We lit a fire for the first time this weekend, finally putting our enormous pile of firewood to work. I’m so happy Dustin spent some time cutting all that firewood from the dead wood in our tree out front. It smells like barbecue and lights up beautifully. It was fun watching the girls watch the fire, and I was happy for the weather to finally be cold enough to warrant snuggling up and listening to the wood crackle.
We also got caught up on our Disney movies, by watching Finding Dory. It was so cute! I loved Hank. That crazy septapus was easily my favorite part of the movie. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend you do so. And we saw it just in time, because Moana came out last week. I know we won’t go see it soon, but I am loving the soundtrack already. Lin-Manuel Miranda makes my heart so happy, and I can’t wait to sing these songs as much as Hamilton… well, okay. Not quite that much. But more than Frozen. 🙂
I spent a lot of time Thanksgiving week trying to get my house cleaned up (and cleared out) enough for our Christmas decorations. We had one room in particular that took ALL week, and then some. Whoops! Maybe cleaning it out for the entirety of this past week will be the motivation I need to stay on top of it this next year. Then again, next year I will have two toddlers so I’m keeping an open mind. But a gal can dream, right?
Holly did this weird thing where every morning she woke up grumpy and tired, threw up, and then about an hour later was revving her motor like nothing happened. It was probably just drainage, but it reminded me to make sure I have my Ultimate Sick-Day kit finished up, and soon!
Then we did Thanksgiving… three Thanksgiving’s, as a matter of fact. We had so much fun (and were so exhausted) that I only took one picture. But I also took this fabulous video of the kids when I was attempting to take a picture of their adorable Thanksgiving outfits, and learned that taking pictures of TWO little people who are mobile is way harder than when only one of them could get up and go. To see the video, make sure to go follow my Instagram account.
I wrote a few posts this week, but I was especially nervous to share this one about my daughter and her love of marriage, and the example I hope my husband and I are setting for her.
I know this next month is going to be terribly hectic, and I feel so lucky that Dustin and I have started switching off an evening once a week so that we can each have some time to do the things we want to do. I spend time at a coffee shop writing, and Dustin spends time with a few of his friends. I am nervous about finding time to do this next month (I know for a fact that some of our typical evenings we use are booked up with other important activities), but I know we’re both committed to making it happen. It has been good for our marriage for us to carve out some time for both of us. And I think it’s good for the kiddos to spend more one-on-one time with their daddy.
And we did finally decorate for Christmas. I’m in the camp that wants to decorate for Christmas starting November first, but Dustin is very firmly in the “after Thanksgiving” camp, and I love him, so we wait. But now we’ve got our tree and all our Christmas doodads up, and I am very happy. Actually, I’m writing beside our lit up tree in my favorite cozy chair. The room I’m sitting in is still pretty disastrous, but the tree is beautiful, the chair is cozy, and the kids are napping. Melody recent went from two naps to one nap a day, and I thought that would make things harder, but it’s been much better for all of us. We all have a consistent down time, and even if Holly doesn’t nap during that time, I can tell the quiet is appreiciated. Or… at least the decompression time is appreciated. We’re still working on the “quiet” part. 🙂
Melody drew her first picture on Tuesday, and while I still had to remind her that crayons aren’t for eating, she drew a lovely scribbled page, and enjoyed the encouragement and praise given to her by her big sister when she did it right. Holly really loves being a big sister, and I’m glad they have each other. We’ve also been watching the Rockettes Christmas show and “the Haynes sisters” (White Christmas) because Holly loves to sing and dance along. I love this time of year, and seeing them fall in love with the magic of Christmas makes it even better.