I don't want to sit on his lap Mom. No worries, that's totally fine. He'd been so excited to see Santa all day, and it nearly killed him that we were the last in line to go see Santa. Finally it was his turn and he beelined it over there, but only got as far as Mrs. Claus before the excitement took over and he spilled his very specific four item Christmas wish list to her. . After he'd been going on without taking an extra breath about the Buzz Lightyear he wanted, Mrs. Claus laughed and said, Yes! I know all about Buzz Lightyear! We'll have to tell the elves that you like Buzz. . Darrow just stood there confused for a minute. But, where are the elves? Do you have my Buzz here? Whoops, I guess we forgot to explain that part of the system, but Santa saved us and gave a great Santa laugh and explained it to Darrow's satisfaction. While Darrow had Santa occupied, Ione ran over to Mrs. Claus and climbed right on up in her lap and then reached down to help herself to a candy cane. . I'd say the 2017 Santa experience was a hit! . And now for the first time ever I'm realizing that when I'm old, I want to be a Mrs. Claus! Wouldn't that be fun?!?! I LOVE seeing more Santa Experiences that involve Mrs. Claus lately! . . . Thank you @mikaeladurfeephotography for this shot when my phone died! #marquettelaree #buddytheelf #paysonaz
The other day as I was walking into Basha's I saw the sign up that Starbucks had their Snickerdoodle Cocoa back! I was in that line as fast as I could! Snickerdoodle Cocoa is my favorite!! . The barista was friendly and excited because she'd never made one of those yet. I got my steaming cup of goodness and grinned as I walked through the grocery store waiting for it to cool a little. Just as we were walking up to the register with our cart of groceries I took my first sip and nearly choked. . It was coffee. Coffee with milk, lots of squirts of syrups, cinnamon, and other goodness in it. But even all that goodness couldn't make the coffee palatable. The barista was so sweet and we laughed and talked while she remade it, this time sans-coffee. That first sip this season of Snickerdoodle Cocoa was amazing!!! . So I learned, that even with all sorts of goodness added too coffee, I could never ever be a coffee addict. Hooray for Hot Cocoa!! . Happy National Hot Cocoa Day everyone!! Anyone else prefer cocoa over coffee?! What's your flavor of choice?!
I got back out to the car and told Cameron, They are why I do this! I LOVE them!! We'd taken a family day to go Christmas shopping, warm clothes shopping, and to go see Santa, but I took a few minutes to deliver Christmas Cards to clients who lived there in town. I stepped into the restaurant where Kara and Martin work and instantly found Martin (Kara wasn't there that day). It would be hard to miss him. He has an ever-present smile that makes the whole room feel happy! Before I knew it, Martin was across the room and I was wrapped up in the biggest bear hug ever. We didn't have much chatting time as he needed to work and I'd left Cameron in the car with the sleeping kids, but even just that brief time there to say Merry Christmas and get the best hug ever was worth the entire trip up. . A big part of the heart behind my business is to buoy people up and to build up the world with goodness. What is neat though is that I get to buoy up people like Kara and Martin who are so amazing at building up the world around them and spreading the joy and happiness to everyone around them. I left that brief meeting in the restaurant feeling like I was on cloud nine. I hope I've been able to be a blessing in my clients' lives, because I know they have each been a huge blessing in mine. The world is and will be a better place because of each of these couples I've had the honor of serving this year. . . . Emotive photo by my amazing second photographer for this wedding: @lara_gabrielsen
That pretty much sums up my life! But especially today! I am in uber content creation mode today and this week as I'm getting ready to ramp everything up in 2018! . Will this even be helpful? What if no one likes it? Maybe this needs to be two posts? But then does that drag it out too much? And man, it sounds so boring, I need to spiff it up! And then, and then, and then. . So, don't mind me...I'm just over here overthinking everything. But man 2018's going to be full of great content. If I can quit overthinking it that is. But am I really? I mean.... just kidding. Not going to overthink the overthinking. . So, to help a sister out, what are some things you would love to see in 2018?! More bridal education? More real life posts (if so what aspects)? Account takeovers by past/current clients? More pretty wedding shots? I really would LOVE to know what you like seeing or want to start seeing! . . . #rePLANOLY @cindymaka.co
Ione's face makes me so proud. She's got the family selfie face down! 😂 With only finals week left to go, we're spending the day as a family doing some final Christmas shopping, dropping off some Christmas goodies, and ending the day with seeing Santa ride in on the train (Darrow has his list ready and is SO excited!). I've been saving this Saturday for a few months now and I'm so excited for some good family time!