Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmasy Four-Day Weekend

What a weekend!  We squeezed every ounce of Christmasy goodness out of this one!

Thursday was Brian’s and my nine year anniversary so we both took the day off from work to hang out together.  We did our standard breakfast at Panera (accompanied by coffee from Starbs) followed by a bit more Christmas shopping, and then we had lunch at Chipotle.  We then spent the rest of the afternoon exchanging anniversary gifts and then sorting through all of the kids’ Christmas gifts to make sure we were all set for them for Christmas… and guess what?  We’re completely done with both of them!  Everything has been purchased, wrapped (we only wrap the gifts from us), and bagged up in black garbage bags and hidden away in my office until Christmas Eve night.  All we have left to buy now are just a few more gifts for our family members.





I’m totally patting myself on the back, you just can’t see it.  ;o)

Thursday evening we picked up the kids from school and headed straight downtown for dinner at one of our favorite pizza places followed by the tree lighting at Brian’s company.  We spent the evening eating cookies and drinking hot chocolate and listening to carolers and riding the horse and buggy.  The kids had a great time and we were able to capture a couple of pictures of the tree… the family picture didn’t quite turn out so great, though.  Such is life with wiggly babies and bad lighting.







When we got home, we got the kiddies in the bed and then B and I cracked open our anniversary cookie cake – yes, we get one every year – and it is worth every single calorie! 


Friday I was off of work to spend the day with Jacob.  His class went on a field trip to see a Christmas play and then they got to have lunch with Santa followed by a trip to one of our favorite playgrounds in the city.  It was such a great day hanging out with my sweet Boo.  I always love the one on one time with him.



Friday evening we had dinner at Panera and then we headed downtown for yet another tree lighting.  This is the one that we have been going to every year since before the babies were even born.  There is a parade and “snow” and Christmas carolers and lots of other Christmasy things to see and do.  One of our local high schools’ choir sang Christmas carols and they were just out of this world fantastic.  One of the songs that they sang was Carol of the Bells… one of my all-time favorites.  Friends, it gave me chills.  They were incredible.  If that doesn’t put you in the Christmas spirit, then I don’t know what does!










When we got home, we had our first fire in the fire place of the season, and then B and I settled in to watch some GG… we’re nearing the end of season one and I’m loving it so far!


Saturday morning we were up bright and early to have breakfast with Santa at our church.  This was the first year that we have attended and it was great!  We dined on pancakes and bacon and fresh fruit, and then the kids got to sit on Santa’s lap.  Neither of our kids were afraid of him this year!!!!  Jacob has actually never really been afraid of him, but there were a couple of years that he was a little unsure.  Olivia hated him last year… so much that I had to sit in his lap with her to get her to take a picture!  This year she walked right up to him all by herself and listened intently to whatever he was telling her.  It was oh so sweet!









After seeing Santa, the kids made some ornaments at the craft table, and then we let them play outside in the leaves for a bit.  Such a picturesque setting on our church lawn… I couldn’t resist the photo op!






Saturday afternoon and evening were spent watching the SEC Championship game, going to dinner at Longhorn with B’s fam for our nephew’s birthday, and then over to my FIL’s house for cake.  We built another fire in the fireplace Saturday night and it was about the coziest evening ever.

Sunday was cold and rainy.  We had lunch at my MIL’s and then dinner at my parents’… the usual Sunday festivities. 


It was a wonderful Christmasy weekend and we’re looking forward to another one next weekend!!

And speaking of Christmas, don’t forget I’m co-hosting a Holiday Home Tour link-up tomorrow… we hope to see your lovely homes all decked out for the holiday season!


*Linking up with B Loved Boston for Weekending.


26 comments:

  1. Oh what a weekend filled with so many wonderful activities & outings. Jacob's field trip sounds like the very best! That Santa looks like the real deal!

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  2. Wow! What an awesome weekend!! Love the kids all dressed up for Breakfast with Santa. So adorable.

