//Saturday, December 3, 2016//
The abridged version:
Today I ran five miles, did four loads of laundry, spent $300 at Costco, emptied the dishwasher twice and watched one movie. It was one of the most uneventful Saturdays that we’ve had in a long time.
The long version:
The girls slept in until around 7:30 am this morning, and so Joe and I did too. Once they were up and enjoying their morning cartoons, I went out the door for a run.
These were the only two photos of I took today so I’d better include them.
I got back in time for Joe to head off to work for the day (Holiday Port Festival, you’re great but really, can you be over already?). The girls both ate a really big (for them) breakfast and then all three of us got in the shower. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I think the double shower heads may be my very favorite thing in this house. I scooted out after a few minutes but the girls stayed in until well after the hot water ran out, shrieking underneath the ice-cold showerheads and stomping in the “puddles.” They love it.
Dave and Annette arrived at around 11:30 and Dave and I went to pick up the tree Mags and I had picked out yesterday at Old Man Miller’s Christmas Tree farm. It’s only about a five minute drive from our house, so we were there and back quickly. And now we’ve got a 14′ Christmas tree laying sideways in our garage, waiting (until next week at some point?) to be put in the stand and decorated.
After lunch, the girls and I ventured to Costco — Maggie and I had been there the day before, but only to pick up a replacement membership card and receipt. Now was the real deal. It seemed really busy but the layout of the new store made it feel less crowded than usual, for a Saturday. We got all of our usual staples, wandered the aisles for a bit looking at all the goodies and got out without buying any extras (and it was still $300…ugh).
It was around 3 by the time we got home. Today’s advent calendar activity was to go to the Lynden Lighted Christmas parade, but with a big, weather-permitting asterisk. While I’m a little said we missed our annual trip there for the first time in four years, I’m glad to have avoided sitting in a cold downpour. I think we may start a new tradition next year and check out the Olde Fashioned Christmas in Ferndale (read: indoors) instead.
(Edited later to add: I completely forgot when typing this post that we can within inches of getting in a car accident on our way home from Costco. A car was making a left turn out of the Ferndale Library and completely did not see me coming. I saw it out of the corner of the my eye, just in time enough to swerve out of the way and lay on my horn. I had to honk again before the woman saw me and once she did, she was mortified. She just plain did not see me coming, at all. We came within literally an inch of colliding. I’m lucky there were no cars parked in the shoulder, because I came close to going up on the sidewalk to swerve around her. Who needs coffee when you have something like this wake you up, right?)
The girls played all afternoon while I put away the Costco groceries, did laundry and picked up the house.
Joe worked until 7 and then had two indoor soccer games so the girls and I opted for a movie-night style dinner. That’s a fancy way of saying we had popcorn, apple slices, carrot sticks, salami and olives on a platter, in front of the TV. We watched the new Ghostbusters movie which, in hindsight, was waaaayyy too scary for both of them. I was thinking it would be a good girl-power focused flick for them to see, and in my mind, I thought it would be comparable to the original Ghostbusters on the spooky scale. Special effects have come along way since the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, thus both girls ended up hiding their eyes for the majority of the movie. (Parenting fail for scaring them or parenting victory for pushing them a little out of their comfort zones? Hard to say. We’ll see how sleeping goes tonight.)
And now, after starting the dishwasher (again!) and folding one last load of laundry, I’m here typing this post, drinking a Red Hook Long Hammer IPA and psyching myself up to order our Christmas cards.
We’ve got some big holiday stuff planned for Sunday (Gingerbread Houses! Symphony!) so I’m off to bed soon after.
So long, Saturday.