I could be heard several times this weekend saying, man - I'm really enjoying this weekend. It began with a half day on Friday - although for me it meant more hours of work than I normally do as it was followed by three hours of mandatory training. I had originally had a dentist appointment and shopping planned for the afternoon - so I do have to say the training (and Panera for lunch) was definitely more relaxing. It didn't do much for getting any shopping done, but - whatev. We're just gonna wing it.
After training, I went home and moved some furniture around for a planned jamboree. Greg brought home a bouquet for atmosphere.
We had six guitars at one point, but I don't think we ever had a moment where all six were playing at once.
I didn't get any full videos - but here is a little snippet:
Usually Wendy and Claire end up at Claire's house. I'll have to plan more jamborees if that's what it takes to get them to hang at our house.
Saturday morning we woke up bright and early to get our van to Discount Tire for new tires. It turned out that we weren't the only one with that plan, so I left Greg there in line while I went to Meijer and picked up a few things. He got to the counter at the same time that I cashed out at Meijer. We then went for breakfast at Red Olive. I challenged myself and ordered an omelet rather than my normal two egg/hashbrown preferred breakfast. It wasn't bad.
A couple hours later - we switched vans at Discount Tire - getting ours back and leaving Wendy's. Merry Christmas Wendy! Trust me - tires ARE an exciting Christmas gift.
With new tires - we headed out to the Christmas Tree Farm for the promised real tree.
Two seconds prior to this photo, she took a direct facial hit with a snowball. Two seconds after this photo, Mark got a pretty intense white wash. This is a high energy new tradition we've started.
We couldn't dilly dally too long - we were squeezing the tree hunt between the return of our van and Wendy needing to be at work. Mark liked all the Charlie Brown trees, Brian liked the ones too tall for our living room and Wendy just kept saying nope, not that one, let's keep looking......
They found one they agreed on.
While the boys were paying, we girls were taking selfies. This was my entry for a family photo challenge where our word for the week was #green.
I wasn't feeling 100% on Saturday - a little run down with a sinus infection. Brian strung the lights while I took a deep three hour nap. It was wonderful.
Brian doesn't remember ever having a real tree and has said many times since yesterday how much he loves that we have a real tree, that it just feels more real. I won't pitch the fake one until we see how the in-house allergies deal with the real. Especially Brian, the kid who's allergic to Zyrtec. And Spring. And Fall. And Cats.
We had to give Wendy a ride to work as her van was still at Discount Tire. I offered to pick her up after work - which was the same time as the Tuba Christmas concert was starting. The weather was damp and cold, my least favorite, so I only listened to a few songs this year. We picked up a bag of Gus's breadsticks to warm us up (and a salad for my dinner) and headed home.
The tree is cozy. And popcorn is Rocket's favorite snack, so we'll see how long that lasts.
As for today - made it to church this morning and then went out for lunch with my mom. She asked me where I wanted to go, as if there was ever any question. I'd been craving my favorite fish tacos for a couple weeks now.
George and Joanne were over when I got home. They had enjoyed pizza with the rest of my family. A nice little visit and some more relaxing - I ended the day by taking Wendy to Kohls to get an outfit for an event she has this week.
I needed the calm weekend, as the next week is extra busy.
Haircuts, robotics x3, archery, fencing, karate, shopping, Christmas concert, Sunday school program, robotics competition, Snowflake Festival, Allan should be showing up at some point, and - oh yeah - I work.
Man, I enjoyed this weekend. A lot.