Busy But Blessed Weekend│Wow, What a busy weekend! It feels like the weekends have become a blur – I find myself breathing a sigh of relief when Monday morning comes. I can sit down, have a cup of coffee and know that I don’t have to do much for a few hours. Of course – our apartment is dirty, their is laundry to be done, and I have a ton of editing piling up, but I love knowing that I don’t have to leave the house!Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining at all. I’m so incredibly thankful for all of the photoshoots that the families in Qingdao have been requesting, but wow… weekends are basically non-existent for me at the moment!
On Saturday I had a table at the annual ISQ Christmas Fair – check that out HERE – I blogged about this about an hour ago! haha. As I said, it’s Monday and my feet are up. And that means it is blogging, editing, and message catch-up time!
Anyway, Saturday was busy, and Sunday I had four jobs… BUT we did have a fun Saturday evening. Last year (after pulling an all-nighter to get as many crafts down as possible for the fair) we were exhausted and went home after the Christmas Fair. We therefore didn’t attend the Elf Party that we were invited to. This year we were NOT going to miss it, so we were happy that the fair was so much more laid-back for us this time round.
What is an Elf Party??
Welllll… Firstly, let me say that we LOVE the Elf movie! If you haven’t seen it, then you are missing out. And if you are one of those people who doesn’t like this movie, then I’m sorry but we just can’t be friends anymore. hahaha… This movie is absolutely hilarious, and never fails to make is laugh!
Some of our ISQ friends have a longstanding tradition of gathering to watch the movie “Elf” and eating the four major food groups. In recent years, a White Elephant gift exchange was added to this tradition. Those attending are requested to bring one of the four major food groups…
*If this doesn’t make sense to you – then you clearly haven’t seen this movie yet*
For the White Elephant exchange we were told to bring something from your house that you don’t want anymore. Justin and I looked around for a couple of things that we didn’t need anymore and wrapped them up. Little did we know that this was actually a rather amusing game of get rid of the most ridiculous things in your house sort of game. SO. MUCH. LAUGHING!!!!
Have a look at my face in the third picture, middle row, below…
That is the face of someone who just realized that she had chosen the WORST gift of the lot. I chose the bag with the specimen collector. A WHAT?? That’s right, you read correctly, a container that you place under your toilet seat to collect your pee/ poop for a medical check up! hahahaha. And since I have picked number 2, and not stolen anyone else’s gift, I was stuck with my nasty gift!
All the above pictures were shamelessly stolen from Ben Westby’s instagram! Thank you Ben!
So, despite having an insanely busy weekend, we were vey blessed with much laughter, lots of happiness, much photography exposure, and a wonderful new tradition for us. Even when we move from China, I am sure that we will keep doing our own version of this annual Elf Party!