Happy Monday!! Was your weekend filled with holiday festivities like ours was? Sure feels like Christmas! I’m listening to Baby It’s Cold Outside as I write this, but ironically we had a really warm weekend! We barely needed coats.
Friday morning I took Mazen for a haircut. You never know how that’s going to go, but this was the first haircut he seemed to enjoy! What a dapper young fellow : )
Snip-its for the win!
No snow on the ground this year! Just a cute little kiddo in his Christmas outfit : )
We were seated for a soup and salad course and then released to the buffet —
Apple + root vegetable
Greens + goat cheese
And then salmon, saffron rice and yummy veggies for the main course
Riiiight before soup dribbled down his new vest…
Of course we all loved the desserts too!! That apple crisp! That tiramisu!
I was stuffed and had the afternoon to digest before we headed to ACAC for the Friday Night Happy Hour! (That’s me in the third row with the gray top!)
Friday’s event was a Battle of the Classes – 6am vs. 10:20am vs. 6pm. It was a BLAST and I’m happy to say that 10:20 won!! Since we’re viewed as the “mom class” by some, we were super proud of our hard work : )
Afterwards we enjoyed wine from Veritas and hors d’oeuvres from Pomme To Go. I was actually still full from lunch, but I had a small plate of salad and a few bites. They were delish!
Saturday morning we made green smoothies and then showered up before headed out to the market.
I bought some Apple Pie Jam from my friend Becky – yum!
And stopped by to see Sweet Sandies!
This is Stephanie and she makes the most amazing ice cream. I recently put in a special order for a birthday cake flavor WITH FROSTING inside that was the best ice cream ever. She has an eggnog ice cream sandwich right now that is amazing! She’s also the mastermind behind my favorite toasted marshmallow treats.
Stephanie just launched a Kickstarter campaign to help her redo an ice cream truck and buy some much needed equipment to expand her business.
If you feel a calling to support small businesses, then please consider pledging a few bucks for the love of gourmet ice cream!
In honor of my enthusiasm for Sweet Sandies and the launch of the Kickstarter, Stephanie is giving away a set of four of her holiday pop-tarts to one of you!! Enter to win by Wednesday! USA only please.
After we left the market we went over to the gym where Santa was making a list and checking it twice!
Waiting in line….rather nervous. His first time! He is shy.
It has been so fun telling Mazen all about Santa. And what a confusing topic to explain! But I think he gets it, and all of his normal stranger anxiety melted away when he realized he might get James the train out of this lap sitting business.
I was quite shocked he sat on Santa’s lap willingly.
A little nervous at first…
But then he saw the camera and performed his usual CHEESE!
Then we told him to tell Santa what he wanted on Christmas morning
He whispered a really quiet “James”
And hopped down, yelled “THANK YOU!” and then …
Gave Santa a hug!! As someone who never wanted to sit on Santa’s lap, I was quite impressed by the whole experience : )
We did some more shopping at the market, went to KKs to say hi and then scurried to our mom group’s holiday party!
We had lots of amazing food –
Including this great pie that Collin Street Bakery sent me!! The owner, Will, is a blog friend and is offering free standard shipping
for anyone who still needs a pie for Christmas! The Christmas deadline has passed, but perhaps your pie cravings are strong 🙂 Use the code 41KATH.
The Pecan Pie was awesome – very gooey and chocolatey inside! And I loved the practical keepsake tin.
We exchanged presents!
“Wait, let me finish this cookie before I open it!”
Mazen got a transportation magnet set and a firetruck from his Secret Santa – he loves both! I got some beautiful Erin McDermott earrings from Meg!
Saturday night the boys went out with Karen while I joined my friend Jessica to see our friend Alice star in Les Misérables at Live Arts! First we went to Alley Light for some bites and sips.
I had the sardines (for my weekly dose that I keep forgetting!) They tasted so fresh! Loved the tomatoey lemon olive tapenade underneath.
And a chickpea and chorizo dip that was amazing. Plus some juicy vino!
At Les Mis, Alice, who played Fantine, was brilliant!! I see her everyday being a mom, a workout buddy, and a friend but never had I see her sing and act like this! No photography allowed, but you should go see the show while you can!!
xoxo Happy Week!