I have to admit, I kind of love how every year it becomes more and more socially acceptable to let Christmas prep slip in front of Thanksgiving. I wanted to start decorating right after Halloween (ha!), but we’ve had a busy November and this past weekend was our first chance. It was a cold dreary day on Wednesday, so when Chris got home early from work it seemed like the perfect opportunity to break out the egg nog and deck the halls 🙂
Arden took her job so seriously and it was so precious. She totally gets it this year and it makes me even more excited for the month ahead! Nash, on the other hand, just enjoyed seeing how quickly he could tear the ornaments off the tree as she put them on. Have I mentioned that he’s ornery???
We took a quick break from the tree to admire the lights outside. Don’t mind the pumpkins…we dumped those out on my parents’ land the next day, in hopes of a harvest next fall! 😉
After laying Nash down for the night, Arden and I went through some old Hallmark ornaments that were mine as a child. She especially loved the Barbie ones and requested to put the bride Barbies on the white tree in her room. Also, notice her headgear in these pictures…that was all her doing. She’s got her momma’s love for festiveness! 🙂
Thanksgiving day I met my parents at a local organization and served a meal to the children that live there. My job was simply to sit and chat with them while they ate, which was a pretty moving experience for me. These kids have been through so much in their short lives, but when they were asked what they were thankful for this year, they each had so much to share. Though this is a tough time for my family, I know if these kids can choose gratitude, then I surely can too.
We spent the rest of the day celebrating with Chris’ extended family. The kids had a great time playing with their second cousins…and I think those two on the left are going to grow to be sweet friends 🙂
I just love this picture of Arden and her grandma and grandpa!
We spent Friday with my family…we ate, we laughed, and the girls even snuck away for a little shopping. We were definitely missing my sister-in-law and nephew, but we got to FaceTime with them and hear all about their day. Thank goodness for technology!
I love the holidays where we have nothing else to do except hang out with each other. I’m already looking forward to Christmas…and Nash is already looking forward to the food…
Don’t be fooled…they’re not always this angelic 😉
But he is always this goofy! #babysfirstselfie
On Saturday, the holiday weekend fun just kept on going. My parents offered to watch Nash so we could take Arden to her first movie–The Good Dinosaur! There were some slow parts that lost her attention, but overall I’d say she really liked it. I also think she liked the snacks, considering she scarfed down an entire bag of gummy worms before the previews were even over!!
As nice as it as to have a little date with just Arden, I think we all kind of missed Nash–especially since everything Spot did reminded us of him 😉 Oh and there was actually a character in the movie named Nash…what are the odds?!?
The movie was the biggest hit, but the hand driers in the women’s restroom were a close second 😉
We ended this nice little holiday weekend by having my family over for lunch after church. While the guys watched the Chiefs game, there was a serious card game going on at the kitchen table. That Will…he’s got some mad Uno skills!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and found so much to be thankful for!