Thursday, December 8, 2016

A busy start to the season

I feel like I've been behind and unable to catch up on anything since the day after Thanksgiving. I suppose that just goes with the territory of the holiday season, but it feels even more so this year.  I'm also planning Elliott's big fifth birthday party and that has added to my plate, but no more so than any other year.  It just feels like it. 

Last Monday, the 5th, Elliott and I couldn't find Ginger to take her for a walk.  We looked in the family room about three times before we found her.  Silly dog.

There had been a big storm the night before.  This palo verde did not fare well.  


Elliott and I ran a bunch of errands that day.  We stopped by Lowe's.  Who's gonna buy this beagle for me?


We watched Elf on Monday night. 


Spencer's bus driver game him glasses that make Christmas lights look like reindeer.  They really work and are quite fun. 


Ugh.  So many lights out on our tree.  It's 10 years old, but other than the lights there is nothing wrong with it.  

Ginger slept on her bed AND the beanbag on Tuesday the 29th. 

Wednesday was freezing cold and I bundled Elliott up for our morning walk. 

Spencer and I went to the orthodontist and then out to lunch on Wednesday.  He's getting close to getting his braces off.  Probably in February.  It would have been January if Michael had not FAILED and completely forgotten to take Spencer to his appointment on November 1st.  It pushed everything back a month since it took a month to get in for a new appointment.  

Side note.  This was the first time Spencer ever wore this shirt.  He got something on it, I treated and washed it and it's now ruined because it has a huge faded spot on it.  That sort of sh** pisses me off. 

On Thursday the 1st I took Spencer with me to Costco.  He jumped in this car and then laughed so hard when he accidentally really made it back up. 


We got all the lights finalized outside on Friday the 2nd.  Here's a sneak peak of the new Holiday Pig. 

This post didn't seem very busy but I could have slept for three days straight after last week, so I don't think it was an accurate representation. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

The rest of Thanksgiving weekend

Winston returned to us the day after Thanksgiving.  I'm going to do Winston update posts again this year so I won't show you every day of him yet, but we were all very excited to see him this year and I wanted to share his first day.  He brought mugs and hot cocoa for the kids. 

We took a long walk and went to the park on Friday morning.  Then we ate Thanksgiving leftovers for lunch.  The tupperware lid made a very cool impression in the mashed potatoes. 


On Friday night we took Spencer to his first football game.  The University of Arizona vs Arizona State. 


The U of A won.  Of course.  It's my alma mater. Michael's too. 



Saturday morning was full of all sorts of lounging. 

Then Michael and I went over to Nick's house to put up his tree.  Shhh.  It's a secret.  He doesn't know yet. 

Saturday was Nathan's 40th birthday.  I found this picture from around the time he turned 4. 

So of course I forced his participation in a comparison.  

It's not bad. 


A bunch of people, family and friends, went out for dinner that night. 






There was ice cream cake. 

On Sunday we drove home and worked on our outside lights.  It was legitimately cold outside so that night we had our first fire of the season. 

The kids roasted marshmallows for s'mores.




And Ginger enjoyed the coziness. 
It was not a spectacular weekend, but it was slow and fun and just what we all needed. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving 2016 started as all good Thanksgivings should: with a cuddly viewing of the Macy's parade.  I'm pretty sure Spencer watched the entire thing under the blanket and never got up from the couch once.

Ginger took a nap for the entire parade. 
Michael's cousin's daughter was IN the parade with her high school band.  We had been told to watch for the red Power Ranger.  The band was walking behind it. 

There they are!  The Cary High School marching band from Cary, North Carolina. 





After the parade we got down to the important business.  Like setting out the pies. 

And making sure the booze was flowing. 

A forced and bribed family picture. 
Appetizers.  

I bought some of the Thanksgiving kettle chips from Trader Joe's.  They will be a regular from now on.

People pictures 







Finally time to eat.  My dad and brother were on turkey duty. 



I always make the praline sweet potato casserole (on the right).



Bella was not happy about me taking pictures.  She told me "NO" about 8 million times. 
Spencer and Bella love each other.  She lets Spencer do things that she won't let anybody else do.  Like talk to her and hug her. 




Michael felt like we were leaning apart from each other and it looked bad. 

He was much more pleased with this one. 
I can't remember why my mom and Dan were high-fiving, but I made them recreate the moment for blogging purposes.  Which would be much better if I knew why.