Last night was practically like Christmas Eve for Lily. Right as she was heading to bed, the snow had just started to fall and stick on the grass. Like promises of Santa's visit, we lured her under the covers with deals of playing, snow gear and snowmen after a good night's rest.
Luckily, the weather held up it's end of the bargain and by the time they woke up, had breakfast and got dressed, there were a few inches on the ground to have a good romp in.
Lily burst out the door when we finally let her. That girl loves her some outside weather!
Lily was determined to enjoy all of her regular fun activities despite the blanket of snow on everything, from the 'playground' to the trampoline...
Overall, it was such a nice day! I got to start the day at a brunch at my friend's church and spend some time learning about and doing some cute crafts. (Got some fun ideas for Christmas presents! Gotta get an early jump since doubling my number of passengers may make it a bit more interesting to run errands this winter.)
After that, it was a fun visit with some of our closest friends and their adorable little girl. Then it was off shopping with Lily while Julia napped so I could both find some heavier duty snow gear for the girls and so I could finish the dinner that was already started in the crock pot! A quick stop at work to grab a key and got to catch up with a couple of my favorite co-workers and a little tour of Old Navy to see if we needed anything more than socks with our Friends and Family coupon.
It was a great day filled with some good family time and great visits with friends both old and new. What a fun way to wrap up my 'maternity leave'. Yes, tomorrow I return to work. I am not particularly excited about not spending my days at home with my family, but there are a lot of positives to look at too. Robert will be off on his paid paternity leave through the middle of January, so the girls with still be at home with a parents, even if it's not me. :) It will be nice to have some open availability and work more hours than I could if Robert were already back to work so we can get some extra Christmas cash (and medical bills and other not-fun stuff) coming in. I get to see my co-workers again! I genuinely do like spending time with my pals at work and it will be fun to work alongside their smiling faces.
And, not that my co-workers aren't cute, but it just won't quite be the same as seeing these smiling faces all day---