The last few days have been so busy and so full of Christmas cheer and I have loved every single second of it.
Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies and came home with a big assortment of other yummy cookies. It was a fun evening, eating cookies
I bailed on the cookie exchange a little early. I had to watch Carrie Underwood in The Sound of Music. I loved it. But I hated seeing so many mean comments aimed towards Carrie. She has guts, taking on a role like that live. I love how she handled it: "Plain and simple: Mean people need Jesus. They will be in my prayers tonight... 1 Peter 2:1-25"
And all those cookies I brought home? I didn't need them. I kept a couple of my very favorites and then dumped the rest on my mom's office. Something tells me they didn't mind too much.
The houses were amazing. It's the 10th anniversary of Virginia Gingerbread Christmas and this year, the theme was 'movies.' The above the school house from Little House on the Prairie.
On the backside, there is a spilled bucket of water next to a melted pile of witch and ruby slippers are on the other side of the crystal ball. Those odd looking spokes sticking out of the right side make up the tornado and there are strategically placed flying monkeys. It was just a really impressive piece of work. Whenever I make a gingerbread house, I get frustrated with the icing and hot glue the house together. I don't know that I'd ever have the patience that went into these houses.
What was really eye opening was how many boxes I labeled that went to schools in the same community I grew up in. I think that during our rush to check off all the names on our gift lists and find the perfect present for each person, we forget that there are families who won't have a Christmas at all. It wore me out, but it was worth every achy muscle.
I posted this on Instagram and got so many comments from my elementary school classmates. That stamp was notorious. Our principal, Dr. Farmer, used it freely. He was a wonderful educator and completely suited for his role as principal of an elementary school. He died in a car accident in 2000 and the photo of his stamp brought about a lot of great memories.
Since church was cancelled, most of the day was spent watching movies, but I did manage to finish decorating for Christmas, make some Chicken Pot Pie Soup for the week and tidy up around my apartment.
It was a really busy but really fun weekend. I fit in a few Pure Barre classes, did some baking and started Divergent while I was at it. The first half of this week is pretty tame before another busy weekend full of Christmas cheer.
How was your weekend?
Happy Monday, y'all!