before i get to my recap, i have to say...thank you thank you for all of the heartfelt comments you left on my post yesterday. i was overwhelmed by the response and i appreciated every single comment. you never know what cards you will be dealt in life, but having the support of friends and family helps tremendously in times like this. so thank you again. i'm not sure how often i will post about my dad on here, but i'll try to keep you updated.
now onto the fun stuff! last night i met up with my favorite mn blogger girls for the third time for a little holiday get together. you'll remember we first met up for happy hour at psycho suzie's, then for a night of fun at the paint pub. this time we were asked to wear our tackiest christmas sweater and head to mall of america for an evening of meeting santa, dinner at dick's last resort, and a secret santa gift exchange. the night started off with dawn, andrea, and i roaming mall of america in search of santa. it took us way longer than it should have to find him, but we did! luckily, it was hard to miss a dozen girls dressed in their christmas finest ;)
santa was loving his job right about now ;)
becky at brought along her sweet little 3 week old daughter, bailey. we were all in love! (including santa).
after pictures, we headed to dick's last resort for dinner and secret santa gifts. i had never been there, but it's one of those places where the waitstaff deliberately make fun of you and give you a hard time as part of the "experience." it ended up being way raunchier (and funnier!) than i expected. case in point: they make these ridiculous hats for everyone at the table with umm..interesting insults written on them.
kelly (proudly?) wearing hers :)
kelly, carolyn, and me before were got the privilege of wearing a hat.
we were excited to have newcomers, megan and lauren join us!
baby bailey even got her own hat!
we had lots of fun chatting and exchanging our gifts. i got to buy a gift for keeping up with kelly. i got her nail polish, a starbucks gc, and some m&ms. brittany had me and she bought me some cute hand towels, a nail polish, and some yummy treats. so fun!
group shot at the restaurant
my fellow mama friends, andrea and dawn
here were all my goodies at the end of the night, including delcious bars that lauren made for everyone. i think we'll keep her around ;)
i had so much fun catching up with these girls who i met in a very unconventional way! they are all so fun to be around and i can't wait for our next get together!