Weekend Notes

It's pretty obvious that Christmas is less than 12 days away...

:: We kicked off the weekend with a short trip to see the lights at Rock Creek Station on Friday night.  We bundled the kids up, but they didn't seem to notice the biting cold.  Instead, they excitedly pointed and declared all the dazzling colors and the endless assortment of Christmas characters littered throughout the acreage.  But I think their favorite part--and mine too--was the camel.  Yes, the boys got to feed a real live camel with two humps some carrots.  The looks on their faces were priceless!

:: I played my violin and the boys met Santa at our church breakfast on Saturday morning.  Jed was disappointed when Santa didn't give him the movie and cars he asked for right then.  I had to explain to Jed that Santa would come down the chimney and deliver his presents in his stocking on Christmas day.  He seemed okay with that.  Jed is really catching on to how Christmas works this year.  "Halloween over and now it's Christmas?" he asks.  Yes, it's Christmas time!

:: Bron and I read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson together aloud.  We couldn't help laughing!  That story is so well written.  Definitely a Christmas classic. 

:: We began a new Christmas tradition at our home this year.  I wrapped twelve books and placed each of them under the tree with a number.  It's our Christmas countdown!  I've never seen Jed dress in his pajamas so fast; he is thrilled to open a present and read a story each night.  And I'm eating up his excitement too.  I'm looking forward to collecting more illustrated classics and Christ-centered books to read as a family over the coming years to welcome in that special Christmas spirit.

:: All calorie-counting has officially gone out the window!  (Not that I do much of that anyway.)  Bron made two batches of his grandpa's famous peanut butter fudge and I baked over 200 sugar cookies.  (Yes, I'll have lots of help from my Achievement Day girls frosting those this week.)  I'm stoked because for the first time in my life, my sugar cookies turned out perfectly!

:: I rocked Levi to sleep in his dark bedroom two nights in a row.  I love holding him close, feeling the weight of his head on my chest, and listening to him breathe.  It's a priceless feeling.  I am such a lucky mama; he likes to snuggle! 


  1. So fun. I have been trying to figure out a Christmas advent thing...books are a really good idea!! We just made grandpa's peanut butter fudge's not christmas without it :) merry Christmas!!!!!

  2. Love this! I distinctly remember reading on my dad's lap at night before bed in my pjs. The best!

  3. Sounds like a really perfect weekend if you ask me!! Can you believe that Christmas is a week away?!?!

  4. What a fun tradition!! We've been trying to read a Christmas story per day too... We also do the countdown with chocolates. He never misses a day when it comes to a treat. Here's to the holiday arriving next week!

  5. I love the book idea! I might steal it when I have kids one day!


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