The weekend started for me on Thursday. This is probably the first year in I don't know how long that I was able to take off Christmas Eve. Seth still had to work so Mason and I hung out all day and played and baked some cookies until it was time to go to my sister in law's house for dinner, presents, and a hot chocolate bar for dessert. This was the first year that Mason actually "got it" and he was SO, SO excited to open his presents! So excited in fact that he started to open other people's presents and we had to explain to him that he needed to wait his turn :)
After dinner, presents, and dessert, we came home and set up for Santa!
Friday was Christmas Day. We woke up early and opened presents at our house before heading over to Seth's mom's house for breakfast and to open more presents. Mason, again, was so excited to open his presents but really only liked the toys. When he'd open a book or clothes or shoes, I'd ask him if he liked it and he'd say "no" and throw it to the side. But give him a toy to open, ask the same question, and you'd get a "YEAH!!!!!!". Such a sweet boy. He was so excited!
After we opened our presents, we headed over to Seth's mom's around 9am. Christmas Eve is spent with my brother in law's side of the family and they have quickly become my second family. We exchange gifts for the cousins on Christmas Eve and family gifts on Christmas Day. I swear Mason gets more spoiled every year between Hanukkah, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day... we are so blessed and thankful! We spent the good part of the morning there and then came home to take showers and get ready and Mason took a short nap. Then it was back over to Seth's mom's for Christmas dinner with the whole family! My niece brought over Pie Face, which is quite possibly the most fun game ever. The best part was when she was explaining the game and telling us what to do and the pie hit her in the face on the first click. Another amazing part was when Seth's 96 year old grandma asked if she could play too and she ended up getting pied in the face as well. Seriously SO SO many laughs were had that night! (You might have seen some videos of it if you follow me on Instagram!)
The rest of the weekend was spent at three different malls on four different occasions.
The day after Christmas I hadn't intended on going shopping, but my sister in law and I had a couple things to exchange at Hanna Andersson so I decided to go with her. We had the most impeccable timing because we found parking so easily when we got there, the food court was nearly empty, and the stores were pretty bare able. However, when we left it was a complete nightmare.
After we left that mall, we had intended on heading home but I mentioned that I wanted to get some sheets for Mason's new bed (he got a twin bed for Christmas!) so we ended up going to another mall that had Pottery Barn Kids. This mall is one of the biggest in the county and was EVEN WORSE than the mall we just left. I immediately said oh never mind, let's just go, this is insanity, but my sister in law said we'd try down one aisle and if we couldn't find a parking spot, we'd leave. And lo and behold, someone was backing out right then. I swear we have great mall karma. So, we parked and headed in and the store actually wasn't that bad. I actually found an Elf on the Shelf on sale (which I couldn't find a sale ANYWHERE) as well as an Elf Pet reindeer so I snatched those up for next year (yep, we're doing Elf on the Shelf next year! I don't know if I think I am crazy or if I am excited?!). Then I found THE CUTEST sheets for Mason's bed as well that were 20% off. After spending way too much money, we we left the mall and headed back home where we played tons of new games and hung out for a couple hours. Seth and Mason joined us as well as some friends and we all had leftovers and played another round of Pie Face. I swear the game never gets old. It's just as funny to see someone get pied in the face the first time and the twentieth time.
Sunday was spent doing an insane amount of laundry (all the new clothes!) as well as a trip to the grocery store. Then we headed to a different mall to meet family for lunch at Panini Cafe (if you have one nearby and haven't been, GO! SO GOOD!). After lunch I realized that we were close to the store that I got my current purse at and I've been dying for a cross body bag and asked Seth if we could stop over real fast. We went in to the mall, I wasn't impressed, and then decided that I wanted to go to the Fossil store (back at mall #2 from Saturday) so we headed back for our 4th mall trip of the weekend. I spent more than I thought I would on a purse but found one that I love! Success! We came home, took a little trip across the street to the park, and finished laundry and just hung out. It was a nice, quiet evening after a crazy busy couple of days. But I wouldn't have it any other way.
Now it's back to work for a few days and then another long weekend of fun! We have plans to hang out with some friends on New Year's Eve and then head out to the Rose Parade on New Year's Day so it's sure to be a fun, busy weekend again!