It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…with an Arizona twist!
I suppose it’s more of a California or Florida twist, since palm trees don’t grow naturally here, but let’s just go with it. I am loving all the Christmas decor being put up around the city right now!
Also on the list of things to love…
Has anyone tried these Starbucks VIA Peppermint Mocha drinks? You basically make it like you would a glass of hot chocolate, with a mug of steaming hot milk. I have to say, it tastes incredibly close to the real deal. They are a bit pricey ($7.99 for six packets at Target), but much cheaper than the $4+ I would spend at an actual Starbucks for one drink. I’m excited to enjoy them throughout the season! Now I just need a reusable red cup.
Another thing making me feel rather merry lately is Breaking Dawn: Part Two.
I know some of you may be rolling your eyes, but my history with the book series goes way back to the beginning of this blog. Funnily enough, Papa Bender is the one who told me that it even existed. He called me at college one night and said something about a woman named Stephenie who had written some book about vampires that was getting pretty big and had been turned into a movie – plus, she happened to live in Phoenix. The rest is history.
I’ve ooh-ed and ahh-ed with many a fellow blogger over Edward, Bella and Jacob, so it was bittersweet for me to see this movie. I admit I cried at the end – it wasn’t the blubbering that came with the last Harry Potter film, but something about A Thousand Years by Christina Perri just melts me and brings on the nostalgia. I won’t give anything away, but I loved the way they did the ending.
If you’ve seen the movie and are interested in reading Stephenie Meyer’s perspective of the ending – she played a major role in the way it turned out – check out the November 26 entry on her website.
Last but not least is the most exciting “merry” adventure of the past week: a visit from the nieces pieces! Caroline and Kelly were in town last week visiting Cara’s family for Thanksgiving, and stayed a few extra days to hang out with us.
Between smiles for the camera and cereal snack breaks, we had plenty of laughs.
On Friday afternoon, the girls came over to the Bender home with Cara, Jim and Cara’s parents for some Mama and Papa Bender pizza, which was as delicious as ever. When we weren’t gobbling it up by the slice, we played some golf…
…went swimming (Caroline the Lionhearted was ready to jump in with normal clothes on!)…
…threw some rocks in a bucket (one of the favorite games of the day)…
…and had some fun adventures with Baby Bender at the park (Eric was so sweet with the girls – he is awesome with little kids, which is always so cool to watch as his big sis).
We washed the fun down with a glass of Mama Bender’s Peppermint-Eggnog Punch. It was the first of the season and tasted great! Can’t wait to have more as we count the days until Christmas.
We had such a great time with everyone and were so grateful for the visit! It’s amazing how much the girls have grown since last Thanksgiving. They are at a really fun age (although honestly, every “age” has been a blast with all three of our nieces) and we love them so much!
Hope everyone has a great Thursday!
Have you seen Breaking Dawn: Part Two? What’s making you “merry” this week?