We had such a wonderful weekend!
On Friday night we had a quick dinner, did some errands and rented a few movies. We watched "The Ugly Truth" and "My Sister's Keeper. I had been waiting for months to see My Sister's Keeper. I didn't finish the book in time to see it in the theater so I waited until it came out. I cried like a child. It was definitely a different story than the book, but I still enjoyed it. I won't spoil anything for those who haven't seen it yet but I will say this ... Don't worry, Shaina, the lawyer has a dog. If any of you have read the book and/or seen the movie and want to chat about it, shoot me an e-mail, I'd love to hear your thoughts.
On Saturday the fabulous dude got called in to work pretty early in the morning (barf) so I slept in a bit and then got the day started right by baking some yummy cookies. When the dude got home, he helped me clean the whole house. Then we got cleaned up and headed out to Walmart to grab a few things. On the way home, we stopped and picked up OUR CHRISTMAS TREE! Yeah, you heard me. So, we came home with the tree and spent the rest of the evening decorating the house and the tree. The fabulous dude made a decadent supper of french toast and bacon. Breakfast for supper on the day we decorate for Christmas? Sounds like a great tradition to me. Just what I need - another Christmas tradition (more on that in a future post).
Anyway, you might think it's too early to decorate for Christmas (which it probably is) and I am fairly certain that my BFF would roll her eyes if she knew I decorated so early (she has a tried and true December 1st rule) but I have a perfectly good explanation. Roll with me here.
We normally decorate the house and the tree on or around December 1st. That is 25 days before Christmas. This year, Christmas with my husband's family is here at our house the weekend of December 10th. Which is now 20ish days away. So, actually, I am behind schedule. The thing is, we were supposed to visit the in-laws this weekend and do our decorating next weekend, but our plans had to change and we'll be going to visit them next weekend. So, that meant that we couldn't decorate and the fabulous dude will be gone from December 1-6 ... so it just made sense to get it done now. Now it's done and I can enjoy it and not run around like a chicken with my head cut off (speaking of Chicken - read on) a few days before his family Christmas. After we finished decorating, I wrapped a few gifts and called it an early night. I will definitely bombard you with photos of my decorations, wrapping and everything else Christmas in the coming weeks but here's a sneak peak...
I realized I have way too many decorations. But I love it that way! This year I am so excited to use my Christmas dishes for the first time. And our tree is definitely the prettiest one we've had yet!
On Sunday the dude got up early to go to the shop to do an oil change on my car (yay - love having a handy man hubby). When he came home, he announced that one of our chicken's finally laid an egg! They took wayyyy longer to start laying than I had expected. In fact, last week I gave them an ultimatum. I told them they better start giving me some eggs or I wouldn't buy them anymore food. I think they listened to me!
So, the FD enjoyed a breakfast of farm fresh eggs - er, egg - and then we headed to church. It was a great service. We recently got a new second minister and he presented a really unique lesson. He gave us a first person account of Peter's life with Jesus and challenge us to be a people of faith who truly believe that God is mighty and powerful.
After church we came home for lunch and then the dude went out to work up at the shop for a bit and go hunting. I enjoyed a quiet afternoon of rest, making soup, bread and catching up on blogs. While doing so, I was so ecstatic to discover that I won Jane's amazing giveaway! A $100 Target giftcard ... can you believe it?!?! Go ahead, be jealous. And when you're done - help me decide what to buy! I actually jumped up and down when I found out. This means I can take another trip to the states and hopefully convince all the Americans I encounter that I can read the proper way! After bringing my heart rate back to normal after being so excited, I took a wee nap, wrapped a few more gifts and spent the rest of the evening relaxing... watching HP and the Order of the Pheonix, a few episodes of Lost Season 1 and eating some good ol' Wendy's.
I love weekends like this where we can have fun spending time together and rest up to enter a new week feeling refreshed and energetic.