Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Ours was filled with holiday festivities and it looks like that won’t be stopping anytime soon.
Friday night we went to the local Christmas parade. We did this last year and it doesn’t disappoint. They make a fun warming fire and offer free cookies and hot chocolate for everyone. The entire town meets up to watch a fun lighted parade to kick off the holiday season.
Saturday morning started nice and early with a breakfast with Santa. The local middle school hosted a full day of holiday activities. We arrived in the lobby of the school to a massive craft show and warm pancakes, sausage, and Shetler’s milk offered in three flavors. The breakfast was donation based and absolutely delicious.
Shetler’s is a local dairy down the road from our house. You might have seen pictures of us visiting their corn maze and playing in their petting zoo. Their milk is delicious (I don’t even like milk) and comes in glass bottles. The milk is also served in the local schools, which is something I find really awesome.
Even better, we dined with some of the Shetler family and their kids. They are a really fun group and they are runners too!
After breakfast we went into the room where I used to take wood shop in 6th grade. They had turned the room into a holiday playroom for children. There were bounce houses, craft projects, and raffle items for kids. Mary tried the bounce house out for the first time, and of course was in love.
Next, we met up with Santa for the first time. Mary talked about him for days before this meeting. But as one would expect, she wasn’t thrilled when we tried to take a picture. I can’t blame her, I find adults in costumes to be a bit creepy too!
Mary is really liking Christmas because her name is in it, “Merry” Christmas! This is also why she likes things like “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” because she gets to sing merrily, merrily, merrily. She thinks that is her name too.
After a late nap, we went over to the high school for a concert that benefited the local animal shelter. Earlier this fall, Mary friended a boy who is a senior in high school. He has been so kind to her and even let her play his drums at the homecoming game. Ever since she played the drums she often talks about it and how nice he was. As a mom, it melts my heart to see someone in high school treat my daughter so well. Two year olds are a crazy bunch and it is pretty cool to see a boy so kind to my wild kid. Talk about an awesome friendship! It was a pretty loud and rocking concert, but Mary had a blast dancing and we love that she can enjoy all types of music.
Everyone slept well in our house that night and we woke up ready to go to our nephew’s first birthday party on Sunday. It was a fun bunch of running children, so I didn’t end up taking a single picture. She was thrilled to bring gifts for her buddy and was super excited to come home with some party favors too.
This week promises to be another great one with more festivities and work for me. I am absolutely loving seeing my girls embrace the holiday season.
There were also lots of runs this past week as we enjoyed the nice weather before the temperatures drop in the next few days. Forty two miles for me, but mostly on the treadmill.
A huge congrats to everyone who raced this weekend. Way to go for everyone who finished CIM!