It's been a couple of years since we went to Dallas before Christmas. So we took a day this week and headed down to Dallas to the Galleria for some Christmas shopping and some ice skating. I thought we would go to the museum first but they were closed that day.
So my kids have grown up. It's nice knowing that I can take all three of them 18,16, and 13 by myself into a major city and only the traffic gives me panic attacks. Now, I am still the over protective Mom and they really don't get a lot of freedom when we're out at a big place like that. I don't care if my oldest son is six foot tall and two hundred pounds, he's still my baby. They realize this and humor me I think.
I really love going to the Galleria in Dallas and going skating during the holiday season. I think because my childhood was spent in rural Nebraska and was such a small town experience that I could only see scenes like this in the movies. So I've always been fascinated by the idea of the city and urban areas. I love living near a large metropolitan area, but I also love the serenity of the country. I want to be in both worlds.
Ice Skating around a giant Christmas Tree - reminds me of the movies I watched as a kid. My reality was Daddy breaking ice off of the pond in the winter and we made ice cream. To this day I like to make homemade ice cream in the winter, especially around Christmas when we always made peppermint ice cream. But back to ice skating. I only have one child who truly enjoys it.
By the time I took these I was done with skating and so were my older two kids. My daughter said she felt like the dogs do before you bathe them and they're doggy paddling the air as they dangle over the tub, which is funny. My oldest son is not a graceful soul on the ice.
I used the 24/70 lens this day.
This article says the tree at the Galleria is the largest indoor tree in the world.
Yeah, it's commercialism, it's cheesy but it's the Holidays and I love the beautiful Christmas decorations.
It didn't take long for my oldest Son to get ready to take the skates off.
My Baby is so much taller than I am. It was funny after we got back into Oklahoma we stopped at a restaurant to eat and my oldest was sitting next to me - he made it a point to tell the waitress that he was sitting by his "Mother" and that one other time we had been shopping and the poor clerk called us a "couple" - hilarious. Poor child, it traumatized him. It's funny because I am very overprotective of him and have the habit of treating him like he's five when we're out shopping. Poor guy.
To the parents who are frustrated when they are trying and paying to get a good photo of their children. I TOTALLY GET IT. This is what happens when I tell my kids I want a picture. I get shifty eyes and attitude. Because they've had to deal with this Momtographer their ENTIRE life. But, the last four years have been the worst I'm sure. I actually like this shot.
After we went skating, and shopping for a little while (shopping with my teenage boys does not work). We headed home in time to get in some of that lovely Dallas rush hour traffic. I was sick on the way home and for a couple of days afterwards. So I'm feeling better now. But I'm glad we had our big city holiday experience at the Galleria.