Christmas: More is MORE

Christmas: More is MORE

ZOMG, guys. I partied all weekend! It was non-stop drinking and clubbing!

And by "partied all weekend," I mean I stayed home all weekend with the kids. And by "non-stop drinking and clubbing," I really mean baking chocolate chip and toffee pumpkin bread and decorating for Christmas. 

Totally the same thing.

I wouldn't have it any other way.

It was a very much needed weekend of forced homebodyment. Is that a word? It is now.

My husband went on a fishing trip with his friends so the kids and I stayed home and did a lot of seasonal stuff. The first thing Gabe asked for Saturday morning was if I could make pumpkin chocolate chip bread. And so baking commenced.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

That's two loaves of pumpkin chocolate chip bread and one of chocolate-toffee chip pumpkin bread. I use this recipe for my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. I follow the exact recipe, I just add stuff to the top. It kills every time.

Saturday night Gramma and Grampa came to pick up Lola for a little date to go see "snow." "Snow" is in quotations because there is a place in town that produces a snow-like substance (I think it might be soap suds) and it's as close as we Arizonans can get to snow in town. Unless we have a fluke day like last February. But that only happens every five years or so. 

Anyway, I took full advantage of Lola free time at home and unpacked the remaining Christmas boxes. There are now lights, tinsel, ornaments, and beads all over the place. Stockings have been hung by the chimney with care. Homemade coffee filter snowflakes are hung from the ceiling. Marshmallows are hung from our curly willow for hungry reindeer.

Mantel Stockings

Christmas Tree

Oh, and the tree is finally finished.

And then Gabe said it.

"Mom. This is excessive."

Well, son, that means my work here is done. When it comes to Christmas for me, more is MORE. Excessive means perfect.

The rest of the weekend I hung out in my new favorite accessory - high socks. And these are fuzzy ones.

Fuzzy Socks from Target

We watched Elf, one of the best Christmas movies ever. And all this while a tiny cold was coming on. Earlier tonight I had to run some Redbox movies back and I really didn't feel like it. But I went anyway and took Lola. We noticed all the lights everywhere so I decided to take an impromptu trip to a place up the street from us that turns into "Disney Lane."

I've heard about this place before but I've never actually made the turn down that street. It's literally a 1/4 mile from us so I figured we should carpe the hell out of this diem. I blasted the Christmas music and we scoured the neighborhood. Each house was decorated with a different Disney theme. We found Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, even Duck Tails! I didn't bring my phone so no pictures. But it was better that way, I think.

Speaking of my Lola girl, she'll be four on Saturday! I can't even.

But this whole week I'm working on her party and I made the first step in kicking off the festivities.

Minnie Mouse Nails

Have a good week and don't forget to join me for the Tunesday Tuesday link up! This week's theme...Favorite or Least Favorite Holiday Song. Ooooh! That's a good one!

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