Monday, December 8, 2008

Festive Weekend

Late Friday night, after Lyns got home from work and Aiden and Conor were in bed, I took Lyndsay and Dylan out to (finally!) see Twilight. We loved it! Yes, we loved the books more, and realize that much more character development happens in the books, but still, it was fun to see it on the big screen. This was the first movie that I've taken my kids to since we've lived in CA! (Well, I took Dylan alone once on a date, but that's it.) Overall, we were satisfied and had a great time together.

On Saturday, Dylan headed out the door early-early for a 25 mile bike ride along the beach for his Cycling merit badge. He has such dedicated leaders. I am so, so thankful for them in his life. Lyndsay and I went to get her eyebrows done, and then we hit the stores to get Christmas shopping done. (So much easier--and more fun--without Conor!) We had a great time together. Saturday night, Adam suggested we go to the Montrose Christmas Parade, so we bundled up the kids and drove downtown. Very fun, very festive. I love me a good marching band.

For the first time, we celebrated St. Nicholas Day this year, just for kicks. St. Nick's kicks. We read our nightly scripture, read a short Christmas story, and then had the kids line their shoes up on the front porch for St. Nicholas to leave a treat in. We had Sean with us, but not Caitlin this weekend, so we were one shoe short. Dylan wanted to put all of his shoes on the porch, being the opportunist that he is, and Conor wanted to keep opening the door to check for treats, despite my explanation that the treats would be there after he woke up.

Each child was thrilled to find a new ornament just for him and a few small treats in his shoe in the morning. Conor especially loved the surprise and keeps turning all the shoes upside down and patting their bottoms hoping that more chocolate kisses will fall out.

After Church and naps on Sunday, Lyndsay got to work baking gingerbread girls and boys, and I made a potato cheese soup with bacon and some cheddar biscuits for dinner. It was cold-ish and raining, and with the Christmas music playing and all the white lights on in the house, it was just too cozy to not have comfort food for dinner. After our dinner we ate the cookies and drank mugs of egg nog.

And now, back to the rigors of the week, sprinkled with Christmas cheer!


Sarah said...

Sounds like a great weekend! So glad you guys got to go and see the movie AND that you liked it! I had never even heard of St. Nicholas Day until last year when my SIL was telling me about it. A very cute idea though!

Wonder Woman said...

Your dinner sounds delish! It's starting to snow right now and I'm trying to figure out what we're gonna eat to warm us up tonight.

I'm glad you liked Twilight! I've seen it twice and agree with all yout said about it. Love that you celebrated St. Nick's day!

Abby said...

What's this St Nicholas Day thing? I've never heard of it, ever! Looks like fun for the kids though!

Ohhhh it all sounds so warm and festive, Jenna! Wish we could be there to celebrate with you guys (Jonah and I were talking a few days ago about how awesome it would be to have everyone and their kids around for Christmas. Can you imagine how long it would take to open presents?? Hahaha I LOVE IT!)!

Love you, silly!

Annette Lyon said...

Movie night with Mom is the best. (I think I earned a thousand mommy points when I took my girls to see HSM3 on opening night.)

Hannah said...

Will you please stop showing all of us other mothers up!? Hahah! You're so great. Those kids of yours sure are blessed to have you as a Mom.

Hey could you send me the recipe for that soup and the biscuits? It sounds so delish

Lisa Allen said...

I am up for adoption..I want to nap after church and find goodies in my shoes. A little envious right now...

Don said...

This looks like a fun idea. We may have to try St. Nicholas Day next year.

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Angela said...

What a great weekend! I have heard great things about the movie but still haven't read the book. Can you believe there is a woman out there that hasn't read it yet?! I have it just haven't had the time to sit down and read a book other than the scriptures in a long time.

Great that you celebrated St. Nicholas day.. you are such a great mom!

Anonymous said...

I agree it was fun to watch on the big screen (Twilight)..

And I love what you did for St. Nicholas Day.. so sweet..