The Enchanted Village

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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Yesterday, we visited The Enchanted Village at Jordan’s Furniture!

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My mom, sister, and nephew came to visit and then we all headed down to Avon to see what The Enchanted Village was all about. We had heard great things and it definitely put us in the holiday spirit, but, holy cow, it was busy for a Wednesday. I can’t even imagine what it would be like on a weekend. Check out the ropes for the weekend crowds!

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Anyway, we made it inside The Enchanted Village and it was quite adorable with all sorts of festive holiday scenes.

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Local folks: The history is quite interesting, and I love that Jordan’s kept the tradition alive!

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Quinn enjoyed The Enchanted Village and seemed somewhat curious about the different displays…

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But what he really loved was the fake snow that intermittently fell from the sky. A special song played each time it was about to snow and his face lit up with excitement every time. Oh my gosh, it was adorable.

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Ok, this might be the only time you’ll ever hear me say this, but, after seeing Quinn’s reaction to fake snow, I can’t wait for real snow to arrive!

Quinn was also mesmerized by the Enchanted Water Show.

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It was really cool!

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And then it was time to visit Santa…

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Smiling is not Quinn’s favorite. Poor guy. But, honestly, I don’t think Santa even scared him all that much. I actually think he was upset because we took away his popcorn for the photo. Haha! Matthew had a much better time with Santa and even shared his popcorn with him! So cute. I guess we should have let Quinn hold the bag of popcorn for his photo? Every parent needs a crying kid with Santa photo, right?

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After visiting Santa, Grandma bought everyone some famous blueberry muffins from Jordan’s before heading home for lunch.

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When Mal got home from school, we broke open our Advent calendar.

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We missed December 1st, so there were two chocolates to eat yesterday.

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Quinn caught right on with how Advent calendars work! Mmm!

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After that, we picked our next activity for 24 Days of Togetherness. It was “share a funny memory and one thing you’re looking forward to.”

  • Mal’s funny memory: Me cracking up at “cheese Hauperts.” It’s a long story, but Matthew first called us the “tree Hauperts” and then Mal said we should be called the “cheese Hauperts” because we all like cheese so much. I dunno why, but I thought it was hilarious. I was crying I was laughing so hard!
  • My funny memory: Quinn’s goat noise. It’s basically just him making a low, enthusiastic yelling/gorwling noise. It’s so funny.
  • What Mal is looking forward to: Quinn talking. We’re definitely at that whining/frustrated stage. Quinn knows what he wants, but he can’t quite communicate it yet.
  • What I’m looking forward to: Christmas Day at our house this year!

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Question of the Day

Parents: What’s the funniest/silliest thing your toddler cried about? 

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  1. I love this! I am due with our little boy in April and this just makes my heart smile thinking about all the fun times/ memories to come! <3

  2. I can’t even imagine standing in that line with a whiny toddler..yikes! Good call going on a weekday. Maybe a real snow fall won’t be quite as exciting since a special song doesn’t play right before it happens…lol! At least it doesn’t here in Illinois!

  3. My Mom loves those dancing holiday toys from the Hallmark store, and one year, she bought a skeleton that danced to “Apple Bottom Jeans.” My oldest nephew was maybe two or three when she got it and LOVED IT. The skeleton would shake his butt at the part that goes, “Low, low, low, low,” so my nephew called him Lo-Lo (every skeleton was named Lo-Lo, in fact). Well, Lo-Lo eventually broke and the little one was heartbroken over it, inconsolable. He’s 6 now and has no recollection of Lo-Lo!

  4. Is Q’s hair going pretty blonde? Haha! The ever changing hair colors of a toddler.

    Today I dropped my 4 year old off at preschool and his teacher was wearing her Packer shirt and Emery standing in line noticed it and yelled “Tom Brady” I was dying laughing! Not even pushed to say it. Just knows.

  5. I took my son to a music class and the theme was holidays so for the snow they used bubbles. It was actually kind of funny because we were looking at photos of snow and I thought to myself that there is no way this kid will actually see snow because it is way too hot here!

  6. I once screamed when I visited a petting zoo and the chicken I was holding pecked my hand. It totally freaked me out and to this day I cannot think of holding a baby chick. Ha!

  7. Is it wrong that I kind of hope that we get a crying with Santa photo this year. My daughter is one, so it will be her first experience with the big guy. I don’t want to traumatize her or anything, but what a funny memory that would make!

  8. I dont often comment but I had to reply to your question. I’ll never forget a time at mass when my daughter was about 3, maybe 4 yrs old (she’s almost 8 now). I went up to communion with her and as we were walking back she started to lose it because she didn’t get “a chip”. I could barely hold it together myself because I found her comment so hilarious. Great pictures and great memories.

  9. We are going to see Santa next week at the Bass Pro shop in Foxboro. I’ve been showing him pictures of Santa that past couple of weeks in hopes that he doesn’t get scared…we will see how it goes! My 13 month old has cried over silly things a number of times. He got upset one time as I stopped him from unrolling all of our toilet paper in the bathroom, arched his back and everything, oy! A glimpse into the next couple of years!?

  10. What a cutie! I love the “24 Days of Togetherness.” What a wonderful idea. Do Quinn and Murphy get along pretty well?? The little boy I nanny is almost the same age as Quinn and he and his dog pretty much just ignore each other.

  11. I have a 4-year old who is in the “cry about weird things” stage. Bob and Sheri radio show asked yesterday about the crier in the family and I posted this list of things my 4-year old has cried about this week:
    Sauce is showing through the cheese on her pizza. Christmas lights she wanted in her room make her feel weird when she lays down. She wants to rub my finger to fall asleep but none of my fingers are “rubby.” I won’t buy her a cell phone. Her socks are too fat. She forgot to eat her yogurt and 5hrs later it is warm. She can’t fish off the side of her bunk bed. The side of the bed she is snuggling on is boring. She can’t see outside when it is dark. I complimented someone else. Something on her plate sort of looks like mashed potatoes

  12. He is so cute!! My daughter had one of the only public tantrums of her life (yes I’m very lucky I know!!) in Target because I wouldn’t let her open a box of Tampons – we weren’t even buying them she randomly saw them on a shelf and wanted them. I finally convinced her what was in the box was very sharp and I didn’t want her to hurt herself. For days she walked around telling people she wanted to buy something at Target but it was VERY SHHARRPP haha!

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