Apparently I've been keeping myself too busy eating turkey and all the other deliciousness that accompanies it to blog. Thanksgiving was a big success here. Michael took a few days away from his dissertation to hang out with my family.
His help is so appreciated - having him around full time makes me realize how chaotic things can be without him. That extra set of hands is invaluable, like when he helped to dress the baby. We may do things a bit differently, but no one said it's wrong to button your baby's onesie on the outside of his pants... that bit of 80's aerobics flare that it adds is enjoyable for everyone.
On Thursday, we headed up to my mom's house for a feast. Thomas was a champion through the entire day, and enjoyed showing off his new crawling skills. Let me tell you, that baby can shimmy along with the best of them. He relished the larger crowd, beaming his toothless grin at everyone he wiggled past.
When dinner time came, we feasted. And feasted. And feasted. But I'm a nursing mom, so I need those extra calories, right? Who cares if my seventh month old baby is already twenty-two pounds and is in no way hurting for extra nourishment. What can I say, I sacrifice for my kids, and if that includes stuffing large portions of stuffing, I will do whatever it takes.
Looking for pictures of William? The poor guy missed the first Thankgiving he would have actually been able to enjoy the food at. With all the extra excitement and company, he got so burned out that at eleven in the morning he begged to take a nap and slept for three and a half hours. He got some leftovers when he woke up.
Friday morning we skipped the shopping and went back to my mom's for some Christmas decorating. Neither of us are typically day after Thanksgiving decorators, but we were both in the mood, so we went with it.
William liked the gingerbread man, but refused to take a picture with him. William likes to be the man behind the camera. What he often ends up as is the man at his momma's feet begging for the camera.
We came across this little guy while trimming the tree. At first I thought it was the ugliest ornament I had ever seen, but he's grown on me since. By the time the tree has to come down I'm sure I'll be sad to see him go.
So with our trees up and ready, I'm set for the beginning of Advent tomorrow. My hope is to get the "work" of the season out of the way so I my mind can be free of all those details and I can just be still in waiting to celebrate the birth of Our Lord. To be a Mary and not a Martha is my daily struggle, and one I hope to work on this Advent.
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