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!