This weekend has been filled with lots of preparations for hosting Christmas and also, a bunch of fun. Friday, the kids and I braved the stores and finished up most of our pre-Christmas grocery shopping. I was a little hesitant to go out, since some folks believed the world was going to end on 12-21-12. Thankfully, we didn't run into any crazies- actually, people were kinder and more friendly than I expected. The kids were good, the world didn't end and we survived. Good thing too...because I'm looking forward to Christmas!
Before we went into Costco, I told the kids to put on their biggest 'Christmas Smiles'. They practiced in the car and did a lot of smiling in the store, especially for the sample ladies.Quelf and oh.my.gosh. it was hilarious. At one point, I had to construct a snorkel out of household items and then wear it for the rest of the game. We laughed a lot and it was super fun.
One of my embarrassing pregnant'isms is posting photos of my food on Instagram. Saturday afternoon, Jeremiah made this Balsamic Salmon Salad for me and nope...I couldn't just say thank you and eat it, I had to photograph it and then share my beautiful salad with the world. I'm blaming it on pregnancy and the fact that when something is good, it's like really good. So go ahead, and roll your eyes...it's just me and my embarrassing food posts.
Yesterday, the best package of maternity clothes arrived at my door from Seraphine Maternity. As soon as I get off the couch and get my act together, I'll be taking some photos and showing you guys the goodies. That site sells the cutest clothes! Most maternity clothes seem totally frumpy and make me feel so blah but, not their stuff. I pretty much love everything they carry.
Today has been filled with lots of cooking to prepare for Christmas, cleaning, Seahawk football and decorating cookies with the kids. Notice that I said cleaning and decorating cookies with the kids in the same sentence? Hahaha...yes. I think I swept at least twice just from the sprinkles that they had fun with.
Pictured below are brownie bites dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy canes. These are highly recommended and I'm looking forward to when it's January and I'm no longer tempted to make this stuff.
When we opened our Advent pocket this afternoon, the little piece of paper said "decorate cookies for Santa". The kids were so excited and they really did such a great job. It's a little bittersweet that Advent is almost over. Opening one of the pockets on our Advent Tree each day has been fun. Most days, Judah tells me that we need to open one and then I quickly scramble to fill it with a paper that seems to fit the moment.
In the last few weeks, I've started to really see Judah's attention span grow. He's suddenly more into drawing in detail, and spending more time on things that he's interested in. I'm loving this new phase and I think 4 is going to be a really fun year with him.
Cookies for Santa. By: Judah and Paisley
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.