Penny's Passion: Weekending - December 11, 2015

Monday, December 14, 2015

Weekending - December 11, 2015

Wow - what a weekend!  Lots of activities have been happening around here and I've been loving it.

Friday I did my annual bell ringing for the Salvation Army.  This year I rang bells with my friend Janet.  It's such a wonderful cause and we had so many very generous givers putting money in our red kettle.

On Saturday I was helping with a baby shower for the mommy-to-be of my first great nephew, which meant Friday night was finishing the preparations.  My daughter-in-law, Kayla, and I worked until the wee hours getting stuff together (remember, I'm quite the procrastinator).  Kayla was a HUGE help and it was really fun getting to spend time with her.

The shower was being held in my hometown, which is about 2 hours away from where I live.  Which meant I had to load everything up and pray I didn't forget something.

I'm going to do a full shower recap later, but I just have to share some pictures with you now.  The theme of the shower, woodland critters, matched the nursery.  My dad, brother and nephew were tasked with cutting the wood for the centerpieces and dessert table.  I had shown them pictures of what I had in mind and they executed them perfectly!  We added a little greenery and pine cones and they were ready to go.

Weeks ago when we were starting to plan the shower I thought having a hot chocolate bar would be the perfect thing for a mid-December event.  Saturday's temperature was a record-breaking high of 72 degrees.  Go figure.

Here's a few more scenes from the day ~

Everything turned out lovely!  I'll share all the details soon.  Kristian and Mason are going to be awesome parents and I can't wait for little Hunter to get here!

Sunday was spent unpacking and cleaning up my house from all the shower preparations.  One thing I've learned about myself is I am definitely NOT a neat crafter.  I had layers of supplies literally in every room of house.

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This is going to be an awesome week!  We have several parties for work and I'm judging a decorated door contest.  Hope you have a fantastic week too and try not to let the stress of the season get to you. I have a feeling I'll be reminding myself many times this week of that!  

Check out what others were up to this weekend.


  1. I love the decor for the shower! The tablescape is beautiful. I don't feel like I'm a very neat crafter either - it always seems like I make a bigger mess than I need to! Have a great Monday.

  2. I think that's amazing that you do the bell ringing for the Salvation Army. I bet that just gets your holiday season off to an amazing start!

  3. Those fox cookies are so adorable! The shows looks like it must have been so much fun.

  4. What an adorable party! The fox cookies are my favorite :)

  5. I feel like the red kettles came out later this year - or was it I just haven't shopped enough?

    The party was adorable - I love the outdoor theme :)

  6. This is so adorable. The cookies are delightful. You really have a knack for this kind of thing Penny. Party planning should have been your career.

  7. That baby shower is freaking adorable. Everything from the cookies to the colors. I love how the theme was carried through. What a lucky momma to have you helping with that

  8. I love foxes! I can't wait to see the rest of the shower!

  9. That's so great you got to volunteer with the Salvation Army, great way to give back during the holidays. The baby shower looks so lovely, I love the hot chocolate bar!! Very creative and cute 😊