Running With The Reindeer

Dec 23, 2013

You know Dasher and Dancer and...watch out Pierce!! So this weekend we headed back out to the reindeer farm in Palmer. We first discovered this place around Halloween for some pumpkin picking, which was so fun, so we had to see it during Christmas time. I mean they have real life reindeer how could we not go back?
Lately it seems like whenever we plan a family outing we encounter some not so kid friendly weather. This adventure went from zero visability snow to freezing rain to just plain rain. You know you have lived in Alaska long enough when you ask your husband what the weather is like and he replies "high is about 26"  and you say "oh, so not too bad". The old Kelsey would have said "26!!! eff that!"

But we braved the ever transforming weather to further advance our Christmas spirit!
Let the record show that my kids and the big guy are not too fond of each other. Ace questions everything no matter what you tell him. So when we approached Santa I said do you want to say hi? Ace said "no that looks like grandpa". I can tell you right now that no grandpa in this family resembles this man, but Ace wasn't going for it.  So I didn't push it, Santa said HO HO HO and we were on our merry way. 

Before we went out to see the reindeer we got a pep talk about how to act around Santa's magical friends. The kids heard none of this talk as they were too distracted by the gang of reindeer not so patiently waiting for us to open the gate and feed them. We were also told we could go see the Moose, and Bison if we were so inclined. What they did not mention was that as soon as the gate opens the reindeer will begin to act like they have not been fed in years, and they are going to do everything in their power to get to you and the cup of snacks you are holding. 
At first Pierce was terrified! Yelling "mama help me". Ace was yelling "Pierce run!!!". We were told very clearly NOT to run in fear of spooking the reindeer. I knew most of these rules having grown up with horses, but petting zoo like reindeer and toddlers are a force to be reckoned with. So Pierce ran as fast as a child can in snow with boots that act like ankle weights, while reindeer scattered about, as I was trying to call him back and Ace was all too good at pointing out the obvious. The husband being the cool calm and collected human that he is, just stood there. We eventually figured it out, and we were all able to cohabitant for the remainder of our trip. 
 Here you see an elf- a reindeer- a sled- and 60 something pounds of children.

This was definitely fun for the kids to experience. I am glad we braved the weather to see the reindeer, it was absolutely a Christmas miracle that no one got hurt, reindeer included. After it all we came home to watch the Polar Express and have some chocolate milk...my children do not enjoy the warm version of that drink. 

If this doesn't feel like Christmas, with the snow and the reindeer than I don't know what would...

9 comments:

  1. This looks like so much fun! Even with all the running and the toddler crazy. It's just life now right? That thing on your husband's back? I've never seen such a contraption. But she was warm and cozy wasn't she? As she should be. ;)

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  2. I love the reindeer farm! I remember getting kisses from the moose :) loving the weather pictures...miss that beautiful snow. We just got a huge ice storm this last weekend in Toronto.

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  3. I love the reindeer farm! I remember getting a kiss from the moose. Love seeing pictures of the weather, miss that snow. We just got a huge ice storm in Toronto this past weekend. Not quite the same!

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  4. This is absolutely amazing! I love the photos you took. :)

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  5. So funny!! The other day, it was 34 degrees and I told nick, "oh wow, it's warm today!"

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    1. Look at us getting good at this cold weather thing!! haha. So proud of you Hana…virtual high five!

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  6. Wow it looks so cold but its so pretty! Looks like a good time to me! :) Merry Christmas!

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  7. These are great pictures!! Looks like y'all had a fun time!

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    1. Thanks Erin, it was definitely a day to remember ;)

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