It's been a busy and productive weekend. Friday, Doug ended up working all day, so Ikept busy all day working at home and tended Zaylee in the afternoon. Datenight was dinner at Chili's and half a movie with Stott and Wendy. It was too late to finish it up, so we called it a night. Saturday, we dejunked Quayd's entire room, Gracie studied her Sacrament Meeting Talk (she did a super job, in this mama's humble opinion) and we stayed home checking off to-do's all evening. Doug repaired the kids shower and my kitchen sink, delivered a Christmas tree to Kelly and made a grocery run for a few items while he was in town. LOVE productive days like that! Especially in December!
Donut Night was a success! This year, MaryAnn invited us to have it at her home. She has a basketball court, rockclimbing wall, gym downstairs, so this was perfect for the kids! We never heard a word from them, unless they were eating. They had a ball! The women talked TV, food, church and holidays all night long. I'm not sure what the men talked but we didn't see much of them either, unless there was food involved. It always amazes me that the donut making process goes so quickly with so many helpers in the kitchen. This has certainly become a perfect December tradition! For my sweet 95 year old friend, Norma's donut recipe, check my cooking blog.
As I've mentioned before, MaryAnn is my decorating hero, so I was thrilled to emjoy a little holiday spirit at her home, as always. Gracie said, "She's very decorative, like you, Mom." I WISH! BUT, what a compliment that Gracie put me in the same category!
This is one tradition that I'm hoping Carol and I continue to do, even when we don't have kids around. I can see us now... two old ladies, "You cut the holes, I'll fry em. Please pass a Coke." (snicker.)
A few other little ramblings:
- Liza is already packed and I'm counting hours! SO SO happy to have my sweet girl home for a few days! Although I'm sad not to have Buddy come too, I'm so excited about our alone time together. This is my Christmas gift from Doug and I'm planning on being attached at the hip every moment possible for the entire five days!
- Speaking of my amazing and wonderful son-in-law, Buddy called with good news that he has an internship with the Harlem Globetrotters, beginning in a few weeks. (Not as a player, but working on the business side of things, which is what he's studying.) I had no idea that the Globetrotters are based out of Phoenix. He's quite excited! I had to get on YouTube and show the kids what the Globetrotters do. I'm quite proud of Buddy! But, that's old news, isn't it? We heart Buddy!
- I keep forgetting to mention that Liza has discovered a replacement holiday drink since Pomegranate 7-up is no longer being sold. She's loving it! I've yet to find it in our valley but will be on the lookout while in Salt Lake this week. Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash made by Shasta!
- Tomorrow, lunch, Denise has asked for a little help with something, Zaylee in the afternoon, and getting Liza's room all ready, finishing up a few odds and ends and watching the clock until Tuesday!!! Life is so dang good!!!
And a quote, directly off MaryAnn's mud room door. I love it!