(At the end of this post I am giving away one of the prints shown above, but first you have to read about me being awkward. Also, why is my kid trying to TP my Christmas decorations? I don’t even know.)
A few weeks ago Scarlette and I traveled to Nashville to stay with Jeanette and visit some old friends (if you’re new here, we used to live there.) I was really brave and made the trip alone WITH A TODDLER and I feel the need to point that out to you because I would like a lot of accolades for it. Do you know how many times we stopped for potty breaks? SO MANY TIMES.
Anyhow, while we were there we attended a Christmas party for The Land Of Nod that my friend Raechel was throwing.
And if you’re not new here, now you’re probably nodding your head like “Oh, okay. Here’s the part where things are about to get awkward.”
First of all, this was not the sort of party that you bring children to. Only Raechel was incredibly gracious to let me bring Scarlette because the party was the same night that we were getting into town and so we basically went straight there from a four plus hour drive.
(No, it doesn’t usually take over four hours to get to Nashville, unless you travel with a three year old who needs to tinkle every five minutes.)
And several of my sweet friends in town offered to keep her but since she has a lot of anxiety surrounding bedtime without me present, I was pretty sure that dropping her off with someone she wasn’t overly familiar with after such a long road trip might scar her for life. So instead I drug her to a party because THE LAND OF NOD and she fell asleep on my shoulder and you know.
So I was THAT girl at the party who brought her three year old along. I was already starting off on a great note.
Okay. So then Raechel mentioned that we were ALL going to get to take home a gift from The Land Of Nod in addition to the awesome goodie bags they were providing. We were all excited about this, obviously. The only small glitch was that the shipment of prizes had gotten lost, so instead of having them on display, they quickly printed out some photos of each of the items we could win. This is important backstory, y’all.
So I’m wandering around, looking at Raechel’s gorgeous home (she is so talented) and eating her delicious food (so good) and making conversation when it was decided that we would play the Dirty Santa game for the prizes. (It’s basically a game where you can draw a gift from the pile OR steal a gift from someone else.)
One of the ladies drew a toy rocketship. Scarlette is obsessed with rocketships right now (Buzz Lightyear and Super Why both fly rocketships, you know) and so she was all “WOCKETSHIP!” So when our turn came, I decided that we would steal the rocketship.
And then I felt a little bit badly because Scarlette was holding the picture of it going “IS DAT MY WOCKSHIP?! I WIKE DIS WOCKETSHIP SHO MUCH! WOOK AT MY WOCKETSHIP!”
People kept giving us envious glances but no one stole the rocketship (despite my continued comments to Scarlette that it was not her rocketship, someone else might get to have a turn with a rocketship, etc.) because WHO WANTS TO TAKE A ROCKETSHIP FROM A BABY? No one, that’s who.
So I posted a picture on facebook of Scarlette winning her rocketship and then tons of people were all “THE Land of Nod ROCKETSHIP? LUCKY!!”
And I was like “What? Is this a thing?”
And that is when I quickly snagged a catalogue and discovered that it is not, in fact, a tiny toy rocketship.
Oh no. It is a giant rocketship (technically an “intergalactic play set“) that is TALLER THAN SCARLETTE and costs TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS.
AND I STOLE IT FROM SOMEONE.
I would like to tell you that I have never been so embarrassed in my life, but that would be a lie considering that just yesterday my three year old yelled about her private bits to the teenage boy working as a cashier at the grocery store so, you know.
The rocketship arrived at our house the other day and the box comes up to my hip! But Scarlette is going to be overwhelmingly excited on Christmas morning so thank you Raechel and The Land Of Nod and that woman I stole this from who is probably still cursing me secretly in her head.
So anyhow, Raechel had her brother-in-law paint her this beautiful artwork to put on her mantle and I could not get over it at the party. I mean, isn’t it just gorgeous? (The photo of it on the mantle above is Raechels) So as soon as he put some prints up in his shop I ordered one (mine shown is a 20×20.) I’m hoping to find a gold or rustic wooden frame for it.
Then Raechel’s sister, who I met at the party and did not steal anything from, emailed me and offered to give one away to my readers! I said yes because so many of y’all commented on it when I put up photos on instagram that I thought you might like the chance to win one! Or you can use the code KAYLA to get free shipping if you want to go ahead and order one from Caleb Faires shop!
They are really high-quality prints, I was super impressed and am excited to hang it up as part of our Christmas decor each year.
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