It was a holiday visit to remember!
Caroline rounded out her trip by joining us at a neighbor's house for a good old fashioned bonfire and s'mores roast.
Nice family picture before leaving.
This might surprise you, but Jack took his job very seriously and went right to work.
Carter explored our neighbor's fabulous backyard.
We returned home to decorate the house and immediately adorned the guest bathroom with snowman, the toilet cover. Nothing but class in this house, folks.
Jack organized all of the decor.
Lainey hung her stocking on the tree. Sweet girl.
Carter made everyone hot cocoa with marshmallows, complete with taped-on napkin wraps to prevent the mugs from burning our hands. Thoughtful kid.
I adore this nativity set, given to me by my grandmother years ago. It lasted an entire day on the floor before we ended up with a headless wise man. Now, it sits on the armoire and waits for repair.
Batman got into the holiday mood.
And, then ran like hell once he was out of our reach.
The tree. Blake remarked that it's not quite as hideous as in past years. I think he was right. Thankfully, since this tree decorating, our train has arrived and was placed in the most awkward of heights, leaving it looking like a total mess. Coming soon.
Our usual attempts at a group photo. Carter is crying, Lainey is acting like a fool and Jack refuses to cooperate. Good times!
I give up.
Friday brought us out with the masses and into a shopping frenzy. If money was no object, I'd buy 80% of my gifts and 100% of my wrap from the Container Store. Such loveliness.
Went to Fashion Valley in San Diego. Haven't been in a Bloomingdale's since the late 80's, I believe. Still fabulous.
Fashion Valley is outdoors and chock full temptation.
We were in pursuit of old school Vans for Carter, from Caroline. Came across this display of Minnetonka Moccasins. If you'll remember, I blew out my flip flop upon entering Disneyland this summer and had to make do with what the park provided in the manner of footwear. Happy to say I found some mocs in Frontierland and started this trend.
Jelly bean Vans for Lainey? Yes, please!
Found them. Blake had a pair when he was younger.
My 4th grader's feet are as big as mine. And, I wear a size 9. Crazy.
H&M. My first visit. All I was hoping for and more. Loaded up on Christmas gifts.
No time for my love, Anthropologie. We were off to the airport to return Caroline home.
Love her. She is such a joy to have around.
Oh, and we saw this movie while Caroline was here:
Loved it. Not at all what I was expecting. It was actually thought provoking and quite entertaining. Jake is Caroline's TrueLove4Eva, so that didn't hurt.
On the agenda this week:
Major 4th Grade Project
Basketball practice x 2
CCD sign up
I love this time of year!