First, the three of us headed to two local Goodwill stores since everything was 50% off! We scored pretty well between the three of us:
Then we headed to a nearby village to enjoy lunch at "The Sanctuary". It was a beautiful, snowy weekend and here are some views from the car:
Once again I had my childhood wish of snow for my birthday.
The Sanctuary is an art gallery housed in an historic church building. It is so tastefully decorated and the restaurant side is made for elegant relaxation:
Lunch consisted of some terrific food including this butternut squash puree. We also enjoyed a vegetable panini, which was amazing.
In the mean time, Michael was occupying the children by taking them to Christmas on the Farm.
It was a cold day to be out, but the children enjoyed meeting the real reindeer.
They also walked around the weekly farmer's market, which seemed a bit expanded for Christmas:
They stopped by Michael's friend's booth to see his honey and buy one of his scrumptious bees wax candles for me!
Definately a festive sight!
The children started off on a "sleigh ride" behind the tractor but I guess the weather conditions were such that even the tractor couldn't make it:
Christina and JK had the family over in the evening for birthday dinner. Here is Christina's beautiful mantle: