I had the best day yesterday!
The girls were out of school, and and we had some errands to run. I debated skipping the errands and staying home in our pjs but I'd heard some yucky weather was rolling in and decided to just get out and get it DONE.
I needed some things at the mall. Most of you know that I despise the mall. I've been there twice this week. That's more than I've been this entire year. It was quick and painless though...just had to exchange a few things at Old Navy and pick up a couple gifts at another store. Thank goodness the gifts weren't for the girls since they were with me!
While in Old Navy, I found some great pj pants for myself--$6! And fleece tops (to wear with those pj pants) for $5. Merry Christmas to me!
After the mall, we stopped by Starbucks to meet my sweet friend, Tiffany, who is driving with her family from Dallas to Idaho (29 hours!) for Christmas. They didn't have long to stop, but it was great to chat with her. She is one of the most encouraging (and real) people I've ever met. Abbey and Sarah and her daughter, Jaden, spent some time coloring Strawberry Shortcake pages and after awhile they went outside with her boys, found some snow leftover from earlier this week and had fun making and throwing snowballs! Tiffany...you were a bright spot in my day!!! Please thank your husband for his patience, and for taking the time to stop (as if you coud resist Starbucks--ha!).
We left there to meet John at REI. We both needed some new SmartWool socks. If you get cold feet (very punny, I know) then you NEED to check out these socks. They are the only kind I have worn since I moved here five years ago. They're pretty pricey, but I consider it an investment (and buy them on sale). I picked out these two pair yesterday. It might be odd to write an entire paragraph about SmartWool socks, but honestly, my feet are NEVER cold when I wear them. And I live in a place where it gets cold. So...there. Maybe the SmartWool people will magically find my blog and outfit me with socks for the rest of my life. If not, I'll just keep blogging about how much I love them, and keep buying them and encouraging you to also!
We made a quick trip to Chik-Fil-A (love that place) and to the bank and post office and then we returned home to make our gingerbread house! I thought that was one of those traditions we might not have time for this year and just kept walking past the kits at Walmart and Michael's. Earlier this week I ran to Walmart to pick up some last minute stuff for Brownies and saw the kits marked (way) down. I couldn't resist grabbing one. The girls LOVED it and had such fun decorating to their heart's delight. (Will is SO over gingerbread houses.) Cute, huh?
I read this post after I had already bought the kit, but I think next year we may try making it this way.
Had a fun trip to the mailbox yesterday too! Lots of cards from some of our favorite people. AND, I even had a package from one of my blog friends, Gretchen. She sent me this cute scarf she made. Don't you LOVE it? I wore it all evening. And will be wearing it today too! Thank you, friend!
After dinner, I worked on our Christmas cards (hoping to mail them Monday before we leave) while watching Cheaper By the Dozen with the fam. That movie is just so sweet. I love it.
It was a lovely day, and I wasn't feeling a bit of stress...
UNTIL THIS MORNING. I'm trying not to freak out about all that needs to get done before we leave. My mantra today is this: "It will all get done, it will all get done, it will all get done. And if it doesn't, then it doesn't."
Easier said than done.
Happy Weekend to you!