the Elves in North Pole, Alaska. But to everyone else, it’s a Christmas themed amusement park. Built in the 1950’s at the base of Pikes Peak, it is full of nostalgia that I hope Lennox remembers forever!

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We were lucky enough to meet up with some friends, Censie from Building Our Story, and her family. It was great for the kid’s to get to see each other again (they love each other!) and for us to re-connect! I just love that we get to travel to Colorado from time to time now and have friends there!

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Since went during a very cold spell, there was snow on the ground, which was SO festive – but it also meant that we had to BUNDLE UP a whole bunch! Once we had all our layers on, we headed into the park.

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The first thing we learned is that they don’t accept money inside the park. You have these index card sort of tickets that everything is kept track on – it’s kind of nice not to have to pull your wallet out at lunch or for a souvenir! Everything in the park was priced really reasonable too – which is really nice to see! I don’t mind paying $5-8 for lunch per person — rather than $15 at some tourist spots!

santas-workshop-colorado-07There are so many rides inside the park too. Some of them are Christmas themed and others are just kid themed. The best thing is that kids aged 2-6 can pretty much go on ALL the rides. I love that they are so kid-centric. It is the perfect spot for the older toddler/young child!

This ride was really fun – you ride in a Christmas Tree Ornament around the big white Christmas Tree. There is a lever in each ornament that raises and lowers the ride. Lennox and Jude tried to figure it out as they went around and around – and they did pretty well!

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Lastly, I think this was their favorite ride! This one they got to go up and down and pretend to be riding a horse as a cowboy! The giggles that came out during this ride were GREAT!

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Just watch them ride!

The highlight of the park, of course, is Santa Claus and his house! You go right into his house and can sit with him in his “living room”. Mrs. Claus is in there too. I only snapped a few photos myself – as they had a photographer in there – photos were only about $8 too! So worth it! It wasn’t busy so each child was able to really sit and talk to Santa if they wanted. Santa also talked to mom and dad and had lots of fun with the kids! Santa was very surprised when Lennox said she wanted a Telescope for Christmas, but was happy as well! Santa suggested maybe a Frozen Elsa toy too – go figure!

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Outside of Santa’s house is a mailbox for Letters to Santa. I did not realize this prior to our visit, but if you put a letter in there with your address on it – you will receive a card back from Santa! How cute!

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The whole park is so quaint and cute! From the North Pole toy shops to the decorations, Christmas music, little restaurants and even the gondolas that will bring you over the park – you really feel like you are hanging out with Santa all day!

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Eventually it was time to head back to Denver and say goodbye to our friends. I don’t think the kid’s wanted to EVER leave – but the sun was setting and it was time to get back down the mountain. It was a great day and I hope we can go back again – maybe even next year!

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I would highly recommend visiting the North Pole in Colorado if you are in the area – especially at the holiday time – although they are open all year round! If you do plan on visiting, I encourage you to read these North Pole Colorado Santa Tips from Building our Story as well as checking out some tips directly from the North Pole!

1501340_10152882998925185_8785014541916804025_oYou can find more information about the North Pole Amusement Park in Colorado on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and their website!

Note: My family received free admission to the park in return for this post. All opinions are my own and I did LOVE the park!

A Fun Weekend

This weekend was another busy one but not as crazy busy, as some of the past weekends have been! I started off the weekend by going and getting my hair cut and colored. It was time for a good/different change and I went with a dark hair color and shorter cut. I love it – what do you think?

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After that it was time to prepare for Kentucky Derby weekend! We were invited to a friend’s house for a derby party on Saturday and they suggested wearing Derby attire, including bow ties for men and hats for ladies – with a contest for the best of each! I’m not a hat person and especially not a big hat w/ a big ol’ flower on it, type of person – but I tried my best!

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If you are ever looking to make a quick derby hat – this is what you will need: Hot glue, One sun hat (I found one at Kohls & Gap), some ribbon, rhinestone/pearls and fake flowers – the bigger, the better with all of the above! I put it all together and I’m pretty happy with how it came out – AND I won best hat at the party – pretty fun!

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I made Lennox a hat as well from an old dress-up Easter hat – added a flower & clip on butterfly and she was happy!

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We had never been to a Kentucky Derby party before, so it was a fun event! We all bet a few bucks on different horses, but we didn’t win – oh well! We did get to try Mint Julips, which are not at all as I expected – but fun none the less!

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Lennox wanted the party to go on forever I think, she had so much fun with all her friends – both new and old. They had a bounce house in the back yard, music playing, pin the tail on the donkey, food, FROZEN, etc – they had blast.

One of her all time best buds, Gabby, doesn’t go to school with her anymore, and she got to spend the day with her – they were so happy together!

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Sunday, we had a day at home doing some chores, family breakfast and then we headed to the spray park for the first time this summer season with Lennox. She was so excited she wouldn’t even take a nap! The temperature got to 96 in DFW so it was a HOT one. I thought the water would be FREEZING still, but it wasn’t too bad and the kids didn’t mind at all!

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So that is our weekend – how was yours? I bet it didn’t get to 96 degrees where you live!!

Friends – Catch the Moment

I haven’t been very good lately with Catching the Moment outside of events – but as the holidays approach – I will have my camera out more for sure! This past weekend, we had Lennox’s Fall Festival at her Montessori school. Lennox had a really good getting to do lots of activities, play with her friends and bring Grandma with her! I was able to capture some of her excited moments when her best friend showed up – She just loves this girl to pieces!

This is when she finally found her! It was a huge hug and then they immediately took off!

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And then all her friends joined in… lennox-friends-festivalMoments like this one above, makes me realize just how big she really is! Such a big girl! I’m so glad she has some friends she really loves at school!

Make sure to grab your camera and share some pictures for Sarah’s monthly Catch the Moment link up! Check out my past catch the moment posts as well!