We spent Thanksgiving with A's side of the family this year. My parents-in-law drove from Orange County on Thursday morning, then we all drove out to A's aunt's house for the feast. E had so much fun playing with his cousins (actually, they are A's cousin, but are the same age as E. A's mom is the oldest in her family and had A when she was 19. He has an aunt that is only 3 years older than him), Sawyer and Will. They played with water guns, he pretended to be a dog while they walked him around on a leash, and they were having great fun on the air-hockey table (literally on the air-hockey table, not sure what they were doing, but they loved every second of it).
M loved being hugged and adored by his minions, and has had a hard time with the post-adoration-let-down.
On Friday Sabene (A's mom) and I went shopping with her sisters Roxanne and Shannon, and her sister-in-law Nori, and Roxanne's daughter Karly. Then we went out to lunch and met up with my sister-in-law Jodi, Sabene's other sister Tamara, Tamara's daughters Amber and Kelsey, her daughter-in-law Shiloh, and Amber's and Shiloh's daughters, for lunch. It was great fun.
On Saturday I had a consultant's party selling high end kitchen essentials, then we just spent the rest of the day lounging at my house.
All-in-all it was a good weekend. But there's nothing like a full house to help you appreciate life when it gets back to it's normalcy.
I'm trying desperately to not remember that it will be December on Saturday. With December comes so many activities that it can kind of be a burn out. I did start my holiday baking today, just to lessen the impact of it when the real deal hits my kitchen. I'll have to post pictures of before, during and after shots of how my kitchen looks during the mayhem. I don't plan to put up any Christmas decorations until probably the 3rd Saturday in December, sounds late, but it'll be the 15th. I figure that 10 days is a good amount of time to enjoy them. Plus, we don't have a free weekend before then. But it will be done, so if you come by my house and think I'm lacking Christmas spirit, don't. I do have it, I just don't want to drown in Christmas stuff, as was the custom in my house growing up. My mom had close to 75 nativity sets and for a few years had 3 Christmas trees (one in the front room, one in the dining room, and one in the family room).