We Meet Santa!

Hi there!  Wow, it was a full weekend followed by a very busy Monday.  My mom came into town on Friday evening, and we were all very excited to have her stay.  The Mr. left to go hunting VERY early on Saturday morning.  I also was up and at ’em early on Saturday to help serve breakfast at our church’s winter shelter for those who are homeless in our area.  It was an experience I hope we can share as a family once the kids are older.  I think we tend to label and put ourselves (and others) in categories.  As humans, it soothes us to organize our existence and make sense of our environment and those in it.  I think we (meaning me too) forget that we all have more in common than we think.  The people I served early on Saturday morning were just people whose circumstances are different from mine.  There were some morning-people, some cranky people, some polite people (actually no rude people), just people.  I’m very thankful for the experience.

So…after my early morning activities I picked up my mom and kids to head to the Breakfast with Santa event at my school.  It was so low-key!  It was the perfect recipe for a casual conversation with this guy…


They both did great!  Holden asked Santa for a Captain America costume…Helen just chilled on his lap!  No spit-up and no tears!

I got to see a few students and introduce them to my kids.  We also visited the book fair, and Holden purchased a book for himself and one to give his sister for Christmas.

After a quick pit stop at home to pick up my sister, we were off for lunch at Dish.  This was a fun restaurant in Virginia Beach…”Scandinavian specialties along with our great American favorites.”  -from the website


My delicious smoked salmon sandwich with avocado pictured below!


We ended our celebration (it was my early birthday celebration!) with a visit to The Royal Chocolate in Town Center for fondue.  IMG_4370.jpg

I think it’s clear that Holden was excited.  🙂


We were so full we hardly ate dinner later that evening!

Sunday was super quiet.  We (the kids and me) staying home all day except for a walk to the park.  I really hate missing church especially during Advent, but Helen is quite a wiggle worm during worship service.  I think we need to take the plunge and drop her off in the church nursery for worship service.  Clingy mom and baby problems!

Here’s Holden doing some crafting on Sunday…


We were so glad to see the Mr. on Sunday evening…he came home with two deer!  Lots of venison in our future!

Monday was back to work/school, but we enjoyed seeing Holden perform at his Christmas program.  The Mr. was on “dad cam” duty with the pictures, but I did snap this one of the three spectators (Moochie and Poppy were present but not pictured…we were so glad they joined us!)…what do you think of the Mr.’s face?!?


Whew!  I can’t believe it’s only Monday evening!  I’ve got THREE meetings this week plus just regular school stuff.  I can almost taste winter break AND am so excited!

My Christmas fun list still has cookie baking and some Rudolph watching on it.  🙂  What are you looking forward to in the Christmas celebration season?

Have a great week!



Moments on a Monday

Good morning!  I hope all of you are keeping your fingers (& toes!) crossed for a favorable weather prediction from the groundhog!  I absolutely, positively HATE winter.  I know, I know…you should appreciate all the seasons.  Blah Blah Blah.  After the Mr.’s birthday in early January, I’m ready to skip to spring break!  I do make exceptions for Valentine’s Day {who doesn’t love a holiday focused on love and chocolate!?!?!} and Holden’s birthday in March.  Other than those highlights, winter gets me way down.  The Mr. has even threatened to buy and make me use one of those light therapy things seen here.  Let’s just say this is about as far north as I can take it.  If I could move family along with us, I’d pick up and move to South Carolina, Georgia, Florida…I even fantasize about Florida in these winter months.

Here are a few tips that don’t require a power outlet if you also have a little seasonal affective disorder…

13 tips

10 thoughts

I’m firmly convinced that the winter blues almost resulted in a major hair decision that was thankfully diverted before it actually occurred!  I was look for a change and almost did some serious damage to my hair’s mission statement.  I started wearing it with a middle part {v. my usual side part}, kept the length, and like it more!  Crisis ended!  LOL!


Holden continues to not be affected by things like his mom {thank goodness} is happily growing, reading, chasing the dog, and playing.


I can hardly believe that today is the day to turn in Holden’s registration for his “big preschool.”  We’ve been taking him to the same at-home daycare since he was six months, and I know this will be hard for him {probably harder for me though}.  I’m hopeful that it will be smoother than we think.  All these transitions are hard but good.  Can’t be a little baby boy forever.


We had a two hour delay last Tuesday thanks to some winter precipitation.  This left us some time to do “repairs” on one boy’s excavator.

This past weekend, Holden {and us too!} got to visit with lots of grandparents.  My parents came over on Saturday with lots of Valentine’s Day treats plus home repair help for the Mr. and a lunch out for me.  My mom and I went to Citrus…finally!  We had about 3 failed attempts before this successful trip.  The place serves only breakfast and lunch, but it is SUPER popular.  We both had the grilled shrimp wrap with amazing toppings plus a side of broccoli.  I also enjoyed fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.  Wow.  I loved it!


Sunday, we celebrated the Mr.’s mother turning the big 6-0!  She is so energetic and youthful that her age is truly just a number.  We had a great time celebrating and even surprised her with a few family members coming into town for the big day.  I have no pictures of the day at all {true measure of a fun party where a toddler is in attendance= little to no pictures!}.  We enjoyed hot sandwiches, chips, veggie tray, and then a trip to Whole Foods to pick out our sweets.  We wrapped up the night with a little half-time show plus me filling out H’s preschool registration {maybe one small tear here}.  Although the food was yummy, I think the sodium did me in.  I had some Emergen-C in the medicine cabinet and enjoyed a packet in water to top off the night.


I thought Katy Perry’s performance was A-OK.  Not to sure about those outfits though!  The best part was definitely her ride across the stadium on the star.  How cool!

I hope you have a great Monday!  At least Mother Nature decided to make the extra chilly day this week on a Tuesday instead of a Monday.  Ease us into it, right?


I like things to be meaningful.  Gifts, meals, cards, events…you name it!  Sometimes…despite my planning and scheduling, things don’t work out exactly as I dream.  Weather, it’s unpredictable to a degree.  People, they are unpredictable too.  Me as well!  First, things are fine and dandy!  Next few minutes, I’m having a meltdown about something silly.  Sound familiar?  Storms could pop up despite the best of intentions and planning to a T.  What can we do?  Grab an umbrella and look for the bright spots each time an overcast day appears on your horizon.

Here we are at Hunt Club Farm in Virginia Beach…







Just a little comparison from last year’s “Sword in the Stone” picture!





I carried my umbrella to ward off the storm clouds, but we ended up being rained out and having to skip the hayride.  We didn’t do this last year, so it was a little of a bummer that we missed out on it again (and that we paid for it!).  We finished out this day with lunch at Back Bay Gourmet which was amazing!  Here is their website.  I would completely recommend going there for lunch.  They were kid-friendly while also still being a nice place to have lunch.  Not a ton of options for kids’ meals, but H enjoyed his grilled cheese which came with chips and apple slices.  I had the Turkey and Cranberry Panini which was so yummy with the bistro spinach salad.   The Mr. had the Working Man’s Roast Beef.  Here we are carving up some jack-o’-lanterns!  This year went much better as we had WWIII at our house last year when the Mr. would not “share” the pumpkin carving with me.  So…one pumpkin for each of this year with Grandma Jewels helping out/playing keep H away from the sharp objects.


These sweet moments are ours to treasure despite our rainy day.  Happy fall festivities!