And then it seemed like one year just kind of floated into the next one. We were at a party at my Sister and Brother-in-Law's house. And I didn't get that 'new year-new life' feeling that I usually get. Not even the next day.
Oh I did start writing down a few resolutions for the new year, but that was a week or two before it was actually here. Then when it got here, I wasn't ready! Probably had something to do with those french martinis. Anyway, I'm starting to get that new year feeling now, a few days late. I started my usual diet, just this morning. And I got my resolution list out. I'll post some of it later.... AFTER I finish my week of Christmas fun!
We were not going to a windmill farm, but we passed this on the way to our destination. Windmills as far as the eye can see. On the way home it was pitch black, since this is in the country, and the windmills had red blinking lights on them. Very twilight-zone like.
One of my nieces asked me why I take so many pictures. My sister and I laughed. I explained to her that I have to take about ten pictures to get one good one. Especially in a moving vehicle and a cheap camera.
But we decided for Christmas this year, we'd each give them $25.00 each, a total of $50.00 to spend at the American Girl Place in Chicago.
And it seems like $50.00 each wasn't much at a place like this, but it was just right. Because it teaches them they can't get everything they want, and they learn to pick and choose. Next year we figure they'll be too old for this place, but we enjoyed the day so much we plan on doing something every year. Look at the smile(?) on that middle one. That picture was taken not long after we got there.
After some retail therapy...
This one could not stop talking and she said, "Aunt Cindy, If I am talking too much just tell me to be quiet because I don't want to get on your nerves." (someone must have had a talk to them before they left)
And look at this smile now! Compared to the fake one above. When I was adjusting her scarf she said, "that's all you care about is the scarves huh?" I said, "yeah, that's all I care about".
This place has a cafeteria $22.00 per person. A sweet salon (overpriced junk food)., a photo studio to get you and your dolls picture taken 'professionally',
A hair salon, and other things.
Yes these are hair prices for the DOLLS, not them! I said, "gimme that doll I'll braid it's hair for nothing!)
What? You don't think I can do it?
Well it's right up there with losing weight!
These are on the wall as you make your way down the escalator. I was inspired!
I'm thinking....look at all of these people spending all of this money for doll stuff. I'm going to start making scarves for girls and their dolls....to sell.
Are you kidding me? Is this for real?
Nevermind what I'm thinking here!
It's for real. I tried to get our parking ticket validated. Apparently you cannot park in the Water Tower Mall parking lot that the American Girl store is in, you have to park in a separate area. Who knew? So for shopping three hours, we paid $25.00 to park. Then we had 20 minutes to vacate the parking lot. So we vacated...
I have a 'thing' about paying to park. I also refuse to pay to shop at a store. You can thank me...I just deleted my soap box speech.
I've been to one before so I knew what to expect. This snake moves.
This elephant roars (honks? whatever elephants do) and raises it's head everytime it would 'storm' in the cafe'. Can you just see how much fun these girls were having?