Every year at the beginning of the Christmas season, our church sponsors the children's area of our city's Christmas Stroll by creating a Dr. Seuss style Whoovillage with free fun activities for families to enjoy together. My area of responsibility is the Grinch house, where I decorate the inside of a trailer to look like the Grinch's living room and set up a studio to take pictures of anyone who wants their picture with the Grinch.
Greg and all of our children were in the parade this year at the beginning of the stroll, and then participated in many of the activities throughout Whoovillage.
Early on the morning of the Stroll, I dressed Lavella and I up as Whoos, since our costumes/hair/make-up is the most involved of our family.
Decorating the Grinch house -- trying to figure out how to wrap the lights around the logs in the fireplace for a "real fire" effect. (I'd gotten all of the decorating mostly in place in the two days before, but there were some finishing touches that needed attention that morning.)
Test shooting -- Andrew went with me early to the Stroll to set up, so he got an early look at everything that morning.
The entrance to Whoovillage (complete with snow machines!)
Andrew/"Thing 1" checking out the Kid Fish tank (live catch and release catfish).
Lavella and our friend Addie (the children's much loved babysitter)
Kid Fish tank
Lavella with the Grinch
Some of my favorite shots from the Grinch House Studio.
Our "outside" Grinch (Chris) with my Grinch House Grinch (Josh).
All of our little Whoos.
Deb, Queen of the Whoo Hair Salon
Inappropriate, so inappropriate...
Becca, our Whoovillage Coordinator
Josh and I
Our whole Whoo-ish family
At the end of the day, all of the children got out of costume and hung out with me in the Grinch house while Greg started breaking down Whoovillage to pack it all away for next year.
So much work, and SO much fun! I am looking forward to next year already.