It's one of my favorite holiday traditions.
The day after Thanksgiving we go up to the Empire Mine in Grass Valley, CA.
It is the oldest, largest, richest gold mine in the West!
It's also one of my favorite places to take photos!
I was all excited this year because I just finished Ashley Ann's Snap Shop class and I couldn't wait
to try out my knew knowledge of photography!
BUT, I was mortified to find out that my battery was blinking and I didn't have the charger or spare!!
There was nothing I could do.
So I tried my best to get over it and take as many as I could while the battery lasted.
And guess what? It lasted the whole day!!!
My first Christmas Miracle!
The leaves were beautiful
and so were our grandparents!
Then it was time for the big moment!
Getting to see Santa!
Check out my post from last year where I share the story about this incredible man!
It was our 4th year seeing Santa at the mine.
We stepped into the Clubhouse where Santa waited to see the children.
I think my heart skipped a beat when I saw him!
I just love Santa!
He asked the children what they wanted for Christmas and they shyly told him their wishes.
Then his tone got more serious and asked the children,
"why have you been fighting so much with each other?"
(How did he know? My second Christmas Miracle!)
My little sensitive boy's head dropped and his smile was gone.
"Family is the most important thing and friends may come and go, but your family is with you forever. So you need to be nice to one another and love each other. Don't fight."
"Ok," the children quietly said.
When we left the clubhouse my little boy still had his head bend down and he said to me,
"I don't think we're going to get any presents this year."
I wanted to laugh and cry at the same time!
He was so sad and so remorseful!
I assured him that Santa just wants families to love each other, and we do love each other!
I mean come on, do these look like kids who fight with each other?
(Thanks Santa for the little speech, it's working like a charm!!
My third Christmas Miracle!)