We’re just going to pretend like I haven’t left this poor blog lonely for months on end. So shh!
I love the holiday season. And not just because it includes the single most important day of the year (my birthday on December 4th in case you’re wondering). Yesterday we kicked it off with Thanksgiving. We ate a little later than we wanted to since the label on the ham lied about how long it needed to cook and we didn’t have any pumpkin pie because someone forgot the evaporated milk, but everything else turned out great. Including the stuff I made.
We had also decided that we would put up the tree. Okay, what really happened is I tried to put the tree up a few weeks ago, but Justin said we had to wait until at least Thanksgiving. Alas, that did not happen. We’ve had our tree for 5 years now and have only put it up twice. The last time was back in 2004, so I forgot I had tossed all the lights and was planning on buying new ones. So this morning I got up to go Black Friday shopping (which was a bit of a disappointment, but I expected it to be) and got some lights to finish up the tree. It looks pretty and sparkly but I need a new tree that isn’t so… sickly looking. It even has presents under it!
So now, some family updates. We’ll start with the littlest and work our way up to the biggest. Ryan is adorable and talkative and more trouble than I ever bargained for. He finally got a decent haircut earlier this week and he looks like such a big boy. He loves the new dog. Can’t say the same for the dog, but hey, he is about 500 times bigger than Banzai. (I so did not name him.)
Katelyn is doing really well in school. She gets a little bored sometimes since, according to her, she “already knows everything” they’re learning. She’s learned to ride a bike without her training wheels. She’s also quite glad that soccer season is over. It doesn’t seem to be her sport.
Lauren is also doing really well in school. She got invited to join a gifted class that meets once a week. Her class is a multi-age 1st/2nd/3rd grade class and even though she’s a second grader she’s doing the same work the third graders are. We also separated the girls’ rooms. They’ve been sleeping in the same room since Kate was born. Since we have a 4 bedroom house and the fourth bedroom was really just sitting there useless, we asked Lauren if she’d like her own room. Kate was pretty sad the first night, but since then their rooms have been clean every single day. We should’ve split them up years ago!
Justin recently finished a couple more classes for his degree. One of these days he’ll actually get it done. It’s getting much closer now. He’s working, hanging with us on his days off, and sortof training for a marathon.
I’ve been pretty busy the past few weeks. The business is doing pretty well. It keeps me on my toes. It also has kept me from taking as many pictures of my own family. I’ve been trying to keep up with them, but when they see the camera come out and start sighing and groaning and saying, “Not again!” it pretty much kills it.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone back in the states. I hope your food, family, and friends are plentiful.