The Christmas festivities are in full swing! This was a fun weekend of holiday events and special time with family and friends.
The beautiful sunrises continue in December, and this was the view from my desk Friday morning.
Well, this was the full view, pardon my weird pose. I wish those buildings weren’t in the way.
I survived the day by the skin of my teeth, picked up dinner on my way home, and relaxed for the evening.
Saturday morning brought some cleaning and electrical work in the bathroom, followed by a fantastic hike with Gary and Scout. After that we ran a couple of errands, picked up lunch, and I got ready for a trip down to St Peter for the Christmas in Christ Chapel concert.
This year’s theme was Life Abundant – A Celebration of Christmas during the 500th year of the Reformation. I loved hearing the orchestra perform Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring and of course, Oh Come All Ye Faithful. That just never gets old (I will probably listen to it on YouTube a dozen more times before Christmas). It was as fabulous as ever and we enjoyed every minute!
This was a full moon weekend with clear skies and a decent temperature so naturally Kathy and I had to make plans. We decided to meet at the secret entrance to LEPR and do a moonlight hike. I ended up meeting at her house so I could change, and we got to the park at about 11:30. The moon was so bright we didn’t even need our headlamps.
We joked that this was the best possible picture because we could look down without having multiple chins. We wandered around for about an hour, drank some fancy hot chocolate (that may have been enhanced with Baileys) and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Kathy and I are total moon geeks. It started long before we met each other and is just one more thing that bonds us. One of my favorite pre-Kathy memories is the night I put a mattress on our back deck and slept outside under the full moon with Amanda and Zach. Kathy maintains a text group to which she sends BFMA (Big Full Moon Alert) messages because she tends to be out and about at the time the moon rises. There have been many times the girls and I have jumped into the car barefoot and in our pajamas to see it! We also get meteor shower notifications, and are on an actual call list for Northern Lights, should they ever show themselves in our neck of the woods.
As you can imagine, being out past 1:00 a.m. threw me off a little on Sunday, but I got in a Target run and a grocery run before lunch, then enjoyed a solid hour long nap in the afternoon. I cooked the rice for wild rice soup (didn’t have all of the soup ingredients, again), prepped snacks for Gary and I for the week, did several loads of laundry, and updated my planner for the week.
It was a lovely weekend and now it’s back to the grind. I hope this week is a little less stressful at work than last week. I’m doing a mini Christmas house tour tomorrow on the blog, and preparing for the ornament exchange party and cookie baking this weekend. I’m also looking forward to a haircut and color on Friday – long overdue! Hope you have a great week!