For Christmas (and my birthday) Clay surprised me with "a couple nights away from home this weekend". He arranged to have a young couple, Mackenzie and Beau, watch the girls for us. When Mackenzie was in high school, she was one of my first babysitters when Emma was just a baby.
We left home on Friday afternoon and drove to Paris, VA to stay at the Ashby_Inn. I have been wanting to go to their restaurant for a while now. It was given 2.5 stars in the Washington_Post magazine. Their menu changes daily so they can serve the freshest local ingredients.
Henley_Park_Hotel. We walked to Zaytinya for dinner. It's a Greek/Mediterranean tapas restaurant and received 3 stars in the Washington_Post magazine. It's one of those fun places where you order a lot of different small plates to share. We ordered hummus tzatziki, fattoush, sweet potato fritters, beef keftedes, and lamb kleftico. All of it was go good! When the waitress asked us about dessert Clay ordered a mini rose chocolate mouse and I asked for another serving of fattoush!! I love that stuff. It is so simple and so good (tomato, cucumber, red onion, green pepper, radish, pita chips, pomegranate vinegar dressing). If you have a good recipe for fattoush, or know anyone who does, please send it to me!!
Shakespeare_Theater for A Midsummer Night's Dream. We had excellent seats; 4th row center. It was so enjoyable and fun. This was the first time seeing the play for both of us.
The next morning we went to a local congregation for church. On our way, we drove past the Masonic Temple in DC. We had just read (or listened to) The_Lost_Symbol by Dan Brown this summer while on vacation. It was so cool to actually see it in person. We loved that the story took place in DC at many locations we were familiar with. Here is a map_of_locations.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Merry Christmas everyone!
Santa brought ice skates for Emma...
and Lego Friends City Park Cafe for Rebekah.
From Grandad Bruce & Kris...
From Aunt Donese
From Grandma & Grandpa Chase
From Grandma Murray
Clay got a box of old Zelda games from me.
I love how the girls were happy all day to play together. Wish it could be like this every day.
Monday, December 24, 2012
The girls wanted to make snowflake decorations for Christmas. We had a lot of fun making different designs and a lot of paper clippings.
I made a dolphin snowflake for Emma.
And a unicorn snowflake for Rebekah.
The girls were so excited when it actually started snowing the day before Christmas. They immediately ran out to dance and play on the deck.
It continued snowing until just past dinnertime. The girls went sledding and made a snowman. What a perfect Christmas Eve.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
I found a great idea for Activity Days girls. We would "wrap" up the year by learning how to wrap presents. Afterwards the girls had a relay race to unwrap the presents while wearing snow mittens and kitchen mitts (sorry I can't find my source anymore). The girls had a fun time. I loved how one of the girls used her toes!! What a smart idea.