Happy Monday, friends!!! I'm OFFICIALLY on Christmas break and it is glorious!!! I'm resting and relaxing and relishing in doing a whole lot of nothing :)
Friday morning I proctored my last couple of exams and was able to sneak away to listen to the boys perform at their Christmas chapel. One of the best parts of working at the school where they attend is being able to be there for (almost) all of their school events and such. Having someone cover my class for 15 minutes while I run up the hill to watch them perform is SUCH a blessing!!!
Isn't the art around the stage PRECIOUS?!?! I though tit was such a sweet idea!
... and Luke's grade...
After a teacher luncheon and getting some last exam paperwork turned in I picked up all the kids and we got our "break" on :)
Which apparently meant digging into a box of Nerds while sitting on the table.
Dave ran home and I took Griffin to her Winter recital rehearsal.
She didn't hate the stage :)
After rehearsal we took advantage of the twirly dress and empty halls :)
And holy precious, batman!!!
We got home just in time for silly string...
... bike riding...
... and Snowman hugging before dinner.
Saturday morning is one of our longest-standing Christmas traditions - Brunch with Santa at the country club. It was our 8th year to sit on Santa's knee and then indulge in too many pancakes :)
I mean... that boy in the picture above??? This was him 8 years ago. #holdme
And then there's this cutie!
And his first brunch in 2011 ;)
He asked for Pokemon cards.... are those even a thing anymore?!?! HELP!!!
And this girl sitting pretty with Santa!
And sister doesn't have a solo pic from her first brunch. #thirdchildproblems
She asked for a baby sister (ummmmm..... no), instruments (check!) and ballerina princess cards (which I think was in response to her brothers request for Pokemon cards).
SO FUN!!! We're hoping next year they get the memo that Santa probably shouldn't be in front of the window for pics :)
After pictures we dove right into the delicious breakfast buffet.
Oh, sibling love :)
I ran to the grocery store and did a couple of errands and then it was time for Griffin's recital! Her performance was to "Suzy Snowflake" and their little costumes were so cute!
With her sweet instructor...
heading backstage like a big girl!
And look who came to watch her perform!!! #teamannagrace ;)
Flowers from "her boys" ;) (Luke dropped and then ran to check out the vending machine. #priorities)
We tried playing outside Saturday afternoon, but the temperature was dropping CRAZY fast and the wind was NUTS!!!
And by later afternoon we looked like this...
Sunday we had no plans (#allthepraisehands) and Dave was working so the kids and I had a really nice and quiet day at home. My mom stopped by for tea in the afternoon and we played games and the kid painted some little Christmas trees I picked up a couple of weeks ago.
We had chili and cornbread (YES!), played more games, watched a movie and after the kids trees had dried I decided to tie some leftover ribbon to them to make ornaments. The tree upstairs was pretty packed, so I decided to put them on the wreath on the game closet and look how cute!
And a Christmas movie after dinner took out 3/5 of our crew :)
It was a FANTASTIC weekend and the best part was knowing we had NO SCHOOL OR WORK the next day ;)
Tomorrow is the last Show and Tell Tuesday of the year and we're going to be sharing Christmas traditions, recipes, etc. I'm still working on the 2017 list (or maybe switching it up... I need time to think) ;) I would love for you to link up and join in!
Happy Monday, friends!