What a Weekend

December 15-16

A weekend with cousins in residence made for some rather happy children! And, best of all… freed Ken and myself up for Saturday afternoon shopping. A week and a bit before Christmas out on our own at the mall was much much better than taking any or all of the kids! We had some choice items for the kids, and of course EACH OTHER to shop for. Did I mever miss my shopping buddy (Karyn of course)… though we texted our way through the whole experience. I actually found that there was one wing of the mall we went to that was PERFECT for Ken and flew through my shopping. For once, I was the first one done and to our meet up point! I got to try a sample Godiva chocolate (DIVINE) and even saw some traditional carolers!

Very seasonal

I, of course, took full advantage of my Victoria’s Secret coupons and not only got MORE free undies but a lovely shimmer hair and body spray. Since I have to have pictures taken for immigration purposes and eventually an interview I figured it MAY be best to wait on the crazy hair changes until AFTER that is all done. If nothing else I would have a card with a good picture for the years to come. So a free shimmer spray (that was also on sale) was a great find.

We were out around 3 hours, mall, the Source (a gaming store) and Target… Uncle Wayne had sent money for the kids and I HAVE TO share our amazing find for Echo with that money. On sale at Target…

Check out the name – BREE!!! Like her US god mommy!

So in the end we were completely worn out but our shopping is all but done, I think we are going to have some VERY happy babies. Now I am just on pins and needles waiting on my package from ThinkGeek to come with the last of my presents for Ken. I am rather excited about the sales I found this year. Pretty much everything I got for him was on sale or free shipping! That left A LOT of wrapping to be done for the kids and hopefully, later in the week a chance to wrap Ken’s (with him making a job CHOICE there IS the time he has to go to tour, sign contract and such YAY).

There was gingerbread cookies to be made… from a mix but fun all the same!

Gingerbread cookies!

And of course a movie to watch, cousins to spend time with… etc etc…

With cousin

Sunday was another go slow sort of day. Kids outside…

Quite the structure

With shovels now!

Of course there were now cooled cookies to ice. Nana just went with icing sugar and water which turned into more of a paste but adding water and cutting the ziplocs a little bigger at the corners. It all worked out and a lot of fun was had.


Lots of cousin fun, lots of snow and time together… I am so glad that the kids are getting this chance to know ┬átheir American family.

Miss Echo and her adorable curls

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