Visiting the Big Guy

Where we live we are very lucky because we have an active community that does a lot for children in the area.

One such place that always hosts great events is the Uniontown Public Library. Not only is it a wonderful place that offers a wide selection of books for adults and children, they also hold story times, a summer reading program and, what we experienced most recently, a special Christmas party.

This past Saturday we had a chance to attend the party for the first time and I have to say Lily had a wonderful time.

The festivities kicked off with a short play, “The Life and Time of Santa Claus” presented by Stage Right, an acting school for kids in Greensburg.

The play told the story about how Santa Claus became the person that we all know and love today.

The kids did a wonderful job and really entertained the kids.

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Lily did a good job sitting with the other kids. However, she did get a little nervous and wanted to come back and sit with us.

After their performance, the cast sat on the floor and invited the kids to come up and meet them. Lily was so excited that she got to give a high-five to Mrs. Claus.

Then the kids were invited to do a holiday themed craft.

Each child received a picture of Santa’s sleigh on a snowy wonderland and they were given stickers to use to decorate the picture.

If there are stickers involved, we are there. Lily absolutely loves stickers and she really enjoyed doing the craft.

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If there are stickers, we are there.

While we were completing our picture the announcement was made that Santa was there and he was ready to meet with the children.

I was really proud of Lily she did a great job meeting him and telling him what she wanted for Christmas (a Paw Patrol playset) and wasn’t really nervous. I think introducing her to a lot of characters at Disney really helped.

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We enjoyed meeting Santa. We also received a candy cane and got to pick out a book. We we over the moon about both.

And the perfect ending to any event is cake.

Lily informed me that her favorite snack is cake and she loved having her piece before we headed out to do more Christmas shopping.

We can’t thank the Uniontown Public Library enough for putting on such a wonderful event. (I was also told that the Greek Catholic Union, which I have a life insurance policy through, paid for the performance from Stage Right. So thank you to them.)

Do you participate in any special holiday events in your community? Leave your comments below.

Santa Got a Little Lazy

Since we have started discussing the future of building our house, Lily has been saying that she doesn’t want to move out of our little house. I get this. I hate change more than anything.

So, we thought that it would be a good idea for her to ask Santa for a dollhouse that would look like ours. This way she can take her little home with her.

Santa heard the request and delivered a kit to our house and basically said that we have to put it all together because the elves have a lot on their plate this year.

The kit that arrived was this one: the Greenleaf 8012

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We received the kit via Elf mail this week and I wasn’t sure what to expect. What arrived was a little bit of a surprise. It was a completely flat box. I knew I would have to build a lot of it, but I didn’t know I would have to glue on each individual shingle.

When I opened the box and looked at the instructions, which dated back to the early 90s, they had mentioned that you need to put a sort of primer first and then paint the house.

I hate to say this, but ain’t nobody got time for that. I am just going to put the paint on and hope for the best.

The second roadblock is that I wasn’t sure what type of paint to use. There are so many different types! Some people suggest using actual house paint that you can pick up from hardware stores and others say a good acrylic paint that you can find at craft stores works as well.

Since our house is a light yellowish color with white trim, I think that I am going to go with the acrylic paint.

A lot of people swear by a brand called Folkart. I saw some at Michael’s that didn’t seem too expensive.

Another aspect that I didn’t think about was electricity. I saw a bunch of houses on YouTube with lights and it really made a difference so I think I am going to add them through a kit that is available at Hobby Lobby.

My plan is to update the blog through my process. You will also want to look at the Facebook page to see live video updates and additional photos of our holiday festivitites.

Are you planning any DIY projects for your family this year? Leave your comments below.