A Weekend of Traditions

Wow ladies, that weekend flew by fast! It seems as you get closer to the holidays time just seems to fly right by. Am I right or am I right?! Regardless of how fast this weekend went by, it was most definitely a good one. Despite the fact that Kevin had to spend his whole weekend working, we still had quite a bit of fun and got quite a bit accomplished. That's my kind of weekend friends. Over the weekend we got to participate in several of our Christmas traditions which truly made me smile. I'll share a bit about them today but I'll share the full review and rundown of each tradition tomorrow and Wednesday so be sure to check back then. But since you're here now, let's get this weekend recap started.

Friday after work, I met my dad at Lowes Hardware to pick up a few needed items for Harper's teepee. Instead of forking out $200+ for a teepee for Harper's playroom, I decided to get crafty and make my own. After leaving Lowes, I headed home to drop off the supplies then headed back out to get Harper from daycare. When Kevin arrived home from work, we changed into some more comfortable clothes and headed back out to meet my parents and siblings for dinner at a local cafe. By the time we left it was nearly 9pm and we were all ready to go home and call it a night.

Saturday Kevin had to spend the day working so Harper and I joined my sister for some last minute Christmas shopping. While out I grabbed some more gift bags and picked up a few last minute gifts for friends and family. Misty and I also took Harper to Target and let her pick out her Christmas ornament this year. Each year, Kevin and I pick out Harp an ornament for the Christmas tree she'll have "one day". Since she's a bit bigger this year, we decided we'd attempt to let her pick out an ornament herself. To say it was a tough decision is an understatement. She had so many options to choose from and it was quite funny watching her pick up one ornament after another. I'll be sharing more of that adventure on Wednesday!

After our Target run, we took a break from shopping and grabbed some lunch at Rio Grande, a local Mexican restaurant, and stuffed ourselves silly on chips and salsa. We finished out our shopping adventures with a trip to Bath and Body Works where I stocked up on foaming soap in winter scents for just $2.50 a piece! I probably got a year's worth but with a deal that good I couldn't say no.

Harper and I got back home sometime after 4pm and spent the rest of the afternoon playing and wrapping presents. When Kevin got home from work, he took over occupying Harp while I prepared dinner. Around 6:30 my mother-in-law, brother-in-law and his girlfriend, and my brother all showed up to the house to chow down on some chicken alfredo and holiday cupcakes. Following dinner, everyone hung around the house and we watched the movie When the Game Stands Tall. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it! It was definitely one of the best movies I've seen all year.

After the movie ended, my mother in law headed on home while the guys decided they'd watch a little football on the tv. Since the guys were occupied, Brooke (my brother-in-law's girlfriend) and I decided to finish up a few projects for Harper's room. We put together Harper's Ikea Latt table that I hacked with a little hot pink paint then got to work on framing Harper's teepee. All I can say is thank goodness Brooke was there because there's no way I'd have been able to hold and tie Harper's teepee poles by myself.  After tackling those two large projects, Brooke and I plopped down on the couch talking until sometime after 11 when the guys decided it was time to hit the road, head home, and go to bed.

Sunday morning Harper and I joined Kevin at work for a picnic breakfast in the car. Whenever he works Sundays, we always try to do breakfast with him. It's become sort of a tradition. After breakfast, we ran back home, changed clothes, then headed to church with my family. Of course, after church, we headed over to my parents' house for our usual Sunday lunch. We stuck around till sometime around 2:30 then made our way back home so Harper could take a nap.

While Harper napped I continued to work on Harper's playroom. I got the frames set up, her IKEA Latt table styled, and finished up her teepee (which I must say is cute as can be!). By the time I finished she was back up and at it and we spent the remainder of our time together playing.

Around 6, Harper and I loaded up the car and headed back to my parents' house where we met Kevin, Brooke, and Bryan. Since the temperatures were so nice and it wasn't too cold, we decided to head to Casville to see the Christmas lights and visit Santa. It's a tradition we started several years back and something we look forward to every year! But yet again, I'll share more about this tomorrow (;

After picking up a pizza and swinging back by Mom and Dad's we made it back home last night sometime after 9. And after going from one place to another all day, this girl was exhausted. By 9:30, I was curled up in bed in my jammies and passed out soundly asleep!

Hope your weekend was just as sweet friends! 

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