Merry Christmas! It is almost here. We have had a fun, full December. The kids got out of school on the 5th. Not-so-mini#1 and I took off for Charlotte that first weekend in December to run a 5K in lovely, downtown Waxhaw. Great flat course and pretty little old town square finish line. Mini #1 finished 5th overall and 1st in the 19 and under division! He's 13. We both cut our times considerably. Fun time. After the race, we got cleaned up and went to my mom's Ladies' Christmas tea at her church. Mini#1 and my dad were servers. This tea had 75 tables and 600 women attending. My mom decorated 3 gorgeous tables this year. This is her absolute favorite event of the entire year. I can see why. I was proud to hear all of the kind comments about her tables and gladly claimed that they were hers to anyone who asked or didn't ask! And it was fun seeing my son and dad hanging out together all afternoon doing this with us. It was a great weekend.
Other than that we had an ugly sweater party in the neighborhood. Don't you love the vest my mom gave me? Blue vest with giraffes. I added lots of glittery dollar tree stickers to it to complete the look.
We have all been sick. I guess that put a temporary damper on our holiday fun, but not really. We got to hang around inside with what has to be my favorite Christmas tree ever! It is so big and pretty and it was the 2nd tree we looked at this year on the lot! Unheard of for me to find a tree so easily!
Once we felt well enough I took the kids around Raleigh looking for a place to get some Christmas card photos. We had hoped for a family shot, but it just didn't work out this year. I snapped some photos at an unusually quiet Pullen Park, raced home and ordered some cards on Shutterfly and anxiously awaited their arrival. All is well. They have been mailed. Ahhh.
Yesterday we celebrated Mr. Pink's birthday. He's holding onto this one. 49. We went to dinner at North Hills, rode around looking at Christmas lights and home for birthday cookie. Ugh! Oh well. Kids like it. It was our 1st year not going to see his dear, sweet grandmother. She passed away in March at age 92. We miss her so much and her red velvet cake she always made him. (I should've attempted to make this!). She truly filled in as his mother these last 5 years since his mom passed away from cancer in '09. But we got about a 30 minute snowfall yesterday morning. He said it was both of them sending it from heaven.
I hope you and your families have a safe, happy, memory-filled Christmas with loved ones this year!