Happy Monday, friends! And Happy CHRISTMAS WEEK!!! WOO HOO!!!!!
I'm making a concerted effort to soak up every single possible moment this week. You can expect a lot of oversharing on Instagram and WAY too many pictures of my kids ;) You're welcome.
Friday morning the boys found a BUNCH of balloons next to our bed... the balloons were supposed to be on the floor of their bedroom, but Buddy must have gotten tired after blowing up two dozen balloons at 1:00 a.m. ;)
Friday was super hectic - our babysitter left for vacation Thursday night - so Dave stayed home with the littles in the morning while I gave two exams. He had to be at work before lunchtime, so Mason and Griffin went to Kids Club (drop-in daycare at the Country Club) and then I dropped Luke off there with them after our early release and before our staff luncheon. Told you. Nuts.
When I went to pick them up, Mason was wearing ONLY an adult XL golf tournament t-shirt. Apparently my fully potty-trained almost-four-year-old decided he was afraid of the bathrooms there. Awesome. He seems really torn up about the situation, right??? :)
Once we were all home, we immediately started the snuggle sesh...
Griffin took a nap and then this kid passed out, too. It was awesome.
Luke and I played some games and after G woke up we attempted to wake the beast.
We were unsuccessful at stirring Mason (he is the HEAVIEST and HARDEST sleeper of all time), so instead we put in some piggies, brushed our teeth and worked on our selfie faces :) hahaha
Mason finally decided to get up, but only if he wore my hat over his entire face and could chase us around with his "grabber".
After dinner I dug out this music box from my "memory box" full of stuff from when I was a kid. Also in the box was a pair of wooden shoes that I wore ALL THE TIME (my grandparents are Dutch), when I was Mason's age. Yes... still in his t-shirt, but now with wooden shoes. Fabulous.
We watched a movie and then this happened....
Saturday morning we hit the library and grocery store and spent some time browsing through Christmas cards :)
... and checking on the tree :)
And then my Griffin took a nap, my mom invited the boys to come play at their house and I got busy in the kitchen.
It's a taste of home recipe, but first I diced and boiled 2 cups of potatoes and 1 3/4 cups of carrots until they were crisp/tender.
After they were cooked, I melted 2 sticks of margarine and cooked 2/3 cups of chopped onion until they were soft.
After the onions were soft I added in 1 cup flour, 1 1/2 cups milk and 3 cups of chicken broth along with a few shakes of salt and pepper. I stirred it constantly until it bubbled/boiled and then cooked it for about 2 minutes - it was thick and creamy and delicious.
Once it was thick and bubbly, I put in 1 cup of frozen peas, 1 cup of frozen corn, the potato/carrot mixture, and 4 cups of chicken (I used rotisserie chicken).
I topped them off with the remaining two crusts, cut slits in the top and popped one in the oven (350 for about 35 minutes).
The other one I wrapped in foil and put in a freezer bag. When I'm ready to cook it, I'll take it out of the freezer 30 minutes before I bake it (do not thaw!), cover the edges loosely with foil and bake it at 425 degrees for 30 minutes and then reduce it to 350 degrees and bake another 70-80 minutes until it's golden brown.
I let it sit for 15 minutes before I cut into it...
... and when I did it was PERFECTION!!!
Everyone was a fan ;)
Before dinner, I snapped this picture of Luke and GG and I'm obsessed with it. Her smirk and squishy baby legs. The way Luke is looking at her. Everything.
Then I set about my weirdest Elf antic yet :)
Last night, after the boys went to bed, I blew up another yellow balloon and replaced the one with Buddy in it with the empty one - so it looked like he disappeared out of there without popping it :) I have hopes it blows their little minds. hahaha
Sunday morning G and I sported some Christmas colors (ignore the mud - we're having our fence repaired/replaced and it's kind of a wreck right now).
Church wiped this boy OUT!! Which is surprising, since he fell asleep at 5:00 p.m. Saturday night and didn't wake up until 8 am!!! I think he's going through a growth spurt because he's been exhausted and starving all the time!
After church Luke "painted" his face with my eyeliner (he was dressed up as a fighter pilot and apparently that required smudges on his cheeks), so Mason wanted a cat nose and whiskers. I was walking out the door to go run some errands and I snapped this pic on my way out...
He's a hot, adorable mess.
And speaking of hot, adorable, pantless messes...
the rest of the night I spent playing around with a few new finds from Home Goods and getting some appetizers ready for Christmas with Dave's parents and brother (we're celebrating tonight!).
I hope y'all had a fun and festive weekend and are ready for the most fun week of the year! We're heading to The Gaylord this morning and doing Christmas with Dave's family tonight. I'm meeting up with a childhood girlfriend on Tuesday (road trip!) and Tuesday night is Jammie Cocoa Christmas and lights. Wednesday my grandma (Oma!) is coming in to town and then Christmas Eve at Dave's grannys house, presents with Mark and Diana after church and then CHRISTMAS!!! Lots of food, lots of fun and lots of family. Can't wait!!!