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  3. What a great long weekend for you!!! Your anniversary sounds lovely, as does the field trip. Both tree lightings looks awesome - I need to get my work to do something like that. :) Obsessing with how long Olivia's hair is getting, not to mention her sweet little dress!! Happy Monday!

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  4. I love your anniversary traditions - that is just the sweetest - especially that cookie cake!! So glad you had a fun weekend and a long one too!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  5. Woo-Hoo! It sounds like you guys had an amazing weekend! I love all of the Christmas-y outfits, including Olivia's dress! Oh my sweetness!

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  6. So much fun festive stuff going on, I love it!! This weekend totally put me in the Christmas mood with the snow and seeing some lights.

    I can't believe you're at the point where no one cries with Santa! LOL I'm thinking I only have one more year with crying and that kind of makes me sad, ha ha

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  7. ahh I had a smile on my face the whole time while reading this!! it sounds like it was an absolutely lovely weekend Lindsay!! loving all of your outfits and photos, as usual :)

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  8. What an amazing 4 day weekend. We had a 4 day weekend around here too that would have been fantastic had we not had colds. BLECK! So bummed that happened but at least we only had to cancel one thing. Love the tree lighting an the Santa photos and the leaves and pretty much everything. Hope you have a good Monday!

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  9. Sounds like it was a wonderful 4 day weekend. That cookie cake looks soo yummie. Funny enough, I was looking for one this weekend and could not find one. Didn't realize the cookie place at the mall had closed. Boo!

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  10. What a fun-filled weekend! Love this time of year!
    The kiddos picture came out perfect...love it! They are so darn cute.
    Hope you guys have a great Monday!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

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  11. Wow, wow and wow!! So much goodness in this...love your smiling faces, your Anni cookie, the kids pics with Santa!! Your polka dot dress has me swooning!! Your festive vibe is the BEST I tell ya!!

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    1. Yes, lots and lots of Christmasy goodness! And the polka dot dress is from Old Navy last year. :o) It's one of my favorite dresses of all time!

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  12. What a busy, fun weekend! I absolutely love that you guys took off and spent the day together for your anniversary..totally adore his card and an annual cookie cake? Why have I not thought of such goodness?! The tree lighting pictures are adorable. Hope you have a great week!

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  13. Sounds like an amazing weekend. Love all the Christmasy stuff that you guys did. Where did you get your flannel shirt from and your Christmas sweater. They are both so cute. So glad your kids took great photos with santa. My girls, not so much. ha. Next year.

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  14. What a GREAT weekend!! Lots of Christmas-y fun!!!
    So Cute!! I love your Christmas shirt in the last picture!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Heather! It was lots and lots of Christmasy goodness! Those are the best kinds of weekends!

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  15. What a most delightful weekend! Love your festive clothes, too!

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  16. Such a fun 4 day weekend! I love that y'all get an anniversary cookie cake! That would be worth every calorie haha!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  17. Posts like this just make my heart so happy. I love seeing families soaking in all the togetherness of the holidays. Our kid's are the same age, and I literally just want to pinch myself sometimes because they're just so much fun right now!

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  18. Happy anniversary!! Carol of the Bells is my favorite too and I can't help but act like I'm in a choir while singing it. It's kind of ridiculous! :) What an exciting weekend!

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    1. Haha, I feel the same way. I always sing my heart out when I hear it!

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  19. What a fun filled weekend y'all had! Hope you had the best anniversary!

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  20. Happy anniversary! It sounds like you had a festive weekend! Your kiddos are absolutely adorable and your outfit pics are always on point!

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    1. Thanks so much, Ashley, and thanks for stopping by!

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  21. We had a very Chrsitmasy weekend as well and I can’t wait to share about it. I love that you guys took the day off to hang out together on your anniversary. And the cookie cake? You guys are too cute! The tree lighting even sounds like a wonderful time. I love things like that.

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