Oh my goodness y’all. Our weekend was bursting with Christmas activity. A decent person would divide the following onslaught of photographs into several posts, or at the very least only pick a few to share. Unfortunately for you, I tried, but this is as edited down as I could get. So grab a cup of coffee (if you care) and let me present to you, our weekend:
It all started Friday afternoon with an almost 2 hour drive to Little Switzerland, NC. We got to drive through this cool tunnel twice, so Hailey didn’t mind the ride. Kaitlyn was less than thrilled, but understood the importance of our mission. Operation: find our tree.
We winded our way up mountain roads to find Little Switzerland Fraser Firs, my most preferred Christmas tree type. The girls received whistles to blow once we found our perfect tree, and off we went, tromping through the farm. We finally decided on one and stopped to take a stellar picture in front of it
The people were so kind and we sipped the complimentary hot cider before packing back into the car. We opted to take a quick break at a nearby mountain view restaurant. The girls needed a snack, David and I needed a beverage and we all needed to pause to take in the gorgeous mountain view.
Though the girls were mostly enthralled by the tree, David and I were more enamored with this:
It pretty much solidified my preference for mountains over ocean.
We got home in the dark, put the girls to bed and somehow managed to get our 11′ beast of a tree inside, in the stand and draped in lights. A task like that isn’t for the Christmas-faint-of-heart, but I’m in love with big trees and can’t stop smiling at it.
Saturday morning David worked, so I kept the girls busy with grocery shopping until Dad got home so we could all decorate together.
We only broke 2 ornaments before wising up and sticking to the shatterproof option from Target.
After finishing up the tree, we bundled up the girls and headed to Davidson for their annual Christmas in Davidson celebration.
That Kaitlyn and her cheesin’! <3
We grabbed a peaceful dinner at Toast (ha ha HA- the girls ran around like crazed elves), then took off wandering through lit trees, shouting Merry Christmas at horse drawn carriages, checking out the live nativity, cowering in fear of the real camel (Hailey, not Kaitlyn, who wanted to ride the thing) and my favorite part of all, watching the girls twirl and dance to Christmas songs in front of the stage.
It was quite possibly my favorite moment of being a parent ever.
Sunday morning David was working again so I gathered the troops and headed out to Lake Norman State Park.
We hiked for about an hour and a half and maybe covered… a half mile? Ha. Still, it felt great to be in the woods and Koda agreed. A blurry picture, yes, but it epitomizes her joy.
We ran into Julie and her crew on our way out of the park and I only secretly wished we had all been there at the same time. Not that singing jingle bells on repeat for an hour and continuously walking back and forth over the same bridge isn’t fun while hiking too.
I had fully planned on the rest of the day being low key. Laundry, I told myself. Order.
Yet somehow after a half-showing of Frosty the Snowman, I got my mom courage back and the girls and I loaded back into the car for a neighborhood Christmas party and tree lighting. With train rides, Santa, cooking decorating and candy cane tattoos, I just couldn’t resist. David was able to meet us there, to Hailey’s delight, and we closed the weekend out with a little more Christmas joy.
Now it’s Monday and I’m supposed to be geared up for a busy week. Instead I want to curl back up under the covers. Oh well, all was totally worth it. After all, it is the most wonderful time of the year!
To continue the joy, tell me the best moment of your weekend!
I really love reading those comments 🙂
My favorite part was definitely the girls dancing and giggling at Christmas at Davidson.