Here’s the deal, sometimes I giggle to myself when I head to our town square because it feels like you’re stepping into a cute little novel…or that movie Funny Farm (with Chevy Chase). Our town has done an amazing job making our square spectacular while keeping its historical integrity at the same time. Almost all of the shops down there are individually owned and there is an amazing cast of characters…from the candy shop to the home decor stores to the coffee house, cafes, diners, winery, pie shop, bike shop, magic shop, bath shop, French antique shop, ski shop…the square is full of quirky, lively, fantastic stores and people…and no time does it shine more than Christmas. So, here is yet one more post about how my family is celebrating Christmas on the square. (And PS: someone told me last week in a comment that I should run for mayor! Hahaha! That made me laugh. I do love our town! ).
On Monday night, we had our 7th annual carriage ride around town. This has become such a tradition that we joke that the sweet lady who owns the carriage company is basically family. We see her around town with her horses and carriage all year long but one night each December, we get to ride ourselves. This was Madeley’s first ride and it was so much fun. (I mean…she squirmed the whole time and threw gummy bears but she looked like she was having fun…)
Andrew was unloading the other kids from the car and Kensington asked me to take a picture of just her (she was specific) in front of the town Christmas tree.
We ate dinner before our ride at our favorite local diner, Spoons.
Madeley has the best facial expressions. She was pumped because she knew she was getting eggs, sausage and a pancake for dinner.
This year, we went to the candy shop before the ride so that everyone could get a little treat to take with them. I had cinnamon bears 🙂 .
And then it was time to go see Ms. Shannon and her horses. Shannon is a staple around town. She is the only carriage company on the square and her love for these horses and the people in town is evident. She is such a sweet person and we love her so much!
Madeley and me 🙂
One side of our carriage…
…and the other.
All six Shulls in the carriage. And don’t worry…I fixed her hat 😉 .
After the carriage ride, on our way back to the car, we stopped for one more picture. I love this town so much.
Happy Thursday! I’m off to see a preschool Christmas musical and then a first grade reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. xo