I’ve been aching to get into the swing of Christmas things and this weekend we finally did!
We had some business to attend to in Charlotte on Saturday morning, so we made the drive worth it with a stop by Atherton Mill Market in South End.
The indoor market is incredible and features a wide variety of local and organic products. Heirloom, non GMO grains, fresh vegetables, local honey, fresh breads, a ridiculous amount of samples… and antlers.
We bought Koda some to chew on, though she has been less than enamored with them so far.
Once back in our neck of the woods, we finally went to go pick out a Christmas tree at Josh’s Farmers Market. The trees they had on the lot were so fresh- cut within the past 3 days. It makes a big difference with how many needles fall all over the house. After a solid 30 minutes of searching, we found the one!
It just keeps getting bigger! (The tree each year, not my belly. Though that is getting bigger, too. In fact, I got my first are you sure there aren’t TWO in there comment this weekend. I didn’t think people really said that. I was wrong).
Hailey was pretty excited to get the tree home and while she napped and Auburn and Missouri played a fun game, David got to work. I mostly stayed in a ball on the couch sipping apple cider vinegar cocktails thanks to a cold I felt creeping up on me all day.
By the end of the night the tree was up!
And judging by our ribbons, it is a few feet taller than last year. I have a Christmas tree problem…
So yes, it isn’t decorated perfectly, but it has some of my favorite keepsakes hanging from it.
Sunday brought cold, dreary weather, grocery shopping and more home projects. David is in the middle of sanding and painting furniture white for Hailey’s big girl room!
I felt bad leaving him for a party, but a mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do.
Our neighborhood kids’ Christmas party was a hit. Mrs. Claus was there giving tattoos. Yes, she’s quite good at them- who knew?!
There were crafts and stations to write letters to Santa, but the big hit again was Zootastic and their animals!
It was pure chaos between the kangaroo, tiger, snake, possum and more, but we managed to snag a quick picture with the alligator.
The weekend was full of Christmas cheer and was just what I needed to get into the holiday spirit!
And on the menu this week…
Sunday– David’s Famous Chili
Monday– Slow Cooker Chana Masala over Brown Rice
Tuesday– Broiled BBQ Salmon, Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Sweet Potatoes
Wednesday– Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup & Salads
Thursday– Gyro Burgers with Vegetables & Tzatziki dip
Friday– Veggie Pizza
By the way, have I mentioned that the amount of chili I’ve eaten this fall season is outrageous? Someone take away the Fritos! My vice.
I devoured my bowl while snuggled with David watching Love Actually, a Christmas tradition around here. It’s my favorite!
for Christmas trees…
Do you prefer all coordinated decorations? Or a mix-n-match?
What about lights- colorful or white?
I think my ideal tree uses colorful lights and is loaded with special, meaningful decorations. David and I pick up a new ornament each year to symbolize a big event that occurred during that year. In 2009, it was our wedding ornament. In 2010, it was an Oktoberfest ornament. In 2011, it was Hailey’s first Christmas ornament, this year, it is a shell ornament from the British Virgin Islands. Seeing them all hand from our tree brings back great memories and makes me so happy!