This weekend was overflowing with Christmas spirit, I mean literally, up to the brim with holiday cheer and festive jubilations.
Even though Thursday technically wasn’t the weekend at all, Jefferson and I celebrated Winter break style with a trip to the Nutcracker. I won’t bore you with all the details but as always, the Pacific Northwest Ballet did a phenomenal job and I was pirouetting all the way to the parking garage in a whimsical holiday dream.
As if Thursday wasn’t already festive enough, Friday was even better. I had four of the loveliest sugarplum fairies you could dream of meeting over for a little Christmas Dinner Sleepover Soiree. Claire actually reads food blogs (confession: I NEVER read recipe posts, it’s nothing personal I just hate cooking) and we were all thankful because she made the most DELICIOUS melt in your mouth homemade ravioli, it totally topped my usual dinner party preparation…spaghetti.
Of course there was champagne involved and candy and a cootie catcher and apples to apples. Except, if you’re as sappy as me, it isn’t nearly satisfying enough to just play Apples to Apples, I had to find a way to turn the game into something sappy…and I did!
We I decided we would all go around in a circle and share our favorite things about whoever won the “green apple card”…which eventually morphed into also dedicating a song to the “green apple card” winner…and as you can imagine, it all became very emotional. I’m cheesy, but at least we all went to bed knowing what others love about us. It was the perfect night filled with dancing, giggling, eating and gift exchanging. If it weren’t for the champagne, you could say I would be perfectly content spending my weekends like a 12 year old at a slumber party for the rest of my life but then again I’ve never really been up to speed socially…do all the cool 12 year olds drink champagne at their sleepovers?
All of a sudden it was Saturday and I was EXHAUSTED from my little slumber party the night before. I may have been able to pull an all nighter in fifth grade but I seriously just can’t do it now. I needed lots of coffee to make it to Zoolights Saturday night with Jefferson, my baby brother, Laura and her Mom and Sister. My baby brother Dylan is adorable, seriously adorable but OH MY GOD I have never in my life met someone with more energy, and I’m a nanny…I’m around screaming bouncing hyper children every day.
Despite the fact that the Point Defiance zoo was even more crowded than my last trip to Disney Land, I had SUCH a magical time! I am so grateful to have a brother who is 15 years younger than me, it is seriously too much fun. The little brat totally has me wrapped around his finger though, whether I have the money or not I can’t say “no” to those adorable big brown eyes begging for a present from the gift shop. IF THIS IS MY FUTURE LIFE AS A MOTHER I AM DOOMED!
Finally, all day Sunday I played Cindy Lou Who and wrapped presents while drinking peppermint mochas , except unlike Cindy Lou I was paid. Now, don’t get me wrong, I will work for $15 an hour wrapping gifts any day but my wrapping skills are really lacking so I felt like I was really coming out ahead on this one. After I got off “work” I spent some time baking with my Mom, and did a little Christmas shopping with good old Jefferson. CAN YOU BELIEVE KOHL’S IS OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY?! Christmas shopping is CRAZY!
Did you participate in any Winter Wonderland Extravaganzas?