The holidays are most definitely upon us because we are never busier and never more in shock with how quickly our weekends fly by than in December. It was a great weekend though, so I won’t complain much.

On Friday, I had the pleasure of attending the women’s Christmas dinner at my old church, with my mom. Not only an excuse to wear our cheery Christmas sweaters, it was also a lovely evening filled with great food (catering by Fuggazzi’s and cake by the lady who did my wedding cake(s)), conversation, laughter and a very inspirational message from the speaker, Alice Gray, about creating a Christmas full of traditions, keepsakes, and memories. I loved it! I am so blessed by the women of Grace Community and the friendships that I’ve built there. I love returning for these little visits and hope to make them more frequent as we transition to Visalia. I’m also thankful for Alice’s message and helping put a new perspective of Christmas in my heart, and scold her at the same time for igniting my mother’s desire for grandchildren. šŸ˜‰

We happily devoured the delicious chocolate cake with raspberry filling. Oh, how I love Peggy’s cakes!!

On Saturday, Ryan and I got a late and lazy start to the day. We got up and headed out to get massages with our dear friend and massage therapist extraordinaire, Mary! What a nice treat that was. After we were thoroughly relaxed, we headed into Visalia… and totally stressed ourselves out. Ryan dropped Jackson off to get groomed at Petsmart. They did a great job and he turned out super clean and cute. I about died when I saw him in his little bandana. I haven’t taken it off yet because it’s so stinkin’ cute. We are 90% sure he hates it…

After that Ryan bounced around town running various errands and doing some Christmas shopping. While all of that was going on, I was at my parents house partaking in one of our Dutch traditions of making Stroopwafels (a Dutch waffle cookie filled with caramel, best enjoyed with coffee or hot cocoa). It’s very labor intensive and a bit stressful (especially since we were a year behind since we didn’t do them last year -my mom was a little nervous), but ALWAYS pays off! We had such a successful assembly line going on (even my brother helped out) so we might tackle another batch next weekend, to give as gifts.

The rest of the day was spent doing even more Christmas shopping and errand-running… oh, and signing yet MORE documents to move towards the building of our house. If all goes well, we should have the final site plan this week and be able to get permits ordered. Our hope of getting the foundation poured this month is still very possible. * crossing fingers and sending up prayers *

On Sunday, Ryan and I opted to try out a new church in Visalia called Crossroads. Though, I feel led to return to Grace when we transition back to Visalia, Ryan and I have agreed that the decision needs to be made TOGETHER and after careful prayer and weighing of our options. We had a nice time at Crossroads and are glad we gave it a try. The afternoon led us to take some long (and much needed naps). Three hours, admitedly, was a bit excessive! But the cold and gloomy weather made it hard not to linger in the warm bed.

I capped the evening off by finishing up the decoration of our beautiful Christmas tree while Ryan played basketball with friends. Now, it’s really beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Now, I just need to get to wrapping of the presents!


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