weekend shenanigans

December Shenanigans

I don’t even know how we are a week away from Christmas, yet here we are. I am still trying to get used to my new work hours/situation and haven’t really figured out a good time that I can blog on the regular just yet. I have been there a month already, which seems crazy to me! Everyone has been so nice and welcoming. I have been thanked about a million times for just doing my job. I have been told several times I am doing good work. It is such a nice refreshing change from where I came from.

We had our company Christmas party last week at a really nice restaurant in Vestavia. There was a cocktail hour, a sit down three course meal and an awards ceremony. This week we are having a dirty Santa party one afternoon during the workday. It has been nice getting to know everyone, and it all has solidified to me that I made the right decision.

The last few weeks we have been trying to squeeze in all the Christmas things. Last weekend we took Zoe to visit Santa. She wasn’t thrilled about sitting in his lap, so he gave up her chair for her. We took her out and got her a winter coat after. She loves it! Then we went for Mexican and hit up a Bargain Hunt and thrift stores. That evening we tried a new BBQ restaurant that might top our favorite!!! I cant wait to go back and try the rest of the menu. And we finally got our Christmas decorations up!


Speaking of trying new restaurants, Laura and I checked out Miami Fusion last week for lunch and it was amazing!!! It is literally across the street from my office, so I most definitely plan on going back again soon!

I have really been enjoying all the Christmas lights and decorations downtown near my building. They are so pretty to look at. I just love certain streets downtown anyways. They look good all seasons, but especially now!

On Saturday, my mom came over and showed me how to make apple pie from scratch. I have been wanting to do that with her forever, and am so glad we finally got the chance too!!! I got to see her to do Black Friday shopping, she came two weeks ago for Zoe’s birthday party….saw her Saturday…and will get to see her again this coming weekend for Christmas. It is so nice to see her so many times in a row! It had been several months before Black Friday!

Chris is super excited that we now have 1G internet. I think that is how you write it? I don’t know, its really freaking fast. We started in this house with 12M, and he has slowly been fighting every year to get them to do upgrades. And each year, they would give just a little more. Now look at us!

We have had a projector set up in the basement since we moved in, but last week Christ built a TV stand and has gotten back into collecting games again. It looks awesome down there! Zoe picked out her first video game Saturday night, Nintendo 64 Elmo’s Letter Adventure. We cant wait to play it with her!

I am still Christmas shopping, I have zero gifts wrapped, Zoe’s big present is due to arrive today. The reviews say it takes anywhere from 2 to 5 hours to build, the joys of being Santa, am I right?? I hope all the elves show up to help! We are hosting my family at our house this coming weekend, and then spending Christmas Eve with Chris’s family and Christmas day at home. Or at least the is the plan right now. I feel like this time is going to fast and I cant get a grasp on it!

I know there were other things I wanted to say/share…but now that I sit here to finally post something (I HOPE YOU ARE HAPPY LAURA!!!!), my mind has gone blank. I hope that you all are doing well. I am reading posts at lunch but not commenting…because have you tried commenting from a phone? It isn’t fun. But hoping to get back into the groove soon! I love this time of year, and hope to soak up all the Christmas things I can while they are still there to get!

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  • Reply Andrea Nine December 17, 2018 at 7:13 am

    I’d say you and Mr. M. clean up pretty good, looking snazzy! Glad you got to make the Apple Pie, I used to teach people in my home how to make pies from scratch. Zoe is looking cute as ever and I hope she likes everything Santa brings!! HUGS!!!

  • Reply Lindsay December 17, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Have missed your blog but I’m also having trouble with my new schedule. So excited that you’re happy at this job! You two looked great for your party!

  • Reply Laura James December 17, 2018 at 9:38 am

    A BLOG POST?!?!?!? WHAT IS HAPPENING?!? I’m so happy I’m not sure I know what to do! We need to go and have more delicious food + I have Z’s gift, so we’ll have to at least meet up so I can give that to you. So awesome that Santa gave up his seat for her !

  • Reply Rebecca Jo December 17, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Don’t feel alone. I’m still shopping too. From bed.
    It took me months to get in my blogging routine when I changed jobs. You’ll find it when the holidays are over&you can breath more.

  • Reply Missy @MySh!ttyKitchen December 17, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Y’all look so nice and fancy for the office party! Sounds like you really found the perfect fit for work, I am so happy for you! It is hard to get the hang of the new job and fitting it all in, but you will adjust. That Zoe is just too cute!

  • Reply Danielle December 17, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    I love Zoe’s tree. My girls would love it too. I am sooo glad that you are liking your new job and settling in. Love that you have a dirty Santa Christmas party. That is awesome! I still can’t believe Christmas is almost here.

  • Reply Audrey December 17, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    You and Zoe and Chris are all so cute! Christmas looks great on you guys! I’m so glad that the new job is turning out to be an excellent change in your life- you deserve it!!

  • Reply SMD December 17, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    I hate commenting from a phone!

    Are your days longer or hours different or both? It’s hard to adjust. It took me years and if I’m honest 10 years later I am still not adjusted to adding nearly two hours to my day with commuting.

  • Reply Kay R.D. December 18, 2018 at 8:12 am

    I dont comment from phones. its way too annoying but I always read my OGs, even when I dont comment. PS. How do you not spend all your time pinching Zoe’s cheeks. I die at how pinchable they are. Beautiful family

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag December 18, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Your new job sounds great. I love that everyone seems to nice and appreciative! It’s crazy to me that Christmas is in a week. I have to really start wrapping gifts…and finish up shopping, though I thankfully don’t have too much to do. I’m in a wedding on the 28th too though, so I’ve been busy with a lot of wedding things so next week is going to be quite hectic I think. LOL Aw, I love that Santa gave up his seat for Zoe. Too cute!


  • Reply Amanda Elizabeth December 19, 2018 at 10:04 am

    Can she seriously be any happier? I just love her face! I am cracking up that Santa gave up his chair. She is like victory. Glad to hear things are going well at the new job! You guys look so great dressed up!

  • Reply Rachel @ Never Enough Novels December 24, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    I love seeing the Christmas lights on my way home from work! Makes me even more excited to leave every day…

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