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    October expedition: The North Pole

    As you likely deduced if you saw yesterday's photo, our family made the highly anticipated trek to the North Pole last week. What a jolly time it was! So much to see and do, including a ride or two with Bubby down the Peppermint Candy Cane Slide I waxed once upon a time.


    After the delightful outing, I've decided October is definitely the best time to visit the North Pole. Not only is the early autumn weather perfect for an afternoon halfway up Pikes Peak, the aspens on the hillsides all around are just beginning to change, lines for the rides are non-existent, and Santa has plenty of time for long visits plus strolls throughout the park during his breaks—which meant we ran into the Big Guy on several occasions, and each time he remembered Bubby by name.

    I'm so thankful for the holiday-themed expedition with my very most favorite people. 'Twas a memorably festive occasion, indeed.

    Today's question:

    What percentage of your holiday shopping have you completed...or considered?

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    Red-faced and completely humiliated to admit (as owner of online gifts for Grandparents store) that I have completed and considered exactly 0% of my holiday shopping. This percentage will not change until after Halloween or perhaps as late as Thanksgiving. Well, at least I'm honest..

    However, our extremely organized customers have already begun to shop for the holidays. I'm both amazed and impressed!

    Thanks for sharing your visit to the North Pole...looks like it was a great adventure...and I'm betting Santa will still remember Bubby's name come Christmas morning...

    October 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNonnie Kelly

    Love all the pictures Lisa! Thanks for sharing. The boys look like they're having a ball!
    Christmas shopping? I'm a last minute kinda girl, but I actually have a plan to buy some copies of my friend, Karla Telega's new book, have her autograph them, and give them to some of my friends/family. I think they will love such a gift!

    October 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa Sonoda

    Holiday shopping? Whu?

    October 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

    Those are such great pictures and there's even some of PawDad! I bet it was gorgeous up there.

    I've thought about my holiday shopping and even started a list.....but haven't gone out there yet. I haven't even bought my Halloween candy yet!

    October 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie E.

    Ditto everything Debbie E. said.

    October 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    We decidid to wait until we go to Trinidad to buy presents so we don't have the usual not-enough-room-for -all-this-stuff syndrome. Our grands have no TV so their requests remain simple so far. Great photos of your family fun outing. Making memories...

    October 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrandmother

    The slide show is wonderful! Thanks for sharing all the great pics.

    As for shopping -- I'm with Debbie and Ann -- shopping?????

    PS And I can't buy the Halloween candy until the day or two before. Grampy found all my hiding spots and if I get it now it will be long gone by then!

    October 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    Great photos Lisa. We don't celebrate Christmas, so shopping is not a worry.

    October 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSally Kabak

    Not a thought about Christmas shopping for me yet, but I loved the thoughts of my family's previous visits to the North Pole this post brought back to me. It has been a long time since we have been there.

    October 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjeanie

    Holiday shopping? You must be joking! I will be doing my holiday shopping in December with the rest of the crazy people. I will admit, Patrick and I have agreed, for the first time ever, to buy each other one large gift together and only one small gift each. We're going to get ourselves a high-def big screen television. That alone will do away with a large amount of the last minute pressure.

    October 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrams
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