Welcome to Monday, friends! I took a hiatus from technology this weekend, and I’m feeling oh so glad to be back. The countdown is officially on. Only two weeks until Christmas! John and I are heading out of town this coming weekend to have an early celebration with one set of my grandparents. Then it’s back to work for three days before I get my Christmas Break on. You know that’s the real countdown I have going on in my head ;).
My weekend was jam packed. We headed to Fort Smith Friday night to take in the new James Bond flick. Before the show, we made a quick stop at Target. Remember the popcorn I got in my Foodie Pen Pal box last month? My pen pal, Elyse, was nice to enough to let me know that she thought it was sold at Target. John and I were more than a little excited at this prospect, but, sadly, this is what we found.
Both of us stared at it in sadness and disbelief. You will noticed that there was a white chocolate and peppermint option on the right. We decided to pass on that since I’m not that big a fan of peppermint. However, if you are, I’m sure this is just as yummy! Although I was disappointed, I haven’t lost hope. We’ll be passing a Whole Foods on our trip this weekend, and I’m determined to snag a bag of popcorn along with several other goodies!
I did accomplish one important thing on our date night.
One December goal done! I had a gingerbread latte. Did you guys know a small costs $4?! No, I don’t live under a rock. I know Starbucks is expensive, but I was still a wee bit shocked. The verdict? It was pretty good, but I definitely won’t be making it a habit. I’ll stick with hot tea!
Once Saturday rolled around, it was time to get the holiday started with our very first Christmas party. Earlier this year, John joined our local fire department, and Saturday night we attended their annual holiday party. John was required to put on official dress for the occasion.
Doesn’t he clean up nice?
I’ll have to admit, it wasn’t a party I was looking forward to because there’s some hazing for the “rookie” that goes on, but it all turned out fine. I had to bring a dessert so this magnificent thing made another appearance.
Please make this to bring to any holiday gatherings you’re attending. I promise you’ll make a ton of new friends.
The pie was delicious, but my favorite part of the party was getting to hang out with one of my favorite girls.
Everyone in our family is always amazed by how much our niece looks like John!
In addition to my cute fireman, I have one other person to brag on today.
Yesterday, my dad ran the Dallas Marathon. It’s his second marathon, and he PR’ed with a 4:29. He’s a rock star!
It’s Monday again so it’s time for Friend Makin’ Mondays! The questions this week are all about Christmas. Since I’ve already told you the answers to most of them in one form or fashion, I just selected a few for this week.
1. How will you celebrate the holidays this year?
John and I will travel home Christmas Eve afternoon to spend it with my entire family. Sometime Christmas Day, we’ll leave from there to head to Houston. His parents are spending an extended amount of time there so we’re going to hang with them in for a few days.
2. What’s the weather currently like where you live?
After two weeks of unseasonably warm weather, we woke up this morning to freezing temperatures and SNOW FLURRIES! Of course, the snow didn’t stick, but I’ll take what I can get!
3. Do you prefer color lights or white lights?
White lights on the tree, colored lights on the house
4. What is your favorite food to eat over the holidays?
I’ve mentioned it briefly before, but my mom makes an amazing dessert that I look forward to all year. Recipe to come before the holiday season is out!
5. What would you need to make your holiday perfect this year?
Time. Since moving away, I feel like the time I get to spend with family is so rushed because I have so many places to be. I want to be able to relax and enjoy the moments.
What makes your holiday perfect? All time favorite Christmas food?