Rick and I got home yesterday night after a really fun 2 days in Seattle. It was so incredibly enjoyable....everything from the concert, to the shopping to the eating and spending time with my parents was just what we'd hoped. The weekend started with Rick and I heading out Sat mid-morning and driving down from home to Seattle with a brief stop at an outlet mall to hit the Sony outlet (for him) and the Restoration Hardware outlet (for me!). From there we drove right through to a mall that houses a few of our favorite restaurants where we were going to meet my parents for an early dinner before the concert. I've got to say, I hardly ever willingly choose to go to malls around the Christmas season. I'm one of those who tends to Christmas shop all year long, so come December there is no rush to find that perfect gift. As such, I was completely amazed at the crazy amount of people at the mall. We were lucky to even find a parking stall in the lot! After parking we headed through the mall only to discover that our chosen restaurant (P.F. Chang's) had a 2.5 hour wait for a table. Not exactly what we'd been anticipating! A quick change of plans had us eating at the Cheesecake Factory (which had been on the agenda as our lunch destination the next day) as their wait was only 30 minutes. Due to the wait for dinner, we chose to drive with my parents directly from mall to the Michael W. Smith concert. The concert was beautiful, such melodious music with a 65 piece orchestra. What a treat and a great way to celebrate the reason for the season. From the concert we headed to the hotel that my mom found on-line. It was really, really nice. My hubby's favorite part was the 42 inch plasma TVs in each room. Gotta love that! Sunday saw us leaving the hotel and doing some shopping before heading to P.F. Chang's for lunch (after Saturday's mix-up, we booked a lunch reservation). Yummy food! It was a wonderful mini-holiday and it made it very special to share it with my parents. We had a lot of laughs and my dad said that it needed to be the beginning of a new seasonal tradition.
I thought I'd share a few things I found on the trip with you. Unfortunately we didn't do any antiquing, but I did find 2 crafts stores and brought home 4 stamps. The scallop oval in the middle is by Paper Source, the other three are by Impress Rubber Stamps. I can't wait to use them!
Now here's what I'm sure many of you are wondering about....what do I have up my sleeve for the Winter Cheer Giveaway #4. Hmmmmm, well I knew that I wanted it to be big, crafty, and fun. I also know that many of you come and visit me because of my job at Melissa Frances, a crafting product line. Sooo...after talking to Melissa, it's my pleasure to announce that Melissa Frances is sponsoring Giveaway #4!!!
The winner of this draw will receive a whopping $150 worth of Melissa Frances scrapbooking products. We're talking scrapbooking paper, acrylic stamps, and embellishments galore. What an awesome Christmas gift to one lucky winner!
So cross your fingers (and your toes). Giveaway open to those with Canadian/US mailing addresses (Thanks for your understanding). Please leave a comment to be entered in the draw for the prize. I'll accept comments until 12 Noon on Friday (PST). Then, we'll do the draw and select the winner.