Monday, December 15, 2008

Yet Another Weekend Recap

When Jackson takes his nap today I'll charge my camera battery (which seems to last about 10 minutes), clean my house, and take some pics for BooMama's Christmas Tour of Homes.

The three of us ended up having a great weekend. On Saturday night Curtis overlooked his own hatred of Chinese food and let us go to Pei Wei. Yum. Then we went to the Carvel/Cinnabon store and indulged in some seriously fattening desserts. Jackson had some ice cream and Curtis and I both had cinnamon rolls. Mine even had pecans on it. Since I have no metabolism, I'm sure I gained five pounds overnight just from that one treat. It was really good though!

Then we drove out to this neighborhood that is famous for its outrageous Christmas lights. Each street has its own theme. There are more Clark Griswold houses than you can count. Curtis and I have driven through there many times in the course of our relationship, but it was way more fun with Jackson. He loved it. The only thing that stunk was that it was hot outside. Again. But it is cold today. Houston weather is so bizarre.

Church was great as usual. Afterward we got to hang out with some new friends of ours and their young boys. Little boys together are hilarious. They took the noise level in the restaurant up a few notches, as you can imagine. My child dropped a french fry on the floor and before I knew what he was doing, he climbed down on the ground to retrieve it and ate it. Awesome.

We'd had my mom's car in our driveway all weekend, so last night we took it back to her house. She was not home from the airport yet, but was going to be soon, so we drove around until she got there. We headed to a nearby Sonic to get some juice for Jackson, who was losing his cool, and I remarked to Curt that the night felt so weird - like a ghost town. No one was out and about. True, it was a Sunday night, but it was still weird. Then we came up on the main highway through our part of town and there was a ton of commotion. It was a light parade! That's where everybody was!

We parked close and sat on the hood of our Suburban while at least 10 firetrucks and tons of other vehicles decorated with Christmas lights paraded by. They were all doing their sirens and everything. Firetrucks are the current passion of my son's life, so you can imagine how exciting this was for him. We could not believe that we just stumbled upon this! Thank You, Lord! It was such a delight. Then Curt's battery died and a nice man jumped it for us.

Mom got home soon and was exhausted, but she was sweet to let us barge in for a few minutes. I just missed her so much, I just had to see her! Of all things, she had strep throat last week and we didn't get to spend any time together. Yes, that was two days before Converge. Y'all would not believe all the crazy things that happened last week. We were up against A LOT but the Lord pulled it off. He's strong and mighty like that.

16 comments:

Spicy Magnolia said...

Those "stumble upon" blessings are just the best, aren't they!? And I totally agree with the weather comment...it's wacky here in Austin, too, and I wish it would just stay cold so I could wear big baggy sweatshirts and drink hot chocolate all day! :) Thanks for the weekend recap and hope you have a wonderful Monday!

Lisa said...

Ooh, I can't wait for your house pics! I took Julia's (Hooked on Houses) quiz and it turns out I'm a shameless house addict in all ways, shapes, and forms. I even peek in houses with the lights on. Shameless! The first step is admitting I have a problem... right?

I'm so glad your mom is on the mend! I've only had Strep twice (within weeks of each other) and it about did me in. Praise God that He's stronger than anything the enemy can dish out!

You had me so tired reading about everything you did this weekend (and made me super hungry too!) We don't have a Sonic close by, but a little birdie told me that might all change. I'm preparing myself to get addicted to their cherry limeades. I know I will, so I might as well admit it now.

Have a restful day in the sunny south!

Lisa

The Barfuss Family said...

Pei Wei. Cinnamon Rolls. Christmas light. Time with friends. Fun surprises. Time with mom. Sounds like another great weekend!
It was fun catching up with you yesterday!!!

Kelli said...

OH yum Pei Wei! I can't believe Curtis hates Chinese food! We wanted to take Caroline to see Christmas lights.... what neighborhood has all the crazy lights? You can email me....breathinghisjoy@gmail.com!

annalee said...

thank you for telling us about you guys bible class. we really enjoyed it!

Holly said...

Amen! Yes, He is!

I love that you love food, Amanda! Hee hee! It makes me love you even more...yes!

Praying that this week is such a blessing with your little and big men.

Sam McClure said...

what a fun weekend! thanks for all of your encouragement! i look forward to seeing you soon!

Corrie said...

Amanda... Just a quick note to let you know how much I enjoy reading your blog and how much your life ministers to me. We are in the same "stages" of life... and I am thankful for the example you set.
Have a blessed day!

Tara G said...

This really has nothing to do with your weekend (I'm glad it was good!) but everything to do with you being in the same state as El Paso and knowing more about Mexican food than I do and hopefully helping to settle a marital dispute (on a scale of 1-10 this is only a 1 or 2)...I made tacos the other night and my husband of 8 years takes a moment to inform me that if I'd bake the hard shells with the little cardboard thing that comes inside the package in the last shell that all of the shells would stay open to fill more easily. Huh. Lots of thoughts running through my head like "they're already hard and that won't make a difference!" or "um, people are starving in Africa" or "make your own dumb tacos then" or "at least they're warm" or "this coming from the son of someone who just learned in the past year that she should have been baking those shells all these years and that's why they tasted stale"...and then I did verbalize the mildest comment because my feelings were hurt. So, I'm trying to be humble and teachable because I'm crazy about the man and want him to enjoy his food, but I still have enough pride to not contact Old El Paso customer service (yet)... am I supposed to bake the shells with the little folded up cardboard piece?

Amy Beth @ Ministry So Fabulous! said...

Um, Cinnabon is something I would consider a stronghold in my life. So, so glad I don't live near one!

Erin said...

I'm so sad I missed the parade of lights this year...Hunt's been every year since he was born (he went with my Mom and Trev and Sophia this year)! Trev was a fire fighter when Hunter was 6 weeks old at his firt parade and it's turned into this big ordeal that Hunter looks forward to all year...and I missed it :( I'm glad Jackson got to partake!

Erin said...

Cinnamon rolls with pecans.... oh my! Yum.

Honea Household said...

I love how you drove around just waiting for your mom. I do the same thing. If I don't see her during the week, I just start missing her so much. My boy is now three, but he went through a firetruck phase. He still loves them, but isn't obessessed with him like he was! Glad your mom is better.

katiegfromtennessee said...

Little Momma:) Greetings:)

Lots of adventures for you...Wow, Clark Griswald lights...TN weather is fickle too...That's cool! Trucks for little miesta Jackson to look at:)...Ew, 5 sec rule:)...My, Spiritual Mom Beth had strep throat?...YES! He is strong and mighty!

Love in CHRIST,

katiegfromtennessee

Becky Kiser said...

Hey Amanda! What neighborhood was it with the lights? Chris and I have been let down every neighborhood we drive through this year. Thanks! :)

Heather said...

Amanda,
I would love to know what neighborhood you're talking about. Our two year old is so in to lights this year. He "oooooohs" and "wowwwwws" at everything. This is only our second Christmas in Houston so we don't know where all the good stuff is!

And while I'm asking questions... Where can I find that song that Travis sang on Thursday night...Hear the Angels? It's not on his Christmas CD is it?
Thank you.
Merry Christmas!