Have you guys heard of Christmas Crack? It’s a toffee-like treat made with saltines and oh my gosh it is so good and so addicting! I followed a recipe I found on Erin’s blog (via Pinterest, of course) and made two batches (one with white chocolate chips and one with semisweet chips). Ryan and I both preferred the white chocolate (I also used slightly less chocolate than the recipe called for, as I wanted a more toffee-like flavor) and I seriously could not keep my hands away from it once it was done cooling in our fridge. Make this recipe with caution, my friends!
Saturday morning began bright and early! Ryan was up to say goodbye to Ben who left at 6 a.m. and then headed off to the gym around 6:30 a.m. When Chase started to stir just before 7 a.m., I was up for the day as well. We went through our usual morning routine (pumpkin muffins and milk followed by books and playtime) and Ryan joined in on the fun when he arrived home around 7:45 a.m. (I opted out of a workout both days this weekend so my mornings felt nice and relaxed!) Once Ryan was home, I made us eggs and waffles for breakfast.
After breakfast, Ryan grabbed a quick shower and the three of us said goodbye to Sadie before driving to Clean Juice for mid-morning smoothies.
We then drove to Discovery Place KIDS (DPK) in Huntersville where we spent the remainder of the morning exploring and watching Chase’s curiosity lead him all over the place.
If we thought Chase loved DPK before, now that he can walk, he’s like a kid in a candy store. So much to see and touch!
In case you were wondering who had more fun in the fort you see above that Ryan built – Ryan or Chase – the answer would most definitely be Ryan. Chase thought the fort was cool for 2.5 seconds until he saw a big plastic ball and then it was game over. He is all about balls, books and cars right now. (And dogs… always dogs.)
We spent just over an hour at DPK before it was time to head home for Chase’s nap. I used the entire duration of Chase’s nap to work on a big Christmas present project that is taking me FOVEVER but I’m finally beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It is the project that never ends, I’m tellin’ ya.
Once Chase was up, we ate some chili together before it was time for us to head back out to Alexis and Dan’s cookie exchange party!
Alexis had little post-it notes out for people to write down the name of their holiday treats (as well as their own name just in case anyone wanted to seek out the recipe) and we all filled up plates and tupperware with enough cookies to last us through the holiday season and then some!
There was a large assortment of sweet treats (the party wasn’t limited to just cookies) and we left with everything from snowman sugar cookies and rum balls to homemade fudge and peanut butter bars. It was a sugar overload in the best possible way!
Aside from the sweets, a big party highlight for this hot cocoa-lovin’ girl was the hot chocolate bar outfitted with marshmallows, peppermint sticks, chocolate chips and a variety of alcoholic mix-ins. It took me back to our trip to Ireland when I fell in love with hot chocolate and Bailey’s at a random pub in Kinsale. Warm and creamy with a lil’ kick!
Without a doubt the most memorable part of the cookie party came when Alexis’ husband disappeared and returned dressed as Santa, complete with a sack full of small gifts for every kid in attendance. Talk about amazing, right!?
Everyone thought having Santa show up at the party for the kids was the coolest surprise…
Everyone BUT Chase, that is…
I think that picture says it all but Chase was NOT a fan of Santa AT ALL.
Santa won him over for a hot second when he gave him a puzzle that served as a brief distraction, but I think it’s safe to say Chase and Santa are not going to be BFFs anytime soon.
My sweet little boy! Seeing him freak out obviously made us feel so bad for him but his reaction was just so over-the-top that it was impossible not to see the humor in the scary Santa situation. Poor little guy! I’m hoping that once he understands the magic of Santa, we’ll have a more positive experience in the years to come.
We spent the next few hours chatting away with friends (Chase thankfully recovered from the Santa scare very quickly) and had a great time eating, drinking and watching all the little ones play.
Eventually it was time to thank Alexis and Dan and head home to put Chase to bed for the night. We spent the rest of the night hanging out on the couch, curled up in comfy pajamas. Not too shabby!
Our Sunday morning began much like our Saturday! We hung out close to home for the first hour of the day or so before driving to Starbucks for breakfast on the way to church. We tried out a new-to-us church on Sunday and loved the experience. Chase seemed to have a good time in the childcare and Ryan and I loved the message of the service. We’ll be back!
We spent the rest of our Sunday relatively close to home. We ran a couple of errands but spent the large part of Sunday afternoon at home in our pajamas away from the cold! Our weekend concluded with meal planning, grocery shopping and pizza!
I hope you guys had a great weekend and I’ll see ya tomorrow!