Sunday, November 28, 2010

Caroline Visit Recap, Christmas Decorating And More Planning

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.

The group!

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.

What the?

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
Christmas cards
Advent calendar
Gift wrapping
Job search
Produce shopping
House cleaning
Church registration
CCD sign up


I love this time of year!


Dee Stephens said...

I love this time of year too! I got some decorating done this weekend but will work to round it out this week! Love the pictures of the kids! Hysterical!

Allyson and Dave said...

Decorating for Christmas looks like such fun at your house.

Carrie Darney said...

Carter Crying? What?!

Hagen has a pair of those them!

Love the picture of the Caroline's!!

The Soladay Family said...

Just bought the same exact pair of vans for Austin recently except his lace up. Ryan and I laughed at the pics on the sofa of the kids bc we had a night very much like that tonight. Kids make things so difficult sometimes. Lord.

Glad the visit with Carolinewas a blast! She really looks great!

donatelli98 said...

I can't believe Carter was crying? Wat caused that? My brother's had those exact same pair of vans! I had lavender and white checkerboard ones!! Glad Caroline's trip was so fun! I hope you are Xanaxed up for this week!!

starnes family said...

Yall, Carter has cried before. Promise. Blake was bugging him here about something....and he turned on the water works. Everyone calm down. The series of pictures took all of 2 minutes and, as you can see, he was smiling by the end.

If the shoe FITZ said... everyone else my first thought was Carter must have been really upset about something. He's never "off"!
Love the Spicolli Vans...that was his name right? From Fast Times? Anyone?
Great H&M..rumor has one is coming to Dallas...

Jodee said...

Oh my goodness! This post has me cracking up! There is never a dull moment at your house!

Love the Christmas PJs!

Have you seen these:

I think you better whip one up this week in all of your spare time! HA HA!

Kim said...

I wish my photo out takes were as entertaining as yours, your kids are so stinking cute, especially when they are not cooperating :). Have a great week!

Sara said...

First of all - Carter taping the napkin to the mug? So sweet!! I love him. And so glad he got his Vans.

Love the pics on the couch. Lainey is such a little ham. It just gets better and better each day.

The Rand's said...

Love this time of year, too. Can't wait for our Christmas break!!

Love the pics of the kids on the couch.

And, the tree is greatness. Mine looks the best it ever has with kids doing it. They're getting older. Makes me sad and happy all at the same time!

merrilee said...

I, too, am shocked to see Carter crying--love that kid. Love the picture of Lainey and Jack, and the two Carolines. How much did you love Fashion Valley? One day you and I will have to go down and have lunch and shop! Maybe when the children go off to college--ha, ha.

Momma to the A's said...

I really missed Black Friday shopping this year!! The shipping to Canada kills the whole thing dead in it's tracks (same for Cyber Monday).

So glad you had a great time with Caroline. It is AWESOME to have a sister!!!