Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas Shopping Day! DONE in 8 Hours!!!

Last night I left home about 9:00 to spend the night in Quadville!

As I let myself in I could hear Amber reading to her children upstairs.
I took my iPad out and quietly crept up to the bedroom and slipped in to take this pic.
It was a magical moment - watching MY baby read to HER babies!

I helped her finish the night time routine.....and after they all went potty AND brushed their teeth AND singing their bedtime songs AND saying prayers AND going potty again AND getting sips of water AND on and on and on.......around 11:00 I poured a glass of wine!

At midnight Trystan was up getting a little extra TLC because of her ear hurting.
Let's just say that we gave up on our gift wrapping marathon and simply spent some precious time chatting and being together - then we went to bed!
Best laid plans, Love!!!
What's nice is that we are so flexible it doesn't faze either one of us to go to plan B,C, D or whatever!

When the kids went to bed last night they all said they wanted to wake MeeMaw up this morning!!
They just love it when I spend the night!
I got up before they did and took my shower then jumped back into bed with wet hair and pulled the covers over my head when I heard them coming down the stairs!!!
They WOKE ME UP!!!! Hahahaha!

I left Quadville and headed up to Grapevine, Texas to meet up with my sister, Luann. 
While we didn't grow up together, we will always be sisters and it was good to get to spend some time together!!!

My sister lived in Europe for many years and has a love for all things British.
She had been wanting to check out The British Emporium at 140 N. Main St. in Grapevine so that's where we met this morning. We proceeded to spend the next 6 hours together!!!

We loved listening to the shop keepers talk with their British accents and using works like 'trolly' instead of buggy!!! I will be going back!!! I bought two things there but I can't really share about them just yet.....

Luann knows the area better than I do so I followed her in my car. We shopped a World Market and a TJ Max where I crossed a LOT of things off of my shopping list!!!

Lunch was at Pei Wei and it was delicious!
We lingered long over our food and tea catching up with each other and talking - as sisters do.

Our next stop was in South Lake at Trader Joe's! We both LOVE that place!!!
From there we went to Hobby Lobby where I finally found some of the gift items I have been looking for!!! That's where we parted company about 5:00!!! 
I could NOT have navigated and found all the items on
my list if it hadn't been for her!!
Thank you, Sister!!!

On my way back to Irving I made two stops - one for a glass of tea and one for a gift card for a special niece!
  Once back in Irving I was at Sam's, a wine shop and a Dollar Store before finally returning home 22 hours after I left!

And THIS is how I have been spending the evening!!! 
By the time I go to bed tonight - Christmas will be all wrapped up!!!!
Ho Ho HO!!!!


Amber said...

Good job, Mom!

Kathy said...

Wow, a shopping marathon! Good job getting everything done. Hopefully I will be doing that this weekend.

Wanda said...

How fun to get your shopping done, and get to spend it with your sister. I loved all the shops you went too.

Amber is so adorable and those precious. I loved hearing how you jumped back in bed after your shower so the quads could wake up MeeMaw. Too cute.
Tomorrow I will have my marathon shopping trip with my girls. Looking forward to it.

Nancy Chan said...

A very busy and fruitful day. You have got so many things done and spent time with love ones. Have a fantastic weekend!

Debbie said...

Such a busy and productive day! Don't have a lot of wrapping to do but it looms ahead yet for me, lol, but at least all the shopping is done! Enjoy your week-end now!

Changes in the wind said...

Whatever energy pills you are taking...I want them:)

Susie said...

Linda, I always love seeing your pictures. You are amazing...getting all the shopping done. Glad you enjoyed your family time and the time with your sister. I hope everyone is doing well and feeling well also. Blessings , love you, Susie

MadSnapper said...

that is a fantastic shot of amber and the quads in bed reading. it says so much even without words it is a story. glad you got to spend time with your sister and i love to listen to people from other countries talk...i often wonder what we sound like to them...

Nonnie said...

Linda, your pics are always so happy and I enjoy going on your little trips. I'm going to have to check out the shop in Grapevine.

Cheapchick said...

You must be tired but happy - it looks like a fun day. Now you have even more to wrap lol :)

Vee said...

You shop and wrap all in one day? What are you taking? I need some. =D

BeachGypsy said...

Mercy girlfriend!!! That is a giant mega shopping excursion!! Put your feet up!! Isnt it great to have all the shopping done tho?? The crowds are only getting worse and worse as the day approaches. We have a few to done,thank You Lord!

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

That is so awesome that you had a day with your sister. And hurray for shopping and wrapping!

I hope you have a very merry Christmas!


Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I would have not made it through half what you managed to do...I'm worn out and ready for bed just readng about it.
You have to be YOUNG to do that sort of thing...WOW!

Penny said...

Busy Lady! That British Emporium looks very familiar to me, all the colours, and the teapots etc! It's a good feeling to get all your christmas shopping done X