Hey, guys! So, I just sat down to write this blog post and got side-tracked with online shopping (#storyofmylife). Dave walked by and goes, “What are you ordering right now? Christmas is in 6 days!” Oops. Busted. BUT, my favorite baseball hat is marked down to $9…so, there’s that useful piece of info for you.
Anyways…I was MIA yesterday because I was playing catch up after a super fun (and busy) weekend.
On Thursday night my mom arrived in town from Florida to spend a few days with us since we won’t see her on Christmas. She was kind enough to watch our babies so Dave & I could have a night away together, so on Friday afternoon we kissed Atlas & Andi Rose goodbye and headed into downtown Atlanta for some quality time together.
Our first stop took us to Zinburger (probably one of my favorite restaurants of all time) and then we wandered around the Lenox mall for a few hours before checking into our hotel. We had a Christmas party to attend in Buckhead, so we quickly showered and got ready to head back for the evening.
I wore this skirt by Rachel Parcell and to say I’m obsessed with it is a serious understatement.
I really think it is the most gorgeous piece of clothing I own. We have a Christmas Eve service at church this week and you better believe this skirt will be on repeat for that.
Friday night ended up being a late one and unfortunately, we had to be up early on Saturday, which was a bit of a bummer. However, it was for a good reason! We picked up Atlas around 9am and headed to a place called Goshen Valley. Goshen Valley is a home for boys living in the Georgia state foster care system. Dave had the privilege of visiting Goshen several months ago and he came home just raving about what an incredible place it was and ever since then we’ve been trying to plan a trip out there so I could see it too. We met up with several members from our small group (that we participate in through our church) and we all wrapped presents for the boys living at Goshen Valley.
Atlas was such a great little helper and we had the best time serving together. I was so excited to learn that the boys at Goshen Valley got to make a list of what they hoped to receive for Christmas, so the items we wrapped were specific things they had requested! Every boy I met at Goshen Valley was remarkable. They are some of the kindest and most well mannered teenagers I have ever come across and it was such a treat for me to get to experience the grace and goodness that is Goshen Valley. I’m already hoping we can plan another trip back out to visit the boys and help however needed.
The rest of Saturday was spent grocery shopping and lounging around at home. I had grand plans to wrap presents on Saturday night after the kids went to sleep, but I ended up falling asleep in Atlas’ bed and I slept for 12 hours! My sleep has been so horrible lately, so I woke up on Sunday feeling kind of refreshed…and also stressed because I didn’t get to tackle that holiday-to-do-list I had planned. But sometimes sleep just has to win.
Sunday was spent baking 100 cookies and then delivering them to our neighbors and friends. I made several different kinds of cookies, but the ones that stole the show were these double dark chocolate peanut butter cookies that are a spot-on copycat of Levain’s famous monster cookies. Oh my gosh! Add these to your make list! If you’ve read this blog for a while, then you know I used to live 3 blocks from Levain’s Bakery in NYC and their cookies were my favorite in the city! I was so freaking pumped to find a copycat recipe that did those monster cookies justice and you better believe I’ll be making those bad boys more in the future. Leave it to Jessica from How Sweet Eats to nail every cookie recipe!
Our last full weekend before Christmas was a great mix of holiday fun, rest and productivity. I loved the one-on-one time I got with my sweet man and my mom always makes our home a happier place to be.
And now I’ve got a ridiculous amount of presents to wrap and a lot of Christmas movies that aren’t going to watch themselves!
Do you have all your holiday shopping done? Do you have all your presents wrapped? Do share (especially if you don’t have it all done because then you’ll make me feel better since I’ve saved so much for the last minute)!