Saturday we went to Mark's big holiday event, which is always lots of fun.
The kids got to visit with Santa.
Jack knows what's up and hopped right up on Santa's lap to make his request - a car transporter that carries LOTS of cars! Molly was much more wary, but I give this girl credit. Even though she was scared (warranted) she still timidly walked right up to Santa to make her request - Elsa and Anna on a bike. Pretty impressive for a scared 2 year old.
Because we that wasn't enough Christmas fun for us we then went to buy our Christmas tree!
There were A LOT of Christmas trees. This is not good for me, who goes about everything as if there is ONE RIGHT CHOICE, even when I sometimes understand logically that this method doesn't always apply. So... two hours (and one pretty annoyed husband) later, I found the perfect tree :D
Surprisingly I was drawn to the mid-sized trees, which I thought were so cute, but because in year's past we've had a mini-tree and we actually have room for a full-sized tree now I figured we'd better go big or go home!
And we continued decorating...
We even have a mistletoe! Cute, huh?
So, now we're all decorated inside. We still need to get the outdoor stuff done, which will be a larger undertaking this year for sure.
Yesterday evening was my annual cookie exchange with friends and was all sorts of fun! We all bring cookies and an app to share, wear comfy clothes, and have a nice relaxed evening. I look forward to it every year! This was my first year hosting. It was nice, but also a lot of work to try to bake, cook, AND clean, while caring for kids that go right behind you and make a mess again and need you to stop whatever you're doing every 3 minutes. It was a long day, but worth it!
|These are the Molasses Cookies I made. I also whipped up some quick fudge.|
|All the cookies.|
|And all of the cookies that I get to keep :D|
|Aren't these cookie tins adorable? Target!|
|Super adorable, right?!|
Each day he gets to bring in something else to share: hobby (he brought a truck and talked about how much he likes playing with trucks, reading about trucks, drawing trucks, etc. :D ), favorite book (he brought in The Big Book of Mighty Machines, which... is probably not what every 5 year old is currently reading non-stop), and tomorrow he will bring in a favorite toy, and Friday he gets to share someone special so Mark is coming in for Show-and-Tell.
He's so excited about being Star Student. He's been counting down to his turn all year!
I also *FINALLY* got the results of my lactation counselor certification exam in the mail and I PASSED! I'm officially a certified lactation counselor!
It was a longer than usual journey amidst a crazy summer so I'm feeling very accomplished and relieved to have certification in hand! Woot!
Here's what we're eating this week!
Sunday: Turkey Pot Pie Soup with Parmesan Drop Biscuits
Monday: Beef & Noodles (made with leftover beef from French Dips that I had stashed in the freezer) with Roasted Brussels Sprouts (I can't tell you how excited I am to have finally got my hands on some brussels sprouts!)
Tuesday: Leftovers for the kids, Mark had a work party, and I hosted a cookie exchange with friends. I made Molasses Cookies (so good! I made these last year too) and Spinach & Artichoke dip as well as some Pomegrante Sangria, yum!
Thursday: Baked Chicken Fajitas with Guacamole
Friday & Saturday: Out