Santa’s Workshop at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens 12-08-12

It’s that time of year again.  With Mike in Kansas City we added the recently married Paulina along with Stacey and Brittany to join us for songs, stories, crafts and lights at Santa’s Workshop at the Daniel Stowe Bontanical Gardens.   So off we went with Samantha and Hailey and arrived just in time for the workshop. Because our favorite photographer Greg Briley was not there and they were giving away a photo with Santa we headed for the Craft Tables first.  They were out doors this year and fortunately it was a 70 degree day!  So the girls made picture frames and tree bells and then went inside to decorate cookies.  We finally waited in line to see Santa Clause where they had a chance to tell him what they wanted for Christmas and get a free 4×6 print.  It was the “real” Santa Clause and the girls knew that because they have seen him several years in a row.

After all the festivities at the workshop we headed off to supper at T-Bones.  That in itself must have been a show for all those around us.  Paulina had her picture taken with Gumby over her head, Sammy, Paulina and I played swords with our napkin wrapped utensils, spit balls abounded (Grampa all your fault even if you weren’t there).  We laughed and joked and had a great time.

Then it was back in the car for the Christmas decorations at the Gardens and the beautiful Christmas lights as always.  Paulina and Stacey ended up with very big backpacks as the girls wanted to ride “horsey” style.  So off they galloped with Brittany and I bringing up the rear … and me most especially between stopping to take pictures and also to rest my hip which was getting pretty tired.

We finished off the late evening with a ride in the horse drawn wagon.  (Had to wait an hour and managed to just barely make the last carriage ride of the night.  The girls were exhausted and barely had their eyes open to see the lights but enjoyed their ride and the horses Fabio and Romeo.  Their last words of the evening were “Goodbye Horses”.. A great but long and exhausting day had come to an end and after all there is always next year.


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