Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Time in Sugar Land

Merry Christmas from Sugar Land, Texas. The city many ways to make your season merry and bright, so let's take a look at what Team Loupe enjoyed.

Sugar Land Town Center and the University of Phoenix are teaming up for pictures with Santa and Mrs. Clause on Sunday afternoons from 1:00-5:00. We arrived a few minutes after 1:00 after a bit of shopping at First Colony Mall, and there was already a short line. It moved quickly though, and the staff working the event could not have been more festive dressed as Santa's helpers. The pictures were free, and emailed the very next day to share with friends and family and print out yourself.  (My only complaint was the format. This was the first year we've taken advantage of this, so I'm not sure if they are always this way.) I mean seriously, what's it all about--Santa showing off his laptop? Seriously?

I cropped this one. Not sure that it will make for great printing.

I wonder if this cute couple is married. My wish is that Cowboy can grow a beard like that when we are older and we can do this for a bit of retirement fun! Wouldn't it be a hoot!

We always make it out to the Sugar Land Tree Lighting, but this year between Cowboy's work schedule and Wyatt's sleep schedule, we skipped it. I hear it's growing more and more each year. In fact, this year you could have spent the night celebrating with the Houston Astros' own Hunter Pence  for a small fee dedicated to a good cause. Since we missed this year, I'll leave you with a few pics from our past visits.

Pre-lit tree    

Our favorite holiday friends--Austin's own Urserys
Tada! I think we must have taken this after eating--note lack of crowd

Most neighborhoods seem to have their own festivities as well. Again, this year we didn't make the adult party at Telfair's new hall, but attended last year's party at the museum. Great time hanging out with friends (even if I did have to give my drink tickets to Cowboy due to being preggers!) Glad he enjoyed them.

The Forsythe gang
 But we did make it out to Telfair's family Christmas day. Now that we have a kiddo, our presence seems more fitting at these events. We popped by for a bit, and well, for a family with just a kid Wyatt's age, it left some to be desired. But what really would those desires be? Let's see--how about a blanket on the floor and toys to play with, a comfy chair for cuddling, maybe some Baby Einstein on the tube, and a mobile hanging somewhere, and maybe even a bottle bar?
But when he's older, he'll have some fun. Between the gourmet beverages (which Cowboy did enjoy), cookies, cupcakes, pictures with Santa, balloon animals and swords, painting, and Christmas crafts on the tables, a kid has to find some fun in there somewhere. It was nice to see Telfair's new facility though. Can't wait to work out there and attend yoga classes there!

 That's it so far for this holiday. There are so many events that I read about going on in Sugar Land or Richmond right up the road, but Wyatt is still a bit young for us all to enjoy. Next year there will be more of a holiday extravaganza around here!

 Last year we were blessed with this pre-Christmas "blizzard!" Unfortunately, this year it's been a roller coaster of temperature shifts. (Yes, expect 70s again at the end of this week!)

The fire is so delightful. Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

How are you gearing up for a celebration of that jolly old man, and better yet, the birthday of our Lord?

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