Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Dancing Queen...

A longstanding holiday tradition in our house is attending Nick's ACAS holiday party.  I have pictures going back quite a few years...




ACAS party 2008


For the past several years, we've attended Nick's holiday party with Georgia since it is a family party.  When she was only 7 months old, Georgia had a fabulous time and we even managed to sneak in a photo op with Santa...



Georgia & Santa - 2011


Of course, she only lasted for about 10 seconds before she realized that she wanted NO part of Santa...





And it's been that way ever since.  Last year, we didn't even get close to Santa during the 2012 party.  The 2012 party is an absolute blur because we didn't make it past cocktail hour. 



2012 party



Georgia was an absolute maniac running around like a wild child.  I think we walked out of the party as most people were walking in!  So, we weren't quite sure what to expect this year...

Surprisingly, Georgia had an amazing time this year, which makes our time at the party that much more enjoyable!  The party was on my birthday, so we had a lazy morning and afternoon at the house watching the snow fall.  Georgia took a really late nap, which we figured would help her stay up a little later.  She loved helping me open all my birthday presents (and wearing my new watch box on her head!)...




Such a clown!









Happy birthday to meeeeeee!



When we walked in, the entire cocktail hour room was covered in balloons, which thrilled G!  We quickly made our way to the kids' room to decorate a gingerbread man.  Thankfully, this year, everything was labeled - the frosting, the candies, etc.  I think I probably gave the catering company a heart attack last year since I interrogated half the staff because everything was out of their original containers and I had no idea what Georgia could touch or not touch.  Someone got wise and helped out us food allergy moms!

Waiting in the kids' room was none other than Ms. Claus himself.  Georgia had been all talk in the car about how she was going to hug him and love him and sit on his lap... until she saw him.  Then, she tried to crawl into Nick's chest cavity!



Maybe next year, Santa???

Georgia had a blast decorating a gingerbread man, munching on candies, and finding a candy cane to chomp on.  The kids' buffet came out and Nick got clearance for her to eat the nuggets and the fries, which made everyone happy!



Hanging with Daddy at cocktail hour



What a difference a year makes - 2012 vs 2013 parties





Saying hi to Auntie Susan and Uncle Malon










Before we knew it, the ballroom was officially open and the real party began.  The DJ invited all the kids onto the dance floor and that is where Georgia spent the rest of the night.  Nick and I had to take turns eating because she never wanted to stop dancing!  She had a blast...




Dancing with Daddy

Dancing with Adrienne and a new friend



Dancing and NOT letting go of that balloon


Georgia had another chance to check out Santa in the ballroom later on in the evening and she did manage to get a little closer this time...




Baby steps...





A little closer...



Still keeping her eyes peeled on the big guy!


We were beyond impressed with how well Georgia did all night long.  There were no meltdowns and she loved being on the dance floor with the other kids.  She even followed all the DJ's instruction.  At one point, he decided to split the girls and boys and asked them to coordinate on a dance.  Georgia didn't exactly lead the group, but she did follow along and watched the older kids to figure out what to do...




Lined up with the girls...





Huddled up to discuss a strategy for the dance-off





With a Santa hat!!


At 10pm, we finally called it a night and decided to make our way out.  Georgia got to pick up a few treats on the way out.  Luckily, Georgia slept in the following morning and Nick whipped up a special brunch treat using some of her candy from the night before...




Snowman pancake!!



And since the diva was quite the party girl, she demanded red toes like Mommy...






Relaxing after a long night of dancing with her freshly painted toes!


It will be interesting to see what next year's holiday party brings.  Hopefully more crazy dance moves!!





























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